The Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club Inverurie Satellite was established in January 2018 and was nominated for Aberdeenshire Sports Awards 2018 Club of the Year.
TRACEY BAXTER is a qualified Assistant Coach.
She was instrumental in bringing children’s athletics to Inverurie, alongside Active Schools.
Tracey has been involved with coaching at the satellite since it began, when her children started in athletics. She started as a parent helper and completed the Assistant Coach qualification in March 2019. She hopes to complete the Athletics Coach qualification soon.
Tracey enjoys running and has completed various 10k events including Run Garioch and the Baker Hughes 10k. She enjoys helping out at various clubs at Kellands Primary School.
Tracey says “I really enjoy coaching children. I think it’s really important that sport is accessible to all children for their health and wellbeing”.
JAN DUGUID is a qualified Assistant Coach.
She has been involved with coaching children at the satellite since it was established in 2018. She started as a parent helper and completed the Assistant Coach qualification in March 2019. She also has experience coaching athletes with a disability, in particular RaceRunning.
She is keen on running and has completed the Run Garioch 10k. Jan is also involved with gymnastics and community events in her village.
Tracey and Jan are sisters.
RUTH WATSON is a qualified Event Group Coach.
She first became involved in athletics when she joined Haddington Running Club, after being inspired by Paula Radcliffe winning the 5000m at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002. “I was in my 30’s, running mainly on my own for fitness, and wanted to compete in cross country, road races and marathons. Joining a club introduced me to a whole lot of like-minded people and the chance to train in a group and be part of a team. I particularly enjoyed the camaraderie when we went to races. I became a parent helper in the junior section, when my children joined the club, and completed the Assistant, Coach and Event Group qualifications. I have since gone onto work in athletics and have been the Pathways Development Officer and now the Community Development Officer at Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club, where I have been responsible for establishing and developing the club satellites”.
Ruth has completed many 10k, half marathon and marathon races, including the London marathon. Latterly, she competed in the shorter sprint distances, 100m and 200m, and the shot putt. She has won several Scottish Masters Championships for her age group.
“In my younger days, I loved taking part in cross country and off-road races- the muddier the better. My favourites were the Borders XC Series and East Lothian Summer Series”.
Ruth coached conditioning and movement skills at Team East Lothian, before joining AAAC in 2015.
“I really enjoy coaching athletes of all ages, particularly those starting off on their athletics journey. I help build confidence in their own abilities and try to inspire and motivate the athlete to reach their full potential”.
Her athletics idols include Paula Radcliffe, Michael Johnson, Zoey Clark, Jamie Bowie and Vern Gambetta.
Ruth was shortlisted for Scottish Athletics Club Coach of the Year 2020, along with her daughter and fellow coach Rachel Watson.