JOE Bacon of Wadebridge (who used to deliver the North Cornwall Advertiser until recently) won the Pirate FM local hero award for sporting achievement. The award was presented at Tregenna Castle on Friday 7 April by solicitor Ed Coode, a former rower who won his first World Championships as a substitute in the Men’s Cox-less Fours with Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell.
Ed went on to take gold at the Athens Olympics and therefore understands the dream of this year’s Sports Achievement winner; a young man who wants to compete for Team GB.
Joe is so dedicated to athletics, he is a full-time student who trains almost every day and has already notched up a string of accolades. He won the 400m hurdles at the South West Schools Championships and reached the English Schools competition in Gateshead. He was part of the relay team that set a new county record in 2016.
Joe is one of only a handful of athletes awarded a place on a national excellence programme “AASE”, (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence), a programme run by the British Athletics which is aimed at athletes aged 16-18 years old and provides a clear pathway for young athletes to become professional or a coach, whilst gaining qualifications. He trains with Newquay & Par A C and trains at the Par track three to four times a week.
Congratulations Joe from all at the Cornwall Advertisers.