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Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

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James Peters 18 years or under

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Rhys Fesnoux rhysfesnoux@live.com friend

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Over the past 12 months James has developed so much as a coach and has been a key reason for Glyn School and Sutton & Epsoms success this past season. Despite being in the same school year as the 1st XV rugby team at Glyn School, James individually led an entire pre-season training programme for the team and in reward he was the teams 1st XV Coach for the season. Leading the side to the 4th round of the National Cup James was able to balance a competitive environment with making sure all his team were happy with their role in the team and getting sufficient game time too. For the first time on record, Glyns 1st XV won more than 50% of their games across the season, an incredible feat for a team playing against private schools every week. The season finished with a clash with local rivals Freemans, to mark the occasion, James played a key role in organising the game to be held at Cobham Rugby Club. On a Friday night under the floodlights it was amazing that a crowd of over 500 people turned up to watch. Balancing the role of 1st XV coach with high quality training every week and one or two fixtures a week with studying for his A-Level exams that were in June was quite incredible and a huge credit to James' dedication to Rugby and his passion for coaching. Doing this at just 18 is quite a remarkable feat but it doesn't finish there. He goes even further above and beyond by running the schools rugby website and James was also Head Coach of the Sutton & Epsom U11s, and also frequently helped the U13s and U15s, doing all of this seemed to many like way too much work for just one person but James always managed to fit it into his busy life and he has developed a very adaptable, unique and successful coaching style for coaching almost all ages and abilities of players, which very few people in the country have, let alone at the age of just 18. Due to complete his Level 2 badge before 2018 ends there is no doubt that James has every chance of future and bigger successes within the rugby industry and his nomination for this award is truly deserved. He spends multiple and sometimes countless hours a week working in rugby and so many people across the borough are so grateful for all he has done. The girls section at Sutton and Epsom also had its most successful season with James playing a part in their success too. James continues to stay in touch with colleagues and friends at the RFU and was given some matchday coaching work during the 6 Nations this year, earning his part-time contract as an "All Schools Coach" has allowed James to continue doing some work at Twickenham and James also took his school team to Pennyhill Park- England's training complex, for a session with the England U20 Coaching staff. This was an experience that the team will never ever forget and the memories created from the day are ones that James will have great pride in being able to have provided the boys with.
  1. Passionate
  2. Integral
  3. Inspirational

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Mary Mannion 19 years or over

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Terry Hewett terry.hewett@easy2solve.com She is my walking football coach

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Mary started organising and coaching walking football sessions in the area over five years ago and has encouraged many retirees like myself to participate in the weekly sessions and also walking football tournaments. She is well known across the region including by the Surrey FA. She organises the sessions well, makes them fun, and these sessions are extremely popular. She also plays in a local women's football team once a week and does well in local and national tournaments. The benefits to the walking footballers she coaches have been immeasurable covering better fitness, health and well being. Although most of the walking footballers are in their 50's and 60's we now have many over seventies like myself that have been coming to these sessions for years including one over eighty.
  1. Great coach and leader
  2. Good footballer
  3. Very supportive

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Laura Davison 19 years or over

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Thomas Loveless thomas-loveless@live.co.uk Partner

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Laura had had a huge impact in the Epsom & Ewell borough when it comes to netball and girls participating in sport. She began as a coach 8 years ago and has gone on to develop her own club and netball in local schools across the borough. She has spent many hours planning, dedicating and enjoying the development of netball in Epsom and Ewell. Many youngsters will know Laura well from club netball, the Surrey youth games process or from primary school netball. She is a brilliant role model to the young people in our borough and manages to do all this whilst juggling her time as a primary school teacher too. She spends roughly 5 hours a week volunteering her time to the sport she’s most passionate about to enable others to have opportunities. Despite having a busy schedule and trying to provide netball and opportunities to the young people of our borough she has continued to work along side team Epsom and Ewell in providing netball for the Surrey youth games for the past 5 years. This has enabled the borough to reach successes in this sport that it hasn’t reached before. A particular highlight from this year was seeing the high 5 team lose their first games quite dramatically to then go on to win every other game after, showing resilience and perservierance. Over the past few years Laura has also volunteered her time to take control of the local schools netball league and inputs data and organises results. This has enabled a huge rise in the competitive nature of the game in schools. Laura has continued to want to create opportunities and provide a place where all can take part in a sport that is fun. She has spoken about the next steps she is going to take to continue to strive to grow her club. I personally think she deserves the recognition of her work as she is constantly praising others for theirs.
  1. Committed
  2. Influential
  3. Approachable

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Mary Manion 19 years or over

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phi Humphrey philhumphrey88@gmail.com one of the players regularly playing walking football on Fridays

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Attendance has grown from 2 teams to now 4 teams every week under Mary's leadership. Mary encourages the less able and ensures they are well received by their team mates. Teams are constantly changed to avoid best players grouping together i.e. for fairness. Mary has grown in confidence in the last year. Mary often joins in to make up numbers which we all appreciate.
  1. Fair
  2. Fun
  3. Firm

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Mary Mannion 19 years or over

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Raj Appannah rajappannah@hotmail.com Walking football team member

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Mary has built up this team since it was openned.We are proud to participate in team competition. Furthermore we look forward for the game since she is not only supportive but also cares of our well-being. Thanks to Mary, people of our age group are now healthier and more active.This has changed our lifestyle.
  1. Kind
  2. Caring
  3. Amiable

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Matt Taylor 19 years or over

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Julie Whittaker juliewhittaker@hotmail.com Parent of son being coached

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Matt Taylor, is a rugby coach for both the under 15’s at Glyn School and Old Emmanuel’s rugby club. Over, the past 4 years, both teams have been developed physically and mentally under Matt and the training team. Respect for other players and the game has been threaded into their ethos under the guidance of Matt. Although 2 separate teams, there are a lot of boys who play for both teams- encouraged by the excellent training programme and sense of community spirit. During the rugby season Matt donates his time to 2 training sessions a week developing the boys skills and fitness- Weather is no obstacle. On top of this Matt is present at all matches- School on a Saturday and Club on a Sunday. Travelling near and far to support and coach his teams. Matt volunteers approx. 10 hours a week. In addition to this Matt has taken the boys on a short rugby tour and arranged a training session on becoming a rugby referee. All which will hold great memories for the boys and parents alike. The positive atmosphere has created a great community spirit for both teams. Dealing with 15-20 teenage boys is no mean feat- however Matt has the respect of all the players. Matt has a great sense of humour but still maintains discipline within the boys. No one dares questions his fashion sense especially the bright and amusing socks that only he can pull off. Matt is special in that he instils confidence in individuals in their ability to do well and improve. The importance of team work enriches this and hopefully these skills the boys use in later life. This season Glyn got off to a rocky start but with lots of training and encouragement they reached the semi finals of the surrey cup (this game was cancelled due to a shortage of players on the opposing team). Old Emmanuel’s reached the Final of the Quinn’s cup in their division and were unfortunately beaten. Although, the boys were disappointed their achievement this season could not be overlooked and as parents we were all impressed on how well the boys had developed and played.
  1. Inspiring
  2. Dedicated
  3. Motivating

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Mary Mannion 19 years or over

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Terry Scott tjs1952@outlook.com No relation but I do play walking football for Mary

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Makes you very welcome the first time you meet her. Brilliant at organising sports. Always concerned of everyone's welfare and just a very lovely person to be with at sports or socially
  1. Professional
  2. Supportive
  3. Friendly

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Rachelle Sexton 19 years or over

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Matthew Sexton matthewsexton@talktalk.net Son

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1. Rachelle played a large roll in this years Epsom and Ewell SYG team, giving up 2 hours extra a week on top of her already busy schedule (as a paid coach doing more than 10 hours a week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday). The sports development officer sent over more than 30 children for Judo sessions and in the 8 week build up period Rachelle retained a large number of them and provided Epsom and Ewell with a full team to compete on the day. To do this she went above and beyond the training sessions, inviting them to train for free at the main club sessions, as well as hosting a mini tournament on a Saturday morning in preparation for the event. Since the event a significant number of those who competed have joined the club. Rachelle coaches over 150 kids a week between all these sessions and has had a great impact on the sport in the local area, consistently winning or placing high in the Youth Games event. 2. This year Epsom and Ewell won both Judo events in the SYG which is largely down to her coaching and commitment to the games. Rachelle has continuously supported others in their development, this includes developing future coaches for the club such as Oliver, who achieved his Black belt this year aged 15. Rachelle has also encouraged people to compete in the British Schools events with many taking medals in the qualifiers. 3. Rachelle has committed to improving her abilities as a coach by attending NGB organised coaching seminars with European experts in attendance and bringing those skills learnt back into the club. This involved spending weekends away from home at locations such as Manchester and Birmingham to develop her coaching abilities. She has also attended Child protection and first aid courses this year to ensure a safe environment is provided for the students. 4. Rachelle has volunteered to coach for the Surrey Youth Games for 15 years. At first this was for the Reigate and Banstead team but in recent years this has also included the Epsom and Ewell team since the club began managing it 5 years ago. She is also a coach in a paid capacity for the club since it was set up 21 years ago and did over 15 hours a week in coaching during the youth games build up. The years spent coaching and time put into the sport is testament of her dedication to the sport and development of children within sports in general. She regularly gives up her time to organise internal events and coach at external events, and is often left to coach on her own on Saturday mornings whilst the other coaches attend competitions.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Caring
  3. Motivational

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Mary Mannion 19 years or over

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Douglas Hoad douglashoad@gmail.com Walking footballer

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At present up to 24 people attend the walking football sessions at the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom and are coached by Mary Mannion in 2 hour sessions.Participation has increased year on year as Mary has succeeded in creating a sporting environment that is inclusive and welcoming.Mary is paid. Participants include ex-professionals, beginners, those who have not played for 40 years, disabled, recovering from injury and some with learning disabilities. As coach Mary has to meld these disparate groups into teams that can compete in the right spirit and ,most importantly, have fun.A difficult task that Mary does with great perception and tact.She also organises teams to represent Epsom in external leagues and tournaments in 3 separate categories(including this year a team of over 68 year olds) Added to this she organises and attends social events that help to combat social exclusion in this age group. Mary is manager, coach, referee and an excellent player.She is also a de facto social worker.
  1. Perceptive
  2. Open
  3. Fun

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Seamus Higgins 19 years or over

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Liz Beckingham lizbeckingham@hotmail.com Swimmer parent and Committee member

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Seamus took over as Head Coach of EDSC in 2016 and since this time has improved the quality of the training resulting in an increase from 11 Surrey medals achieved in 2017 to 54 medals in 2018. At South East Regional level: 12 medals won in 2018 4 swimmers selected for the 2007 born Surrey camp 1 swimmer selected for the 2006 South East region camp
  1. Dedicated
  2. Determined
  3. Innovative

AFC Ewell Young Sports Team of the Year

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Epsom & Ewell Harriers junior girls athletics team 18 years or under

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Stuart Flack stuflack@virginmedia.com Coach

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Epsom & Ewell Harriers junior girls athletics team had a fantastic season with more than 60 girls aged between 11 and 16 actively competing for the club over the year. The key athletics competition for the under 17 girls is the Lily B League which is for clubs from across Surrey and south London and includes some of the best clubs in the country. Having finished 3rd last year, this year the girls won the league competition for the first time since 2001. The top 6 team in the league qualified for the cup final and, despite missing a number of athletes on the day due to holidays, the team also won the cup; this was the first cup final win since 1999 and completed the league and cup double for the first time ever! This was achieved due to the excellent team spirit and the willingness of the girls to compete in less favoured events. There were also individual successes with a number of girls breaking club records, winning Surrey medals and representing Surrey in inter-county competitions over the summer.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Willing
  3. Fun

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Epsom & Ewell Harriers u13 boys Cross-Country team 18 years or under

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Stuart Flack stuflack@virginmedia.com Coach

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The under 13 boys cross-country team had an amazing season despite being a young team. In the Downs Cross-Country League for clubs across Surrey and South London, the team won the league for the first time. They also claimed team bronze in both the Surrey Championships and the Surrey Relay Championships, as well as finishing an excellent 16th in the National Championships (the highest position the club has achieved for many years). The boys have shown great dedication in training and improved substantially over the year which bodes very well as all the key members of the team are eligible to run in the same age group next season. The Surrey Schools Championships was the only race this year specifically for the team’s year group (year 7) and the team had the individual winner and 4 runners in the top 12, against over 70 of the best athletes in Surrey.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Hard-working

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Epsom and Ewell Harriers Girls team 18 years or under

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Julie Hall juliehall744@btinternet.com Parent

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The team have worked very hard this year fantastic team spirit . Which led to them winning the League and Cup final of the Lily B competition
  1. Inspiring
  2. hardworking
  3. teamwork

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Epsom & Ewell Surrey Youth Games Judo Team 2018 18 years or under

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Rachelle Sexton westcroftjudo_nork@talktalk.net Coach

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1. Achieved success and competed at a consistently high level throughout the year Fantastic Surrey Youth Games Results Epsom and Ewell U13s Judo teams came away with first place in both the boys and girls after winning 6 golds, 3 silvers and 5 bronzes across both groups. Several individuals also won awards, including for best male judoka of the morning. 2. Demonstrated fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year During training the Judo coach like their positive friendly attitudes and the input of previous team members (aged 12) who gave up their time to help them learn. Sophie winning the organisers prize for sportsmanship. 3. Show significant improvement from previous years This is the first time Epsom and Ewell judo has won the event in either category and this year won it in both. In the entire SYG, Epsom and Ewell came second overall with 6 golds (2 of which were judo)
  1. Sporting
  2. Hardworking
  3. Positive

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Blenheim High School Girls U14 Football Team c/o Stuart Millard 18 years or under

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Steffan Morgan morgan@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk Colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Last year Blenheim were incredibly proud that our Girls U13 Football team won the Epsom and Ewell Young Team of the Year award, and so to be nominating them again does feel a little cheeky. However their achievements this year have surpassed that of last and I so I felt it only right to nominate them again. Throughout last season the girls showed incredible commitment to training and to each other. Despite being from different year groups they have formed an amazing bond which has helped them to achieve something truly fantastic by remaining unbeaten all season long in all competitions and friendlies. In short they have played over 25 competitive matches against other surrey and national schools, even including an international friendly against an American school on tour! Their journey began with an away match against an islington school in the U14 ESFA Girls competition, and from that victory on a sunny September afternoon on Regents park, the girls never looked back. During the year they successfully defended their U14 Surrey Schools 7-a-side trophy and added the U14 Surrey Schools 11-a-side title with a great win at AFC Leatherhead. This meant that Blenheim were arguably the best U14 girls team in Surrey but they were not done. Round after round they continued to win in the ESFA U14 competition and out of 317 schools who entered the competition, Blenheim reached the final. This proved to be one of those days that will forever live in the memory of those girls, their families, supporters and teachers who went along to Reading's Madjeski Stadium, and the 100's of students back at Blenheim who watched the final during their lessons. The final, like all the matches that year, demonstrated how much togetherness and spirit the girls had for each other. They consoled each other when very quickly going 3-1 down, and could have easily folded under the pressure of a national final being televised live. But that didn't happen. They proved themselves to be more than individuals, worked tirelessly for each other and as a team fought back into the match. Heading for penalties, Blenheim rightfully won the game and took the national title with a goal at the very end of the game. A measure of the team is that they didn't over celebrate that goal, the game hadn't actually finished after all, instead they celebrated as a team together once the final whistle blew, crowning a wonderful year as National champions. The girls are role models to their fellow Blenheim students and to others across Surrey, for their determination, togetherness, heart, sportsmanship and passion that they have shown throughout the year. I for one can't wait to see what they can continue to achieve!
  1. Undefeated
  2. United
  3. Humble

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Blenheim Girls U14 Football team c/o Stuart Millard 18 years or under

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Steffan Morgan morgan@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk Colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Hi, I have just nominated the Blenheim Girls team for this award but forgot to add the following link to the highlights of the national final. It shows exactly why I've nominated them for their never give up attitude and togetherness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M76QVPep42s Thank you
  1. Undefeated
  2. United
  3. Humble

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Kieran Gall, Emma ONeil, James Miller 18 years or under

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Nicholas Miller nick1.miller@tiscali.co.uk Coach

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Kieran, Emma and James have showed true determination, skills and real pride in their achievements, acting as ambassadors for their School and the Epsom and Ewell borough. They have for the second year running been crowned as GB National School Pistol champions. This Olympic sport has always been competed at high level triathlon schools throughout the country, but last year Glyn School, representing the borough, entered for the first time and won the competition winning Gold medals and crowned National Schools champions. An achievement in itself that never got recognised locally. However this year what makes it special is that they took the advantage as ambassadors and promoted the disciplined and safe sport of pistol and rifle shooting through the region using Epsom Scouts and Bookham Rifle Club. They have sent up a mobile junior section which has plenty of interest and is being used in local schools to prepare for the National Schools competition. They completed the success in February 2018 when they defended their title and were again crowned GB National School Pistol Champions. First time ever for a school to achieve two years in a row and it happens to be in Epsom and Ewell. Kieran, Emma and James all represent Great Britain at Rifle and Pistol shooting. Kieran shoots for the GB Target sprint squad, Emma is a member of GB Talent Rifle squad and James shoots Pistol for Great Britain. Kieran and James have just finished competing the World Championships for GB in South Korea. An amazing achievement but also a real pride in acting as young sporting leaders and ambassadors in the local region and schools.
  1. Ambassadors
  2. Disciplined
  3. Teamwork

Better Sports Personality of the Year

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Rosie Clarke 19 years or over

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Diana Norman odnorman@yahoo.co.uk Fellow member

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Rosie has been with Epsom and Ewell Harriers for just under 15 years and even after her rise to international athletics she has stayed and represented the Harriers. Her achievements this year are as follows:- APRIL - She competed in the Commonwealth Games in Australia placing a fantastic 4th MAY - In the Diamond League in Italy she achieved a new 3000m steeplechase Surrey County Record of 9.32.08 beating her own record that she obtained last year plus she achieved 3rd in the Vitality Westminster Mile in a very competitive race. JULY - Rosie won the British Athletic Championships in the 3000m s/c AUG - She got to the final of the European Championships in Berlin placing a superb 10th place and just missing out on a new PB. She is ranked number one in the UK beating 2nd by an incredible 18secs! Rosie still finds time in her busy schedule to back Epsom and Ewell Harriers and this year came to a Tuesday training session to lead juniors and seniors separately in running sessions followed by Q & A's. All the athletes were overwhelmed & inspired by her appearance delivered with total humbleness and enthusiasm for the club. We are so proud of her achievements and so happy that she is a member of our club.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Dedicated
  3. Enthusiastic

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Rhianna Miller 19 years or over

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Nicholas Miller nick1.miller@tiscali.co.uk Father

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Rhianna has achieved a life time ambition of obtaining a Cambridge University Blue at Hockey She represented Cambridge University First team as well as successfully gaining an degree from cambridge She has previously played Hockey for Wales Under 16 / 18 and now plays for Epsom ladies 1st team and motivates the young players at Epsom Hockey club A true inspiration to achieve ones goals under high level pressure
  1. Determined
  2. Focused
  3. Teamplayer

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Rachelle Sexton 19 years or over

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Katie Nixon katie.nixon@gll.org Colleague

