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Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

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Gary Howlett 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Matthew Threader matthewthreader@btinternet.com Parent to child he coaches

Reasons for Nomination

1) In my view the attendance at Epsom and Ewell training sessions has increased by 30% over the past 12 months due to "word of mouth" of how well structured and inspiring Gary is. The children not only increase their football skills under Gary's guidance, but also have fun and enjoy themselves. Gary not only provides a team environment with fantastic sportsmanship, he also takes the time to get to know each player on a 1-2-1 level and assess their ability and coach accordingly. 2) The under 9's (Gold's) had their 1st season (last season) together and were quickly promoted from division 5 to division 2 under Gary's leadership. At the end of the season the team came 1st at two tournaments and runner's up at the 3rd (three tournament's played in total). This has been down to the team culture Gary install's in the group of boy's and which has led to enable each of them to increase their personal performance. 3) As per number two above. 4) Gary remains professional at all times and is an unpaid volunteer giving up time on Thursdays for training (approx. 2 hours), Sunday football matches (depending on where, approx. 5 hours). Also guiding a Saturday team (Approx. 5 hours), not to mention all the phone calls, emails and texts he has to make/write/receive during the week. Very hard to say how much total time is spent as not all coaching is confined to the pitch, this may also be done by Gary off the pitch!! One last point, Gary has no child or relative in the team and so in my view shows his dedication is unquestionable for the work he puts in to creating and continually seeking excellence.
  1. Professional
  2. Approachable
  3. Dedicated

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Chris gauntlett 19 years or over

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vikki Godfrey vikkirose86@aol.com Mum of club member

Reasons for Nomination

Chris Gauntlett is an amazing coach at the boxing gym he doesn't just train the children there but also guides them. He's not just a coach but also a friend to to the members which gose along way. He has brought so many members so far in there careers and also given the younger members something to focus on and a dream for the future. This day and age it's difficult to get children and teenagers committed to something but Chris inspires everyone at the gym so much that his waiting list says it all. His passion for boxing has rubbed off so much that even the seven year olds want to be the next Ricky Hatton or Antony Joshua
  1. inspirational
  2. dedicated
  3. passionate

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Gareth Thomas 19 years or over

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Ava Thomas ava.l.thomas2005@icloud.com Daughter

Reasons for Nomination

He was positive and always encouraged us to do our best. We were able work better as a team and had better enthusiasm. Enabled players to set targets to enable the team to achieve results as one. Having not played for a few years and only coached his Battalion team in the Armed forces he has developed as a coach and quickly grasped guiding and coaching of young girls in the game of Rugby passing on his experience as well as learning from us. As a volunteer he gives up 1 hour ever Wednesday and majority of his Sundays to coach and mentor the team his approach is highly professional and is dedicated to the progress of the girls rugby which is evident at each game and training session you will hear and see him up and down the pitch giving advice and making sure our heads are always held high and he installs sportsmanship and fair play.
  1. Fun
  2. Loud
  3. Responsible

Epsom & Ewell Sports Council Sports Club of the Year

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Mo-ichido Shotokan Karate 19 years or over

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Sarah Lusted ssmaple@yahoo.co.uk Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Mo-ichido was formed 6 years ago as an independent karate club based at one site that has grown from humble beginnings with a mere 5 members. It has now become a club based at numerous sites with over 200 members. The club began its journey with only one instructor, now there are 2 instructors and a team of dedicated student volunteers, who are trained to teach younger children as part of their personal development and continued karate journey to gain black belt. Students range in age, ethnicity and ability. The youngest being 4 years old to adult level. Children embark on a karate path for various reasons, some for self defence, others to help with discipline or lack of confidence. Some of the children come to the club with behavioural and developmental issues, and where identified with the parent, the main instructor works closely with the child and parent to support this on an ongoing basis, with noticable positive changes that have great impact. Irrespective, the children go on to to form friendships outside of their daily school environment. The club operates 6 days a week with various training times for the wide age range and abilities so that everybody is welcome and accommodated. As a result, there is a constant buzz and positive family friendly atmosphere that becomes the hub for many families. Students are offered unlimited training, so they are able to choose to train for one hour per week to 6/7 hours depending on age and ability. Many of the students have joined from complete beginners and have progressed to the competition squad level, and are selected to compete on local, national and international level, achieving outstanding results and recognition. The club this year is home to 2 European gold champions, who also hold various national and international titles. We also have several national champions within the club. The club is currently working alongside Lovelace school and continues to work alongside local schools on a regular basis to offer demonstrations at school fetes, thus promoting an alternative activity to inspire children to get more active. The children at the club represent the club at these occasions and enjoy the opportunity to show off their knowledge and experience in these demonstrations.
  1. Diverse
  2. Dedicated
  3. Fun

Farnham Sports Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

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Gary Hales 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Stuart Clarke stuartjohnclarke@hotmail.com my son & daughter are coached squash by Gary

Reasons for Nomination

1. Made a positive impact by increasing and/or inspiring and encouraging others to improve in their sport My son & daughter started squash 3 years ago through a series of free lessons provided by Surrey Youth Games and coached by Gary Hales. Gary enthused them in the sport from day 1 and has kept them interested and developed their talent considerably over this period. Gary has a professional approach that teaches the children the technical skills, sportsmanship and teaming through his fun game based drill, regular mini-tournaments (with trophies) and entry as a team into Surrey Youth Games. The children have made a number of friends through their weekly squash lessons and are always keen to attend. Their improvement in the game through Gary's coaching was evident through their best performance to date as a team in the Surrey Youth Games.
  1. engaging
  2. professional
  3. committed

Disability Sports Award

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Emma Stephen 18 years or under

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Janet Stephen janetstephenbcs@gmail.com Grandmother

Reasons for Nomination

Emma joined the new Farnham Boccia club soon after it began. She had only played once before for Waverley and the Abbey school at Surrey Youth Games. She has always lacked confidencd when it came to sport and many other aspects of life. She has ADHD and ASD. playing boccia has helped her confidence. Her skills have developed considerably and she has gained in confidence talking to other members of the club. The club is opened to all ages and disabilities. Many of the regulars are considerably older than Emma and she talks to them all. She has been very encouraging of others and has shown a lot of good sportsmanship She listens to the coach's advice and tries really hard. She has a good sense of direction now and is learning more tactics. She is very keen to go and is it's a Sunday evening it's not always easy but she is very committed.
  1. Determined
  2. Generous
  3. Sporting

Senior Team of the Year

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Aldershot and Farnham hockey Club Ladies 1's 18 years or under

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Sara Nankivell nankivell.sara@gmail.com Club player

Reasons for Nomination

The team won promotion to England Hockey South League, seeing the four year plan they'd agreed on in 2013 come to glittering fruition! Finishing mid table last season the team worked hard in pre-season training and started the season as they meant to go on with inspiring team spirit and determination. The team actively support the back to hockey programme within the club - an initiative by England hockey to promote adults getting back into sport. A number of the team also support the junior section of the club in coaching roles, promoting the future of the club and encouraging juniors to stay in the sport. This social and unified team are keen to show that the traditional spirit of hockey is maintained - with regular team building outings including air hop, meals out and club nights alongside the post Saturday match teas hosed at our clubhouse for opposition and officials. The team have built up an impressive support team with crowds regularly turning out to watch their home games at Heath End school in Farnham. An impressive crown even travelled away with them to their final game of the season which was to see them secure victory over local rivals Haslemere to win the league!
  1. Team spirited
  2. Social
  3. Commited

Mole Valley Sporting Achievements 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

