2016 Innovation Awards category winners named

2016 Innovation Awards category winners named
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The Overall Innovation Award will be presented during the Golden Tracks ceremony in Funchal on 15 October.

European Athletics has announced the three best in category projects for the tenth edition of the European Athletics Innovation Awards. 

The three winning projects will now be considered for the Overall Award, which includes a prize of 10,000 Swiss francs that will be presented at the European Athletics Golden Tracks in Funchal, Portugal, on 15 October.

Making the announcement, Jean Gracia, the European Athletics Vice-President who chaired the seven member international awards jury, said “on behalf of European Athletics, I want to thank all those who invested their time and effort by submitting projects for the Awards. After very careful consideration, the judges have arrived at a list of category winners, all of which have the potential to make a difference in athletics.”

The winning projects are:

·       Coaching Category: Does periodization matter? The effect of different high intensity periodization models on endurance adaptations by Øystein Sylta, Norway.

·       Open Category : Thank God for Stretch Jeans -A study on "female throwers" view on body and ideal by Matilda Elfgaard  , Sweden

·       Promotion Category: #clickyourclock weekly competition by Geoff Wightman and Gavin Lightwood , Great Britain and Norther Ireland.

The authors of each of the winning projects will receive a cash prize of CHF 2,000.

In addition to the three winners, the jury recognised 10 projects with certificates of Honourable Mention – four in Coaching, one in Technology, one in Promotion and four in the Open category,

The jury decided not to name a winner in the Technology Category.

The criteria used to evaluate the entries were “quality” and “relevance to athletics”.

The European Athletics Innovation Awards were created to encourage research and the sharing of new ideas leading to the promotion and development of the sport of athletics. The biennial competition was initiated in 1998 as the European Athletics Science Awards and is open to sport scientists, coaches, students and others with a good idea anywhere in Europe.

This year’s awards attracted 31 entry files with from 18 countries.

Great Britain's Scott Grace with the 2014 Overall Prize next to Adam Gemili holding his Rising Star trophy at the Golden Tracks ceremony in Baku two years ago.
Great Britain's Scott Grace with the 2014 Overall Prize next to Adam Gemili holding his Rising Star trophy at the Golden Tracks ceremony in Baku two years ago.