Awards For Athletes

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With the athletics season almost at a close, the athletes of the world could be forgiven for taking a rest.  However it's not just on the track and field that athletes find themselves competing against each other all year round.  Every year a select few athletes are awarded gongs for their achievements in their sport. The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) hold their prestigious World Athletics Gala annually, which rewards outstanding global athletic achievements, through a number of awards.

The highlight of this event is the announcement of the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year.  This year the IAAF has given the public the unique chance of helping to select the three finalists for both the Female & Male Athlete of the Year 2010. Great Britain only has one contender and that is World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis. The 24 year old won the world indoor pentathlon and heptathlon gold at the European Championships this year.

Jessica Ennis was also shortlisted for the Female European Athlete of the Year. These awards have already been announced, with Jessica coming second behind Blanka Vlasic, a high jumper from Croatia (who she also happens to be up against for the World Athlete award). French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was named European Male Athlete of the Year.

Other Award ceremonies taking place are the Aviva Athletics Awards. These will be held at Loughborough University, which itself is a nationally and internationally recognised for its high level of teaching and research in the sport and exercise sciences.

Young emerging talent also gets a nod.  The European Athletics Rising Star Awards recognises the future male and female stars in the world of European athletics. It has proved to be a good indicator as Jessica Ennis won the title back in 2007. This year saw French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho and Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic take the honours, so they will be two to watch out for in the coming seasons.

On the whole, it's been a fairly good year for British athletics. Great Britain & N.I's medal haul included 41 medals at the Commonwealth Games, 19 medals at the European Championships and 4 medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. So with less than 2 years to go until the curtain goes up on the 2012 Olympics, things look to be on track for our Britain & N.I athletes....let's just hope the construction of all the venues are too!

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Matt Greene thinks that athletics is better watched than taken part in and is too busy thinking about christmas gifts for her to take up anything as strenuous as excercise.

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This article was published on 2010/11/03