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Rachelle has been a dedicated Judo coach since 1996 when she set up her family run club with Mike Sexton, Andy Ede and Mick Ede in Carshalton. In 2002 Mike and Rachelle set up a subsequent branch in Nork Banstead and moved permanently across to this location. The Rainbow Centre in Epsom hosts the satellite club to Westcroft Nork and as such receives all the benefits the club can offer. The club is registered with the National governing body (world/Olympic recognized standard) The British Judo Association and is regulated through them. All coaches are DBS checked and are BJA, UKCC qualified. The ethos of the club, driven by Rachelle, is participation and members range from five to fifty five. Such is her students loyalty to her and the club that they have players who prefer to stay at club level joining in club based activities such as visits from Olympians to club competitions instead of leaving. She inspires players to stay in the sport by encouraging them to qualify as referees and officials and others have participated in external events starting at Youth Games level, then county, Area, British Schools and National. The Nork Branch has National (British medalist and team members) and representation for team GB internationally too. The Kata Competition has also been going well having six National level medals in two years. In order to drive participation, the club looks for involvement at all levels and is a representative club for the Surrey Youth Games. In 2018, the sport had the highest participation numbers to date and achieved fantastic results with gold medals for players. These participants in the annual Surrey Youth Games had never played Judo before and had just 8 weeks of training, inspiring them to continue in the sport and training at the club. Rachelle is modest, but her results are outstanding!
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Inspiring

Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club Volunteer of the Year

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Ben Lawrence 19 years or over

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matthew wing matthew.wing@cycling.org.uk none

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Ben started cycling with Surrey Wheels for All soon after the club started at the Harrier Centre in 2013 as a junior & whilst he was able to cycle a 2 wheeled bike, he wasn't that confident, however, he quickly gained skills & knowledge to ride the adapted cycles round the track.Ben has a diagnosis of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) & after leaving school / college he decided to train as a Wheels for All volunteer and attended various training courses to help give him the confidence to help support the weekly cycling sessions. He has become a regular at all the weekly sessions (on Saturday's & Thursday's) - he's always on time & very reliable and only misses sessions when his beloved Fulham are playing at home (but will give his season ticket to someone else if we are short of helpers!). In the last year, Ben has also helps at both the weekly sessions we run in Woking (Tues & Sunday) and is excellent at welcoming the participants and helping those that need help to cycle. His smile is infectious & he's a great role model & he is respected by everyone & has, over the years, become a very dedicated member of the SWFA team. He doesnt know it, but he helps to inspire parents who attend the sessions as they see that its possible for their child (with special needs) to take on certain responsibilities & become a volunteer like Ben.
  1. teamworker
  2. reliable
  3. inspirational

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Di Norman 19 years or over

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Stuart Flack stuflack@virginmedia.com Colub committee

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Di has done a huge amount for the Epsom & Ewell Harriers over many years, having been a member of the club from a young age. As a former international heptathlete, and over 40 world record holder for the pentathlon, it will be obvious to many what she does for the club on the track and in the field. However, many will not know what else she puts into the club; as well as being a competitive athlete, her numerous other roles include: * Coaching: She is the lead coach for a large group of athletes mostly aged around 15 to 20. Her group includes a number of multi-event athletes who have won medals at both the Surrey and South of England Championships. She also helps with the coaching for young athletes aged under 11. In total, Di is a volunteer coach for the Club at 4 sessions every week and also supports young coaching assistants to help them develop their coaching skills. * Team manager: Di is the team manager for the Southern Athletics League men’s and women’s teams, plus women’s cross-country team manager, which requires a significant amount of organisation. * Kit manager: She was the driver behind designing a full range of new club kit and now orders and distributes the kit to members. * Membership waiting list: Di is responsible for maintaining the club waiting list and dealing with all enquiries made via the club website. * Social events: Helps to organise regular club social events. Di deserves recognition for the significant amount of time she puts into the club, even organising training and teams for the upcoming Surrey Relay Championships while on holiday.
  1. Energetic
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Fun

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David Howell 19 years or over

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Diana Norman odnorman@yahoo.co.uk Fellow member

Reasons for Nomination

Dave has only been with the club for two years, but this year he has taken on multiple roles to help progress the club. COACHING ASSISTANT :- He assists coaches on a Monday at the foundation level of the club. This allows the club to take on more children, reducing the waiting list, and provides the assistance needed to encourage participation in several different athletic disciplines. JOINT CLUB SECRETARY :- A vital member of the committee who is the communication link between UK & EA athletics and the club. He is constantly providing information on both sides to ensure correct organisation of the Harriers. He attends the monthly club meetings ensuring that necessary information is distributed to all members of the committee i.e. rule changes, coaching courses, obligatory forms. He is also on several sub-committees to encourage modernisation and involvement within the Harriers. LEVEL ONE OFFICIAL:- Dave completed the official course as all clubs need to provide officials at every competition they attend. If not, points will be deducted, possible disqualification and potentially uninvited to future competitions. An invaluable role within the club. SOCIAL SECRETARY :- An important role within the club, to encourage communication, fun and enthusiasm throughout all members. This year, for the first time ever, he has helped organise three 5k 'mob matches' with two other local clubs namely Collingwood and Tadworth, finishing the completion of the 3 matches with a rounders match for all three clubs. He regularly promotes 'parkruns' to club members, visiting different local venues each week making sure all have a cuppa 'n' cake in the vicinity to encourage the fun and social side of athletics. He has re-introduced Thursday training for middle-distance adults as previously it was Tuesdays and Sundays, to provide more group opportunities. He regularly gives up opportunities to obtain personal PB's as he pacemakes others when they are trying new distances or to encourage their PB's. He organised a training evening with Rosie Clarke, current GB steeplechase international who still belongs to Epsom and Ewell Harriers, to take separately juniors and seniors through a typical 'Rosie' training session with Q & A afterwards. All members were totally overwhelmed by her attendance and it was a great success. Not only has he taken on the mentioned roles he is a great competitor. He initially started with the club to improve his 5k & 10k times but since has become a regular track and field athlete embracing events like the hammer, shot put and long jump to gain vital match points, he even completed a pentathlon last year! All these roles are voluntary and Dave gives Epsom and Ewell Harriers all this precious time whilst still working full time and training every day! Every club needs a 'Dave'
  1. Committed
  2. Vivacious
  3. Progressist

Nominee Details

Matthew Sexton 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Rachelle Sexton westcroftjudo_nork@talktalk.net Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Matthew has consistently volunteered to support the club and Epsom and Ewell borough for the last 4 years. This began with setting up a branch of the judo club in the Rainbow Centre when he took over as Team Manager for Epsom and Ewell Judo in the SYG. 1. Matthew's role in the club has become almost entirely voluntary since he went to university two years ago. Whenever he is back he takes over a lot of the coaching, doing over 6 hours coaching per week plus mat laying to help the club. He is constantly developing his own judo, as well as finding new ways to communicate and teach techniques to the children to keep the sessions fun and interesting for them. His personal judo development has come on greatly in this time, but is matched by his enthusiasm to impart this knowledge to the next generation. Whilst at University Matthew has run competitions and continued his development as a coach through national coaching seminars. However when needed at the Youth Games he made the 4 hour journey from university to coach in Surrey Sports Park the day evening before the Games having been at a coaching seminar all day. 2. Matthew has seen the Epsom and Ewell SYG teams go from a small team of 6 competitiors 5 years ago, to a entering full teams both this year and last. This year Epsom and Ewell even won the judo event. Many of the children Matthew brought into judo 4 years ago are now beginning to assist with the Youth Games process themselves and pass on their knowledge. Since returning from University for the Summer he has taken on the running of the clubs social media, working diligently well into the night to put together weekly content for the members to see, and generate interest to get new members into the club. This is whilst he is working full time at the Rainbow Centre (including coaching judo sessions in their holiday club). 3. Matthew has supported many of 15 and 16 year olds coming through the club in their judo and volunteer facilities. This included giving three youth volunteers their first taste of coaching at the Surrey Youth Games and supporting them when there were scenarios they were unsure what to do in. Matthew also volunteers at our internal competitions providing refereeing and table officiating advice to our younger volunteers, as well as supporting those competing, for many of whom it is their first taste of competition. Further to this Matthew is organising a refereeing and table officiating course at his university to give more young people like himself the skills to volunteer and enjoy the sport in a new capacity, as well as gain qualifications himself in those skills so that he may volunteer more in different capacities. By the end of this year Matthew will be a level 2 qualified coach, having been a level 1 coach for the past three years, and is aiming to have completed the fights for his third degree black belt.
  1. Committed
  2. Ethusiastic
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Matthew Sexton 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Rachelle Sexton mikeandrachelle@talktalk.net Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Matthew has consistently volunteered to support the club and Epsom and Ewell borough for the last 4 years. This began with setting up a branch of the judo club in the Rainbow Centre when he took over as Team Manager for Epsom and Ewell Judo in the SYG. 1. Matthew's role in the club has become almost entirely voluntary since he went to university two years ago. Whenever he is back he takes over a lot of the coaching, doing over 6 hours coaching per week plus mat laying to help the club. He is constantly developing his own judo, as well as finding new ways to communicate and teach techniques to the children to keep the sessions fun and interesting for them. His personal judo development has come on greatly in this time, but is matched by his enthusiasm to impart this knowledge to the next generation. Whilst at University Matthew has run competitions and continued his development as a coach through national coaching seminars. However when needed at the Youth Games he made the 4 hour journey from university to coach in Surrey Sports Park the day evening before the Games having been at a coaching seminar all day. 2. Matthew has seen the Epsom and Ewell SYG teams go from a small team of 6 competitiors 5 years ago, to a entering full teams both this year and last. This year Epsom and Ewell even won the judo event. Many of the children Matthew brought into judo 4 years ago are now beginning to assist with the Youth Games process themselves and pass on their knowledge. Since returning from University for the Summer he has taken on the running of the clubs social media, working diligently well into the night to put together weekly content for the members to see, and generate interest to get new members into the club. This is whilst he is working full time at the Rainbow Centre (including coaching judo sessions in their holiday club). 3. Matthew has supported many of 15 and 16 year olds coming through the club in their judo and volunteer facilities. This included giving three youth volunteers their first taste of coaching at the Surrey Youth Games and supporting them when there were scenarios they were unsure what to do in. Matthew also volunteers at our internal competitions providing refereeing and table officiating advice to our younger volunteers, as well as supporting those competing, for many of whom it is their first taste of competition. Further to this Matthew is organising a refereeing and table officiating course at his university to give more young people like himself the skills to volunteer and enjoy the sport in a new capacity, as well as gain qualifications himself in those skills so that he may volunteer more in different capacities. By the end of this year Matthew will be a level 2 qualified coach, having been a level 1 coach for the past three years, and is aiming to have completed the fights for his third degree black belt.
  1. Committed
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Angela Crow 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Martin Williams martinlondon@btinternet.com Vice Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

The word enthusiasm is Angela's middle name, in fact when she's organising events and you've been encouraged to join in, you've been Angela'd. Angela joined AFC Ewell in 2010 when her son, AJ then aged 10, began playing for our Under 11 youth side. At the time she was an encouraging parent who created a social aspect to match the achievements of the football team. As the current Chairman at the time, she was quickly drawn to my attention and I wanted to harness her gift for organisation and club loyalty and encouraged Angela to form part of my committee. It wasn't long before events that she had organised at team level were now being held at club level and the success and enjoyment of our quiz night is now legendary; our very own Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman rolled into one. Aside from the quiz night, Angela took an active role in our successful Saturday morning academy at Gibraltar Rec where we have consistently offered the opportunity for young people from ages 4-6 to come and play football in a safe friendly environment. The idea was to form at least one team from the recruits, but such has been the success of this project we quite often have 2 or 3. When it comes to finding the next Gareth Southgate to manage them, Angela has an eagle eye and if a parent has shown the smallest sign of interest that they can manage and coach a team, they will be rounded up and enrolled into the AFC Ewell way. When I was looking for a successor for my role as Chairman there really was no other candidate and the committee decision to appoint Angela was unanimous. That was 3 years ago and I'm pleased to report that her enthusiasm has never waned, her encouragement, care and compassion for all teams, particularly for the Saturday seniors following the accident to their player Chris Keogh, has never diminished. She will be on the sidelines on Saturday and Sundays casting an eye over her charges cheering on our sides whatever the weather. She has further developed her role by becoming my assistant in Club Welfare and has worked to ensure that we have every manager, coach and assistant trained at the right level with the right credentials in football and child protection. When the football world is looking for diversity and the equality of gender in sport, AFC Ewell and Angela tick all the boxes. Angela does all of this while still running her own demanding business. She is a tireless worker for the club and is more than just a volunteer; in our eyes she's our star player.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Exciting
  3. Encouraging

Epsom & Ewell Football Club Disability Sports Award

Nominee Details

Epsom RDA National Championships Team 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Elaine Briggs briggselaine@hotmail.com One of the groups Coaches & Trustee

Reasons for Nomination

The National Championships are held every year at Hartpury College in Gloustershire, in July. To attend these riders must first qualify at our in-house dressage competition, then at the Regional qualifiers at Hickstead showground. There were 102 different RDA's attending the Championships, with 500 competitors taking part in 8 different disciplines, including dressage, carriage driving, vaulting, show jumping. We had 7 riders qualify this year to take part in the Dressage classes, there were 36 different classes, of which we entered into 6 classes. We had 2 under 19's take part and the other 5 are over 19 years old. 3 of our riders it was the first time at the championships. We planned to take 3 of our ponies, but the day before the competition 2 of the ponies were too ill too travel, this meant the riders had the extra challenge of riding a pony they were not used too. Only one of our riders rode the horse she was expecting too. The other 6 had a different pony, we even had to borrow a pony from another RDA for two of our riders, whom only had 15min practice beforehand. We did really well in all classes, we had a ride come first in one of her classes, it was her first time there and she rode her second choice pony.

Epsom Golf Club Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Epsom & Ewell Harriers - Women 'Veterans' Track and Field team 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Clarke davidaclarke@blueyonder.co.uk Club Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

Like most sports people athletes reach their peak around the age of 30. But athletes don't stop there and there is very strong interest around the World in age group competition for athletes in their 40s, 50s and beyond. This is usually known as 'veterans' or 'masters' athletics. Epsom and Ewell Harriers 'veteran' men are good but our women's team excels. In our local league against teams from South West London and North East Surrey we remain virtually unbeaten since the start of the league 20 years ago. This has always taken us to the South East final which we have won frequently and without a break for the last 10 years. The Epsom & Ewell team again won their division in 2018 and will be at the final in Ashford, Kent, at the end of September. Any 'veteran' athletics team has to find competitors at several age groups (35, 50, 60); and for every event from 100 metres sprint to 5,000 metres endurance races; and in field events from long jump to hammer throw. Not all our team will win their own event. But team success depends on every team member striving for their best and contributing valuable points to the team total. They know that even finishing 6th wins more points than 7th. The Epsom & Ewell women's team strength lies in the depth of support from many members of varying abilities but all willing to do their best for the team effort. At the same time we do have some outstanding individuals. At this year's Surrey 'Masters' Championships members of our women's team took 10 Gold and 7 silver medals. But our greatest improvement was our performance at the British 'Masters' Championships where we brought home 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Pride of place has to go to our team captain Di Norman. A couple of years ago she was encouraged to take part in the Surrey heptathlon championships because no-one had ever established a Surrey County record for a 40+ female. In the event she set a County record that was so impressive that it was also a UK, European and World record. Three years on her World record still stands. At present, in early September 2018, she is representing Great Britain at the World Masters in Malaga Spain alongside other men and women from Epsom & Ewell Harriers.
  1. Excellence
  2. Supportive
  3. Multi-talented

Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Amelia Askew 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Matthew and Rachelle Sexton matthewsexton@talktalk.net Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Amelia began as a student at the Rainbow Leisure Centre branch of the club through the Surrey Youth Games 5 years ago. In this time Amelia has competed regularly and developed her judo through regular training. She has also begun supporting and volunteering to assist coaches with sessions. 1.Over the 5 years Amelia has been at the club she has gone from a novice, with no experience entering her first competition at the youth games, through to an orange belt who competed in British Schools events and medals at competitions. She has increased her training from once a week to twice a week, and turns up to support the coaches with classes. 2. During the build up to this year’s Surrey Youth Games Amelia gave up 2 hours of her time a week to assist Rachelle with coaching. This included turning up an hour before her class and staying an hour after. Amelia used her experience of competing in the Youth Games in the past to reassure and motivate those who were competing for the first time. Amelia showed exceptional talent at interacting with the children and even gave up her day to turn up to the main Youth Games event to provide a reassuring shoulder for those competing. As this year was a novice event Amelia's input was extremely helpful, with the coaches occupied matside Amelia made sure everyone knew where they were going and guided them along the confusing experience of competing for the first time. 3. This year’s Epsom and Ewell Judo team success in the youth games (winning both team events), was helped by Amelia who supported the coaches and encourage the competitors to do their best and calm their nerves. For someone so young her input was extremely impressive and incredibly helpful for the coaches involved.
  1. Helpful
  2. Caring
  3. Reassuring

Nominee Details

Chris Sevier 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Nick Payne info@epsomfencingclub.org Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Chris Sevier started fencing when he was about 8 with Mini Musketeers in Epsom, then at 10 was able to join Epsom Fencing Club. After some success in local competitions he then started focussing on his studies so did not compete so much, but around 16 started to help with the junior fencers. He gradually increased in confidence until he was regularly running the new beginners junior courses since 2016 and has just qualified as a British Fencing level 1 coach in Aug 2018 with the help of the Surrey Playing Fields coaching grant. Since qualifying, he has also run beginners/taster sessions during August at the RAC Club in Epsom and at Ebbisham Sports Centre. He has grown in confidence and shown great enthusiasm and commitment to developing Fencing in Epsom. He will also be doing more coaching in his year off before studying politics at Sheffield in 2019 where he also hopes to help coach the university team. Chris has helped 3 other junior coaches at EFC also pass their L1 BF course as well as inspiring the older juniors to help with the younger ones as helping other members achieve great results eg a 1, 2, 3 finish at the Surrey Youth Champs in U16 foil in Jan this year. He is a valued team member and is a self starter without needed to be told what needs to be done. It would be great if a lesser know sport such as Fencing can be recognised in the borough as so often people do not even know that it is possible to start fencing in Epsom & Ewell.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Marcus Roberts 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jo Robinson admin@ebbisham.com Ebbisham Sports Club Office Administrator

