A&Ts 23rd Annual Presentation & Social Event

Astley & Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club members celebrated a very successful 2013 season at the Annual Presentation and Social Afternoon. The function room at the Astley & Tyldesley Miners' Welfare Club was packed, as close on 100 club members, families and friends attended. Entertainment was provided by Chris Morris and the Band of Rain, along with racing DVD's shown on a big screen and a splendid buffet was enjoyed by all present.

The main event of the day was the presentation of awards. 45 rider awards were presented, along with 22 volunteer awards - confirmation of the tremendous atmosphere within the club, as membership levels rose to the highest ever, standing at 76 at the year end. In addition to the trophies won in direct competition on the track, the club's five annual awards were made at the end of the presentations.

The Northern U-10 Individual Champion, Matthew Snell, was awarded the J. Fisher & Sons Young Rider of the Year Trophy, on his 10th birthday, to make it a very special day for him. The Rory Blackwell Cup for Best Newcomer was presented to Joe Quarmby, who has really taken to the sport after starting in mid-season. Alex Semtyshin was the winner of the North West Trophies Cup for Best Novice, as recognition for the progress she has made over the past 15 months. John White received the Most Improved Rider of the Year Cup, for the big improvements he has made over the past season. The final award of the day was the coveted Ron Hack Memorial Cup, for the Club's Volunteer of the Year. This year's winner is Joanne Whitelegg, the Club's Welfare Officer, who has ensured the well being of club members throughout the year, as well as carrying out sterling work at the club's weekly club nights and on match days.

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