PAULA Williams became just the second recipient of Stratford-upon-Avon Athletic Club’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the club’s annual presentation evening.
Williams enjoyed a sensational year, winning gold, silver and bronze at the World Masters Championships in Poland in javelin, 60-metre hurdles and shot put respectively.
And she also won shot put gold, 80-metre hurdles silver and javelin and 4x100m relay bronze medals at the European Masters Championships in Italy.
The Stratford athlete currently occupies six top-10 indoor or outdoor world rankings in her age category.
She is second in the world in the 80-metre hurdles and shot put and is just 13 centimetres shy of the number one athlete in shot put in her age category.
And she also holds 12 top-six indoor or outdoor UK rankings and is the number one athlete in 60-metre hurdles, 80-metre hurdles, javelin and shot put.
Despite only beginning to compete in masters events as late as 2013, Williams ranks as number one on the all-time list for shot put and holds five top-five all-time rankings.
All four of her children have been members at the club.
The only previous recipient of the club’s Outstanding Achievement Award is Team GB’s three-time Olympian Andrew Pozzi.
The presentation evening took place at Stratford School with the Mayor of Stratford, Coun Kate Rolfe, and her consort in attendance to present the awards.