Reasons for Nomination

NOMINATION OF MARCUS ROBERTS by Ebbisham Sports Club, Epsom for Surrey Playing Fields 'Young Volunteer of the Year' award 1. Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to sport or club Marcus has been a member of Ebbisham Sports Club for many years and plays all the racket sports on offer – badminton, squash, tennis and touchtennis. He has represented Epsom & Ewell Borough several times in the Surrey Youth Games playing most of those sports. Squash: Marcus was introduced to squash through the Surrey Youth Games in Year 4 when he was part of the junior squash team that won gold. He has gone on to play in the Surrey County Squash Squad and represented Surrey at the U15, U17 and U19 intercounties. He now plays in the Ebbisham Mens Squash teams in the Surrey Leagues and Club’s internal leagues. Badminton: Marcus has been a member of the elite juniors Badminton Performance Centre for many years at Ebbisham, as well as playing for the U14 & U16 Club teams and being part of the Surrey Badminton squad. 2. Made a tremendous impact on a club or organisation through volunteering Marcus has helped run the morning badminton sessions at Glyn School, Epsom, and was the Captain of the Glyn team which was very successful in the Badminton England Schools Tournament over several years winning Borough and County stages for some years. He was a squash official at Surrey Youth Games in 2016. He was a volunteer squash coach at 2017 SYG for Epsom and Ewell squash team (supporting the adult coaches) and in 2018 was the Team Manager/Coach for the Junior Squash team at SYG and they achieved Gold medals. Marcus won the 2018 Surrey Youth Games award for Young Volunteer of the Games. 3. Shown commitment to personal development, team working and supporting the development of other volunteers Marcus regularly helps and stands in for the other volunteer squash coaches at Ebbisham’s Junior Squash Club sessions and helps run junior squash team match fixtures. He also helps coach squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis, badminton and pickleball on Ebbisham’s Try-Sport junior holiday camps which introduce racket sports to beginner and improver non-members and members. Marcus recently passed his Level 1 Squash Coaching qualification and really enjoys volunteer coaching , especially the younger ones who are just starting out in the sport. He also hopes to become a Level 2 Coach so he can carry on coaching squash and racketball to fellow students and adults between studies whilst at university. QUOTES FROM EBBISHAM SQUASH COACHES & STAFF: Steve Sledger, Junior Squash Coach, Ebbisham Sports Club: “Marcus has been a huge asset to the Ebbisham junior squash set up over the last few years both as a role model to younger players but more importantly for his many hours of volunteering support with junior coaching, culminating this year with him managing the E&E SYG team to 1st place”. Garth Harbison, Junior Squash Coach, Ebbisham Sports Club: “Marcus has been a regular junior squash player at Ebbisham for several years. For the past few seasons he has been helping with the coaching at the junior sessions and has become a confident and competent member of our team. He is reliable, polite and knowledgeable and is a pleasure to know and work with.” Jo Robinson, Club Development & Try-Sport Junior Camp Co-ordinator, Ebbisham: “Marcus is an accomplished rackets player who has contributed hugely to sports participation at grassroots level at Ebbisham Sports Club. He is a quietly confident but modest young man who is well-liked by his peers and his fellow coaches and is an inspiration to younger players who aspire to follow in his footsteps.”
  1. Role model
  2. Reliable
  3. Inspirational

The Epsom Gymnastics and Trampoline Club Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Brooke Frend 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Karen Frend karen.frend@gmail.com Mother / S&ERFC Youth Girls Manager

Reasons for Nomination

Young Sports Personality of the Year: nomination for Brooke Frend *Background* Brooke started her rugby journey at the Surrey Youth Games in Spring of 2014 winning bronze, followed by a silver in 2015 and gold in 2016. Brooke joined the U13s team at Sutton & Epsom RFC in September 2014 (when full contact begins), has just joined the U18s team and embarked on her 5th season at the club. *2017/18 - the past year* Brooke was appointed captain of S&E U15s in Autumn 2017 and as captain, led her team to: * 100% win rate in all home and away friendlies * Won Surrey 7s and Warlingham 7s in Summer 2018 * Won RFU Surrey Cup, beating all other Surrey teams * Led team to last 16 of RFU National Cup, as runners up in Area 3 (Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Essex) During the season the team played through appalling weather conditions including a blizzard - on two occasions! Brooke provided motivational encouragement to her team and thoughtful leadership to bring out the best in everyone. Brooke welcomed several new players to the U15s in Autumn 2017 with none of them having much if any rugby playing experience. As captain, Brooke instructed and helped develop their skills and encouraged them to take part. Each of these girls are now full playing contact rugby. In her spare time along with her own training, Brooke coached the U11 youth girls in the 2017/18 season and the Surrey Youth Games Epsom & Ewell rugby team to win gold in June 2018, teaching not only rugby skills but the values rugby is built on, including teamwork and respect. Brooke has represented the Surrey county team at U13s and U15s, winning all county games played in 2017/18. She has now been selected to trial for the England Rugby Player Development Pathway in August 2018 with a view to joining the Red Roses and representing England at U20s.
  1. Resilient
  2. Determined
  3. Inspirational

Nominee Details

Anna Pickup 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Peter Covey peter.covey@hotmail.co.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Broke the Epsom and Ewell Harriers club records for the u13 girls 150m and 200m records that were originally set in 2006 and also equaled the 100m record that was set in 1973.
  1. enthusiastic
  2. Determined
  3. Gracious

Nominee Details

Oliver Russell 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Matthew Sexton matthewsexton@talktalk.net Coach

Reasons for Nomination

1. Oliver has represented England Internationally. This year he achieved the rare feat of becoming a black belt aged 15 (the youngest age you can get it) which required him to defeat 10 opponents of open ages and weights in contest. The majority of his fights were against men much older and stronger than himself, which is why it is so rare to do at such a young age. 2. Oliver regularly volunteers to coach at the Rainbow Leisure Centre with club coach Rachelle. He gave up 2 hours of his time each week to assist with the classes during his GCSE years (the last 2-3 years). He also came down to assist on Saturday mornings when needed if coach numbers were low due to them being at competitions. When the lead coaches Rachelle and Mike were at a professional development event, Oliver gave up his time to assist coach Matthew with the Epsom and Ewell team on the day of the youth games, and shared his experiences with them. Further to this Oliver volunteers as a table official at our internal competitions which are vital for introducing younger and newer players to competition. 2017 and 2018 have been brilliant years for Oliver that have seen his judo improve dramatically and make the leap from junior judo into senior (black belt) judo. Throughout this time he has voluntarily given up his time to assist with coaching both in the context of the club and the youth games
  1. Hardworking
  2. Talented
  3. Inspirational

Nominee Details

Sofia Harding 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mrs Isabella Harding isabella_harding@talktalk.net Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Over the last year Sofia has become an all-round sport woman, not only participating in individual sports but also team sports with immense dedication to Karate, Hockey, athletics and cricket. In 2017 - 2018 Sofia has competed in the regional finals in athletics and hockey representing her school (Downsend), club (Epsom Hockey Club), and in Karate (Mo-ichido), Sofia has defended her national and international title and added to her titles to become Southern champion. 2017 - 2018 has been a busy sporting year for Sofia. Not only has Sofia represented her school as the goal keeper of the A team for Hockey at regional level at the hockey IAPs where her team came a commendable 5th, she also represented her hockey club in the Surrey Cup and Plate and as a direct result of this she was invited to attend the selection trials for the U13 Surrey Hockey Team. Sofia is very pleased because she has made it through the first round which out of about 45 other goal keepers in her age group is a tremendous achievement already and fingers crossed for the next stage which takes place 16th September. Sofia also represented her school at the regional athletic championships and came 4th in the 200meters just missing out on qualifying for the National finals. Karate with her club Mo-ichiod has also been an important facet to her sporting world. In 2017 – 2018 Sofia successfully defended her title as National & International AMA Karate Champion in Sheffield (Ponds Forge) in May 2018, which she has now held for the last 4 years for her age category. Even though Sofia unfortunately could not train with the England team for 2017 - 2018 due to a growth issue she still managed to beat the England team on a regularly bases gaining gold place many a time when against them in competitions. Sofia also holds the below tiles for 2017-2018 of AMA International Karate Champion 13yrs - 14 yrs AMA International Karate Champion 14 yrs and under AMA Southern Karate Open 13yrs - 14 yrs AMA Southern Karate Open 10yrs - 12 yrs British open karate champion 14-15yrs British open karate champion 10-13yrs The English Karate Classic Champion Sofia has also entered a number of local competitions where she has always gained a medal place. So not only does Sofia hold a World (2016), International (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018), National (2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) title in Karate she has added to her skill set of sports this year and represented her school and clubs at county level, National level and International level. Sofia’s dedication to all the sports shows through by her determination, team spirit and with fire in her belly that there is only one spot that she wants and that is first. At this point in Sofia’s sporting career, her attitude to sport is “this girl can and will” and this is very obvious from the positive feedback she receives on a regular bases from her coaches, trainers and teachers. For a 12-year-old girl to perform the amount of sports at the high level that Sofia partakes in on a regular basics is a testament to her hard work and dedication to Sport in general. This is not only on a personal level but she has now been asked to work alongside new pupils to encourage them to part take in sport and pass on her positive attitude to raising stars like her.
  1. Determined
  2. Aspiring
  3. Team player

Nominee Details

Archie Barnett 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Nick Payne info@epsomfencingclub.org Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Archie Barnett has been fencing with EFC since around 2010 and after regular good results in local and national competitions he was selected to represent England in an U14 International competition in Poland. He then had a break to focus on this studies and then started helping with coaching the Juniors at EFC around 2017. He then started training a bit more seriously and this hard training resulted in a Gold medal at the U18 Surrey Youth Foil Champs in Jan 2018. This was an excellent result and a just reward for all his effort, and after a long break, he massively exceeded his expectations. He has also helped inspire other EFC members so that we had our best ever results in the Surrey Champs including eg a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd medals on the same day at the Surrey Youth Champs in U16 foil. As well as the great results he has continued his coaching career and qualified as a British Fencing level 1 coach in Aug 2018 with the help of the Surrey Playing Fields coaching grant. He has helped develop the new Satellite club at Glyn School by coaching the new beginners and sparring with the squad which resulted in a Bronze Medal in the British Schools Team Champs in May 18 - the first time Glyn has ever got a medal in Fencing.
  1. Focussed
  2. Determined
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

James Millar 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alison Webb alison.webb@britishshooting.org National Governing Body Employee

Reasons for Nomination

GB Pistol Shooter James Miller has been named amongst the 42 athletes selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The Games, which runs from the 6th – 18th October, will see Team GB compete in 17 of the 32 sports on the programme across 12 days of competition and the 18-year-old pistol shooter from Epsom, who is currently at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, will be representing Team GB in 10m Air Pistol in Buenos Aires. James started shooting eight years ago with the Scouts and before long was promoted to the National Scout Squad. He has since gone from strength-to-strength and has been the British Shooting National School’s Pistol Champion for the last two years. The GB team for the Youth Olympic Games consists of athletes aged between 14 and 18 years old, with the competition playing a crucial role in the development of young athletes from the United Kingdom and across the world. It provides crucial multi-sport experience for aspiring Olympians and Team GB’s class of 2018 will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Daley, Jade Jones and Duncan Scott who all went on to win medals at an Olympic Games having first competed at a YOG. Buenos Aires 2018 is expected to welcome just under 4,000 of the world’s best young athletes from 206 nations for the third edition of the Games following Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014. Shooting Achievements To Date: • Currently GB Junior U21 No 1 at 10m air pistol shooting • Selected to represent GB at World Championships Korea (Sep 2018) • Junior International UK - 4 gold and 2 silver medals in 10m and 25m (Aug 2018) • Representing GB and achieved a PB of 568 at the Junior World Cup Suhl (June 2018) • British Pistol Club Champion (June 2018) • British Pistol Club Junior champion (June 2018) • Represented GB and set a British record at European Championships Hungary (Feb 2018) • National Schools Pistol Champion (Feb 2018) • Bronze medal at Intershoot European International (Jan 2018) • Bronze silver and gold medals while representing England SERPS at RIAC International Luxembourg (Dec 2017) • Surrey County Champion (Dec 2017) • Junior international UK 2 gold, 3 silver,2 bronze in 10m and 25m (Aug 2017) • British Pistol Club Junior Champion (June 2017) • ESSU Junior Champion (April 2017) • Intershoot European International 3 times finalist 5th place (Feb 2017) • National Schools Pistol Champion (Feb 2017).
  1. Determined
  2. Focussed
  3. Positive

Nominee Details

Canice Screene 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sally Parrish sally.parrish@btinternet.com County Captain

Reasons for Nomination

Canice has exceeded all expectations in her golf in the last year, both personally and for her team. She has reduced her handicap from 6 to 2 - which is a massive reduction at this level. She won the England Golf South Region Junior Championship in July, and came second in the Irish Girls Championship, as well as solid performances in many other events. Canice was part of the full (all age) Surrey 1st team that won the Regional County match week (beating Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and Middlesex) and was asked to captain the Junior county team which went on to achieve the same winning result in their event. Canice is dedicated to excellence in her sport, and is a great team leader, inspiring the players through practice, performance and fun.
  1. Dedication
  2. Leadership
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Canice Screene 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Caroline Hardy-Evans c.hardy-evans@englandgolf.org Surrey County Academy Programme Manager

Reasons for Nomination

Where to start. I have known Canice through my role with Surrey Golf and have watched her grow both as a golfer and a young lady. Her unwavering enthusiasm is a credit to both her and her family. A member of Croham Hurst Golf Club, in 2013 Canice had a handicap of 26, today her handicap is 2. This hasn’t happened by chance, this is down to Canice, and she has achieved this through sheer hard work and determination. Canice is driven, disciplined and is able to perform well under pressure. Canice is a role model to the younger girls in Surrey and always has time to talk with them and offer words of encouragement. Canice has had an amazing year in 2018 and should be so proud of what she has achieved. Listed below are the results achieved to date this year: Part of Surrey’s 1st team winning county week in July. Surrey had a clean sweep, beating all the other counties throughout the week. They now head to the national final in Devon later this month. Part of the girls Leinster winning team, who won the Irish Interprovincial in July. 2nd lowest qualifier at the Irish Girls Close Championship in Ireland, missing the number one spot on count back. However, due to this amazing finish, Canice has made the World Amateur Golf Ranking list. Winner of the U18 South Regional Scratch Championship in August with rounds of 67 and 75. And to finish this outstanding season, Canice captained the Surrey Juniors to victory in August County week, with another clean sweep against Hants, Sussex, Kent & Middlesex. With all of this going on Canice still finds time to play for her home club, and continues to represent them in club competitions. All this is done at the same time studying at Epsom College. I can’t think of anyone any more deserving than Canice for the title of Young Personality of the Year. I have no doubt that this year’s achievements are just the start for Canice and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
  1. Unwavering
  2. Reliable
  3. Inspirational

Nominee Details

Isabella Vaughan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Liz Beckingham lizbeckingham@hotmail.com Committee member

Reasons for Nomination

Isabella has made incredible progress with her swimming this year and has won 8 Surrey medals and 6 South East Regional medals and a SE Region Open Water medal. She has been selected to swim for Surrey in the Inter Counties and is the fastest girl in Surrey in the 12 and 13 year old borns at 100m Fly. Isabella is extremely dedicated to her training and highly competitive but always makes time to support and cheer on her team mates. She is an excellent role model in and out of the pool.
  1. enthusiastic
  2. dedicated
  3. supportive

Nominee Details

James Miller 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Nicholas Miller nick1.miller@tiscali.co.uk Father and Mentor Coach

Reasons for Nomination

James is being nominated for this award, based on not only the achievements he has successfully mastered in his sport this year, but also the way he has acted as a young sports personality, coaching, supporting and mentoring other pistol and rifle sports shooters to achieve their ambitions and goals. James has shown that through hard work, determination and belief in your abilities you can achieve your dreams. James started shooting pistol with Epsom Scouts at the age of 10. This disciplined, safe and skilful sport is an Olympic and Commonwealth discipline. He has grown over the last 8 years from being National Scouts Champion at the age of 12 in Air Pistol, National Schools Individual champion for two years in 2017 / 2018, British Pistol Club Junior champion, England Junior champion and Surrey Pistol champion in 2018. In January 2018 he became ranked as the Number 1 Great Britain Under 21 Junior pistol shooter and competed for GB at the European championships in Hungary, World Junior championships in Germany and has just return from the World championships in South Korea. He holds two British Junior shooting records for his achievements as part of the England and GB team. To make 2018 a special year for James he has just been selected by the British Olympic Committee to represent GB at the Youth Olympics in Argentina in October. This Olympic event is for over 4000 14-18 years old worldwide to compete in a multi sport environment as the future sports generation. James is part of a team of 42 GB athletes and the only GB rifle and pistol shooter to be selected. He is the only one from Epsom and Ewell. Acting as an Ambassador for his sport he has been part of the successful Glyn National Schools champion team and their achievements in motivating other budding Air pistol and rifle shooters that driving to achieve a dream is possible. Thank you to all who have supported him from the local region in his significant success beyond expectations at the start of 2018. http://britishshooting.org.uk/news/title=Miller_Selected_For_Youth_Olympic_Games&d=1517
  1. Determined
  2. Positive
  3. Supportive

The Rotary Club of Epsom Outstanding Service to Sport Award

Nominee Details

Alison McDowall 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Katie Nixon katie.nixon@gll.org Colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Since 2009 Alison has demonstrated continued enthusiasm and devotion to members of Club Rainbow who are all aged over 55 years old. Over the past 9 years she has grown and developed Club Rainbow to deliver a wide variety of sports, leisure and social activities providing and improving health and well-being outputs for older members of the local community. Alison supports over 700 members at the Rainbow Leisure Centre in a multitude of sporting activities including: aqua aerobics, short mat bowls, group cycle, dancing, darts, gym exercises, rowing, short tennis and swimming 5 days a week. She leads in group gym activities and aqua sessions to encourage participation. Due to demand from Club members, Alison attended an Otago training course late last year in order that she could regularly deliver a Falls Prevention class for older adults twice a week at the centre. These classes help people strengthen muscles and improve balance enabling them to live independently for longer supporting existing members and new participants at the gym. During Over 55+ Circuits classes Alison supports members by exercising with them on static bikes, treadmills,rowing machines and resistance machines to teach them to safely use the equipment and help motivate them. Alison supports individuals with a variety of physical, mental and neurological limitations, such as restricted vision, hearing loss, Alzheimer's, joint replacement or stroke. Participants are trained to use a variety gym equipment to facilitate their recovery and rebuild their confidence. This allows them to get back exercising with their friends and regain strength. In order to expand the offering available to Club members, Alison was the driving force behind launching Walking Netball at the centre, which has been a big success. With very basic knowledge, she took the time to research drills online and has led the sessions ever since its launch in March with help from England Netball and some members who play elsewhere. Alison encouraged members of Club Rainbow to take part in the regional and national Club Games held at the Olympic Park. This multi-sports competition includes: short mat bowls, timed-cycle, darts, timed swim, table tennis, short tennis, dominoes and badminton. Club Rainbow won in 2017 and the team showed determination by continuing to compete after one fellow member collapsed during the competition. This was a result of Alison promptly dealing with the incident, alerting emergency services and then sensitively encouraging the other member to continue competing. Alison is very popular amongst members as she is friendly and always has a smile on her face, addressing each member by name. Alison revitalised Club Rainbow in 2009 for people over 55 years in the borough of Epsom & Ewell to help them keep active as they embrace retirement. This 700+ membership group includes people who are living with the effects of stroke, arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiac repair, diabetes or sensory loss but want to maintain their health by exercising. She helps these members regularly exercise and have fun by supporting and motivating them. The group gym sessions strengthens friendships and increases a feeling of belonging within this community therefore contributing to the reduction of social isolation. Alison is an integral part of Club and it continues to grow in popularity due to her enthusiasm for participation for all regardless of age or ability. Alison has widened her support of the members by introducing regular social activities to compliment the weekly timetable. She organises a monthly lunch for the members, along with day trips such as to the most recent Hampton Court Flower Show. She also organises Reiki healing sessions and nutrition talks for members who may need to learn to cook for the first time following the loss of a partner or to improve overall health following a recent diagnosis. These activities provide members with an opportunity to keep healthy, make friends and have fun with Alison being integral to its continued success.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Welcoming

