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Volunteer's 40-Year Dedication Recognised

Friday November 29 2013

THIS volunteer's dedication to almost 40 years of athletics coaching has been recognised!

Janette Tomlins, 68, of Aldham House Lane, Wombwell, has received an award for services to volunteering from English Athletics.

Although her primary tasks are to pass on her expertise in sprinting, middle distance running and hurdling, Janette is also involved in administration and secretarial work for the Wombwell Sporting Athletics Club, which she has worked with since the late 1970s.

"The award is for the amount of time and for the length of time I've been involved and I've got no plans on giving it up yet," said Janette, who is also the president of Northern Athletics.

"I was a field judge at the Olympics and Paralympics last summer, mainly in the javelin, and I think I have achieved all that I want to."

Janette also once worked with hurdler Angie Thorp, who held the British 110m record for 15 years.

She says that children nowadays are harder to work with than they used to be.

"I work three nights a week in the summer and two in the winter and we also do sessions indoors," she added.

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Reply Posted by jane on Friday November 29 2013 at 17:02
this lady took me to six English schools cross countrys

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Saturday November 30 2013 at 00:27
You keep up the good work love. I am in Thames Valley Harriers and we are recruiting coaches at the moment.

Reply Posted by Sid on Saturday November 30 2013 at 00:30
I can get you a coach Kilkenny It will take you back to Ireland!