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Mr Phil Smith 19 years or over

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Ms Vicky Lanham head@charlwood.surrey.sch.uk Headteacher and PE Leader in School

Reasons for Nomination

Phil has been working with our school for the past 5 years. His enthusiasm and coaching skills have had a huge impact on the pupils in our small school. He has supported and developed our pupils to become confident sports girls and boys in all different sports from reception to Year 3. He has supported them in developing the resilience and passion for competitive sport. He has been a huge source of training for all of out staff too which has enabled them to become far more confident in teaching PE and sport. This has resulted in a school full of pupils who enjoy PE and sport as well as being very knowledgeable and skilled at a variety of sports. As there is very little competitive opportunities for Key Stage 1 pupils he has also developed multi skill events across the Horley Learning Partnership and beyond which has increased pupil opportunity. This means that there is a regular opportunity for Key Stage 1 pupils across 5 schools to compete as well as Young Leaders from 4 primary/junior schools and a secondary special school to develop their leadership skills. Whilst in the main this has been a paid role there have also been additional unpaid time put in to developing the KS1 competitions. His commitment towards sport and young people is outstanding and I highly recommend him as a nominee for a 2017 sporting achievement.
  1. Committed
  2. Passionate
  3. Fun

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John Callcut 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Monjur Elahi monjurelahi@msn.com Coaches my daughter

Reasons for Nomination

I started taking my daughter to Newdigate Cricket Club to take part on the Surrey Youth Games practise sessions where I met John who is one of the coaches there. John is a dedicated coaching staff who masters a good teaching technique. He influenced my daughter positively by providing more opportunities to engage with the game and opening up to the team. John has actively helped her to effectively communicate with her team to achieve common targets. My daughter was at a very basic level when she started the coaching sessions and over the period of only two months, she developed a good understanding on the game and started implementing the same. I can see the same inspiration being grown with in the girls group who were attending the sessions with my daughter. Clearly, John and his team has successfully motivated the young potentials who could lead the way going forward. Last but not the least, John has influenced me, at my age of 41 to come back to cricket. I wish John all the best.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Caring
  3. Professional

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Carolyn Stowell 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ally Reid ally.reid@surreycc.gov.uk School Games Organiser

Reasons for Nomination

1. Carolyn Stowell is the driving force for school sport within Dorking. Amongst her other accolades she has single-handedly transformed school sport at Surrey Hills primary school. The amount of children has significantly increased from 60% to 88%, inspiring even the least-active children to engage in extra-curricular and competitive sport. Particularly impressive that 47% who didn't do any extra-curricular last year have now been encouraged to during 2016/17. 2. Most impressive of all, for what is a school with only 157 KS2 pupils (just over 1 class on average per year group) they have won the Surrey Primary competition league beating out the likes of Ravenscote (5 form entry), Cleves (4 form entry) and every other school in Surrey to the coveted overall Surrey School Champions. For such a small school to win the award may never be matched! 3. They entered an astonishing number of events across the year competing in 13 different sports (up from 10 the previous year). 4. In addition to her monumental efforts in improving the PE and school sport offer at Surrey Hills, Carolyn also supports every Dorking infant, junior and primary school. Through her dedicated support and service 5 of the 8 primary schools have achieved the highest status of accreditation for school sport possible (GOLD school games mark). The other 3 have achieved SILVER, placing the district amongst the best in the country. Carolyn arranges a fixtures calendar for Dorking schools for over 50 different festival and competitions, all of which are either arranged by her through a strong community club link or personally run by her. No other association has as strong club links as Dorking which in almost solely down the hard work and enthusiasm of Carolyn (as I'm sure every club she works with will also testify). To top it off, as a coach her Surrey Hills sporting teams have won district events in Trigolf, Sportshall athletics, tag rugby, quicksticks hockey. She has an outstanding ability to get the best out of children, and teach the proper fundamentals and mechanics that allow every child to truly give their best. Surrey Hills went on the win the county Trigolf event & finish an incredibly close 2nd (pipped by 1 point by Cleves) in the sportshall athletics county final. Carolyn also managed the district team entry for the Quadkids school games competition managing children from 7 different schools.
  1. Passionate
  2. Dedicated
  3. Generous

Disability Sports Award

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Dawn Leach 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber info@leatherhead-gymnastics.org.uk Director of Club

Reasons for Nomination

Dawn has been coaching General Gymnastics at the Club and has been fundamental in developing the Disability Gymnastics programme within Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club. Her high level of commitment and skills have been an inspiration to the gymnasts and has resulted in gymnasts from the club achieving success at competitions. She acts as a role model / mentor to our younger coaches. Dawn has attended educational coaching courses for coaching people with disabilities and is always looking for new ideas. Dawn offered support to other members of our coaching team and encouraged them to join in the coaching of disability Gymnastics. She has strong links with the local schools and offers disability classes alongside mainstream classes on a Tuesday and Friday. Recently Dawn and other coaches at the club attended the Surrey Para Games. We held the South East Disability Competition at Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club on 9th July which she helped organise
  1. Enthuastic
  2. Encouraging
  3. Patient

Sports Club of the Year

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Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club 18 years or under

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Paul Garber info@leatherhead-gymnastics.org.uk Director

Reasons for Nomination

Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club was established in 1976 and now has a membership in excess of 1700. It makes a significant contribution to all levels of gymnastics from Pre-School, Gymnastics for All, Artistic Gymnastics, Team Gym and Disability gymnastics. We provide a school’s participation for local schools and Disability programme where we work with special needs schools and community programmes. As a Club it promotes an active trainee coaches programme with between 20-25 participating trainees. We have 12 young coaches who have either completed or are in the process of complete their level 1 qualifications this year alone. The Club also provides an important employment base in Mole Valley with 47 employees and works in partnership with Mole Valley Council and Surrey County Council. As a charity we offer support for children in need to enable participation. Since 1980 the Club has produced International gymnasts who have represented GB at all levels up to the Olympic Games. In the past 2 years we have 8 gymnasts which have competed internationally. Since the Club completed its 1st purpose built gym in 1980 two further training areas have been built to meet the demands of the sport. This contribution to gymnastics is “unique”.
  1. Committed
  2. Inclusive
  3. Supportive

Volunteer of the Year

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Pip Merrett 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Helen Goodman hlsgoodman@yahoo.com none

Reasons for Nomination

Pip has work tirelessly to introduce girls to the fantastic opportunities and skills that playing rugby can bring them. She has taught them about teamwork, respect, the health benefits of sport and how they can compete in what has traditionally been a male preserve. She has consistently organised training for contact rugby and touch rugby sessions helping them learn the skills of the game and helping them deal patiently and sympathetically with bruises and bumps. At the Worthing Tournament she was racing from one pitch to the other, keeping an eye on multiple games in appalling weather to ensure that her players were looked after and encouraged in every way possible. This came at the end of a busy weekend away for her and about 40 of the girls when she gave up her weekend to take them on an activity weekend where they worked together and got to know each other better to improve their knowledge of each other and to have fun whilst enjoying sport.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Dedicated
  3. Tireless

Young Sports Personality of the Year

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Sophie Scott 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber info@leatherhead-gymnastics.org.uk Director of Club

Reasons for Nomination

Sophie has continued to achieve significant results in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and is now a member of the Senior GB Squad. 2014 – selected into England Squad 1st England International 2015 – Selected into BG Junior European squad 1st Junior British 8th overall / 2 Individual finals. 2016 – British Junior Vault Champion. Member of GB Junior National Squad. GB International representative for several competitions. 2017 – Selected for GB National Senior Squad member. British Championships – 5th Overall qualifying for 2 individual apparatus finals. English Championships - Senior National Champion. Sophie is an inspiration to our young gymnasts and she attends lower level competitions to support our young gymnasts coming through.
  1. Committed
  2. Focused
  3. Inspiration