Nominee Details

Sheila Lay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Diana Norman odnorman@yahoo.co.uk Fellow coach

Reasons for Nomination

Sheila belonged to Epsom and Ewell Harriers as a child, in the '60's & 70's, as her parents actual met themselves at the club. Having time out for work and bringing up her son, she returned to the club in 2004 as her son started training with the club. As with any club she got roped into the role of 'parent helper'. From there Sheila has given so much of her voluntary time to the club in all aspects. She completed her assistant coaching course in 2009 and qualified as an official in 2013. She was part of the committee that instigated the officials courses being held at the Epsom and Ewell venue to make it more accessible for parents and members to complete the course. Since returning to the club in 2004 she has taken on more roles and given more time each year to the club of which we are so appreciative of. Not only does she still compete for the club, when she has the time, she coaches twice a week taking on the junior combined eventists, groups of between 10-15, which not only involves providing the coaching but producing a plan to make sure all the disciplines are covered regularly, this group gets bigger and better each season. She helps team manager one of the junior leagues, 4 competitions a season, which involves providing up-to-date meeting info, co-ordinating with other team managers plus the meeting leader and organising the children on the day. She is an enthusiastic and motivated committee member attending all monthly meetings providing constructive contributions to benefit the club. Last and definitely not least she basically gives up every weekend to officiate for the Harriers, usually covering the length and breadth of the country. For all the athletic leagues that the club is involved in, junior and senior, you HAVE to provide a team of officials or otherwise you lose league points, can be disqualified and may be uninvited to attend the future competitions. Sheila and her husband attend EVERY weekend whether its one whole day or the two, allowing themselves only a couple of weekends off for holidays!!! When they are not officiating for Epsom and Ewell, they officiate for open meetings, Surrey County, South of England and UK National competitions, to allow athletes of all ages and abilities to compete, this is all voluntary with a lunch thrown in if they are lucky!!! To top it all off Sheila is very approachable smiling through it all, the dedication, time and effort she gives makes her an invaluable member of our club and I would love her to win this award to show her a tangible appreciation for the 14 years she has given the club so far..........
  1. Devoted
  2. Invaluable
  3. Time-generous

The Royal Automobile Club Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Westrcroft Judo Club Nork 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Matthew and Rachelle Sexton matthewsexton@talktalk.net Unknown

Reasons for Nomination

Westcroft Judo Club (Nork), is based in Reigate and Banstead and Epsom and Ewell. Since the club began participating in the youth games 15 years ago we branched out to include Epsom and Ewell 5 years ago. This involved one of the clubs volunteer coaches, Matthew, setting up a branch of the club in the Rainbow Leisure Centre to have a permanent base in the Borough of Epsom and Ewell. 1. The club has worked with Epsom and Ewell's sports development officer for 5 years now to field Epsom and Ewell with a judo team in the games. In this time we have gone from entering a small team of 6, to fielding full teams in the event for the last 2 years. This has also involved working closely with Better to provide judo sessions in the centre regularly in term time but also taster sessions during the holiday, and even providing judo as an activity in their holiday clubfor the duration of those 5 years. For this years Surrey Youth Games the club coaches gave up an additional 2 hours of their time each week, and were supported by young volunteers, to provide training sessions for over 30 children in the run up to the games and have retained half of those who competed in the event. The impact of this is clear with Epsom and Ewell winning both Judo events in the games. 2. In the run up to the Youth Games members of the club enrolled on refereeing courses so that they could volunteer at the games. Many of the club volunteers including Oliver, have been mentored by the lead coaches and achieved high levels of judo in their own right, Oliver got his black belt aged 15 and has been assisting coaching in the past 3 years. Coaches Mike Rachelle and Matthew have all been attending national coaching seminars run by the NGB, this includes a lot of travel to places such as Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. Matthew has begun his level 2 coaching course and is working towards his third degree black belt, at aged 20 these are both significant achievements and demonstrate the high level of coaching and volunteers being provided and developed by the club. Matthew is also looking to organise a refereeing and table officialing course to develop his own skills and qualifications but also bring them back to the club to further improve the quality of our internal events (with refereeing qualifications already done by Steve and Cameron). 3. Westcroft Judo Club (Nork) has always been supportive of those less abled, and encouraged them get the most out of their judo career as possible. We have recently seen one of our members get Bronze in the Beverwijk World Judo Special Needs Games, as well as Bronze in the East of Scotland Special Needs Open. The same competitior has achieved Bronze in the British Schools Special Needs Championships. He came through the Surrey Youth Games in recent years as an Epsom and Ewell competitor and has gone on to greater things. 4. The coaches at Westcroft Judo (Nork) are constantly reassessing the sessions offered and attempting to innovate and improve. This includes from changes in class such as different exercises for practicing breakfalls (to ensure safe landings), to changing payment methods to streamline them for members. The coaches have also attended multiple NGB endorsed coaching seminars with European experts to develop them, and their coaching techniques further. The social media improvements and innovations brought about by Coach Matthew have already begun to have affect with an increase in inquiries to join the club and a greater reach of getting people involved in the sport.
  1. Grassroots
  2. Welcoming
  3. Inclusive

Nominee Details

Epsom and Ewell Harriers 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Diana Norman odnorman@yahoo.co.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Epsom and Ewell Harriers as they have had a very successful year. - Last Sept the Womens Vets/Masters Team (Over35) won the Southern Counties Vets competition for the 10th year running. This year they have qualified for the final again and the Mens Vets/Masters team will be joining them! - Junior girls won the Lily 'B' league overall which is the first time since 2001 and the Cup on final day which is the first time since 1999. This is the first time EVER they have won the double - Downs Cross Country League the U13 boys won their age group for the first time ever. - The U13 boys also claimed bronze in the Surrey Cross-Country championships and Surrey XC Relay Championships. - The U13 boys also claimed 16th place in the National XC Championships the highest the club has achieved for numerous years. - Senior team in the Southern Athletic League stayed up in Division 2 which is an accomplishment as usually we yo-yo up and down in-between Div 2 and 3! - Senior ladies won the Reigate Priory cross-country relays. - One of our members Rosie Clarke is ranked number one in the UK for 3000m steeplechase! - Izzy Brinsden, an E & E member, won the Surrey Senior Women Cross Country championships. - We have had the biggest intake of new members and biggest retention of existing members in several years, so much so we have had to add extra track sessions to the normal three times a week. We have a good percentage of autistic senior and junior athletes and find that athletics is a great environment for their social progression. Two of our athletes successfully represent the UK at the Special Olympics & related competitions. We host England Athletic regulated official courses as every club has to provide officials for each of the competitions they participate in. We constantly promote and fund coaching and official qualifications for all our members, as our club couldn't survive without them. Our club hosts sports days for lots of local schools providing them with the Epsom and Ewell Harriers equipment and our members voluntarily provide a refreshments area at these meetings.
  1. Achieving
  2. Welcoming
  3. Thriving

Nominee Details

Epsom & Ewell Harriers 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Clarke davidaclarke@blueyonder.co.uk Club Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

Epsom & Ewell Harriers has been providing athletics competition in the Borough for 128 years. The Club was founded in 1890 with Lord Roseberry of the Durdans, and briefly British Prime Minister, as the first Club President. His racing colours are still reflected in the club vest. Athletics is one of the most inclusive sports. The Harriers have members male and female from 8 years to 80. The many different events in athletics can cater for big strong shot putters whilst whippet-like long distance runners enjoy track, road and cross country races. And we have athletes of all abilities. Many of our runners support the low key park run in Nonsuch every Saturday morning and we take our turn on the organising rota. At the same time Rosie Clarke ran for GB at the Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast in spring of this year, and also the European Championships in August. In the Commonwealth Games she narrowly missed a medal with a fighting 4th place. In September we have several Athletes competing for GB at the World Masters (over 35) Championships in Malaga, Spain. The club has just reviewed and revised its longstanding but innovative agreements with Epsom & Ewell Council to facilitate the use of the track at Poole Rd by local schools and other groups. Club volunteers open the facility for events and the club provides much of the equipment from javelins, shots and other throwing implements to hurdles and high jump equipment. We have had a number of athletes with special needs and from time to time have help organise 'paralympic' type events at the Poole Rd track. The club has a strong team of volunteers including team managers, coaches and technical officials (judges, referees and timekeepers etc.) Some of our officials are amongst the most experienced in the UK and held important positions at the 2012 Olympic Games and last year's World Championships. Most importantly we provide local activities for local people. There is no better example than the Bennett sisters from Heatherside Rd West Ewell. At a very early age eldest Julia took the very short walk to the Poole Rd track and found a talent for athletics. She was soon followed by three sisters and by their 20s three of them were international athletes. A few years ago when Denise Lewis was winning the heptathlon gold medal at the Sydney Olympics, Julia and Diana Bennett were UK numbers 2 and 3 in the event. Diana, now Norman, is the current World record holder for heptathlon by a women over 40.
  1. Inclusive
  2. Excellence
  3. Achievement

Farnham Sports Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Pete "Too Tall" Fields 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jonathan Griffiths jongriff50@gmail.com Coach within club

Reasons for Nomination

The Farnham Knights American Football club has been running since 1984 but following relegation from the BAFA Premier League in 2016 the club has been on the verge of collapse. Pete “Too Tall” Fields, who is a former player at the club, stepped in last year to help coaching, and this year took on the Head Coach role of the adult team. However, just after the season began the person who was running the youth teams (U19 and U17) left the club and struggling to find other people to take over, and refusing to let the teams fold leaving the players unable to play, Too Tall made himself Head Coach of those teams as well. This means a man currently living in Portsmouth has been travelling to and from Farnham on Wednesday evenings, Saturdays to train the juniors and Sundays to train the adults, in addition to travelling all over the South of England for youth tournaments and adult away games. A professional approach with excellent dedication It would be easy to focus on his abilities as a coach but that is just the start. After he started playing American Football for Farnham, Pete was determined to make it his career and defying the odds (and people’s advice) he went to America in pursuit of his dream. He turned pro, playing in the arena football leagues, and even ended up getting on the practice squad of NFL team the Green Bay Packers. When he did this, the idea of a Brit playing in the NFL was incredibly rare, making the achievement even more amazing. He then returned to the UK to be with his British fiancé and returned to helping the Knights as an offensive coach. With no-one else willing or able to commit to becoming Head Coach he stepped up, and in doing so announced he wanted to do things differently – professionally. From the first team meeting, which included all players and parents of younger players, he set out his professional expectations for the teams. In training he took boys, girls, men and women who had never held an American Football before and turned them into legitimate and passionate players. Throughout it all he has encouraged fun, either off the field at the team’s rookie talent show, or with the youth team’s legendary team ‘dance offs’ at training. Made a positive impact by increasing and/or inspiring and encouraging others to improve in their sport The focus on recruitment this year has been a key objective and through running training camps in schools and in half terms, in building relationships with university teams and through a new website and social media the team started the season full of rookie players and has continued to attract new people throughout the year. Losing games might have meant they left again, but at the end of the final game, which we lost, and with a 2-8 losing record for the season every player committed to not only playing next season and bringing more people along, but training throughout the off-season in order to continue their development. The future of the Farnham Knights has been saved by this man alone. Similarly if you could see the social media engagement in the club’s closed Facebook groups. Players are truly engaged, not just at organised practice but in the gym during the week, watching videos in preparation for upcoming games, in the newly formed marketing team Pete has organised – the players and coaches have bought into his vision for the club and want to take it to new levels. But it’s not just the coaching side of Pete’s commitment that I believe warrants this award. He has also run the club’s social media presence, has been at Farnham Rugby Club first thing in the morning before match days painting the field markings himself, and has personally put money into keeping the club alive. Without him, the Farnham Knights really wouldn’t exist anymore, but genuinely with him the teams are stronger than ever as look towards the 2019 season. A professional approach with excellent dedication (please include if the coach is a paid or volunteer coach and the number of hours spent coaching per week) Pete doesn’t get paid for any of this, in fact coaching the Farnham Knights has cost him a lot of money this year from buying stationary to printing playbooks and posters to supplying kit to driving thousands of miles. Including practice sessions, managing online activity, uploading and analysing film, speaking to players and coaches during the week and more, I estimate this is closer to a full-time job for Coach Too Tall but a full-time job he doesn’t get paid for. Being nominated, and even winning this award therefore, would be a thank you from me and the club he has done so much for. Enabled personal or team achievement If you watched footage of all the teams at the start of the season and at the end you wouldn’t see the same players. Every single player at the club has improved, and that is not only because of Pete’s coaching but also how he has coached the coaches. I am one of a number of new coaches this year, and my love of the sport has never been greater. I am truly motivated and inspired by Pete, whether that’s through one-one-one coaching sessions he has given me, pep talks at any time I need it or when he is addressing his coaching staff in a meeting. I know the other coaches feel the same and it convinces us that giving up our precious personal time is worth it, because we can see results, see the enjoyment it gives the players, inspires youngsters in their lives outside of the sport and on top of that feel appreciated by Pete. One of his biggest achievements is helping Tom Outhwaite, a young offensive lineman at the club, to get selected for the Great Britain team that played at the European Championships this year. Pete made a statement at the start of the year that he would help at least one player play for their country and even ran mini training camps designed for this purpose alone. He attended GB selection days to motivate his players and knowing he has helped Tom fulfil this dream means the world and will also encourage others in the club to see that it’s possible. Coaching teenagers is never easy, but I knew he had inspired the boys who play for the under 17s when during a tournament he made our own team do 10 press ups during a game because they had questioned the referee. They didn’t flinch, they did as they were told and that is because they respect and love the man. The parents love this approach and the team spirit in the young men and women at the club is evident everywhere you look. Evidence of personal development in the last 12 months With the season at an end, Pete has admitted he has learned a lot from this experience, about coaching coaches, the administration of running a club, of coaching British players with no experience of the sport to name a few things. Like the true professional he is he wants to use these learnings to get better and improve. As well as stepping up to become Head Coach of Farnham, Pete also became involved with the British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA), organising the BAFCA convention in Nottingham earlier this year and using his network of contacts to bring coaches from the US to educate British coaches and attend training sessions. His passion for the game is unrivalled and he wants the sport to grow in the UK, not just for the Farnham Knights to do well. As a closing statement it’s not sport related moments I want to focus on. At Christmas last year Pete organised and led a ‘toy drive’ for the Frimley Park hospital children’s unit. He asked players and local businesses to donate toys, of which hundreds were donated, before assembling a team of players and staff to visit the children spending their Christmas on the ward and giving them the presents. It was initiatives like this that made me want to volunteer for him. Another example like this is when a Farnham Knights player lost his 19-month old daughter to meningitis during the season. Pete was the first person to offer comfort to the player, ensuring that he had a support network around him and his wife. He then printed player towels, at his own expense, and asked players to wear them for the remainder of the season. He has started fundraising for the chosen charity of the player and his wife and has made sure the player has remained part of the setup. Speaking to the player personally this has meant everything to him and his family, and is another example of the sports family Pete is building in Farnham.
  1. Passionate
  2. Inspiring
  3. Magnanimous

Nominee Details

Shane Carrington 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Shane originally contacted the club around 2 years ago, enquiring about bringing his 3 young sons along to train. He offered to coach the Mini Juniors, Juniors and Seniors, and is an absolute asset to the team. He and Coach Rikke have a very similar view on coaching styles, but Shane is also happy to bring new and unique coaching techniques to the club. He is one of our most smiley coaches and this rubs off on the members! Shane is a fully qualified coach, and is able to explain boxing techniques in a manner that helps the boxers to understand why they are doing something, and encourage them to try it for themselves. He has a successful boxing past and he uses this experience to emphasise with the boxers. Shane is adaptable and happy to lead a session if needed. He will often take the boxers who are training for competitions to the side and give them additional training support. Shane is a volunteer coach, and he travels from Fleet to coach for us for 10 hours a week (Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat). Shane not only dedicates his time to training the boxers in the group sessions but also takes boxers out to competition. Most of the boxing shows are held in the evenings, and at weekends. Shane has a young family but still finds time to take boxers out on shows. Our boxers represent Farnham all over the UK, and Shane has taken boxers as far as 3 hours away to take part in a show. Often he has ferried boxers and their families to enable them to take part in a competition. He is proud of the boxers and enjoys watching them put their skills in to practice. Before the fights he offers words of encouragement and advice, and is able to support them during their fight from the corner. Shane is always looking for new and interesting ways to coach the boxers. We are extremely lucky to have Shane supporting the club.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Patient
  3. Innovative

Nominee Details

Luke Bone 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nicholas Woad ndw@cnmlondon.com Junior Organiser at Farnham Golf Club

Reasons for Nomination

Luke Bone is PGA qualified golf professional based at Farnham Golf Club in the Sands. He is an assistant professional at the Club where he works tirelessly providing excellent golf coaching to all ages and abilities, to both Club members and others. Farnham born and bred, Luke first started playing golf as a fifteen year old Junior at Farnham Golf Club, quickly becoming a scratch golfer. He is now in his twelfth year of working and coaching at the Club. His current role includes the position of head of Junior coaching at the Club. Luke has worked tirelessly on developing Junior golf and trying to grow the game. His efforts have increased the Junior membership at Farnham GC from twenty youngsters to more than seventy over the last three years. This has been achieved, in no part due to Luke’s passion, hard work, expertise, personal skills and sense of fun that he brings to his coaching. He holds group coaching sessions every weekend throughout the year, whatever the weather for the Club’s younger Junior Academy members. In the last year he has held over eighty such sessions. He also provides twice weekly after school coaching sessions over the winter months, which are held in the Club’s indoor swing studio. These lessons are given to the more advanced youngsters, who are part of the Club’s various Junior teams, and the most promising younger players who are part of the Club’s Junior Development Squad. Luke develops personalised coaching plans for each of these children. This excellent coaching programme has helped Farnham earn the reputation as ‘one of the four best clubs for Juniors in the County’ (according to Surrey Golf’s Bob Lacey, the manager of the County’s U14 Rookie Tour). The Junior teams have won most of their matches and competitions this season. Luke also coaches many of the Juniors on an individual one-to-one basis, significantly improving each child’s golf and enabling them to all reduce their handicaps. One of his pupils is my daughter Lottie Woad, who he has coached from when she first took up golf, and has helped her progress to the England Girls (South) squad. Though Luke is a paid coach, he goes above and beyond with his commitment to Farnham’s Junior golfers. He provides invaluable support to my role of Junior Organiser during his own time, helping to create the excellent Junior Programme offered by Farnham Golf Club. As well as coaching Juniors, Luke provides individual tailored golf lessons to the Club’s members and others across the County. This varies from complete beginners to professionals competing on the PGA Europro Tour. He also holds weekly coaching clinics to the Club’s Ladies Academy members. This programme is aimed at introducing, and retaining, more women in golf. Luke’s charm has proved very successful, as the Club’s Ladies Section continues to increase in numbers. He has an ever expanding list of individual clients for his golf lessons. His Facebook page (lukebonegolfcoach) has numerous compliments on his coaching technique, such as: ‘Luke delivers learner centred golf lessons by taking into account different abilities, characters, strengths and challenges. Keep up the great work!’ Luke is always looking to improve and develop his coaching. This summer he attended the Elite Coaching Summit in the company of one of the world’s great golf coaches, David Leadbetter. The summit covered aspects such as ‘Applied Biomechanics’, ‘Elite Junior Development’ and the ‘High Performing Mind’. Luke is already implementing what he learned in his coaching at Farnham. I believe that Luke fulfils all of the Award Criteria, and that Farnham Golf Club couldn’t function without him.
  1. Professional
  2. Dedicated
  3. Fun

