It is with pride and pleasure that I write this message to advise that Jill Slatter, one of the Club's founder members, has received a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Honours List this year.
Jill has been involved in athletics all her life since becoming an athlete at the age of 12. She was one of the founders of Radley Ladies AC back in 1972 and coached for over 40 years. Her specialist event is the hurdles and she coached many athletes to English Schools and National Championships, including myself. Jill was my first coach when I joined Radley as an 11 year old. She is still on Radley's Committee and is a life Vice President of Oxon AA also.
Jill was also an active track official at Club and County level and still helps now when she is able. She had spinal surgery in 2013 and more latterly sight issues which has stopped her driving, but she doesn't let that defeat her and still supports home fixtures with a magnifying glass in hand!
Jill has dedicated her precious time and energy to athletics, it’s development and its athletes so it is right and fitting that she is recognised for that contribution.
Jill received a regional England Athletics Award back in 2016 for her voluntary services to the sport, but I am so pleased that she has also been recognised in this special way for her contribution.
I spoke to Jill who said she was “over the moon” with the award.
As soon as we are able to, we will arrange a fitting Club celebration.
Well done Jill, very well deserved.
Club Chairperson, Jill’s former athlete and lifelong friend