Reigate and Banstead Sports Awards 2017

Volunteer of the Year

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Olivia Saunders 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sammy Day sday@thebeaconschool.co.uk PE teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Olivia has worked tirelessly this year to achieve her sports leadership award and has gone above and beyond to ensure all of the events and sessions she has been involved with have been successful. Olivia has taken time to organise and plan outstanding sessions helping out with local school sports day, county events and in her PE sessions. Her enthusiasm has inspired other students to work for the award and she has committed herself fully to all that has been asked of her without second question. The students and staff that she has worked with throughout the course of the year have commented on Olivia's charisma and have loved working alongside her. Olivia is patient, resilient and calm when things do not go to plan, empathetic and most of all passionate. She works well on her own but also has a huge impact when working with others as a group. She is the perfect example of what a sports leader should be and I hope she takes the skills she has learnt and demonstrated continuously into her future adventures.
  1. Passionate
  2. Persistent
  3. Philopsophical

Young Sports Person of the Year

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China-Marie Kill 18 years or under

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Simone Jones s.jones@reigate-school.surrey.sch.uk PE Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

China has only been playing rugby for 2 1/2 yrs. Within this time she has joined Sutton & Epsom RFC which she became captain of shortly afterwards. She is also vice captain for Surrey and has now also made selection for South East England. China is a born leader and strives to be the best in every walk of life.
  1. Confident
  2. Committed
  3. Friendly

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Morgan Musgrove 18 years or under

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Simone Jones s.jones@reigate-school.surrey.sch.uk PE Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Morgan has a mature attitude when it comes to sport. He is very modest about his achievements and has been competing for the South East team for the last 2 years. He has also secured sponsorship from Better.
  1. Committed
  2. Intelligent
  3. Modest

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Amber Castles 18 years or under

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Simone Jones s.jones@reigate-school.surrey.sch.uk PE teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Although Amber has been involved in kick boxing since the age of 8 yrs old, she has only just made us aware of the high level she is now competing at. She is extremely proud of the fact that she is about to represent team GB in Macedonia in the European Championships this year. This is testament to her hardwork and commitment to a sport that she loves. She is a lovely girl who is liked and admired by many others.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Conscientious
  3. Talented

Spelthorne Sports Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

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Laura Quinn 19 years or over

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Raj Ladwa rladwa@laleham.surrey.sch.uk Colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Laura has a role in school to promote sport across all year groups. She always puts in countless extra time (unpaid) and her enthusiasm has had an amazing impact on sport in the school. Take up of clubs has increased with over 50% of the children in the school now engaged in extra-curricular organised sport this year. Her drive, determination and boundless energy has enabled Laleham School to achieve unprecedented sporting success over the past two years. We are currently Spelthorne League 1 District Sports Champions for athletics, winners of hockey and netball leagues and have achieved the Sainsburys Gold Mark for Sport. She teaches the children valuable social skills and has enabled those reluctant engagers to try a variety of non-mainstream sports. Laura is a valued member of our school and local community and she has won the respect of staff, parents, governors and the local residents association and we feel she would thoroughly deserve recognition as a champion of sport in Spelthorne.
  1. Dynamic
  2. Encouraging
  3. Passionate

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Mary - Leacroft Badminton club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

soraya raza soraya_raza@hotmail.com none

Reasons for Nomination

Mary and Richard both run the Sat morning club at Leacroft. My boys joined about 2 years ago and the payments were something like £1-2 only. Mary also runs the club for badminton at Our Lady of the Rosary school in Staines and does so with enthusiasm. She and Richard are always the first to be at the youth centre; they set up before we arrive, coach us, play with us and seems to enjoy the challenge too. The class lasts 2 hours and they are fine with our other brother popping in on the odd occasion if he wants to participate. They have also increased members too as we were about 10 or so and not there are 16 or so who play.
  1. Badminton-enthusiast
  2. caring
  3. patient

Volunteer of the Year

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Robbie Watson 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ian Robinson ianarobinson@aol.com Fellow Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Robbie has been a member of Staines Hockey Club for over 20 years. During that time he has performed the role of 2nd and 3rd team captain as well as Men's Club Captain, as well as a number of other voluntary roles within the club. This has included leading working parties to improve the facility, both the clubhouse and pitch area. The hockey club play their games on astroturf. There had been a pitch down for in excess of 15 years, the usual life of a pitch and the shock pad underneath is a maximum of 10 years. However for a variety of reasons the Club had not been able to afford to lay a new pitch despite applying for grants and support from Spelthorne Borough Council. Robbie took 'the bull by the horns' and with a 'can do' attitude and with unbelievable drive and motivation decided that he was going to make this happen, within 12 months. He wasn't going to sit back and take no for an answer. Robbie set out his strategy and proactively set about getting a group of others around him to support him during each stage, appreciating the skills of each of them. Robbie reached out to previous and current Club members and persuaded them that the project goals were achievable. He also engaged with and included the other sports clubs based at the pitch - Cricket, archery and football as well as the overarching association -Staines and Laleham Sports Association. Robbie embraced each phase, maintaining his enthusiasm, even when there were the usual hurdles and set backs. The stages included fundraising, grant applications, loan applications and the actual project including tendering process and the work to replace the astro turf. He also ensured that the hockey club became a Community Amateur Sports Club The astroturf was laid last September 2016 with the first games being played in October 2016. This has now featured in promotional video by Notts Sports with England Hockey women players taking part and praising the quality of the pitch. If that wasn't enough Robbie has also taken on the role of the external pitch hire coordinator, captained the 3's last season as well as organising some socials and working parties. He somehow also finds time for work, cycling and Sarah, his wife and 2 children. The external hire of the pitch has increased significantly since the new astroturf was laid, including walking football, colts football and even East Grinstead hockey club training on the pitch due to the quality. The Club has also hosted the Surrey Youth Games training. Robbie has also put in place a financial plan to be self funding of a new pitch within 10 years. Although there were a number of key people who deserve credit for assisting Robbie with this project without his vision, drive, passion for the club and desire to improve the facility for all then there is no doubt we would still be talking about it. In my view Robbie well deserves to receive the award for Volunteer of the Year in Spelthorne.
  1. Visionary
  2. Inspirational
  3. Legend

Nominee Details

Chris Copus 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Keith Robinson keithrobinsonwrs@gmail.com Vice President of Club

Reasons for Nomination

Chris & husband Jim joined the Club 4 yrs ago and immediately were happy to volunteer to help the Club with tea duties for the big County matches that the Club caters for. Jim is happy to be a car driver taking members to matches. They have brought their love of gardening by putting many back breaking hours weeding and laying gravel on the borders that has been rewarded in a vast improvement of the ground surrounding the Bowls Green which has brought very favourable comments from visiting teams this year saying such things as "how much better your Club is looking now". They work in a team that also includes 2 new members and lead by the President Marion Bushnell who presented Jim & Chris with the Ray Gilbert Plate which is awarded only by the Club President for outstanding contributions to the Club. Their enthusiasm & commitment to the Club is of the highest order and they still find time to put down their names. This Award if successful should go as a Joint one as I cannot split their efforts and commitments
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Committed
  3. Willing

Young Sports Personality of the Year

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George Sudderick 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Andrew Kennard andrew.kennard49@gmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