Disability Award

Nominee Details

David Muir 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mathew & Natasha Hall mathewhall661@gmail.com Members of the SWVP user group

Reasons for Nomination

David has been a S&BP governor for the last six years and has devoted time and effort into ensuring that there is a Boccia Club in Farnham for those with disabilities but has promoted this as an inclusive sport. He is an advocate for inclusive sports and encourages others with and without disabilities to participate in various sports to keep active. David was nominated in the 2017 care awards for his work with S&BP receiving a silver award for his continuous work to highlight to those in authority the problems encountered by those with a disability within Farnham and its surrounding areas. He continues to empower the voice of those with Learning disabilities or mental health impairments to those in authority, his dedication and commitment to keep the spirit of the Farnham Games alive is a credit to him.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Dedicated
  3. Supportive

Nominee Details

Rachel Morris 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

We are nominating the wonderful Rachel Morris. Her contribution to the sporting world and especially her support to those with a disability is extraordinary. To list all her achievements would require a ceremony dedicated solely to Rachel! Therefore I am going to pinpoint exactly what Rachel has done for Farnham Boxing Club, and what having her as a member means for us. Farnham Boxing Club have always tried to be inclusive. In the past we have trained a young lad with cerebral palsy, and a young girl with one arm, so we keen to adapt sessions. When Rachel approached us this time last year, we knew we faced our biggest challenge yet. We had never had a member who fully relayed on using a wheelchair. Wheelchair boxing is a rare but up and coming sport. We were honest with Rachel about our lack of experience and she was so supportive. If anything she’s been a guinea pig for us! Rachel has supported us as we have pushed chair legs through her wheels, wedged broomsticks between her chair and the wall, and basically invented lots of different ways to make the training more effective. Together we’ve met adaptive boxing coaches and experimented with their methods. Rachel is always so relaxed but focussed, she puts everyone at ease and has made this process very easy. It helps also that she is super funny and friendly...an asset to the club! Working with Rachel has built the skills and confidence of our coaches. As we continue Rachel’s boxing journey we are excited that Farnham Boxing Club can confidently welcome more wheelchair using boxers. As the club grows and expands we look forward to encouraging more chair users to join, and its Rachel’s support that has been a catalyst for this change. Thank you Rachel!
  1. Motivational
  2. Supportive
  3. Energetic

Junior Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Weydon School Under 16 Football Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Ben Wish bwish@weydonschool.surrey.sch.uk Assistant Principal

Reasons for Nomination

They have achieved the double this year. They won the Aldershot and District Final beating strong sides, Salesian College Farnborough, All Hallows, Yateley School and Robert Mays in a final at Aldershot FC. They also won the Surrey County Cup Final. No Weydon side had previously got to a County Cup semi-final. They beat Fullbrook, Wimbledon College, Coombe Boys School, Richard Challoner and Glyn School in the final at Leatherhead Youth FC. Glyn were champions for the previous 2 seasons. The win in the final against Glyn was on penalties, having been 1-1 after normal time. The side through their years at Weydon had never previously won anything, and their season has been built purely around hard work and team spirit. They have worked hard for 4 years, but to have achieved what they have done in their final year of school, given the previous 4 years, has been eye opening to say the least and says a lot about how a good team ethic and never give up attitude can allow you to achieve fantastic things. If you need any further information, please let me know. I am able to give you a breakdown of scores, and scorers for each game, or specific details.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Determined
  3. Passionate

Senior Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

ALEX WHATTINGHAM 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Barney and Elizabeth Whattingham ewhattingham@gmail.com Brother and brother-in-law

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Alex Whattingham for his further commitment to charity this year - showcased by running the London Marathon 2018. This year was particularly gruelling to run due to the extraordinary heat on the day. Alex has run 3 London marathons in total and the Great South Run. He has raised in excess of £12,000 over the years for charity by participating in these athletic events and is completely self-coached. Alex rides a static cycle at home and runs locally on a daily basis in rain or shine. His inspiration for raising money for charities UK Youth and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is very personal to him. Both charities are close to his heart, having helped both family members and friends. He has progressed significantly over this year in his long-distance running abilities and his recent times reflect this.
  1. Committed
  2. Determined
  3. Positive

Nominee Details

Chris Marker 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Chris is one of our most inspirational boxers. When Chris joined the club, just over 2 years ago, he was overweight and unfit. He struggled to complete the exercises and could have easily decided to quit there and then. Instead Chris took this as inspiration to never be in this position again. He trains at the club twice a week, rarely missing a session, and attends a gym at an unearthly hour before work each day. Chris's determination and hard work was paying off and his boxing performance was improving as a result. Unfortunately Chris received an injury that meant he had to reduce his training and his opportunity to compete had to be put on hold. It would have been too easy for Chris to take this step back as an excuse to quit, but once again Chris used this as an inspiration to train harder. Finally Chris was able to put all his hard work in to practice and had his first bout. He didn't get the victory he wanted but in true Chris style he used it as a learning curve and entered the ring for his second fight stronger and wiser. Chris got the win he deserved and his boxing journey continues. Within the club Chris is so supportive of the other boxers. He always has an encouraging word, and is happy to share tips and advice. During contact sparring Chris often 'stays on his back foot', allowing his opponents to practice new skills in a controlled environment. Chris has encouraged his 2 brothers to join the boxing club too and they are now reaping the benefits of regular exercise. We are proud of Chris and pleased he chose Farnham Boxing Club to take this journey.
  1. inspirational
  2. determined
  3. Humble

Nominee Details

Jason ‘Skiddy’ Bastable 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Elliott Whattingham whattingham@googlemail.com Long term friend and fellow golfer.

Reasons for Nomination

When Farnham man Jason Bastable took up the offer of a free eye test advertised on the back of a parking ticket three and a half years ago, little did he know what would follow. Referred to Frimley Park Hospital, Jason was told he had glaucoma - a degenerative eye condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and over time can lead to permanent vision loss - and declared unfit to work, blind and disabled. Being a die hard golfer before his devastating diagnosis, Jason’s immediate thought was that his golfing days were over. Until, that is, he was introduced to Abigail from Sight for Surrey who informed him of The English Blind Golf Association. England and Wales Blind Golf (or EWBG - as the association is now known) is a registered charity, formed in 1982 with the aim of providing severely sight-impaired people with the opportunity to play golf competitively. Each year players compete and strive to be selected to represent England in the annual Blind Golf international against Scotland for the Auld Enemies Cup. To qualify, players have to finish in the top nine in the Order of Merit with the EWBG captain choosing four wildcards. This year, Jason was one of the wildcards. In the series to date the score is England 12 and Scotland 13 with three matches halved. England currently holds the trophy this year, and Jason successfully won both of his matches with the highest amount of points to help towards winning the trophy. Speaking to the Herald, Jason’s daughter Hannah said her father “has gone from strength to strength” this yea, adding “his family and friends are all very proud”. She continued: “He has trained hard and has been dedicated to giving up his time to play and have lessons to get himself prepared for all of these competitions. He put all of his trust into his guide Nancy Bilderbeck, whom together have been unstoppable this year and have worked together incredibly.” This year Jason was awarded Matchplay Champion 2018, Order of Merit Champion 2018 and most importantly the EWBG British Blind Masters Champion 2018. And as his guide, Nancy’s part in Jason’s success cannot be overstated, playing a vital role giving him as much information as required, describing the terrain, giving the direction and distance as accurately as possible and then lining him up for the desired shot. Jason is now taking a well needed break from golfing and will be back to training in a few weeks ready for the ISPS Handa Italian Open and ISPS Handa World Blind Golf Championships, both taking place in Rome this September
  1. Committed
  2. Always happy
  3. Genuine

Nominee Details

James Clarke 19 years or over

Nominator Details

John Phillips johno_phillips@hotmail.com Farnham Runners Men's Captain

Reasons for Nomination

James Clarke is the current Farnham Runners Club Champion and as a club we would like to nominate him as Senior Sports Personality of the Year. Article: http://www.farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id=127866&headline=Record-breaking%20day%20as%20Clarke%20takes%2010k%20championship%20title§ionIs=Sport&searchyear=2018 James has had an amazing year in running. He won the Farnham Runners Grand Prix (league competition) for the 4th time and is in 1st place in the current season (2018). James has also broken a lot of personal records in the last year (Parkrun PB of 17 mins 5 seconds, Half Marathon PB of 1 hour 19 mins 55 secs and a new 5 miles PB of 28 mins 13 secs). James also came 8th in the very hilly and tough Llanelli Great Welsh Marathon in 3 hours 5 mins 27 seconds (PB) of 310 finishers. He has also been achieving amazing things in the field of endurance running in 2018. He ran the 24 hours event called Thunder Run in Derbyshire, competing solo (others ran in pairs or in teams), he completed an amazing 16 laps of the 10km course (160km / 100miles) coming 6th in strong field of 98 ultra marathon competitors. In June, James competed in Endure 24 at Reading in a team of 7, he completed more than his fair share of the incredible 200 miles the team ran over the 24 hour period, finishing an impressive 5th place in the 6-8 males team category. Other recent achievements include: • 1st senior male finisher in 24 parkruns since August 2017, and 1st overall in 11 of them. • 3rd in the 5000m at the CSSC Track & Field Championship • 8th in the Civil Service AA 10km in Olympic Park • Finished 16th overall in the Hampshire Road Race League for 2017-18. James has been a significant figure in Farnham’s sport scene over the years. He worked at the Farnham Leisure Centre for many years as Duty Manager between 2000 and 2014. He is a well-known and popular individual and is very passionate about Farnham and remains 100% committed to Farnham Runners. Indeed, he has been a pivotal figure in helping Farnham Runners stay competitive in both the Hampshire Road Race League and the Southern Cross Country League. He has been the leading / 1st Farnham Runner in 10 of a total of 18 league events between Sept 2017 - August 2018. A consistently strong performer, James has had an exceptional year in running.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Passionate
  3. Energetic

Nominee Details

Lily Partridge 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Gill dandcgill@sky.com N/A

Reasons for Nomination

2018 has been another fantastic year for one of Britain's finest running prospects. Both her home town of Farnham and the Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club basked in the success of their runner, Lily Partridge, who finished well inside the top ten places of the elite women's race of the Virgin Money London Marathon in April. Though Mo Farah made the main domestic headlines by breaking the British men's marathon record in coming third, Lily [in unprecedented warm weather for the event] defied the heat to record 2 hours, 29 minutes and 24 seconds - a personal best by 1 minute 45 seconds - and her eighth position made her the top British woman at one of the greatest marathon events in the world, and in a field of the highest international quality. Her performance in such gruelling conditions means that her ambition to run as low as 2-20 has to be taken seriously. Two years ago, she followed in the footsteps of her Mum [35 years after her] to become the English Cross Country champion. Lily has since impressed particularly in half marathons, this year finishing in first position [last January] at the Seville half marathon and she was seventh in the Great North Run in September 2017. Though not a medalist, Lily was selected to run for Great Britain in this year's European Championships. Lily is well known in national athletics circles - she has represented her country on the road, track and cross country - but the 2018 Virgin London 2018 Marathon success saw her rise to the world stage. She is widely recognised as a superb athletics prospect. Lily also puts a lot back into the community, supporting club events and also regular community running events including the annual Pilgrim marathon and half marathon events. This is an outstanding nomination for the Sports Personality category. 1. Made significant progress in the field of sport - Lily has broken through in 2018 from being a well known, successful national athletic performer to become an international star. She sets herself high standards and ambitions for the future. 2. Had significant impact on sport locally and has been an inspiration to others - Lily regularly attends club and community events and is a true inspiration in the locality. She is also often interviewed by athletic and running magazines, many of whom feature her running achievements and advice on running. 3. Exceeded expectations in their sporting performance - Lily has achieved several personal best times in 2018, including both marathon and half marathon personal bests. She's also mad a considerable contribution to both club and country when representing the Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club and Great Britain.
  1. inspirational
  2. courageous
  3. ambitious

Senior Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Rowledge Cricket Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Gill, President of Rowledge Cricket Club dandcgill@sky.com NA

Reasons for Nomination

Rowledge Is a small population village of about 1500 people but it punches well above its weight and size when it comes to cricket. It’s a community club in Surrey but it’s close to the Hampshire border. The club runs three senior teams on Saturdays plus a Sunday casuals team. It’s junior section is massive, numbering well over 300 children, thanks to the many dedicated volunteers. The club standard is so high that it has many young players who represent both Surrey and Hampshire at both district and county youth level. The pinnacle of the club’s efforts, however, is the first X1. Last season (2017) they were relegated from the Southern Premier League - a very high standard of cricket - from Division 1 to Division 2. However, in the 2018 season, they won the vast majority of their matches to come runners up in division 2, meaning that next season they return to a league where they play club teams such as Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Basingstoke, all clubs who have a vast population to call upon. The Rowledge team have a mixture of very skilful and experienced players but, thanks to their youth system, they also have some outstanding and very talented young players who’ve contributed so much to their success. In addition to their Southern Premier League success, they performed really well in this year’s ECB National Village Cup competition, winning firstly the Surrey area competition, then the regional competition with a fantastic last over win against Findon Cricket Club from Sussex. However, they lost in the round immediately before the national quarter finals. A small population, yes, but a massive cricket heart, a club that makes a difference in cricketing terms and in their local community. Rowledge Cricket Club are nominated as an outstanding candidate for the senior sports team of the year. 1. They achieved great success in the 2018 season with both the National Village Cup achievements and promotion to the first division of the Southern Premier League, a very high standard of cricket. 2. Rowledge Cricket Club have proved to be great ambassadors for the spirit of cricket and they have, thanks to their amazing youth development system, provided many young players who’ve added great value to the first team success. Underpinning this is the vast number of volunteers and coaches who give up their time to support a really effective community sports club. 3. The club’s first team were relegated from the Southern Premier League division 1 in 2017, but this year (2018) they improved massively under the captaincy of Ben Wish and they bounced back to division 1 which means they will face cities with huge populations such as Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Basingstoke. Not bad for a small village on the outskirts of Farnham. A community club that promotes a message of cricket development at its very best.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Talented
  3. Dedicated

Specsavers Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Kathy Brown 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jane Georghiou janegeorghiou@aol.com Ladies' Captain of Farnham Runners

Reasons for Nomination

Kathy Brown has been an amazing force to support running, and parkrun in particular, in both Farnham and across the UK. She has been parkrunning at Alice Holt since it began and is a key member of the core team which runs the event. There have been 289 Alice Holt parkruns since 2012 (to 1st Sept, 2018.) Kathy has run at 95 of them and has volunteered at over 190 of them. She also lends her IT skills to a number of Farnham Runners events to help manage the runners and results, including the annual Alice Holt races. She loves to visit other parkruns and has run at 46 other events. This tourism led her into a new and unusual venture. There is a very vibrant Facebook group of UK parkrun tourists who love to travel to parkrun. It was once commented on there about how can fellow ‘parkrun tourists’ identify each other at parkruns? Kathy dreamt up the idea of the ‘COW COWL’ which is a simple bandana (or cowl) that group members could use to signify membership of the group. She obtained the permission of parkrun UK to sell this ‘unofficial’ cowl and organised it all through sportswear company Giraffe. (NB. It’s called a ‘Cow Cowl’ because the first person to run 100 different parkruns was a chap called Chris COWELL. Therefore running 100 events is called a “Cowell” but running 50 is half a Cowell or a ‘Cow’.) In two years she has sold well over 4000 cowls. There is now barely a UK parkrun each week that doesn’t have at least one Cow Cowl in evidence. Any profit from the sales is returned to the parkrun ‘New Events Fund’ that helps get new parkruns started across the UK. Sales of the cowl have already raised more than enough to fund the £3000 start-up cost of a whole new event! But the reason why all these achievements are extra-special this year is that in July 2017 Kathy had an nasty accident on a netball court and badly fractured her left humerus (upper arm). She couldn’t sleep in a bed for three months, she couldn’t drive for 8 months and she could only type one-handed for nine months. Yet alongside continuing to run her own businesses she barely missed a beat with her support for running and parkrunning, even being Run Director at Alice Holt a couple of times with her arm still in a sling. And all of it with a cheerful and happy nature that’s part of the wonderfully welcoming atmosphere of parkrun. She has unstinting energy and love for the running community and it’s wonderful to be able to say thanks to her for everything she does.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Innovative

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Farnham Boxing Club 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Admin and coach

Reasons for Nomination

It has been another busy year for Farnham boxing club. FBC are eager to be an inclusive club and encourage members of all abilities. This year FBC have been working with paralympian Rachel Morris to develop boxing training that allows wheelchair users to join in boxing. Wheelchair boxing is a rare but up and coming sport. FBC have made contact with adaptive boxing teams around the country and are using their new knowledge to ensure they can be inclusive. When Rachel joined the club she explained she wanted to train in the current sessions and not to be set aside in a session solely for wheelchair users, FBC have met this requirement. Gradually making adaptions to the training programme and hall, the coaches are now feeling more confident to encourage chair users to the club. Unfortunately space can still be an issue and the club hopes that when it gets it own venue they can advertise wheelchair boxing more. Farnham Boxing Club continue to hold sessions at the local University of Creative Arts. They were even able to allow the boxers trained at the university the chance to compete in a boxing show. FBC are currently in talks with a local primary school to see if it would be possible to bring the club into their school to run weekly sessions...watch this space. Farnham boxing club had a record number of boxer out competing, including taking part in the Surrey Yourh Games. This season FBC had 7 boxers represent Farnham and Surrey. They had their first female competitor too. Boxing is still male dominated so FB are proud to be supporting female boxers to enter the sport. Farnham Boxing Club are lucky to have a mixture of volunteers supporting them. Some of the volunteers are ex-boxers, whilst others are parents wanting to support the club. FBC were able to put 4 volunteers into England Boxing coaching course this last year. These volunteers are now official trained boxing coaches with a recognised qualification.
  1. Friendly
  2. Motivational
  3. Inclusive

