Last weekend’s Junior Indoor Championships saw two Welsh Athletics Service Award recipients honoured; Darran Williams and Derek Crowder who received the Meritorious Award* and Award of Honour** respectively.
Darran started volunteering in the sport in 2000 initially part of his local club Aberdare Valley AAC. Throughout his time in the club he served as a coach, an official and a team manager, a role he later progressed in fulfilling regional team management duties for a number of years. As an official he initially started as a Field Judge before moving into leading ‘results delivery’ for club, regional and national events.
Since starting his role within the Welsh Athletics Competition Delivery Team he has continued other duties as a dedicated and committed volunteer supporting the South East Wales League and Welsh Leagues as well as being a loyal supporter of the annual Nos Galen Road Races. Darran’s contribution to the sport has been exceptional and has transformed the way the competitions are delivered at all levels in Wales.
Derek has been involved in athletics in Wales for over 40 years as an athlete, official, club officer and officer of the Welsh Veterans Athletics Association (now Welsh Masters Athletics Association). Having received the Welsh Athletics Meritorious Award in 2006, Derek has continued as one of our most qualified and proficient officials. Regularly operating as a Technical Manager, he continues to support a wide range of events at all level of the sport and his supportive nature has led to him becoming a mentor – influencing and encouraging those new to the sport.
Derek has fulfilled a number of ‘official’ roles within Welsh Athletics including; Officials Secretary, Officials Education and Training Officer, he is now taking a lead on enhancing the equipment and technology used at events across the sport. Derek’s extraordinary contribution over an extended period makes him a very worthy recipient of the Welsh Athletics Award of Honour .
Darran & Derek with their awards presented by Welsh Athletics Chair, Carol Anthony.
*The Welsh Athletics Meritorious Award is to mark special achievement, or for service at club, regional, school, district schools, university or at national level for Welsh Schools or Welsh Athletics Ltd. For the award to be made for service to athletics in Wales, a minimum of fifteen years of active contribution must have been completed.
**The Welsh Athletics Award of Honour is open to individuals to mark special achievement at regional, district schools, or at national level for Welsh Schools or Welsh Athletics Ltd. For the award to be made for service to athletics in Wales EITHER, a minimum of twenty-five years’ active contribution must have been completed at county, regional, district schools or national levels, OR, having already received the Meritorious Award, that award holder has completed a minimum of a further ten years’ active contribution at club, regional, district schools or national levels.
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