Poppy honoured with major award


At the Derbyshire School Sports Awards, held at Pride Park, Chesterfield Athletics Club’s Poppy Marriott was crowned Student Volunteer of the Year, writes Frank Gorman.

The award was in recognition of her tireless athletics work in schools, the club and the work she does on several national forums.

Poppy, 18, a sixth former at Tupton Hall School, is currently a Gold Ambassador for North-East Derbyshire and regularly competes and coaches at the club.

She also represents Derbyshire on two national youth panels – the UK Athletics Youth Advisory Panel, and the National Young Ambassador Steering Group, and is hoping to have a role at the 2012 Olympics.

Pole-vaulter Nathan Pentin, 16, was commended in the ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award, and received one of ten grants of £50 given from The John Bainbridge Memorial Fund to help with his training and equipment costs.

Chesterfield AC’s Jordan Spolding was the highest-placed Derbyshire Schools’ athlete in the U17M competition at the English Schools Multi-Events National Final.

Following the long trip to Exeter for the two-day event his highest position was ninth in the javelin and he finished 25th overall in the field of 40 athletes.

His individual marks were long jump 5.23m, discus 32.65m, javelin 47.32m, 400m 57.95s, 100mH 16.93s, 1.59 high jump, 10.83 shot putt, 5:01.65 1500m.

Clubmate Nathan Pentin also competed in the same category but, despite an excellent debut run in the 100m hurdles, three no-throws in the discus spoiled his chances of a reasonable score so he decided not to start the 1500m final event.

Nathan’s marks: long jump 5.44m, javelin 36.93m, 400m 61.87s, 100mH 15.43s, high jump 1.65m, shot putt 10.72m.