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Jake Wightman, who earned gold at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, won the annual Athlete of the Year honours. He also earned silver at the Commonwealth Games and bronze at the European Championships this summer.
It was no easy feat, as he had to contend with the likes of Laura Muir, and Eilish McColgan who also had outstanding years.
Jake Wightman has become the World 1500m champion. Geoff calling his son becoming a World Champion is priceless. Helene, part of our team, filmed Dad. I sat with Mum Susan..then could not wait to give my mate a hug. Beyond proud. ❤️@JakeSWightman @WightmanGeoff @SusanWightman6 pic.twitter.com/8I8IT6ntwb— Katharine Merry (@KatharineMerry) July 20, 2022
Geoff, who is a race announcer and coach was guest speaker at the awards that took place in Glasgow, won Performance Coach of the Year. It was yet another father-son proud moment.
McColgan did not leave empty-handed as she received the Commonwealth Games Achievement award for her 10,000m win at Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Wheelchair athlete Sean Frame was named Para Athlete of the Year.
“What happened for me at the Worlds still feels a bit surreal – even a few months later,” said Jake. “You go into the sport as a kid and you dream of being Olympic champion or world champion – but how many actually get that honour beside their name?”
Athlete of the Year: Jake Wightman
Para Athlete of the Year: Sean Frame
U20 Athlete of the Year: Megan Keith
U17 Athlete of the Year: Corey Campbell
Masters Athlete of the Year: Charlotte Morgan
Commonwealth Games Achievement Award (Birmingham 2022): Eilish McColgan
George Dallas Memorial Trophy: Samantha Kinghorn
Martin Hyman Junior Hill Runner Trophy: Fraser Gilmour