Nominee Details

Farnham Runners 19 years or over

Nominator Details

John Phillips johno_phillips@hotmail.com Men's Captain

Reasons for Nomination

1. Farnham Runners were formed over 26 years ago with the aim to promote the enjoyment of running and the social aspects that follow. Since then it has grown with a membership of over 220 of both competitive and leisurely runners – and a few genuine athletes who regularly compete at an elite level both nationally and internationally. Whilst the club does not offer a junior section, it has supported a number of schools by sponsoring and supplying sports kit such as Waverley Abbey and Potters Gate. The club also makes financial donations to a number of local causes, using profits from local events such as The Alice Holt Races to support local charities. Running is a fantastic way to highlight the plight of others and raise funds through sponsorship. Since 2000 members have raised over £220,000 by completing sporting challenges from half marathons, full marathons, ultra-marathons and multi-day events including the gruelling Marathon des Sable. 2. As a club, we encourage, support and fund members who wish to explore a role in coaching by assisting their journey through the UK Athletics qualification structure. This qualification then assists with our overall coaching program. In 2018, we have had several new coaches qualify. Recruiting new members and encouraging new runners is key to the success of any running cub and a number of years ago we developed our Absolute Beginners programme. In 2018, we have adapted this to create 2 waves of "Couch to 5K" courses (Spring and Summer). Our beginners have been amazing this year, achieving more than they thought possible at the beginning of the course. Lives are genuinely changed for the better. Many of the members from previous intakes continue to be active members of the club and also assist with the Class of 2018, galvanising friendships with shared experiences, problems and solutions – as well as the thrill of achievement! As our members progress with their running our coaching is not restricted to "Couch to 5K", we tailor training sessions to the attendees with sections for Rusty Returners and Broken Boomerangers (those who have been injured!) 3. Interestingly, the evidence from our "Couch to 5K" programme is that the vast majority of attendees are ladies. When asked what their reasons were for signing up the common response was they did not wish to join a gym, did not want to try anything on their own, did not really know how to start and wanted the feel of safety in numbers. Many of our ladies have younger children and the whole aspect of a running community amongst like minded individuals who do not judge, pass comment or criticise has allowed them to flourish and achieve their initial goals – and set new ones. Also, see below re: supporting people with mental health. 4. Multiple studies have concluded that regular aerobic exercise—and primarily running or brisk walking— reduces the symptoms of clinical depression. In 2018, Farnham Runners has appointed a new mental health ambassador - Anne Snelson. The role has two main functions: a) Support our members and offer run/talk sessions - proactively supporting the mental wellbeing of the club members b) Reach out to the wider public and promote running - secondly making links with local mental health groups to encourage their members to start running.
  1. Inclusive
  2. Supportive
  3. Energetic

Nominee Details

Aldershot & Farmham Hockey Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nigel Oates nigel_oates@hotmail.com Chairman of Club

Reasons for Nomination

Aldershot and Farnham Hockey Club are a community club. And not just because it says so in our constitution! Over the past 40 years or so, AFHC have been steadily growing and nurturing talent, young and old, expert and beginner, to not only ensure every member reaches their full potential as either a player, coach or umpire, but that they have fun doing it and that parents and guardians are assured that they are handing over their precious ones to a safe, competent and fun organisation. Especially over the last 10 years, the club’s commitment to grass roots inclusiveness married with elite performance development has seen the growth of the junior section with links to over 50 local schools and colleges, adding additional senior Men’s and Ladies teams to cater for the success of our Back to Hockey campaigns and this season, now sees our Men’s 1st team promoted to regional hockey joining our Ladies 1st team who were promoted last season. A standout of these achievements is that it is the youngest ever average age for our first teams with a large proportion of the squads starting their hockey journey in our Mini’s section. This season also sees AFHC join the England Hockey Big Clubs group and the club was also nominated and shortlisted for England Hockey Club of the year. But the Hockey Family is not just about knocking the ball about. We support and encourage many members who wish to branch out in to coaching or umpiring with a number of successful assessments this season and have been through ClubsFirst/Safeguarding reaccreditation twice. Behind the scenes, our diligent committee is lucky to be supplemented by many “doers” an example being a junior parent taking on a club officer role as a give back for the support and development we have given to their child. We participate in the local Schools’ Partnership initiative, have a number of active and supportive and generous sponsors who help us ensure continued reinvestment where necessary and genuinely feel that the Hockey Family begins life at the club.
  1. Fun
  2. Inclusive
  3. Achieves

Under 14's Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Kobe Bryant 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gail Whattingham gail-whattingham@tinyonline.co.uk Friend of family

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Kobe Bryant, who at the age of 10 has been representing Surrey Youth in the sport of darts. For the past 2 years, he has been winning in a good proportion of the games he has played. He started playing darts at the age of three at home and has progressed to playing in two local adult leagues where he has made an excellent name for himself on the darting scene. He is so small he still needs a footstool to retrieve the darts from the board! He is known to the other players as the Milk Bar Kid! Kobe has got a sponsor for the current year where he will be entering the England Youth competition to hopefully further his progress.
  1. Dynamic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Ambitious

Nominee Details

Jack Adams 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Jack Adams joined the club when it opened just over 3 years ago. Jack started in the Mini Junior session. This session aims to set the foundations of a healthy habit. Allowing children aged 5-8 to experience being part of a team and the benefits of taking part in regular exercises. Jack clearly embraced this experience and when he turned 9 he moved up to the Junior sessions. The increase in exercise frequency and intensity did not deter Jack, in fact he thrived on it. He has always shown dedication and determination. He listens to the coaches and more importantly acts on their advice. This last year we have seen the most progression from Jack, and feel he deserves to be recognised for his achievements. Jack started taking part in contact sparring, and encouraged his friends to join him too. During the sparring sessions Jack has guided his friends, and will often be the defensive opponent, allowing other club members to be the dominant opponent in the boxing ring so they can practice and learn new skills. Jack is an inspiration in and outside of the club. He is willing to join in the social events, and supported the club in the carnival this summer. We are proud to have him representing Farnham Boxing club. Jack had several 'skills' bouts this year. These are boxing bouts with an unknown opponent in front of an audience, but there is no winner. Each time Jack left the ring stronger and wiser. In June this year Jack took his new confidence and participated in his first competitive bout. Jack is renowned for being super smiley and is always cheery in the sessions despite the hard work and training. However, no one has seen Jack smile as much as he did when his hand was raised and he was announced the winner. All his hard work had paid off. Since the bout Jack has continued to train with enthusiasm. Jack is very humble about his achievements and takes it all in his stride. He shows great sportsmanship and is an inspiring role model. We are excited about Jacks boxing future.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Humble

Nominee Details

Lottie Thurman 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Lottie has been at the club since it opened just over 3 years ago. During this time she has shown great dedication and commitment. There have been occasions where Lottie has been unable to train due to health issues or injuries, however she has never let this deter her or dampen her enthusiasm to train. Lottie has been taking part in contact sparring for some time. During these sessions she supports other members and encourages them to try new skills in the boxing ring. Boxing is still a male dominated sport but Lottie has not let this intimidate her. She encourages and inspires the other young ladies in the club to join in the training and sparring. Lottie is showing great potential and this year she took part in her first skills bout.These are boxing bouts with an unknown opponent in front of an audience, but there is no winner/loser. Lottie trained extra hard leading up to her first skills bout and experienced all the nerves and adrenaline that a boxer battles before a fight. After arriving at the venue and meeting her opponent the bout was cancelled due to a technical reason. This was a hard blow to Lottie who had put so much effort in to the training. However, she showed great maturity and despite her disappointment she kept her enthusiasm. A few weeks later Lottie was able to take part in her first skills bout and done herself and the club proud. Lottie supports the club both in and outside of the gym, and took part in this years carnival with the club. Lottie should be proud, and we are excited to have her representing Farnham Boxing Club.
  1. Determined
  2. Dedicated
  3. Humble

Nominee Details

Dixie Lindsay 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Louise Lindsay louise_lindsay@rocketmail.com Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Dixie is 12 years old. She trains at Tolworth Gymnastics club under Carla Gale Parks. She lives in Aldershot but was living in Farnham (upper hale) until June this year and goes to Farnham Heath End School. She has competed for Surrey at the Rushmoor Rosebowl International last October. Dixie has been a squad gymnast on the elite pathway since age 6. She has always remained I'm age through her elite grades and in February this year she passed compulsory 1 which is the final elite grade in gymnastics and which qualifies the gymnast to enter the adult British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool every year. She was one of only around 15 girls in great Britain to qualify this year and she qualified at the youngest age you can do so. At her compulsory 1 grade she came 4th in Britain on both bars and beam. She entered her first British Championships in March this year as a first year Espor (age 12 and 13) she was 1st reserve for the beam final after placing 8th on beam. She also competed in her first English Championships this year as a first year Espoir and came 14th out of 78 girls (4th out of the 1st year girls) Her previous rankings have been : Age 9 - 1st in GB on Vault / 4th in GB on Beam Age 10 - 3rd in GB on Bars /10th in GB all around / 9th in GB end of year ranking Age 11 - 4th in GB on Bars /9th in GB all around Are 12 - 4th in GB on Bars / 4th in GB on Beam /13th in GB yearly ranking. Dixie is in year 8 at school and last year in year 7 competed in an inter schools gymnastics competition winning medals for her school. Dixie is a gymnast in Surrey And the South East. This weekend coming she will compete at south east regionals in Guildford. Next weekend she will compete for her club at a national teams competition at Surrey sports park in Guildford. Hoping I am writing the correct kind of info but let me know if any other is required.
  1. Determined
  2. Competitive
  3. Strong

Nominee Details

Lottie Woad 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Rob Colborne proshop@farnhamgolfclub.co.uk Golf Manager at Farnham Golf Club

Reasons for Nomination

Lottie Woad is a Junior Member at Farnham Golf Club in The Sands. She has been at the Club since she was eight years old, initially in our Junior Academy, before developing her golf under the tutorage of the Clubs’ pros, and progressing to full Junior Membership. Now fourteen years old, she has become a very accomplished player, who has enjoyed a hugely successful last twelve months. This period of success commenced in the late summer last year when she won the Abraham Trophy, and with it, the title of England’s Most Improved Girl Golfer 2017. She’d qualified for the national final, which was held at Blackmoor Golf Club, on the basis of handicap reduction over the qualifying period. At this final she shot a level par 72, nett 63 (off her then nine handicap) at Blackmoor to win the Abraham Trophy by six shots. On the back of this success she earned selection to the England Girls Golf Under 16 Regional Squad (South), just one of six girls chosen from across the south of England. She is also a member of the Surrey Girls County Performance Squad. She has worked very hard on her golf over the last winter, and is seen at the Club every weekend, whatever the weather. She has regular lessons, on all aspects of her game, with Club Professional Luke Bone, who collaborates on a regular basis with her England coaches. She has seen the benefits from this dedication and effort, reducing her handicap to two, and enjoying considerable success at National, Regional, County and Club level this season. A number of her notable accomplishments during the last year are listed below: April 2018: Sixth place in the U14 classification in the British Girls’ U16 Open Amateur Championship at Fulford Golf Club in York. May 2018: Shot 72 (+1) at Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire to help her South Squad to victory in the England Golf Tri-Regional Championship. June 2018: Won the Under 15 Surrey Girls County Championship at the Drift Golf Club with scores of 71 (one under par) and 79. Second place in the U18 Surrey Girls County Championship, just one shot behind the winner. July 2018: Won the Surrey Schools Girls’ Scratch Championship at Bletchingly Golf Club, representing her school Weydon in Farnham. Runner-Up in the English Schools U16 National Championship at Thetford Golf Club in Norfolk. Lottie shot two rounds of 74 (gross) for a level par total of 148, just a single shot behind the winner. Winner of the U14 title at England Golf’s South Region Girls’ Championship at Ifield Golf Club in Sussex with rounds of 73 and 75 (gross) for a 148 total (+4). August 2018: Sixth place in the English Girls’ U14 Open Amateur Championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club in Dorset. The tournament featured the best 144 girls from throughout Europe within this age group. Lottie was the third best British finisher over the fifty four holes played. Eleventh place in the Scottish Girls’ U14 Open Championship at Murrayfield Golf Club in Edinburgh. Second place in the U14 Championship and ninth place in the U16 division at the North of England U16 Open Championship at Pannal Golf Club in Yorkshire, a prestigious national event with the best 132 players within this age group from across Europe. In the Official European Golf Rankings (www.europeangolfrankings.com) she is currently ranked 25th U14 girl in Europe and the sixth best in England. Throughout this period Lottie has also been very active member of Farnham Golf Club, playing in competitions and representing the Club in team matches and County events. She became the Farnham Golf Club Junior Champion for the second year in succession – the only girl to have won this title in the Club’s history. On Surrey’s U14 Rookie Tour she played in four events, winning three and finishing runner up in the other competition. She is a role model and example to younger Juniors at FGC and still regularly helps at the Club’s weekly group coaching sessions for the Junior Academy. In my opinion, and that of Farnham Golf Club, she fulfils and exceeds all of the Award criteria.
  1. Determined
  2. Passionate
  3. Driven

Under 18's Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Ben Sica 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Since joining the club almost 2 years ago Ben has gone from strength to strength. He is dedicated to his training and takes his sports very seriously. Ben finds the time between his school work and football training to practise his boxing. His determination has paid off and this year he took part in 3 skills bouts. These are boxing bouts with an unknown opponent in front of an audience, but there is no winner/loser. Ben showed great sportsmanship during these bouts, and came out of the ring stronger and wiser each time. Eventually Ben and the coaches decided Ben was ready to take part in his first competitive bout. Ben showed great maturity as he dealt with the nerves and adrenaline experienced in the build up to his first fight. In the ring Ben put all his skills in to practice and he should be very proud. Unfortunately Ben did not get the victory this time, but the experience has made him a better boxer for next time. Ben has younger brother who has now joined the club. Ben is supportive of his brother and is helping him progress with his training. Ben is an inspiring role model, and we are pleased he is representing Farnham Boxing club.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Energetic
  3. Determined

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Alfie Ayers 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com coach

Reasons for Nomination

Alfie is arguably our most dedicated member. Many young members will join the club with a group of friends for support. However, Alfie plucked up the courage to join the club by himself. Boxing Clubs can appear intimidating but Alfie was so determined to learn to box that he did not let this stop him. Over the last few years Alfie has inspired his friends to come along and try boxing too, but none of them have shared his commitment. Quietly Alfie has honed in on his boxing skills and fitness levels. He trains with the club 3-4 times a week, travelling from Petersfield to reach us. Alfie's family are very encouraging and supportive. Alfie is such a quiet member, and in a room full of boxers he could be easily overlooked. However, during contact sparring Alfie is fearless and confident, and no one could fail to notice him. He is humble and often needs reminding of what he is achieving. Alfie and the coaches decided he was ready to compete and arranged a bout with a local club. He upped his training and put extra hours of running in to his schedule. He listened to the coaches and acted upon their advice to ensure he was ready to enter the ring. Unfortunately just days before the contest his opponent pulled out, all our boxers are made aware that this can happen, and when it does it is frustrating. Poor Alfie experienced this 4 times! However, he did let this dishearten him. A lesser man would have let it affect his enthusiasm to train, but not Alfie. He continued to train, waiting in a state of readiness until finally the day came. Alfie performed beyond the coaches expectations, and he should be very proud. He did not get the victory that time but he has an aspiring future in the boxing ring. Everything Alfie has achieved this year he has done so whilst studying for his exams. We are honoured to have Alfie representing Farnham Boxing Club.
  1. Determined
  2. Dedicated
  3. Humble

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Lottie Maplethrope and Emma Stephens 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jill Currie currie_alasdair@hotmail.com teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Lottie has attended the weekly boccia club in Farnham on Sunday nights. Her game has improved. Her focus, tactics and skill levels have increased. Her attendance and commitment to boccia over the year has been excellent. This year Lottie took the opportunity to play boccia at the Surrey Youth Game. Lottie finds concentrating hard, but has continued to develop her boccia skills.
  1. enthusastic
  2. committed
  3. focussed

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Ella Manning 18 years or under

Nominator Details

George Male george.male@virginmedia.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

I began coaching Ella in February 2017 when she indicated a desire to become involved in combined events ( pentathlon for u15 girls).At that time, using her best performances in the events, Ella would have scored 2256 points. Ella qualified and competed in the English Schools combined events finals and came 21st scoring 2652 points. Ella then competed in the South of England indoor championships where she 2nd and then in the national indoor competition she came 9th with 2828 points. The current outdoor season has seen some remarkable performances from Ella in both the pentathlon and 75mHurdles. Ella won both the County and County Schools 75mH with times of 11.97 and 11.46 respectively ( her personal best at the start of the season was 12.01).Ella was selected English Schools Championships were she came 5th in the final in 11.34 - in the heats and s/final she ran 11.26 and a wind assisted 11.16. These performances indicate a considerable improvement in her hurdling and also in the South East Regional Schools combined events when Ella came 3rd with 3034 points. In the UK rankings Ella is 6th in the 75mH and 9th in the pentathlon. Again shortly Ella will be representing Hampshire Schools in the National Schools combined events finals. In just over 18 months her progression has been quite remarkable and is a reflection of her ability, hard work and dedication to her sport of track and field athletics. Her infectious personality has had a marked effect on the whole of my group of athletes.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Ambitious
  3. Talented

Nominee Details

Daisy Johnson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Tim Ayres-Townshend tim@farnhamtkd.co.uk Tae Kwon Do coach & instructor

Reasons for Nomination

Daisy Johnson started training in Tae Kwon Do six and a half years ago with Farnham School of Tae Kwon Do. Her achievements during that time have been quite exceptional; grading awards, national & international tournament medals, leadership awards and numerous club awards, including Tae Kwon Do Student of The Year. The past year has been a resounding success for Daisy, even by her own high standards; - She has developed her skills as a young Tae Kwon Do coach and trainee Assistant Instructor, playing a key role in the development of young talented Tae Kwon Do athletes at Farnham School of Tae Kwon Do. - In February of this year, Daisy competed in the Professional Unification of Martial Arts (PUMA) International open Championships, with competitors from all four home nations as well as the Republic of Ireland, Holland and the USA. Daisy, for the second year in succession, won the silver medal in her category, competing against some top Tae Kwon Do talent. Daisy also gained her first experience of officiating at an international tournament at the PUMA International Open, a task that some say can be even more demanding than competing, but a skill that Daisy is keen to develop. - Perhaps Daisy's biggest achievement of 2018 came in July when she tested for her second degree black belt (2nd dan) under the scrutiny of independent senior black belt examiners at at rigorous grading exam, hosted by Tae Kwon Do Sport Association in Kent. Not only did Daisy pass the grading but she attained the highest marks from all of those who were grading and was presented with the coveted 'Best in Grading Award - an award that she also won when she took her first degree black belt (1st dan) grading two years earlier. Daisy is an exemplary student of Tae Kwon Do and a dedicated young sportswoman, whose results and achievements are down to hard work, commitment and a desire to be the best she can be. She is inspirational to others and yet remains disarmingly modest about her achievements.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Dedicated
  3. Modest

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Linda Tyler 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jane Georghiou janegeorghiou@aol.com Ladies' Captain of Farnham Runners

Reasons for Nomination

Since Linda joined Farnham Runners in December 2015 she has shown a remarkable dedication to running and commitment to the club. Throughout her time with the club she has attended regular training sessions and soon became a valuable team member in both the Southern Cross-Country League and the Hampshire Road Race League, sometimes even coming in as first lady for the club. She has been an enthusiastic member of the Farnham Runners ladies team at both National and a South of England Cross-country Championships at Parliament Hill. She organised and took part in a Farnham ladies team for the South Downs Marathon relay 2017. Her dedication to training has shown her gaining numerous personal best times at all distances from 5km to marathon, often placing first in her age category in Hampshire Road Races as well as many parkruns. She was first in F55 in the South Downs Half marathon 2018. She has completed numerous marathons, including New York and Berlin in the last couple of years and in 2018 ran the Paris marathon and two weeks later came 21st in her category in London. She raised £600 in sponsorship for Cancer Research this year, making her total sponsorship in the last couple of years to over £2,000. This year she was delighted to be selected to run for a for Wales age group team at the Great Run 10km in Birmingham. Soon after joining the club she wanted to help others and showed total commitment to the Farnham Runners’ “Absolute Beginners” programme in 2017 and trained to be a UKA “Leader in Running Fitness”. She gave up her own running sessions to help every Monday and Wed evenings throughout the summer of 2017. She now helps with the Farnham Runners England Athletics “Get me Started” courses on Wednesday evenings and at Saturday morning parkruns. When not helping with this course, on most Saturday mornings she is to be found timing runners at the Alice Holt parkrun and is a reliable and trusted member of the parkrun volunteer team. She also acted as timekeeper for the Farnham Runners Championship. She has now trained to be UKA Coach in Running Fitness and has started taking some of the club’s Tuesday evening sessions. She is always cheerful and eager to help others in any capacity that she can and would fully deserve the Farnham Sports senior volunteer award.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Reliable