George has only been a member of Walton Athletics Club since July 2016, but what he has archived in a year has been truly outstanding and something I've never seen in 40years of involvement in the sport. As the Junior lead coach at the club I have been his direct coach for this time and have been responsible for his development so far. Although George is very new to the sport he has made such an impact he is already at National level and I am happy to admit that the decision to offer George a place at the club has been one of the best judgement calls I have ever made, and the contribution he has made to Walton Athletics Club, Surrey Athletics and National level athletics in this short space of time has been significant. Initially George worked hard to familiarise himself with the massive and complex technical side of Athletics, drills and core conditioning. But within a matter of weeks of joining he had effortlessly applied what he had learnt and was helping new athletes in the group, able to demonstrate drills in a confident manner and understand what was expected of him and become a vital lynch pin to the success of the junior group. George is a humble young boy who has a enviable work ethic when training, but remains unflappable, he always retains a calm and professional approach to all that he does, even for someone at such a young age. A credit to his willingness to learn and strive to be the best he can. During the past year George has familiarised himself with every aspect of Athletics and is not only adept at sprinting he is also more understanding of the body and what it takes to achieve success and what he needs to do. He is also both well liked and respected by fellow athletes and coaches within the club and a great role model to other aspiring young athletes. The key highlights without a doubt so far has been his gold medal winning performances at the South of England Indoor Championships and England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield in February, running against boys up to a year older George on both occasions won the 300metre titles. Moving on to the outdoor season he secured two Surrey County Athletics titles over 200 and 300 metres in May and in June he won the Surrey Schools Athletics 300metre title, which got him selected to represent Surrey Schools at the English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham, which he again performed credibly and won the junior boys 300metres title in 35:98, this time ranks him 12th on the UK all time lists, he also won the Spelthorne Schools Year 8 District 300metre title and in the process set a new championship record. His goals for the rest of the season are to be the best he can and try to do the double and win the outdoor England Athletics 300metre title in late August in Bedford. George is currently ranked number one in country over 300metres for an under 15 year old, but what makes this even more remarkable is he still has another full year in the age group. For someone so young not just in age but in training years he has sets standards not seen before at the club during its 75years existence and I fully support this nomination.
  1. Humble
  2. Professional
  3. Dedicated

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Leanesh 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mrs vytheki sivakumar vythekisivakumar@yahoo.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Leanesh is a batsman bowler wicket keeper and fielder he was awarded best batsman awarded by sunbury cricket club average of 92 mean he was awarded from hampton boys player of this season impressive not out 53 runs against Newzealand schoo sunbury club nominated for Hounslow borough for the selection . Leanesh won his silver medal for table tennis he won all four matches and unfortunately lost his final match he was highly impressed by school coach,Pearsonal coach and club coach we all are hoping future cricket star far England for cricket.
  1. Well talented
  2. Very good captainship
  3. Team worker lead the to win the matches

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Benjamin doherty 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sarah doherty sardoherty@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Ben had never played lacrosse before and decided to give it a go this year. He made significant progress and thrived! He helped his team to victory by scoring the majority of the goals and having outstanding team spirit. Hard work and determination are his motto. He exceeded all expectations and helped spelthorne to a bronze
  1. Determined
  2. Sportsmanship
  3. Spirit

Young Sports Team of the Year

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Ashford Town Albion U13s 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Amanda Sudderick asudderick@aol.com Parent

Reasons for Nomination

The U13 Ashford Town Albion football team have had their most successful season to date. 2017 Middlesex Cup winners, Manorcroft 6s, Old Isleworthians 6s and Ashford Town 6s tournament winners, and runners-up in the Premier Elite league in the Surrey Youth League for the second year running. The top goal scorer in the 2017 Premier Elite league also came from this team. The players have demonstrated a loyalty and dedication to their team. 6 of the current team have played together since the age of 6. Formerly Staines Albion, when that club folded before the 2016/17 season, the players were adamant that they wanted to stay together despite the uncertain future. As a result they moved to Ashford Town as a group and have, with their new and supportive Club and Team Manager, thrived; improving their technique, teamwork and fitness, which have all contributed towards their achievements. The team’s current manager is well respected by the players and parents alike, due to his fairness and transparency in how he deals with them. He ensured that all players played a part in the Middlesex Cup final, as recognition of their contribution over the season. He doesn’t tolerate dirty tactics on the field or off and rarely has to address this. He has fostered an attitude of playing hard but also being respectful of the opposition and officials. This has been demonstrated, in that there have been no red or yellow cards; no fines or complaints from the league or other teams over the course of the season. On one occasion the opposition could only field 10 players due to an injury and no subs. In response, our manager took off one of our players to maintain fairness. This team deserves to be recognised not only for their achievements this year, but because they are ambassadors for youth football. They always show respect for the referee and congratulate/commiserate with the opposition after matches. Indeed their sporting and respectful attitude to the defeated team in the Cup Final was recognised by both the FA and the losers themselves. They demonstrated how much representng Ashford Town meant to by ensuring they travelled to the Cup Final together as a team in a mini bus, and dressed in trousers, shirts and club ties. There are many younger teams at Ashford Town Albion and through the team's actions, they not only set a great example to these younger players, but also show that commitment and pride in your team and team mates can lead to positive outcomes. As a result of their achievements and successes and by being role models to these younger teams, they were also awarded Ashford Town’s Team of the Season award.
  1. Committed
  2. Respectful
  3. Successful

Nominee Details

Shelley Leftwich/Chris Couch 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jacqueline Manly Jacquimanly6@gmail.com Parent of the goalie

Reasons for Nomination

FC Sunbury Colts have moved from strength to strength since being founded in just 2011. In the 6 years since coming together the team have won the Surrey Primary League (2013), Tour champions (2014), champions of Division 2 (2015) May 2016 saw the team as runners up in the Conference League and after another fantastic season promoted from the Super League into the Championship of the Surrey Youth League. The majority of the boys have played football together since 2009, and this is clear to see in the dynamic of the team - they really are a Band of Brothers. A couple of the players moved away for a season, but are returning for the 2017/18 season as they didn't find the same connection with their other teams. They demonstrate regularly the discipline that playing in a team requires, and have been recognised in the past for their sense of fair play and sportsmanship. This is a truly extraordinary group of young people, brought together by a passionate, dedicated committee. I feel that the hard work, commitment & sheer determination to succeed from everyone from players to coaches warrants recognition, and this would be a fantastic reward for them. The three words asked for below have come from my son - he has no idea why I was asking him!!
  1. Close
  2. Family
  3. Friendship

Sport Godalming Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Johno Alford 19 years or over

Nominator Details

PC2487 Jim Lavery 2487@surrey.pnn.police.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

I have watched Jono over the years mature from boy to man and seen him evolve from a shy young boy attending the canoe club, to a confident, well rounded, mature and keen instructor. Nothing is too much for this man. His patience with the kids is amazing as he takes his time to explain and demonstrate to them different actions and techniques of kayaking. Jono is a unpaid volunteer at the club. Despite only being a young man and still finding his own way in the world of paid employment and life etc. He turns up week in and week out giving his time and obvious dedication to the young people for 3 or more hours on a Thursday evening and often for most of the day if their is a Saturday event. He assists at the Godalming Staycation year in year out, an all day event that aims to get people of all ages on the water. He is happy to attend and assist should there be any high need groups that wish to attend to experience life on the water. He was the first to volunteer when Surrey Police needed assistance in making a DVD aimed at young people showing the dangers of CSE(child sexual exploitation). Jono will go far in life. He continues to evolve and attend courses that will assist him, such as necessary first aid courses and instructor courses. It would be great for his dedication to be recognised in order to not only thank him on behalf of the many young people he has helped, but as a way to inspire him as I am sure he will go on to achieve a life time of volunteer work.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Calm
  3. Patient

Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Peter Harris 19 years or over

Nominator Details

PC2487 Jim Lavery 2487@surrey.pnn.police.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

The legend that is Peter Harris. If you were a young person, are a young person, know a young person and have been in Godalming over the last 15 years or more, then you probably know Peter Harris. He served the community as a police officer for many years before retiring. He helped set up the Go Godalming youth canoe club approximately 13 years ago, and has been a main stay attending week in, week out, whatever the weather during that time period. Despite retirement, ill health, different jobs, his own growing family, he remains the dynamo that continues to drive the club forward offering his knowledge, experience, skill and poor joke telling to generations of young people. Without Pete, I am sure his club would have been another statistic of long lost youth clubs in Godalming. He lives and breathes to help young people become involved in sport. He galvanises the other volunteers together with his infectious thirst to try new things and to push the young people to achieve more and more. He is always though conscious that we are not a competitive club, sport should be fun, it's about gently building up confidence that go on to gently assist with a young persons life and social skills. He does not judge individuals on past events, he does all he can to encourage young people to go forward, not backward, and to show them that with a little effort they can achieve great things. Peter dedicates all his spare time to sport. Previously involved in football and refereeing where he worked tirelessly often after a hard day or week of policing, he now dedicates more and more time to the young people of Godalming. He even went so far as to change his job in order to not miss out his weekly fix of instructing and helping others. Numerous youth groups, special needs groups use Peter as the point of conduct to give their members experience, fun, and confidence building skills on the water and the man himself absolutely loves it. You will never meet a more dedicated individual. This trait is infectious and he deserves to be recognised. Peter also had assisted with local school events, community speedwatch to name but a few.
  1. Driven
  2. Dedicated
  3. Patient

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Lisa Maycock 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Chris Early chriscearly@gmail.com Chairman of GLTC

Reasons for Nomination

Lisa has driven a step change in engagement and membership growth at GLTC over the last three years. Building upon the success of the clubhouse redevelopment, she has worked closely with our coach James Ambler to develop a series of Tennis Xpress courses targeted at adult beginners and those returning to the sport. From a low of 65 three years ago, the adult membership has increased to 118 and is still growing through the 2017/18 season! Lisa is extremely thorough at generating and following up enquiries from the public and especially good at encouraging people to take part. In addition she has helped with the planning of and running of major events, including our regular open days. Her hands on approach has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the club and everything we have to offer. Despite having to juggle employment and a busy family life with this voluntary role, she has consistently found time to speak to and meet new joiners in person, whilst also undertaking the regular Membership Secretary role. Lisa truly espouses the club's open and accessible approach and is fair and considerate in her dealings with all current and prospective members. She has massively helped to develop the current positive atmosphere at the club and the large volumes of great feedback we are receiving in person and online, especially via the social media channels that she has nurtured so effectively. What she has in effect done is turn the Membership Secretary role into a that of a fully fledged Business Development Manager. Personally Lisa has been a great support, helped me to take the performance of the club up a level and to further raise our ambitions.
  1. Friendly
  2. Open
  3. Focussed

Nominee Details

Claire Marshall 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jim Lavery jimlavery1@sky.com None (local police officer)

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate the lovely Claire Marshall for this award. She is the current chairman of GoGodalming youth canoe club, a voluntary organisation supporting young people in getting involved in canoeing, promoting team spirit and building confidence. Despite her own chronic illness and years looking after her own growing up family supporting them all with long term medical and physically challenging conditions, Claire has for many years turned up week in week it in all weathers to support, nurture, comfort and encorough the young members bank side. She helps run all the admin for the club, makes tea and chocolate for the tired, col and wet. And she offers a shoulder to cry on while advocating acceptable behaviour and inclusion for all and challenging and educating unacceptable young behaviour. Claire works tirelessly and passionately, always providing her services to all and rounding up long suffering husband Dean when extra help needed. Claire was also a special constable until health issues put a stop to this. She helps run Farncombe youth club. She also set up Northbourne Action Group proving help and support and community action days for the estate where she lives. This lady is unstoppable and she should be recognised for her community voluntary work supporting not only this, but also many others in the community.
  1. Kind
  2. Caring
  3. Amazing

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

joshua lowmass 18 years or under

Nominator Details

amber lowmass amberlowen@icloud.com mother

Reasons for Nomination

im nomainating josh because i feel he has achieved so much he in now training with the england team and competed with the european tif taekwon-do championships in liverpool this april
  1. brave
  2. inspirational
  3. fun

Nominee Details

Alvaro Mayo 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Kerry Fowler k.fowler@broadwater.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Al is a talented sports man who has worked hard all year. He is a natural basketball player and has been selected to play for the Under 13 South East England Basketball squad. He recently played in a Regional tournament held in Manchester and the team came 4th overall. He is a lovely lad and has a bright future ahead of him.
  1. Talented
  2. Unassuming
  3. Well mannered

Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

1st VII 18 years or under

Nominator Details

John Hatcher jsh@barrowhills.org Director of Sport

Reasons for Nomination

Barrow Hills is a very small prep school based in Witley. Our Year 7&8 has a total of 30 boys and 9 of them made it through to the U13 In2Hockey national finals in May. They made it through the county round and regional finals to get to to the final in Nottingham, beating schools over five times their size. The team consisted of only three club hockey players and the school only plays hockey for 8 weeks of the year. Hundreds of school compete in the In2Hockey tournament and Barrow Hills finished 9th in the country.
  1. Hard working
  2. Determined
  3. Passionate

Sport Guildford Awards 2017

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Nick Hayman 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Luke Wylie l.wylie@englishlacrosse.co.uk Friend/Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Nick Hayman has been an instrumental and yet unsung hero of Guildford Lacrosse Club. Without Nick's help the club would not be in such a strong position heading into next year. Throughout the year Nick has offered up the majority of his weekend and dedicated to club growth in any way he can. He has assisted the mens team in their first season in the South East Mens Lacrosse league by taking own the role of club official. Within our sport officials are few and far between and having our own official has been a tremendous benefit. It has allowed me as coach to focus on the gameplay and development of the team creating the right atmosphere. I haven't had to switch out of my coaching role to being an impartial official, I believe this is a huge positive yet it would not be possible without Nick. It has also meant that we don't have to rely on our players to step out of the game to officiate as so often happens in lacrosse. Furthermore, in Nicks role of club official he has built up an extremely valuable relationship with the local official staffing body for lacrosse. Using this relationship Nick has been able to acquire referees and umpires on my behalf for events such as the Junior Flags tournament which was held at Surrey Sports Park for the first time ever. Again this is largely in part to Nick offering up his own time to help bring a tournament like this to fruition. Nicks role within the club extends beyond being the club official. As well as offering his Saturdays up for the Senior team, he is also my Assistant coach for the Junior team on Sundays. As my assistant coach Nick is an extra pair of eyes and hands, he really helps the sessions move along smoothly allowing me to deliver a fun engaging session. The proof is in our ever growing base of players. The Junior club would definitely not be where it is today without his help. Finally, Nick has impacted on the wider issues in the sport beyond Guildford Lacrosse Club. Part of Nicks selflessness means he is always seeking to volunteer his time for the next event. He is now scheduled to help umpire at the Surrey Youth Games Lacrosse event and is signed up to volunteer at the Rathbones Womens Lacrosse World Cup on the 12-July to 22nd. He is a genuine unsung hero who never expects the thanks or praise but whole heartedly deserves it. His volunteering this year has truly helped to progress the sport of lacrosse.
  1. Selfless
  2. Caring
  3. Dedicated

