Guest of Honour Jo Pavey loved her 4J Annual Awards experience – and left Glasgow hailing the contribution of volunteers to the sport in Scotland.
The five-time Olympian was a big hit with our audience at the Hilton Hotel and took time out earlier in the day to help at our National Club Conference.
Pavey revelled in the experience and a recurring theme was the way scottishathletics and jogscotland recognised the full range of the sport via our 4J Annual Awards.
‘It is the volunteers in our sport who give athletes the chance to enjoy it and go out and be the best they can be,’ Jo told us.
‘I was thrilled to be Guest of Honour on Saturday night and the big thing for me was the way Scottish Athletics made sure they celebrated every role right across the spot. From elite Athlete of the Year awards to Community Coach, Volunteer of the Year and Technical Official and jogscotland awards.
Jo Pavey chats to Bobby Gavin on stage on Saturday night (photo by Bobby Gavin)
‘The clubs, coaches, volunteers and Officials give the platform for the athletes to perform – they don’t happen without each other.
‘When I stood on the start-line at an Olympics, I looked up at the flame in the stadium and made sure I took a moment to think back over my career and recalled my club, my first coach, my experiences in schools athletics.
‘I did that because I wanted to remember that the people involved in those years put me on the path to the Olympics.
‘I think it is so important that these individuals and these steps on the journey are acknowledged and celebrated and I loved being part of that on Saturday night.’
Fiona Pollock and Pamela Stephen of Cambuslang Harriers celebrate their success as Volunteer of the Year (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Harmeny AC celebrate our Impact Club of the Year award (photo by Bobby Gavin)