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Kevin Gent 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Fellow coach and club admin

Reasons for Nomination

Kev joined the club 3 years ago as a club member. He is passionate about boxing and this rubs off on our other members. As a boxer Kev was also supporting others, stopping his own training if it meant supporting someone else. Kev is very determined and motivated, despite being older than our average member (...over 50 and I’ll say no more) he can out train any of the younger boxers. He trains inside and outside of the club, even taking his boxing gloves on holiday! This dedication paid off and Kev had 2 competitive bouts in the last year! Winning both...of course! But it’s not Kev’s personal boxing success that has encouraged me to nominate Kev today. It soon become apparent that Kev would be a valuable asset to the volunteer team and Kev was eager to offer. He started out arriving an hour earlier than his own sessions 4 times a week in order to support the junior boxers. He has great experience and ideas to bring in to the club and is always trying new techniques with the youngsters. He has a great rapport with all the members, and they all respect him. Wanting to get the most out of his coaching role, Kev has used this year for personal development. He has completed his level 1 coaching course, which he had to dedicate 2 weekends, and a safeguarding course. Overall the impact Kev has had on the club and its members is well worthy of a nomination, however it’s his recent support that has really made the biggest difference. Paralympian Rachel Morris approached the club last year and we were honoured to have her join the team. We have been working together as a club to make adaptions. Wheelchair boxing does exist but it’s very rare and there isn’t a huge amount of information available. Kev has taken it upon himself to support Rachel, even sacrificing one of his training sessions so he can coach Rachel instead. Together Rachel and Kev have contacted wheel chair boxing organisations. Kev has even invited adaptive boxing coaches in to the gym to give them tips and pointers. Each week Kev arrives with a handwritten plan for Rachel, and provides a tailored boxing session entirely for free. The time that Kev is putting into assuring Rachel is fully including is overwhelming. Kev is very humble about what he does, and doesn’t realise just how incredible he really is!
  1. Approachable
  2. Motivated
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Mark Baines 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Barney Hart clubcaptain@farnhamrugby.org Club Captain

Reasons for Nomination

Mark has been a member of our club for nearly 10 years and captain of our 3rd team (warriors) for the last four seasons. Not having played a great deal of rugby before joining us Mark showed real enthusiasm and dedication in learning and developing his game both on and off the field as he soon became an indispensable part of club life. Under his leadership the Warriors have gone from strength to strength culminating in winning the league and cup final by a hugely impressive 57-0 last season. It is in his role as captain where he has taken the club to another level and truly grown our club, at senior level, whilst most other rugby clubs are really struggling under the competition of other sports on offer. While still leading an ever improving 3rd team Mark has also worked tirelessly to create a 4th XV (Barbarians) by recruiting, and more importantly, retaining players through his effervescence and ability to make all aspects of the game fun and rewarding. He makes it his personal project to help all those he meets and the enjoyment and self belief that is evident on their faces is testament to not only their improvement as a player, but also as a person. Off field Mark has massively increased the social enjoyment and involvement of all the senior players together where once it may have been considered 1stXV centric. He is now our main gateway for all new players, imparting his unique approach of our club and the wider game to new members allowing us to flourish in a shrinking market. He has also become a much anticipated feature at club functions with the microphone in hand where his knowledge of everyone, his likeability and sharp wit have us all in hysterics every time.
  1. Inspiring
  2. Nurturing
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Malcolm Turner 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nigel Oates nigel_oates@hotmail.com Chairman of Club

Reasons for Nomination

Cometh the hour, cometh the Man is a phrase often heard, but for Aldershot & Farnham Hockey Club, this phrase needs to be adapted to reflect our Volunteer of the Decade and Unsung Hero - Cometh the hour, cometh Malcolm …. It only seems fitting that this year, AFHC nominate our true unsung hero of the club for this award. Without Malcolm Turner the Club would not be the club it is today. Malcolm, is our Head of Hockey at AFHC and is responsible for the overall hockey development of our ever growing club. This season saw AFHC join England Hockey’s Big Clubs group with our Ladies 1’s gaining promotion to regional last season and our Men’s 1’s getting it this season with 2 games to go. But it wasn’t always like this. Malcolm joined AFHC over 30 years ago when there were but 2 Men’s teams and a single Ladies team. Malcolm has played, coached, managed and has actually been involved in some capacity with every single team, adult and junior during this time as well as a stint as club chairman. In total, he has overseen 15 promotions in this time, include two concurrent promotions for our Ladies 4s (it’s not just about the 1’s! 😊 ). Malcolm has an amazing ability to spot and nurture talent in our juniors – often spotting talent the junior is yet to discover! We could go on about his coaching experience (Level 2), his playing experience (played Mens 1s and 2s for many years), his management experience, but the main purpose here is to highlight his passion and commitment to the club for over 30 years, which is above and beyond, and continues on. Malcolm is the stalwart of our club, he is there at all training nights, umpires every weekend, organises successful tours, set up our original junior section with just 4 kids, we now have over 350, and always sees the bigger picture for the club! (oh and is the only one to stock up the toilet paper ….). A true Unsung Hero.
  1. Loyalty
  2. Passionate
  3. Do-er (!)

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Cameron Carrington 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alice Askew farnhamboxing@hotmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Cameron has been volunteering at the club for nearly 2 years. Cameron joined the club as one of our junior boxers. During training he was always eager to help others and would interrupt his own training to support other boxers. Cameron is at the club 3 to 4 times a week, participating in a mixture of exercising and coaching. The young boxers benefit from witnessing Cameron practise what he preaches. He is a very skilled boxer and he is able to transfer these skills in his coaching. Cameron not only supports his peers but is a valuable asset to the Mini Junior sessions. When new Mini Juniors join the club Cameron is happy to guide them for the entire session. He has a great rapport with the younger boxers (5-8 years), and is able to make them feel welcome and at ease. It can be intimidating starting a new activity but Cameron's friendly manner means the children are more likely to continue and succeed. Cameron has even started giving the senior boxers valuable tips, and is respected by all our members. When Cameron joined the club he was extremely quiet and shy, barely even greeting the coaches due to his shyness. Over the months we have witnessed Cameron's confidence grow and we are grateful to have him on the team. He is now a chatterbox, and will joke and laugh with the coaches and members. Cameron has encouraged his brother's to volunteer during the Mini Junior session too! Cameron is currently too young to complete the ABAE Boxing coaches course, but we look forward to enrolling Cameron onto the course in the future.
  1. Friendly
  2. Patient
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Ellie Houghton 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Tim Ayres-Townshend tim@farnhamtkd.co.uk Tae Kwon Do coach & instructor

Reasons for Nomination

Ellie Houghton has been training in Tae Kwon Do with Farnham School of Tae Kwon Do for the past six years. From an early stage she had always shown an interest in class, volunteering to help in any way she could. In her time with the club, Ellie has won our annual leadership award and numerous in-house awards. She is also one of the the club's Junior Leaders. For the past 18 months, Ellie has given up her free time to assist with teaching Tae Kwon Do in our foundation programme for 5 to 7 year olds (TKD Ninjas), as well as assisting with teaching the 8 to 12 year olds class and the teens and adults class. This can amount to some five or six hours a week in addition to her own training programme which, for the past year, has been more intense than ever, as she was preparing for her black belt grading in July of this year (which she passed). Not only does Ellie assist with teaching, she will contribute to the writing of lesson plans with engaging and innovative ideas and she will, under the supervision of a qualified instructor, teach an entire class from time to time. She gives much thought and effort to ensuring others get the most from their Tae Kwon Do. Ellie will soon be embarking upon a formal training programme to become an Assistant Tae Kwon Do Instructor and is using her volunteer work in Tae Kwon Do as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. Ellie is a fine role model for Farnham sporting youngsters and is an asset to Farnham School of Tae Kwon Do.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspirational
  3. Considerate

Mole Valley Sporting Achievements 2018

Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Stephanie 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lucy Stone lucyjstone2002@yahoo.co.uk None...Stephanie teaches various classes at LLC

Reasons for Nomination

I have been to a few of the classes at Leatherhead Leisure centre that Stephanie instructs. She is always enthusiastic and varies the classes so it's never boring. She has so much energy she encourages others with her willingness and good attitude.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Encouraging
  3. Energetic

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Fliss Woodward Flissyj@hotmail.co.uk Steph is my fitness coach

Reasons for Nomination

Steph teaches at Leatherhead leisure centre and I take part in her body blast and Pilates classes. Steph is always very welcoming and runs a friendly class so that everyone feels at ease. Steph is very knowledgable on fitness and is able to explain the science behind the moves so you understand the mechanics of your fitness routine and how it’s helps you. If you are unable to do the moves, Steph will provide an alternative to get maximum benefit without hurting your body. I love these classes and they have kept me coming back for years now. I would be lost without them. Steph is planning a free mass fitness class for everyone in the local ashtead area to attend so that they can take part. Children are welcome to come along too!
  1. Friendly
  2. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable
  3. Supportive

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Carolyn Cooper-Burrows clairecarolyncb@gmail.com Pupil

Reasons for Nomination

Stephanie is an execptional tutor, she puts in 100 per cent, at every class, always giving us new exercises to do. She has a great personality and the class is fun. Stephanie caters for all ages and abilities, remembers every ones name, making our sessions hard work, but very enjoyable.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Fun

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John Callcut 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Charlie Major cmajor@rjrecruitment.co.uk Friend

Reasons for Nomination

Former 1st Team Captain, Chairman and now Vice President, John has been a member at Newdigate since the late 80’s. After leaving his role coaching Horsham he joined the Newdigate junior section in 1993 where he has remained a stalwart ever since. John’s efforts led to the formation of our Saturday 3rd XI team in order to bring the colts into adult cricket and captained that team. He started the Girls coaching section in 2011 and has been leading the efforts with Natwest Cricket Force and the Chance to Shine programs since their inception. John has been integral in Newdigate CC obtaining our Clubmark Accreditation for which he is especially proud. He also single-handedly raised over £250,000 from grants and through fund raising in order for our club to build a new Pavilion that was opened in 2015. No stone is ever left unturned; he even organises the rota for mowing the outfield on a week to week basis. No one has done more for the club since its formation in terms of driving its success through coaching, equipment supply, relaying the nets and general maintenance whatever is required in order to make the club a showpiece in the community. Also just awarded lifetime achievement award at Surrey Cricket Club
  1. Committed
  2. determined
  3. amazing

Nominee Details

Sadie Herbert 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Sadie is Head of Women's Artistic Coaching at the Club. She is the leading Women's Artistic Gymnastics International judge in Great Britain. She has represented Great Britain judging at the Olympics Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games in Australia April this year and European Championships in Glasgow in August this year. Her knowledge and dedication to the sport is immense and she inspires the other coaches at the club.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Committed
  3. Inspiring

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Andrey Pozdnyakov 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Andrey has been involved in the sport of gymnastics since childhood. He is a highly qualified Men's Artistic Coach and came to Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club two years ago to head up the Men's Artistic coaching team. His is an inspiration to the gymnasts and has established a new standard for the club with a development programme from grass roots to elite performance.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspiring
  3. Committed

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Leah Connolly 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Leah is an enthusiastic young coach who is always willing to assist and support our gymnastics for all programme by taking initiative and inspiring the young gymnasts. Leah has been with the club firstly as a gymnast, then trainee coach. She qualified as a level one coach in April 2016 and is now an excellent member of the coaching team. She has volunteered at regional general gymnasts competitions enabling more gymnasts to compete.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspiring
  3. Committed

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Rositsa Vasileva 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Rositsa is a dedicated senior general and women's artistic coach. She is always happy to assist with the development of the women's artistic regional squad. Her gymnasts compete at regional level. She is a very committed coach and is always willing to assist other coaches and help gymnast improve.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Committed
  3. Inspiring

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Mike Knott 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mark Carleton mark.carleton@iee.org No direct relation (but I am Chairman of Dorking Badminton Club)

Reasons for Nomination

It is a pleasure to nominate Mike Knott for the Mole Valley Outstanding Service to Sport Award. For decades, Mike has been influential in a wide range of local sports. His contributions to Dorking Badminton and Cricket Clubs have facilitated the enjoyment of sport for literally hundreds of adults and children alike. He has run the junior section at Dorking Badminton Club for longer than anyone can remember - at least 15 years. We estimate that in that time he has coached over 250 children, many of whom have gone on to play competitively as adults or qualified as coaches themselves. He has taken on the management of Mole Valley's Surrey Youth Games badminton teams and his signature can be found on many a Duke of Edinburgh assessment. In a world where fewer and fewer people seem to volunteer for the onerous behind the scenes jobs required to run successful sports clubs, Mike has quietly volunteered for every committee going. He has been Chairman and Treasurer of Dorking Cricket Club, Secretary and Junior Secretary at Dorking Badminton Club, committee member for the Surrey Badminton League; in some years filling several of these roles concurrently. As if these contributions were not time consuming enough, Mike has also tended to the grounds of Dorking Cricket club for 20+ years and can often be seen trailing lawn mowers from one ground to another. These achievements and efforts would be immense for most of us, but this is a man well into retirement age, and still going strong. Finally, Mike has been instrumental in improving local sports facilities. From involvement in the lottery bid for The Ashcombe sports hall to the development of the Westhumble cricket ground and pavilion, to the renovation of Ashtead Cricket Clubhouse on national television’s “Changing Rooms", Mike's contributions will touch the lives of local sports men, women and children for many years to come.
  1. Modest
  2. Tireless
  3. Dedicated

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

AllGirlsUK 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Natasha Baker natasha@a4cgroup.co.uk Participant

Reasons for Nomination

Eleanor Lestrange and Philippa Curphey created AllGirlsUK and have encouraged and supported a whole group of local women to try new sports and get active. We’ve got a beginners group and a 5k regular group and are also using our WhatsApp groups to arrange other social runs. We’ve tried wild swimming, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, hiking and soon mountain biking. We live in an amazing area with great trails, paths and fresh air just waiting to be enjoyed. The girls have incredible passion and enthusiasm and support us all regardless of our fitness levels. All groups are social and everyone participates at their own pace without pressure. The club is free to join and there is a real sense of camaraderie- we love to hear of each other’s successes and are constantly sharing ideas for new challenges. We loved supporting the social media campaign to get Dame Kelly Holmes to join us for a ride and run as part of the JoinInJune campaign.
  1. Passionate
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Supportive

Nominee Details

Greg Stallard 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Gareth Jones jonsey_82@gmail.com Youth worker

Reasons for Nomination

Amazing session with Greg at Stallards gym, set up group boxing classes for our troubled teenagers with 2 lads going on to join Stallards amatuer boxing club hoping in the future to compete for the club
  1. Caring
  2. Determined
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Greg Stallard 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Dan Edwards dedward@southborough.kingston.sch.uk Assistant head teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Greg set up gcse boxing exam for southborough school, detention and lunch time session great to see him bring boxing back into schools with the options for the kids to do after school clubs
  1. Motivating
  2. Passionate
  3. Hardworking

Nominee Details

Greg Stallard 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lucy Smith lucy.smith@hitachirail.com Friend

Reasons for Nomination

Works very closely with the community encouraging young people to get into sport(boxing) putting on lots of different events and courses for them
  1. Focused
  2. Determined
  3. Friendly

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Saul Brignell 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jo Sheedy jo.sheedy@molevalley.gov.uk work colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Saul has been running with a club less than two years, and has made significant progress in the last year. So much so that he challenged himself to run 10 marathons in 10 days. Taking an unpaid Sabbatical from his job as Transport Manager at Mole Valley Community Transport, he supports two very worthy causes, the Conservatory Club- which is a centre for people with dementia and the Meeting Room- drop-in for people coping with Mental Health issues. He ran and completed all of his 10 marathons over the last week or so, in blistering sunshine, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees on some days. He is an inspiration to everyone here at Mole Valley District Council, and I believe he will inspire others to believe in themselves and to achieve what might be thought as the "un-achievable".
  1. Determined
  2. Brave
  3. Awesome

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

tracey hammond calmbabies@hotmail.co.uk client

Reasons for Nomination

They are the best Pilates teacher and have different exercises to share each week whatever the ability.
  1. patient
  2. inspirational
  3. interested

Nominee Details

Steph kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Steph kay thesoulfit.co@gmail.com In person

Reasons for Nomination

Having started off visiting the group exercise classes at Leatherhead Leisure Centre at the tender age of 19 some 22 years ago I discovered my passion for group exercise and it was a pipe dream that one day I might be able to do deliver a class.. Due to lack of confidence and all of the other insecurities that come with being young I continued to work within the travel industry - my other passion, I took a gap year and lived in Australia where I experienced many different classes, eventually gaining the confidence to train to become a fitness instructor once back in the UK, through fear I couldn't attend the practical exam although I had passed everything else and again put it one side. A couple of years later I returned to Australia, faced the fear and reinvested in the course again - I passed (yay!!!) and then studied Les Mills Bodypump in Dubai on the way home. I really never felt as good as any of the other instructors and this fear held me back but I soldiered on delivering my classes after the hours of my full time job. I started to gain confidence but then got married and pregnant and couldn't continue with my classes due to morning sickness and then a baby. In the not too distant future I split with my husband and had a young toddler to look after but I felt the need and had the desire to get back to fitness and so I registered for the Insanity course with beachbody and that was it - I passed and I was back in the game - I taught after working my "normal" job which wasnt "normal" at all due to a boss that did not like single, working mums in his team. I fought for my job that I had worked hard for for many years until due to various circumstances I had enough, I had nothing to lose and I was going to go for it, I never wanted to "wonder or regret" and I needed flexibility due to my daughter. To cut a long story short I received a sum due to sexual and maternity discrimination and I invested all of that money in further industry training, Aqua, Level 2 gym, Level 3 PT and Level 3 Pilates. 3.5 years, many late nights and long days later I have created a successful business called thesoulfit.co. It's a feel good fitness company, I deliver great classes come rain or shine to great people and our relationships are wonderful, the fact I have a direct impact on someones health and mood is my driving force. I deal with many different age groups in many different environments and I love them all. Its been utterly hard work, facing many fears and feeling totally insecure but I wouldn't change it for the world. I finally feel worthy and confident because I have such lovely feedback from my participants and clients who attend my classes or sessions - some since the beginning of my journey, they have truly helped me grow and they get the very best from me and vice versa. I constantly research topics and ideas and really try and make every class or session an experience. I recently secured a part time role of fitness coach at City of London Freemens school which was something I thought was beyond my remit and am looking forward to focusing on exercise, metal health and wellbeing for the younger generation. I am proof that hard work and determination pays off and am excited to be able to inspire others & share my experiences so that people believe they can do it and to never give up!
  1. passionate
  2. hard working
  3. kind