Sport Haslemere Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach Of The Year

Nominee Details

Sam Cartwright 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jo Dobner jojodobnero@gmail.com Coaches my daughter at trampolining

Reasons for Nomination

Sam is a fantastic coach and has now been coaching my daughter for approx 3 years. He is always encouraging and whilst making everyone train hard he also makes the sessions fun. He not only coaches the squad but also the recreational and disabilities classes, all with the same enthusiasm. Since coaching my daughter she has qualified for NDP Regional team finals two years in a row. Both years he has given up his own time to attend the Birmingham based weekend long competition, as a volunteer and this year he was chosen to represent the South region as one of only 8 coaches for the weekend, thus demonstrating how the region have now recognised his great coaching skills. Swallows trampoline club operates on a not for profit basis and although the coaches are paid, they also carry out volunteer hours each week in order to sustain the club. I'm not sure how many hours Sam coaches each week but would guess around 10 -14 as an average but many more volunteered hours are spent outside of standard coaching, with planning and competitions etc
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspiring
  3. Fun

Junior Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Beacon Hill United U13s 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alex Gowing alex_gowing@yahoo.co.uk Vice Chair of club

Reasons for Nomination

The U13 United team at Beacon Hill Jnr FC are the first team in 27 years of the club's history to win a North East Hants Youth league title in the top Premiership division, an outstanding achievement built over the last 7 years by their head coach Domonic King. The club has recently won many accolades in lower divisions but has recently seen teams performing at all levels and making an impact in Surrey and Hampshire. The club has had a policy of football for all, welcoming players from other clubs that may not see much football and as a result built a loyal and committed membership
  1. Focussed
  2. Bonded
  3. Committed

Sports Club Of The Year

Nominee Details

Lynn Joyce 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jo Dobner jojodobnero@gmail.com Daughter attends club

Reasons for Nomination

Swallows Trampoline Club is a not for profit community based Club that makes a real difference to so many people in the community. It offers clubs at both Woolmer hill school as well as Mill Chase which is free for students. It also offers disability classes which allow participation to a group so often sidelined in sport. The club has made a huge difference to my daughter in increasing confidence and she is now happy to compete in formal competitions at regional and national level. There are fantastic role models in the club as the older children undertake volunteer coaching as part of DofE award and then go on to do their coaching badges. There is a great culture where they all respect and encourage each other in their development as gymnasts and all the coaches really get to know the children and give up lots of time to promote the club in the community and attend competitions with the squad. Swallows is a fantastic club where children thrive and realise that with hard work, dedication and lots of fun, they can achieve their individual goals
  1. Professional
  2. Encouraging
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Swallows Trampoline Club 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul McIntosh paul.mcintosh@sanofi.com volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate the trampoline club for their continued work and free classes offered after school at both Woolmer Hill and Mill Chase schools, encouraging all ages of school children to take part and remain in active sports by offering competitive (competition options) and non competitive recreation classes. This also helps maintain and develop the future participation beyond school and hopefully grasps an interest where we have seen several of our team then become young coaches and continue in the sport into college and university. The ethos of the club is to try and help and develop the older teenagers into "level zero" coaches to maintain the enthusiasm and drive for the younger members, this also puts them in great stead for future jobs and university placements where often application forms ask about part time and voluntary work experience. A further benefit to this club is their disability classes where an unusually inclusive approach is taken to what can be a challenging and sometime dangerous sport (bouncing at height) the club aims to where possible hold classes where different trampolines have different ability and indeed classes for those needing extra help and support, where ambition can be driven by the more able bodied and assisted coaching can take place Most recently the club has developed some rising stars in amongst its squad team, slightly more experienced and aiming for region and national competitions. For this to happen they have had several fund raising activities to raise money for a training rig (rope assisted) harness to practice and learn more advanced moves without the danger of head landings, despite costing over £800 per harness the club has invested in two sizes so that ability and size of participant is not considered a restriction. This wonderful and inclusive club which accomadates children and adults some which can't make every week has continued to thrive and would truly benefit form the recognition of their outstanding work in Haslemere and Bordon locations
  1. Fun
  2. Inclusive
  3. Proactive

Nominee Details

Beacon Hill Jnr FC 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alex Gowing alex_gowing@yahoo.co.uk Vice Chair of club

Reasons for Nomination

Beacon Hill Jnr FC has been welcoming young players for 27 years, but in the last 5 years grown significantly for a small village club, based on the loyal and dedicated support of its members, players and nearly 60 coaches. Now with 380 players going in to the 2017/8 season the club still welcomes players of all abilities. Creating opportunities for players who may not get the time and opportunity to play at other clubs. An area of the club that we are particularly proud is the growth of our 'Girls Aloud' squads, all girl teams playing against boys team. This season we will see 50 girls playing from U8- U11. Recently the girls were runners up at the National ESF tournament played at England's St Georges park. They have also seen a grant award from Grow the Game foundation, which recognises and supports growing the girls game. In 3 years we have gone from 3 girls to 50 in the club.
  1. Inclusive
  2. friendly
  3. successful

Sport Woking Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

This is an Active Surrey test - please ignore 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Test antoinette.sullivan@surreycc.gov.uk Test

Reasons for Nomination

Just testing - Antoinette (Active Surrey)
  1. test
  2. test
  3. test

Nominee Details

Irene Holden 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alex Reeve alexander.reeve@gmail.com None (parent of a child in her team)

Reasons for Nomination

Irene puts so much energy and enthusiasm into gathering and developing the team. She guides the children and their parents through all the technicalities without ever getting frustrated. She is an expert at drawing in volunteers to help with all the ancillary work. The children really like and respect her. My son has been in her team last year and this year, and it has given him such a lift! Her technical knowledge, the attention to detail, and the tireless energy should naturally shine through in the results. Indeed, under Irene's guidance Woking have won the Surrey Youth Games swimming event for 9 (I think) years straight, and this year won by an ENORMOUS margin. I can't imagine there is anyone more worthy of an award
  1. Cheerful
  2. Helpful
  3. Focussed

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Team Manager of the Year

Nominee Details

Irene Holden 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Frances Reeve frances_cheng@email.com none

Reasons for Nomination

Irene has volunteered at Woking swimming club for many years. She also volunteers in a lot of county and regional events. She is always encouraging young swimmers and has achieved 8years of continuous success with Woking swimming team at the Surrey Youth Games.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Determined
  3. Positive

Nominee Details

Simon Clifton 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Anna Menzies annamenzies@ntlworld.com Parent of participant

Reasons for Nomination

My daughter is new to cricket but Simon gave her as much attention and encouragement as the other, very talented, players he already knew well from his club. He also put two teams in to the competition ensuring everyone got a chance to play. My daughter has joined a cricket club as a result of her experience and will, I hope, continue in the sport.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Sportsman

Nominee Details

Irene Holden 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nick Hornzee nickhornzee@hotmail.com Father of team member

Reasons for Nomination

I truly believe that Irene and her team did an absolutely brilliant job for the Woking Swimming team, which resulted in a convincing victory. Not only have we seen the swimmers improved over the training sessions, but the team spirit they showed was truly inspirational - which I don't doubt for one second was described and encouraged by Irene & team. My daughter competed for the first time this year and thoroughly enjoyed her experience (helped with a win!) and that is also down to Irene's selection of events for the swimmers to allow them to race, recover and support their team throughout the event.
  1. Organised
  2. Encouraging
  3. Fair

