STRATFORD Athletic Club’s Rory Dwyer received an accolade from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund at the England Athletics awards evening in Birmingham which ranks him as the outstanding under 17 athlete in the UK.
Dwyer, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games double silver and 2014 European Championship double gold medal sprint star Adam Gemili and 2013 World Championships British 4x100m relay bronze medallist Dina Asher-Smith were the first athletes to receive performance awards from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) as the inaugural bursaries were handed out on Saturday.
The awards, which were selected by the RPMF awards committee based on development and performances through 2014, were split into three age-group categories – under 23, under 20 and under 17.
BBC commentator Stuart Storey – who is one of the fund’s trustees – explained the impact of the RPMF, which has seen over £1.5m in grants awarded to more than 2,000 aspiring British athletes, including Stratford AC’s Andrew Pozzi, since its inception in 1991.
High jump and hurdles specialist Dwyer was awarded the under 17 Performance Athlete of the Year bursary after winning the English Schools and UK School Games high jump championships and also having won the under 17 100m hurdles title at the England Athletics Championships this summer.
His 2.16m clearance this year puts him second on the UK under 17 high jump all-time list and at the age of 16 Dwyer represented GB in the discipline at the World Juniors in Eugene, USA.
Dwyer is ranked fifth in the world and second in the European youth rankings for high jump and ninth in the European youth rankings for hurdles.
Both Pozzi and Dwyer are supported by FPS Distribution.