At the recent B.C. Athletics annual general meeting and awards banquet, two of the top awards went to Peninsula Track representatives.
Tom Dingle, who has been associated with Pen Track since the late 1980s, was presented with the Jane Swann Award, given to the Executive of the Year, for his outstanding contributions to Athletics in B.C.
Dingle is currently the co-ordinator and statistician for the Club, having previously acted as a coach and meet director for both the annual George Dean and Pentathlon events. Dingle has also been chair of the Vancouver Island Athletic Association and served for many years on the board of B.C. Athletics as Director for Zone 6 and as statistician for the Junior Development Committee.
Ben Sammons, who began his involvement in the sport as a Track Rascal at age six with Pen Track, was given the Midget 15 Annual Athlete Award for his outstanding achievements during the year as a hurdler.
His best mark for the 100 meter hurdles was 14.33 seconds — a time he was only prevented from bettering as a result of a broken forearm sustained in mid-season. Sammons also had noteworthy performances in the 300m low hurdles and in both jumping and throwing events.
Although the track season is long over in Canada, Pen Track Masters athletes have continued their activities south of the border.
At the recent Nevada Seniors Games in Las Vegas, Anne Murfitt (W55) gained silver medals in the hammer (21.57m), discus (15.49m), shot (6.56m) and throws pentathlon (2128 points) and a bronze in the javelin (15.18m).
At the same meet, Myrtle Acton (W80) brought back gold medals from her hammer (20.79m) and shot (5.92m) performances.
— Danny Daniels/News contributor