Nominee Details

Irene Holden 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jennifer Christian jennifer_christian@yahoo.co.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

From the moment my son joined the other children she was so welcoming and made him feel at ease and was able to help him relax and get the best out of him. Throughout the training sessions she was motivating the children from the beginning to the end as well as keeping the parents informed of their progress and areas she felt the children should focus on. She made the training and the actual competition both enjoyable and fun whilst motivating and getting the most out of the children.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Helpful
  3. Knowledgeable

Nominee Details

Melanie Capper 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Melanie Capper melaniefcapper@aol.com Parent of player

Reasons for Nomination

Simon has been an excellent coach. He has constantly encouraged the girls throughout their journey leading them to both gold and bronze medals. He is incredibly patient yet firm with the girls and has dramatically improved their cricket skills throughout the training. An absolute star thank you Simon for giving up your free time to produce a fantastic bunch of enthusiastic young cricketers!
  1. Skilled
  2. Patient
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Irene Holden 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Tomoko Sugimoto guko_jp@hotmail.com My daughter swam for Woking. Irene was the team manager.

Reasons for Nomination

Irene has been working so hard to put the team together and lead the team to achieve such a great result. She was very kind and encouraging to the children. We (kids and parents) all enjoyed the event so much.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Organised
  3. Warm

Nominee Details

Simon Clifton 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Miss K Crane-Bentley kcranebentley@hotmail.com Parent of child he coached

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Simon for this award as his level of coaching is second to none and he challenged the girls to reach their full potential at all training sessions. Simon also had time for the girls individually so they could all focus on what they needed to improve on
  1. Dedicated
  2. Patient
  3. Knowledgeable

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Woking Swimming Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Frances Reeve frances_cheng@email.com none

Reasons for Nomination

Woking Swimming Team has won the last 8 successive Surrey Youth Games. Under Irene Holden's guidance, the children flourished and work hard and encourage each other.
  1. Winning
  2. Team-work
  3. Sporting

Nominee Details

Woking girls cage cricket 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Anna Menzies annamenzies@ntlworld.com Team member's mother

Reasons for Nomination

The two Woking teams came 1st and 3rd and played each other in the semi finals. Some of the girls in the 2nd team had only just started playing cricket but were praised by the umpire at the end for their sportsmanship and the fact they consistently 'backed up' each other - more than any other team. Their captain Zoe did a very good job of leading her team without telling them what to do!
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Sporting
  3. United

Nominee Details

Woking Borough Swimming team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Ramon Zabarte ray.zabarte@gmail.com No relationship

Reasons for Nomination

A comprehensive win against the other boroughs and a great team spirit with great sportsmanship.
  1. Determined
  2. Competitive
  3. Friendly

Nominee Details

Girls U11 Cricket Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paula Clifton paulajclifton@gmail.com Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Both Woking teams were well organised, effectively communicated and remained positive and enthusiastic, despite the soaring temperatures. They were truly focused, organised and inspired despite some tough opposition. Even the Woking v's Woking semi final was conducted in a focused but well humoured match where neither team wanted the opposition to win or lose. The teams showed resilience and always first out to welcome and thank the opposition. Woking should be very proud that so many girls wanted to play cricket in a male dominated sport.
  1. Determined
  2. Positive
  3. Communicative

Nominee Details

Woking U11 Girls cricket team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Melanie Capper melaniefcapper@aol.com Mother

Reasons for Nomination

The U11 girls cricket team won both gold and bronze. They showed an exceptionally high level of cricket - the girls that won gold winning the final easily. They showed fantastic team spirit with their constant encouragement of each other throughout the tournament- comments were made about this by the organisers at the presentation. In fact I have never witnessed such an excellent team spirit. Fantastic win for a fantastic bunch of girls!
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Supportive
  3. Talented

Nominee Details

Woking Girls Cricket 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma Bromhead e.bromhead@sky.com Parent of a player

Reasons for Nomination

The team have worked hard and over the weeks have really improved and shown they understand the game of cricket. They demonstrated great team playing and sportsmanship at the Games, one team coming first and the other third.

Nominee Details

Girls cricket years 5 and 6 at Pyrford cc 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paula Way willspaula@hotmail.com Mother of one of the girls

Reasons for Nomination

All girls have played so well all season and came first and third at the youth games. The team that came third only lost 1 game. The girls have all grown in confidence and developed a love for the sport.
  1. Teamplayers
  2. Hardworkers
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Girls cricket under 11's 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Miss K Crane-Bentley kcranebentley@hotmail.com Mother of a child in the team

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating the under 11's girls cricket team as their team spirit was amazing! They supported and communicated with each other at every moment which lead to them picking up both bronze and gold medals! Their enthusiasm shone through and despite the weather being scorching they managed to keep their cool and retain their title!
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Team spirit
  3. Determined

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Sarah Price 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sarah Price sarah_price@me.com None

Reasons for Nomination

I have never come across a club with such enthusiastic coaches of such an inclusive attitude. My daughter joined in sep 2016 not keen on hockey, and by April 2017 she was lovibgbi! I can also say that having learned hockey at school myself, I learned more watching her weekly sessions than I ever did in my own hockey lessons! It's such a great club that having hated hockey at school, I'm even contemplating joining myself! What I also love is that they aren't like some clubs that won't let their members play competitively until they are older or have had several years coaching, WHC actively encourages each and every member to sign up for a match even if theyv been only playing for a couple of weeks. And usually everyone who signs up is included on a team. It really has opened my eyes to how a sporting club can be, and is unlike any other club I have wver signed my daughter up to. If only all clubs were like this UK sport would be really thriving and I truly believe there would be no childhood obesity. I'm not affiliated with the club in any way other than what I have mentioned, but they so deserve to win! I really hope they do.
  1. Fun
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Enccouraging

Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Woking AC Academy 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Steve Hill hill1968@hotmail.com Chairman of Woking AC

Reasons for Nomination

The Woking AC Academy is part of Woking AC, the Academy specifically, caters for School Years 4,5 and 6 (U11 and some U13s). The U11s compete in the Quadkids section of the Wessex Young Athletes Track & Field League, there are 24 teams in this league, from as far as the Isle of Wight and out to Salisbury and Swindon. There are 4 matches through the athletics season were the youngsters have to compete in 4 disciplines, 75m Sprint, 600m Jog, Long Jump and through a Vortex/Howler (kind of Javelin for youngsters). Gaining points for themselves as well as the team depending on how fast, how far or how long, they ran, threw or jumped. The were regular comments from the officials on how well behaved and polite the the youngsters were. They won 4 matches however they were 45 points behind the top team going into the final round the young athletes saved the best for last as they got there highest match total of the year and didn't just make up the 45 points deficit we ended up 27 points clear at the top. This is the first time that Woking AC Academy have won this league the future is indeed bright at Woking AC and for the sport of Athletics in general.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Determined
  3. Happy

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Woody Swain 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma Timblick emma.daly84@ntlworld.com Child attends football club

Reasons for Nomination

Woody has worked with the younger age group at GPRFC and has proven himself to be enthusiastic, patient and incredibly encouraging with the children. He also volunteered for the Surrey youth games 2017 in both badminton and as an official at the games. Again he was amazing with all the children, my daughter included. He encouraged the team without putting pressure on them and enabled the children to focus on having fun and enjoying their sport. He is such a patient person and really relates to the children during their coaching.
  1. Patient
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Encouraging

Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Lekan Popoola 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Vanessa Gordon vgordon@hotmail.co.uk Volunteer for club

