VAC in glittering awards finale

2017-12-14 06:00
Some of the VAC winners with their awards.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Some of the VAC winners with their awards.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE Verulam Athletic Club ended its season with a glittering 16th anniversary awards banquet which saw membership acknowledged with individual achievements last week.

Every member received a membership mileage award in relation to his or her participation in races, club programmes and community events.

The evening was the culmination of the 2016-2017 seasons with awards given in various categories and incentives.

In addition to the membership mileage awards, Comrades Marathon finishers also received an award for their finish.

Anand Naicker was awarded the special award in taking home the Male Sportsman of the Year prize in recognition of his achievement, not only in mileage, time trials and airport runs, but for 10, 10km challenges, executive support, community outreach programme co-ordinator and for his outstanding success in the technical officiating of 17 consecutive years in Comrades Marathon.

Naidoo also received an award for the VAC 10, 10km initiative­ together with Brenda Peters for the last three consecutive years, Pam Sookoo, Shirley Narainsamy, Beena Maharaj, Tharushka Sookoo, Dolly Shamlall and Ronnie Rangasamy.

The female Sportsperson of the Year was Shirley Narainsamy, who was speechless at the announcement of her name, having secured the female middle distance award earlier. Rangasamy was the Male Walker of the Year, the 10, 10km challenge, 30km challenge and highest walker mileage overall.

The club each year introduces a sponsors award and this year Rangasamy achieved the first of the special awards for his outstanding service for the membership and community service.

The second recognition award went to Krish Naidoo. Special awards were also given to the highest mileage in male and female category for walking and running disciplines.

Anita Sewnarain led the female runners with Shirley Narainsamy­ and multiple-challenge winner Tharushka Sookoo – 10, 10km challenge, 10, 21.1km challenge and VAC 30km challenge winners in third position.

Male runners were led by Velvan Nair, Krish Naidoo and Praveen Sewnarain who made the trip from Johannesburg to receive his awards. Walkers were led by Rangasamy, followed by Anand Naicker and Bobby Ramlagan.

The female walkers’ highest award was easily secured by Brenda Peters, convenor of the 30km challenge this year, followed by Ameetha Singh and Juanitha Deena- nath. Time trials are held every Saturday and Airport Sunday runs are open to the public.

Entry to the time trials are free from Gaterite Centre.

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