The Vanessa Hilliard Award is presented annually in honor of Vanessa Hilliard (1941-2011). Vanessa was a pioneer among female masters throwers. She held numerous American and World masters age group records in the hammer, weight and super weight throws and was a frequent national champion or medalist also in the discus throw and shot put. It is presented annually to the female masters thrower of the year, the thrower with the outstanding achievements in a given year. Nominations should be submitted at least one week prior to the annual USA Masters Throws Championships to the USATF Masters Throwing Events Coordinator. The members of the Throwing Events Subcommittee select the recipient and the award is presented at the dinner during the Championships each year.
Recipients of the Vanessa Hilliard Award
2017 Gloria Krug