Reasons for Nomination

Lekan played basketball as a professional for Surrey Heat before starting his own club for under 18 and under 16 year olds. He has developed the club over the past 6 years into a family friendly, competitive successful club it is today. The teams range from 6 year old up to 18 year old and also this year he has started to develop an adult team so the over 18's can continue to play as adults. Lekan has developed young coaches to help him coach some of the younger teams and mentored them on their journey as well as coaching the older lads himself He is passionate about the young people in every team and takes time out to develop each and very player so he get the best out of everyone. Lekan is loved by all and continues to play basketball himself for the Westminster Warriors. He encourages the parents and supporters to be part of the club and be involved in every aspect of the Surrey Rams. Lekan sees potential in his players and has a great attitude to being able to develop the young people to achieve their best. He is very much respected by all his players and this shows on court when tensions run high. He is well respected and very much deserving of this award.
  1. Passionate
  2. Caring
  3. Commited

Nominee Details

Trevor Seal 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Zoe Hastings zoelball@yahoo.co.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

Trevor just has an aura about him that puts you at ease. He is very good at encouraging and bringing the best out in people. He made the training sessions exciting and fun, which left the children happy and looking forward to the next session. I truly believe my childs keen interest in continuing with Boccia is down to Trevor's outlook and ability to make them realise their capabilities.A real asset to the games.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Caring
  3. Admirable

Outstanding Service to Sport

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David Gill 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Heidi Attree theattrees@btinternet.com Son is coached by David

Reasons for Nomination

My son has been playing tennis for the past 4 years with David Gill and his helpers. They have supported all the children with lessons, tournaments and encouraging fair play. Very friendly atmosphere at the club and my son enjoys the lessons, holiday courses, surrey youth games and tournaments. I think David deserves this award for his hard work in the surrey Heath area.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Fair
  3. Friendly

Young Sports Personality of the Year

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Phoenix Govey-Gray 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma Wilson e-jay01@hotmaol.co.uk Parent (and biggest fan)

Reasons for Nomination

In this last year Phoenix has made huge personal progress in judo, she has worked hard to overcome injury and confidence in her performances. Her dedication and hard work has resulted in her selection to attend training camps in France Belgium, holland and Spain, all of which helped her build confidence,knowledge and skill in her performance resulting in being offered a place on the England Judo squad. Phoenix won a place on the southern area team and Surrey squad where she was selected for the intercounties tournament fighting for Surrey as both a junior and a senior. Winning medals in both catagories. Phoenix was selected for national teams too. Phoenix has exceeded expectations this year winning 3 bronze medals, 5 silver and 4 gold medals. She is a 2016 national medalist where she fought with a broken finger, international medalist and Northern Ireland champion! As well as her personal achievements Phoenix has continued her role as a referee and has also been coaching children 8-13 yrs old taking them to competitions, giving advice and coaching matside assisting the younger children to reach their own goals and win medals.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Respectful

Young Volunteer of the Year

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Mikayla Dodson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mark Stuart Dodson mark.dodson@ntlworld.com Father and Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Mikayla has shown a great deal of passion in helping with the set up of the Camberley Town Youth FC Under 11s girls team this season. She has been one of the go to girls for her fellow team mates and younger girls that train with the team. Her ability and confidence on the pitch has greatly improved along with her confidence and understanding of the game off the pitch. She was 1 of 2 young helpers at the Surrey Youth Games 2017
  1. Passionate
  2. Determined
  3. Sporty

Tandridge Trust Sports Awards 2017

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Lucy Ashdown-Parkes 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Laura Mallett lauramallett@sky.com Parent of child coached by Lucy

Reasons for Nomination

As well as being a dedicated and commited swimming coach at De Stafford sports centre, Lucy put together, at very short notice, a swimming team to represent Tandridge at the Surey Youth Games. There was no time for trials or training, but Lucy still managed to field a team, from a variety of schools and swimming clubs, that came away in a respectable 9th position. Lucy spent her own Sunday afternoon, the weekend before the games, at Surrey Sports park so that the children could experience the 50 metre pool as they were nervous having never swum in one. The team were run very professionally and supported each other well - you would never have known that some had never met each other before the games! Lucy has also been an incredibly valuable coach to both my chidren in developing and improving their swimming ability, encouraging us to progress to competitive swimming.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Friendly
  3. innovative

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Alexandra Merisoiu 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Esmeralda Dujmovic edujmovic@gmail.com Client

Reasons for Nomination

Alexandra is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan. She has won 32 podiums since moving to London and joining the Shotokan Karate Centre England association. Alexandra is a 3 times IJKA world champion, the WMO European champion and has been National Champion several times. Imparting her wisdom and experience, Alexandra opened a traditional Shotokan Karate club in Oxted in February 2016. Here she coaches both children and adults in an inspirational way through building strong, lasting foundations. Alexandra created The Merisoiu Technique and has established her own unique transformational programs that incorporate thousands of years of knowledge with Natural Human Movement. She uses this knowledge to specialise in working with runners who want to run faster, further, with less effort and fewer injuries. Alexandra is an asset to the Oxted and wider Surrey sporting world by contributing to the community through coaching and educational sessions. It is because of this and her continuing success in Karate that Alexandra deserves to win Tandridge Trust's Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Driven
  3. Disciplined

Nominee Details

Alexandra Merisoiu 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Matthew J. Watts matthew@kennedypr.co.uk Student

Reasons for Nomination

Alexandra started the Oxted Shotokan Karate Club a little over a uear ago. From four students it has now grown to over 20. My fellow students and I have graded consistently every 3 months and no student has ever failed a grading. Sensei Alexandra is an excellent teacher, and a shining example to all of her students. She has been ranked 1st in WMO BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPSIONSHIP, 2nd and 3rd at WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2 times NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPION, WORLD CUP CHAMPION. She competed at the World Championships in Ireland recently and was crowned triple world champion. She won gold in Kumite (sparring), individual and team Kata (patterns). She will also be grading later this year for her 4th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Alexandra not only teaches and competes in Karate Alexandra is known as The Body Engineer and is the founder of The Merisoiu Technique Institute Of Health And Natural Human Movement™. She works with men and women entrepreneurs re-engineering how the body functions to run like clockwork. She works with people who have a passion and want to excel through strong foundations. It is more than just fitness and fun, it is body mastery based on Martial Arts Wisdom and Natural Human Movement. Her clients are passionate and dedicated to get the results they seek. She has done this through using many different sporting techniques and working with a wide variety of highly respected coaches.
  1. Disciplined
  2. Inspriational
  3. Knowledgeable

Nominee Details

Alexandra Merisoiu 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Della Skeates dellaskeates@icloud.com Student

Reasons for Nomination

Alexandra has more than made significant progress in her field of sport and exceeded expectation in her sporting performance. Since moving to Oxted at the beginning of 2016 ago she has been WMO European champion and National Champion several times and then this year alone is 3 times IJKA world champion. Being a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate Shotokan herself Alexandra opened a traditional Shotokan Karate club in Oxted in Feb 2016 which is going from strength to strength with recent podium places for her students at the SKCE nationals. This is a club for both children and adults who are benefitting from Alexandra’s dedication, commitment, never ending enthusiasm and motivation. In addition to this Alexandra runs Natural Movement classes which take place outdoors in the beautiful Surrey countryside, her passion for exercise is infectious and I don’t think I have ever met anyone more inspiring in the world of fitness. On a personal level I have never felt so strong and so fit through The Merisoiu Technique which Alexandra founded.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Motivating