Honorary Life Membership was presented to Joyce Rammell (Moira Nisbet here pictured left, collecting on her behalf) Elaine Park, and Andy Law. Photo – Bobby Gavin
Honorary Life Membership is presented at our Annual Awards each year in recognition of diligent service to our sport over a long period of time.
At this year’s 4J Awards ceremony in Glasgow, we were delighted to recognise the hard work and long service of our three new HLMs, Andy Law, Elaine Park, and Joyce Rammell.
Andy has been a committed and passionate member of the Scottish athletics community for around 60 years. He was a young athlete in the mid 1960’s, becoming Renfrewshire Schools’ cross country and mile champion.
When his sons joined Inverness Harriers in 1990, Andy became a qualified coach, helping to guide the boys to several Scottish Young Athletes titles.
As an Official, Andy started on the field before moving to track, also officiating at many meetings as a Timekeeper. He has been a valuable and committed member of the Scottish Track Peer Group since 2016, and shares his experience as a mentor.
Andy’s love of the sport does not diminish and attitude has never changed – he is happy to do whatever is needed to help athletes to have a positive experience.
Elaine joined Shetland AAC whilst at school, and quickly became a regular club volunteer. Every athlete who has passed through the club over the last three decades has been influenced by her as a coach, club administrator and/or training partner.
Elaine is also the current chair of Shetland AAC, and has held key roles on the committees of both the Shetland Junior Inter County (JIC) Association and Shetland Island Games Association.
At club level, Elaine regularly gives up her time to accompany teams of all ages to competitions on the mainland.
Without her dedication, many of the islands’ athletes would never have had the opportunity to compete away from home. She ensures that the sport thrives locally, as well as supporting athletes to compete off-island and ensuring a Shetland presence at national events.
Joyce Rammell has been involved in athletics for the last 50 years, as an athlete, coach, technical official, league organiser and team manager.
She has been the driving force of Nithsdale AC since its inception in the early 1990s, and not only coaches but often provides transport to training sessions to enable athletes from remote areas to take part.
Up until a couple of years ago Joyce was also the chair of the Central and South of Scotland Athletics League (CSSAL).
Joyce is also an accomplished technical Official, and was Head of the Field discipline for eight years. She currently leads the reporting sub-group of the Field Peer Group. Joyce is passionate about athletics and is keen to ensure her experience is shared with athletes and Officials alike.