Awards: AW Athletes of the Year and Club award winners announced

Drumroll please. The votes for the AW Readers’ Choice Awards 2012 and the Athletics Club Awards supported by Ronhill have been counted


What a year it has been for athletics – not just for Britain, the host nation of the 2012 Olympic Games, but for the sport on an international level.

With so many top performances and sporting stars to choose from, the AW readers have spoken via our online poll to give their verdict on the top stars of a momentous year.

We’ve also given recognition to British clubs, athletes and coaches in our AW/Ronhill annual Club Awards. This time last year we published our inaugural Club Awards, but this has been expanded in 2012 so that every month a leading club and grassroots stalwart or ‘ambassador’ is rewarded with a feature in the magazine and Ronhill kit.

And now the culmination of those monthly awards sees us name the best of the best with our announcement of the 2012 winners.

So drumroll please as we announce our top pick results, and grab a copy of the latest issue for a full results breakdown, including percentages, for both the AW Readers’ Choice Awards and the Club Awards.

International man
As the winner of this award last year, it is not too much of a surprise that Mo Farah did it again after his double-winning exploits. However, this year saw incredible competition in this category and the Brit beat off three or four others who would easily have won most years. David Rudisha was one such other, with his ground-breaking win in the 800m, taking second spot ahead of global icon Usain Bolt.

International woman
Britain’s Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis polled a majority verdict this year, easily beating the winner of last year’s vote, Sally Pearson, and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix.

Moment of the year
Farah wins again as his London 2012 performances just earned him the nod among AW readers over Rudisha’s two-lap wonder and Ennis’ heptathlon victory.

British man and British woman
Farah is the expected runaway winner ahead of his fellow Olympic medallists Robbie Grabarz and Greg Rutherford while there could be only one winner in the British woman category, and Ennis wins for the second year in succession ahead of Christine Ohuruogu and Yamile Aldama.

British junior man and British junior woman
Adam Gemili’s breakthrough year and 100m world junior title made him an easy winner of the British junior man category, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson the clear winner of the womens after her world junior title in the long jump and Olympic 15th place in her main event.

British Paralympian
AW athlete of the year is yet one more accolade for David Weir in a year in which he claimed four Paralympic golds.

David Weir (Mark Shearman)


British breakthrough
Robbie Grabarz’s transformation from 2.28m high jumper to London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and world No.3 gave him nearly one in three votes in the British breakthrough category.

British veteran
Whether or not you agree with over-35s being called vets, Jo Pavey’s world-class performances in the Olympic Stadium ensured she topped the votes here.

Club awards – Top club
Over to the club awards and Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers claims the top club honour. What a year it’s been for the north London club. Not only have they witnessed the Olympics and Paralympics on their doorstep, but their men’s team won the British Athletics League premiership title for the first time in their 33-year involvement in the league’s top flight.


What’s more, Shaftesbury’s women’s team were promoted back into the top division of the UK Women’s League. Young athletes from the club, meanwhile, won the National Junior League and the junior men took victory in the European Champion Clubs Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

When they were named club of the month in September, we wrote: “Few would disagree that Shaftesbury has been
one of Britain’s most successful and most consistent clubs over the past few decades.”

Seven of the club’s athletes were part of London 2012: Lee McConnell, Abi Oyepitan, Marilyn Okoro, Michelle Carey, Yamile Aldama, Trecia Smith and Willem Coertzen and their men’s team will represent Britain in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in Portugal in May.

» See the Club Awards results in full, together with a voting breakdown for each category in the AW Athletes of the Year Awards in the December 6 issue of AW, out now.

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