At the Hercules Wimbledon AGM and Awards Evening in Wimbledon Park on Wednesday 28th March, Amelia was the first athlete called up. The build-up was as follows:
"Her performances for 2006 have been phenomenal. I think she's medalled in almost everything she took part in; I think she's actually done a record in almost everything she's taken part in. This young lady, this year, wins:
- The U15 200m Humphrey Cup
- The Hurdles Cup
- The 800m U15G Cup
- The Junior Jumps Cup, and
- The Pentathlon Shield
And [holding up the Outstanding Performance Tray] this trophy's normally for one performance but actually it's been decided this year to award it for all the outstanding performances ... and they all go to ... Amelia Richards."
The trophies were all presented to Amelia by Brenda Bedford (nee Sawyer) - the holder of the most GB vests ever and still ranked No.12 in the UK, ahead of Denise Lewis, for shot - even though she competed internationally in the 60s!
One very proud mother and an equally chuffed daughter! A good round-up to the indoor season. The outdoor season now starts on April 15th with the Hercules Open at Crystal Palace, a meeting where anyone can enter, even if they don't belong to a club - any takers ... ?