Meet the WADAC committee.
Chairman, Athletics Coach, Lead Coach in the Development Group (u13s), U11s Academy Coach Chair@wadac.org.uk
Paul competed in most athletics events when he was younger including long jump, discus, triple jump, shot put, 100m and 1500m, and also competed in cross country races. He returned to athletics when his older son, Charlie, started Quadkids a few years ago. Since then, he has been actively involved in coaching Quadkids and endurance athletes and is the team manager for the Wessex League Cross country races.
John started helping at track meetings when his daughter Kate started running with WADAC in 1990. He qualified as a field official in 1993 and was women's team manager for a few years. John then took over as Treasurer (only the 4th since the club started) in 1998. Following a short spell as Chairman from 2006, he returned to the Treasurer's role in 2009. John has never been an athlete, and prefers to take the easier option as a starter or field official!
Club Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Just retired back to the UK after 48 years overseas as a banker working in 22 countries. Have completed 125 marathon distances including ultras. Most recently was Race Director for the Falkland Islands International Marathon and in April 2018 completed the North Pole Marathon and joining the Marathon Grand Slam Club
Leads some Tuesday Endurance sessions. Committee Member representing Senior Endurance Group email@example.com
Likes to have a go at all distances from 5k to marathons, both road-running and cross country. Loves parkruns, CC6's, RR10's and any event with plenty of WADAC runners, plus the occasional mad challenge with excessive mud and hills. Does a bit of cycling too, but is a hopeless swimmer.
Coach & Field Official YDLLower@wadac.org.uk
Gary started off at WADAC as a parent helper in about 2009 initially helping out with the running groups. Having qualified as a Coach early on, Gary now coaches several disciplines but primarily jumps & hurdles. He is also a Level 2 Field Official
Coach & Officials Development Officer, Coach Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Member of WADAC since 2011 and the committee since 2014. Kathryn brings track and field experience to the committee as she competes herself. Kathryn has also team managed and is training to become a track official.
Club Junior Co-ordinator, Assistant Coach (U11-U13), Training Group Administrator email@example.com
WADAC member since 2013, runs a bit, coaches a bit, administrates a lot.
Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison has been a competitive athlete for 45 years and a member of WADAC for almost 20 of those years. She started out as a sprinter/long jumper before moving up to 400m and 400m hurdles. Today she still competes in all the jumps and hurdle events as well as track events from 100m to 800m. In the winter she also enjoys taking part in cross country especially when trying to keep up with her daughters!
Facilities Officer, Athletics Coach - hurdles, jumps and anywhere needed, trainee marksman email@example.com
I started coming to WADAC around 2012 when my children started in Quad Kids (as it was then). I moved up to the Development Group with them and there my coaching journey started with "can you hold this rake please?". I now support Gary, Ernie and Tony with their combined group, and I'm happy to act as cover for other coaches if necessary. With my work commitments (lots of travel), being a supporting coach suits me best as I don't think it fair to run my own group as I am away a lot. For info, my own "athletic" ability was demonstrated on various rugby pitches in and around Hampshire & Surrey during the 80's and 90's, playing for Surrey University and Trojans.
Team Manager Coordinator Boyswessex@wadac.org.uk
An active member of the club for since 2015, taking full advantage of the WADAC family membership, with our four children who all participate across different age groups U17, U15, U13 and U11. Having previously sprinted, many years ago in the Air Force, I now channel my very competitive nature into Team Managing. Collaborating with our coaches for club success. I am the team manager for the Wessex League Boys (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Lower Youth Development League (email@example.com).