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Your new Vice Presidents for 2015

Outgoing President Dick Griffin has created five new vice presidents for their various
contributions to the club in recent years. Their individual stories are given below.

Sheila Griffin                   a position in which she has       champion. (She also ranks
                                 revolutionised the availability   in the top 10 (8th at time of
Sheila joined the club in        and distribution of it.           writing) in both the 200m
1994. “I joined the club as a                                      and long jump.)
Social Member in nineteen        Jackie Montgomery
hundred and frozen to death      Joining Blackheath and            Jackie has represented the
and have been socialising        Bromley Harriers is, says         Southern Counties Masters
regularly in the bar and at      Jackie, definitely one of the     team in England Athletics
BBQs”. She has volunteered       best things she has ever          Inter-Area matches. She has
to help the club in almost       done. She became a member         also turned out for the club’s
everything apart from            with husband, Ian, in March       Southern Athletics League
athletics! However she says      2008, having taken some           team, often ‘filling in for a
that “I love all the Athletics,  persuading that such a high       point’ in various events, in
especially heading the shot      profile club catered for ladies   addition to pole vault, and
and catching the javelin         of- shall we say – maturing       on a couple of occasions-
and am keen to participate       years and little experience.      when the team manager was
in the pole vault limbo,         She joined John Robinson’s        particularly desperate!- for the
having recently become a full    training group at Norman          UK Women’s League team.
member and therefore eligible    Park track and was soon
to compete.”                     pointed in the direction of       As well as competing, Jackie
                                 the ladies’ Kent Masters          is keen to ‘do her bit’ for
She has helped in the Tuck       League team, where she has        club in other ways. She had
Shop at Norman Park,             remained a regular member,        a stint assisting the UKWL
served teas at the club HQ,      turning out for most matches      team manager with travel
marshalled at cross country      and willing to have a go at       and accommodation, has
events, helped fund raise        most events – so long as they     helped out as results recorder
for the club and last year       don’t involve running further     at various matches and has
was instrumental in getting      than 400m!                        occasionally stood in for SAL
a donation to the club of        In 2011, while ‘filling in for a  team managers. For the last
£5,000 which helped us           point’, Jackie discovered her     few years she has regularly
buy the de-fibrillator at the    main event, pole vault. In her    volunteered as a marshal
club. Together with husband      age group she is currently        during the cross country
IPP Dick Griffin she helps       ranked number 1 in the            season (a good excuse for
organise the monthly Parris      UK, and is Kent, Southern         not running herself!) An
Handicaps held through           Counties and British              injury-enforced break from
the Summer months. She                                             competing a few years ago
is now in charge of club kit                                       prompted her to try her
                                                                   hand at field judging and
                                                                   she continues to officiate as
                                                                   often as she can. Outside
                                                                   of athletics, Jackie’s other
                                                                   passion is singing and she
                                                                   feels privileged to have been
                                                                   asked to sing at some of the
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