|HELIER AWARD, Best Horizontal Jumper
Di Helier was a great official who specialised in Jumps events. Di’s immediate family were also heavily involved in Athletics, with her husband also being a brilliant official, and her son being a champion jumps athlete for South Australia. The Helier family along with Saints Athletics Club have donated a new trophy.
CONGRATULATIONS, Chelsea Jaensch
|ALAN IVERSEN AWARD, Best High Jumper
Alan Iversen was a Port Adelaide Athletics Club Multi Events coach and was part of the original Field Event Training Squad (FETS) group in SA as the shot put and discus coach. Alan will be remembered as coaching Sharon Barber, who still holds the current State record for the Open (1.90m) and Under 20 (1.85m) High Jump.
CONGRATULATIONS, Chelsea Friedrich
|DI BURGE AWARD, Best Female Sprinter
Dianne Burge is a former Australian sprinter who competed in two Olympic Games and won three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the title South Australian ‘Athlete of the Century’ by Athletics South Australia in 2005. She competed for Adelaide Harriers, with her personal bests being 11.2 seconds for the 100m sprint and 23 seconds for the 200m, both achieved in 1968.
CONGRATULATIONS, Holly Beecham
|SCOTCHY GORDON TROPHY, Best Male Sprinter
Alastair “Scotchy” Gordon was a South Australian athletics Empire Games gold medallist and coach of some of South Australia’s finest sprinters. He was a life member of Athletics SA, a merit award holder of Athletics Australia and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. Among the many athletes who benefited from Gordon’s knowledge were Bruce Frayne, Kathy Sambell and Tania Van Heer.
CONGRATULATIONS, Harrison Hunt
|KERRY O’BRIEN AWARD, Best Male Steeplechaser
Kerry O’Brien competed in middle-distance running events. He was born in Port Augusta, and represented Australia at two consecutive Commonwealth Games from 1966 and two Summer Olympics from 1968. O’Brien was the world record holder in the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase for more than two years (1970–1972), setting a time of 8:21.98. He retired in 1973 with a total of nine Australian Championships to his credit. He won one cross country title, one 5000 metres title and seven steeplechase championships.
CONGRATULATIONS, Max Stevens
|KEITH FAULKNER TROPHY, Best Performance in Distance Running
Keith Faulkner was a Mile runner for Western Districts Athletics Club and represented Australia in the 1938 British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) for the 3 mile. Keith was one of the principal administrators of the Athletics SA and was a former President of the Western Districts Athletics Club. Faulkner held the SA mile record at 4 min, 24.5 sec for 15 years.
CONGRATULATIONS, Caitlin Adams
|DEB MCKELL TROPHY, Encouragement Award for Javelin
Deb McKell was a promising young javelin thrower, who sadly died in her early teens. As a 14-year-old, she was throwing nearly 40 meters, which was an extraordinary achievement. This award remembers Deb, as well as acknowledges her great strength and persistence.
CONGRATULATIONS, Salumi Robberts
|CARLIN TROPHY FOR THROWS, Best Performance Men’s Junior
This Award recognises the Carlin family, who have made an astonishing contribution to throws within South Australian athletics for many decades, primarily as athletes and coaches. Sean Carlin was a hammer thrower who represented Australia in two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. He also won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1994. His brother, Paul Carlin, was also an extremely successful hammer and discus thrower who represented Australia at the 1988 World Junior Augmented Team and the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
CONGRATULATIONS, Jett Carlin
|CAROLINE JACKMAN TROPHY FOR THROWS, Best Performance for Junior Women
Caroline Jackman was a Javelin athlete who represented South Australia on many occasions from 1991 to 2000. Caroline is a Life Member of the Tea Tree Gully Athletics Club, and is now one of South Australia’s highest accredited officials, as an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Area Technical Official. Caroline recently officiated at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
CONGRATULATIONS, Jess Bell
|TB DODDS MEMORIAL SHIELD, Outstanding Field Games Performance in State Championships
Tom Dodds was heavily involved with athletics as a key field official and was involved in a various range of administration duties with Athletics SA and Athletics Australia. He is a Life Member of both organisations.
Dodds was appointed a member on the Australian Athletics Selectors Committee and the Scoring Table and Standards Committee, which he held for many years. He officiated at many national titles as a field official, including the first Australian Titles held at the Olympic Sports field in 1967.
CONGRATULATIONS, Chelsea Jaensch
|BARB STEPHENS AWARD, Most Promising Multi Eventer
Barb is an Australian Track & Field Coaches Association (ATFCA) Level 5 Multi Events coach and is one of the states most experienced and qualified multi event coaches. Over many decades, Barb has been integral to the ATFCA, and has developed and delivered hundreds of coaching courses. Barb still works with athletes and other coaches in a mentoring capacity, and also still supports the Henley High School’s Specialist Athletics Program.
CONGRATULATIONS, Tamsyn Murdoch
|DEREK MCFADDEN MEMORIAL CUP, Best and Fairest Team Manager
Derek McFadden was an athlete, Development Officer and Club Manager for Athletics SA and the Salisbury Amateur Athletics Club. This award remembers Derek, as well as acknowledges his family who had made a valuable contribution to the sport of Athletics in South Australia over many decades. This award acknowledges a club team manager who has shown fair and generous behaviour in the season by showing respect to athletes, officials, coaches and staff, and recognises successful performance of club results. The winner is selected by a member of the McFadden Family.
CONGRATULATIONS, Melissa Hewett
|TONY KEYNES, Volunteer of the Year Award
Tony Keynes was a previous President of Athletics South Australia, a position that he held for more than 10 years. As President, Tony worked tirelessly and was (and still is) a regular volunteer of the association, and of the Saints Athletics Club. Tony’s contribution to the sport is far reaching and will have a long term positive impact on the future of athletics in SA. Tony has donated this award to honour and recognise an exceptional volunteer who has demonstrated significant contribution or commitment in helping a club or the association in the 2018-19 season.
CONGRATULATIONS, Matt Axford
|PAT PETERS, Official of the Year
Patricia Peters AM devoted 60 plus years (from 1944) of service to Athletics SA and the then Australian Women’s Amateur Athletics Union as an athlete, administrator and most often remembered as an official. Pat was Controller of Officials for over forty years at all athletic events held in South Australia for Athletics SA, School Championships, Blind & Disabled Games and Police Games. She was on the City-Bay Committee for 27 years. Pat is a life member of Athletics Australia, the Western Districts AC, SA Masters and Athletics South Australia. She is also a Patron of the South Australian Officials Club.
CONGRATULATIONS, Alan Fisk & Andrew Crayford
|BRIAN WYLD, Junior Athlete of the Year
Brian Wyld was a quiet achiever who has worked tirelessly for Athletics in South Australia for a great many years. His addiction to running began way back in 1960 when as a 20-year-old, he won both the 880 yards and the mile at the combined Army, Navy and Air Force Championships in Perth. Brian was heavily involved in the administration side of athletics as the President of the United Collegians, Committee member of the City Bay Fun Run and the Trust Fund and Committee member of SA Masters Athletics. Brian was selected as the Official of the Year in 2000/2001, and is also a Life Member of Athletics SA. In 2012, Brian brought parkrun to South Australia and it was after one such run in Queensland that he unfortunately passed away in 2015. His award remembers Brian.
CONGRATULATIONS, Sarah Eckel