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Anushka Ayaru anushka@whistlemedia.co.uk Client

Reasons for Nomination

Steph is a fantastic PT. She has kept me motivated for over a year and I can't imagine my life without her. She always has a smile on her face. Routines/exercises are always fresh and different and fun! I feel much better since training with her and the results are tangible. She does a lot in the community too and has her finger on the pulse. One step ahead of the competition.
  1. Fun
  2. Motivating
  3. Understanding

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ken Coello kencoello@googlemail.com client

Reasons for Nomination

Stephanie is an outstanding coach. Her energy drive and commitment is outstanding. She never fails to bring something new to every class and she has a wonderful sense of humour She engages collectively with the class but will spend time listening to individuals queries and concerns. And she never criticises
  1. Motivational
  2. Fun
  3. Creative

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Cathy Hopwood cathy.hopwood@gmail.com Pilates class member

Reasons for Nomination

Steph Kay is an inspirational instructor, she motivates people of different ages and abilities with varied and interesting Pilates routines. Steph encourages group members to improve on a weekly basis and sets achievable targets which are differentiated to suit different abilities so that everyone can see progress and improvement in their own ability
  1. Motivational
  2. Encouraging
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jacqueline Green green.family121@btinternet.com Pupil

Reasons for Nomination

Stephanie Kay is an excellent teacher of Pilates. She makes the lessons fun and enjoyable whilst still pushing the class to achieve more. She is considerate in that she gives many alternatives to all of the moves depending on the individual's ability. Everyone then tries to do more as it is demonstrated. She shows all the different moves clearly and from all angles so all the class know what to do. She also watches carefully and corrects any errors so injuries do not occur.
  1. Knowledgable
  2. Fun
  3. Considerate

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Glenys Smith bazandglad@btinternet.com None

Reasons for Nomination

I attend various exercise classes led by Stephanie Kay at Leatherhead Leisure Centre ie body blast, lbt and pilates. As a soon-to-be 73 year old I am pleased to report that she has given me every encouragement so that I feel comfortable to exercise with others much younger than myself. Indeed with her skill and expertise she has instilled in me such confidence that I feel I can not only keep up with those younger class participants but in some instances I exceed their fitness levels. Such enthusiasm is invaluable in helping the older generation to keep themselves fit.
  1. Bubbly
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Gemma Cook gemmac_1987@hotmail.co.uk Friend

Reasons for Nomination

I have been going to Steph's fitness classes for over 2 years and previously did not enjoy exercising. Steph is a very fun, bubbly and friendly person who makes you feel comfortable. In her classes she gives you the motivation and support. I look forward to going to Steph's classes and feel she deserves the Sports Personaility of the Year Reward. Steph has helped me to make life changes by keeping fit rather than quitting.
  1. Bubbly
  2. Friendly
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Steff Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ruth Phillips ruthphillips91@live.co.uk Class member

Reasons for Nomination

Steff teaches me group exercise classes, which are some of the best I've attended. She challenges and inspires all of us to push ourselves in a sensitive way so that those who may not be able to still feel just as involved. The classes are always so much fun and whatever we do th way Steff teaches means the class is really interesting. My fitness has improved significantly since attending the classes, as has my confidence in using equipment. Steff' personality shines through in the way she teaches, the social element of classes (you can see how much she cares about every member of her classes) and the enjoyment there is in all that we do. She has hugely developed as a teacher over the time I've been attending her classes, making significant progress in teaching the classes and on her fitness and strength (meaning ours has increased too) and is so deserving of winning this award.
  1. Strong
  2. Caring
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mrs Charlotte m Elliott lottie_d@hotmail.com Friend and instructor

Reasons for Nomination

Motivated, dedicated, fun!!! Stephanie gives me the courage to believe in myself. A real down to earth woman who makes exercise someting you want to do not have to do!
  1. Motivated
  2. Dedicated
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Nick Harris 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Nick has been selected by British Gymnastics following a National selection panel for the second time to represent Great Britain in the European Team Gym Championships in Portugal in October 2018. Her previously in 2016 European Team Gym Championships in Slovenia where his team came 7th. He won Silver in the British Championships in 2018 and Gold last year (2017). Nick trains 7 hours per week.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspiring
  3. Committed

Nominee Details

Steph 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Laura packham_l@yahoo.co.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

Steph is always friendly and approachable, making the classes enjoyable and is open to suggestions and what’s in the best interest of who attends her classes.
  1. Bubbly
  2. Approachable
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Stephanie Kay 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Vicky Rowan vicky@laughology.co.uk Client

Reasons for Nomination

I met Steph a few years ago when she was doing boot camp in the area with mums from a local school. found her inspirational. I then started to attend her classes at the leisurehead leisure centre. What I llove about her is she is encouraging, knowledgeable and explains what excercises we are doing and how it helps us. She really knows her stuff and is constantly updating her routines with new moves and great music. It’s never boring and fitness has become so much fun for me. She really is passionate about what she’s doing and cares about you. She’s also done work with vulnerable children introducing them to the benefits of exercise and how this can help them get through difficult times and how exercises impacts on your brain and the links to happiness. It’s a very different approach that I’ve not experienced before and makes sense and makes me want to do more. It’s also helped me with my mental health which has impacted me the most and helped me feel more in control in my life.,She is constantly doing new courses and try’s different techniques in classes. You never know what to expect with constant surprise. Which is refreshing. She’s definitely a one off and dedicates her life to what she does.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Creative
  3. Bubbly

Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

St Paul's Lacrosse Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Ann Alden head@stpauls-dorking.surrey.sch.uk Headteacher

Reasons for Nomination

The team had never played lacrosse before this academic year began. Through their enthusiasm and determination in class lessons they learnt the relevant skills to a high standard and were, as a consequence, selected to practice as a team in club time and to then represent the school in the lacrosse county finals. Two teams from St Paul's took part and came 1st and 4th. This meant our first team then progressed to the national Finals in Sheffield. They competed against 24 other teams from all over the UK. Once this place had been secured this team practiced every break and lunch to improve their skills and game play, really showing a passion for their sport and a desire to succeed. Whilst at the national finals, the St Paul's team stood out to both the umpires and other school's coaches due to their gracious approach and collaborative skills within their own team but also with other teams. They helped opposition teams up when someone stumbled, shook hands at the end and never failed to say thank you to the referees and umpires of games. Overall the team managed to secure 5th place for the whole of the UK and were eager to continue their opportunity to play lacrosse, moving into secondary school. I feel it was a remarkable achievement and their determination, motivation and desire to sharpen and improve their skills was a credit to them and their coach, Miss George (one of our Yr 6 teachers).
  1. Determined
  2. Gracious
  3. Motivated

Nominee Details

Blue Swans Walking Neballers 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Linda Scrase lindaescrase@hotmail.co.uk Walking Netball Host/Leader of Team

Reasons for Nomination

Blue Swans Walking Netball Club/Team are a unique group that began on 6th March 2017. Since the inaugural session when 17 ladies first stepped onto the netball court, its popularity has risen so that over 50 ladies have now sampled the delights of this adapted version of the game and regularly attend the 2 sessions that I run at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. The improvement that has been made in their skills levels and understanding of the game has been amazing. Their ages range from 45 years to 80 years. Some had not played since school, whereas others had only recently stopped playing the traditional game. Their eagerness to improve and enthusiasm has culminated in the team achieving the top accolade at regional level - winners of the 1st Walking Netball Festival at Crystal Palace 2017, complimented by repeated success at local tournaments run by England Netball. Camaraderie, team spirit and excellent sporting attitude underpin every aspect of our training and participation in tournaments. Respect for others and a sense of fair play are our moto!
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Keen

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Philippa Curphey 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Kirsty Baker kirsty@thebakers.mobi Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Philippa and Eleanor have set up All Girls Can (which has grown into All Girls Run, All Girls Bike, All Girls Off Road, All Girls SUP, All Kids Run...) which aims to get women motivated, energised and enthused about exercising. This has been running for a year and it is astounding how many women (and kids) have been welcomed, encouraged and challenged by their boundless enthusiasm and selfless time giving. Many, many of us would never have got into running without their support and it has changed how I feel about exercise, fitness and general health. Their positive encouragement and determination saw Dame Kelly Holmes visit All Girls Can for a bike up Box Hill and a run down during Join in June. I wholeheartedly endorse their nomination and would be very proud to see their hard work rewarded.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Energetic
  3. Happy

Nominee Details

Eleanor LeStrange 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Emma Goodwin glennemmagoodwin@talktalk.net Friend

Reasons for Nomination

In September 2017 Eleanor and her friend Philippa set up a free running club AllGirls in Brockham for women to be all inclusive and break down barriers to help get women more active. There are now 3 running clubs, a ride club, and a hiking club, along with taster sessions in wild swimming and stand up paddle boarding. Eleanor has no previous experience at doing anything like this but is so enthusiastic and encouraging of all the women. Showing up every week just to encourage others. The village of Brockham and surrounding is becoming much more active with literally dozens of women regularly exerting now thanks to AllGirls which would never have happened without Eleanor. Personally I joined the club in October 2017 and was encouraged all the way from running my first 1 minute to crossing the line of my first half marathon, the support was almost constant and unwavering. Eleanor has also encouraged and supported members to become volunteers themselves and set up AllGirls clubs for different activities such as hiking and swimming.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Friendly
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Philippa Curphey 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Emma Goodwin glennemmagoodwin@talktalk.net Friend

Reasons for Nomination

In September 2017 Philippa and her friend Eleanor set up a free running club AllGirls in Brockham for women to be all inclusive and break down barriers to help get women more active. There are now 3 running clubs, a ride club, and a hiking club, along with taster sessions in wild swimming and stand up paddle boarding. Philippa has no previous experience at doing anything like this but is so enthusiastic and encouraging of all the women. Showing up every week just to encourage others. The village of Brockham and surrounding is becoming much more active with literally dozens of women regularly exercising now thanks to AllGirls which would never have happened without Philippa. Personally I joined the club in October 2017 and was encouraged all the way from running my first 1 minute to crossing the line of my first half marathon, the support was almost constant and unwavering. Philippa has also encouraged and supported members to become volunteers themselves and set up AllGirls clubs for different activities such as hiking and swimming.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Friendly

Nominee Details

Eleanor Lestrange 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Kirsty Baker kirsty@thebakers.mobi Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Eleanor and Philippa have set up All Girls Can (which has grown into All Girls Run, All Girls Bike, All Girls Off Road, All Girls SUP, All Kids Run...) which aims to get women motivated, energised and enthused about exercising. This has been running for a year and it is astounding how many women (and kids) have been welcomed, encouraged and challenged by their boundless enthusiasm and selfless time giving. Many, many of us would never have got into running without their support and it has changed how I feel about exercise, fitness and general health. Their positive encouragement and determination saw Dame Kelly Holmes visit All Girls Can for a bike up Box Hill and a run down during Join in June. I wholeheartedly endorse their nomination and would be very proud to see their hard work rewarded.
  1. Determined
  2. Hardworking
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Philippa Curphey 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jenny Davidson jennyrbrook@hotmail.com Club member and volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

1. Philippa is the most enthusiastic person I know. She co-started All Girls Can a year ago and has lead it from strength to strength, all completely voluntarily. 2. Philippa gives her time and energy selflessly to grow All Girls Can and encourage women to be their best, in the nicest possible way. 3. Philippa has encouraged me and many others to take up running and take up volunteering, she is truly inspirational.
  1. Friendly
  2. Energetic
  3. Enthusiastic

Nominee Details

Eleanor Lestrange 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jenny Davidson jennyrbrook@hotmail.com Club member and volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

1. Eleanor is brilliant and bringing her skills and enthusiasm to the benefit of All Girls Can, the group she co-founded a year ago. 2. Eleanor selflessly gives up her time and energy to the club, all completely voluntarily. 3. Eleanor is very supportive of other volunteers, organising and leading us to achieve more for the club.
  1. Energetic
  2. Fun
  3. Hard working

Nominee Details

Philippa Curphey 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sarah Vardy svardy1978@gmail.com Member of All Girls

Reasons for Nomination

Phil and Eleanor set up 'All Girls' with a view to getting as many women into sport as possible. Last year Phil completed the London Marathon and Eleanor completed the Ride 100. They were both new to these sports and had not even exercised in years. They have used this experience to encourage other women to do the same. They really believe you can do it, when when you think you can't and push you forward to achieve your goals. The group has gone from strength to strength and there are now several groups that meet regularly including 'All Girls Run', All Girls Ride', All Girls Swim' and All Girls hike'. In June Dame Kelly Holmes even joined us on a ride up Boxhill and a run down it. Phil and Eleanor have inspired so many local women to push themselves and do more than they ever thought they could and I really feel that this is only the beginning. They really encourage team work and leave no one behind. They know we are stronger together. I would love them to receive this award as they have worked incredibly hard and put so much time into this. They will probably never know the true extent of the impact they have had on the lives of so many not to mention inspiring our children!
  1. Inspirational
  2. Strong
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Eleanor Lestrange 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sarah Vardy svardy1978@gmail.com Member of All Girls

Reasons for Nomination

Phil and Eleanor set up 'All Girls' with a view to getting as many women into sport as possible. Last year Phil completed the London Marathon and Eleanor completed the Ride 100. They were both new to these sports and had not even exercised in years. They have used this experience to encourage other women to do the same. They really believe you can do it, when when you think you can't and push you forward to achieve your goals. The group has gone from strength to strength and there are now several groups that meet regularly including 'All Girls Run', All Girls Ride', All Girls Swim' and All Girls hike'. In June Dame Kelly Holmes even joined us on a ride up Boxhill and a run down it. Phil and Eleanor have inspired so many local women to push themselves and do more than they ever thought they could and I really feel that this is only the beginning. They really encourage team work and leave no one behind. They know we are stronger together. I would love them to receive this award as they have worked incredibly hard and put so much time into this. They will probably never know the true extent of the impact they have had on the lives of so many not to mention inspiring our children!
  1. Inspirational
  2. Strong
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Debbie Watts 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sue Mills sue@jesshillcakes.co.uk Runner

Reasons for Nomination

Debbie is 100% committed to helping others succeed, she is an amazing inspiration. She loves helping others to achieve their fitness potential no matter what stage they are at. Through her volunteering commitment, others all around have benefitted including myself, she has created a really successful running community which encourages everyone to run no matter what level. She encourages others to buddy up which creates great friendships along the way, she is always very understanding of how beneficial physical activity is to improving your mental health and well being. I consider it a real privilege to have met Debbie.
  1. inspirational
  2. committed
  3. enthusiastic

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Emily Odunsi 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Emily has been selected by British Gymnasts following a National Selection panel for the second time to represent Great Britain in the European Team Gym Championships in Portugal in October 2018. She previously competed in 2016 European Team Gym Championships in Slovenia and has won Gold at the British Championships with her Squad in 2017 and 2018 and bronze in 2016. Emily has also completed her Level 1 coaching qualification and coaches younger children inspiring them.
  1. Committed
  2. Focused
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Rianna Hodgson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Rianna has been selected by British Gymnastics following a National selection panel to represent Great Britain at the Team Gym European Championships in Portugal in October 2018. She has won Gold at the British Championship in 2018 and silver in 2017 and 2016. She trains 11.5 hours per week
  1. Committed
  2. Focused
  3. Successful

Nominee Details

Mr Cameron Stirling 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Andy Gale andy@mikenworldwide.com Instructor

Reasons for Nomination

Cameron has been training for 8 years from the age of 10. He has worked hard to become the fighter, student and coach. He trains at all of the classes that the club offers and helps with the ladies class,adults and the junior classes. He is an inspiration to the youngsters at the club and also to many of the senior students. He has fought in the UK and also abroad. In his weight category he fights for Great Britain against the rest of the world. This year he will be fighting is the World championships. He is currently 10th in the world rankings with only one other British fighter ahead of him. He is also ranked in the UK in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position. Due to the hard work and effort that Cameron has put in over the years and even more now as a recognised champion, I think he deserves to be recognised as he is an inspiration in a growing sport and to many people in Surrey and across the world.
  1. Commited
  2. Insperation
  3. Modest

Nominee Details

Izzy Hilliard 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Izzy has worked extremely hard over the past 12 months. Izzy joined L&DGC in Jan 16 and competed as a junior at the English championships in Loughborough in March placing 18/59. This result re-secured her place in the England squad for the next season. Izzy secured further successes in July and September that year where she took the gold medals in the FIG junior category at both The Pegasus Open and the SE Regional competition. In October 2016 Izzy was selected to compete for England at the Leverkusen cup in Germany where she helped England B secure a defeat over England A to take team silver. Izzy came 6th individually all around. She went on to compete for the SE Region at the Rushmoor rosebowl international later the same month where she placed 6th individually in the regional category. November saw her compete for L&DGC in the Bill Slater British Junior Team competition where she led younger teammates against stiff competition, with in the region of 150 gymnasts competing. Izzy placed 17th AA. In March 2017, with only 2 days notice, Izzy was asked to replace another SE gymnast at the Miss Quatro FIG team challenge due to injury. As a fairly young senior Izzy went on to compete in the senior British championships in March and then the English championships in April. At the senior English championships she placed 7th overall on both A Bars and floor. In September 2017 Izzy and her team mates from L&DGC won team bronze at the Adrian Stan Team championships, with Izzy placing 4th individually in the NS category and 7/36 across both senior categories. She went on to compete again for the SE Region at the Rushmoor rosebowl international in October where the team took gold and the rosebowl in their category. 2018 saw Izzy compete as a 2nd year senior at both the English and British Championships, as well as the Miss Quatro Jewel of the South. Izzy placed 21st overall at English, once again securing herself a place in the England squad. She won the silver medal at the Miss Quatro competition. Izzy has recently been selected to compete for England in Slovenia in October 2018.
  1. Focused
  2. Committed
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Anne-Marie Cobb 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Anne-Marie has been selected by British Gymnastics following a National selection panel to represent Great Britain at the Team Gym European Championships in Portugal in October 2018. She won Gold at the British Championships this year, Gold in 2017 and Silver in 2016. She trains 11.5 hours per week.
  1. Focused
  2. Committed
  3. Successful

Nominee Details

Caitlin Curlewis 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Paul Garber pgarber@btinternet.com Director of the Club

Reasons for Nomination

Caitlin has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Team Gym European Championships in Portugal by British Gymnastics following a National selection panel. She joined Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club in May 2018 from another gymnastics club. She won Silver at British Championships in 2018 and Gold in 2017. Caitlin trains 11.5 hours per week.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Focused
  3. Committed

Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Tali Gibbons 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gary Gibbons grgbbns@aol.com Father

Reasons for Nomination

Tali has had an amazing 5 years in Hockey as an U14 player she has achieved a selection for her county surrey who then progressed through to the England pathway performance centre And has just completed selection and has been chosen for the England futures cup. Tali has won National championship through her club at Surbiton and has also just won the Hockey fest with 4 international teams from America, runners up In the European cup this year as well, Tali is also now at 14 being selected for the under 17 performance centre for England next year, Tali works very hard and trains some 4 times a week every week her determination to achieve her goal of being a GB player is relentless her work ethic is second to none Her achievements to date at such a young age is remarkable and her club coach Will Fulkner would also second this . Thank you
  1. Charismatic
  2. Hard working
  3. Team player

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Naomi Brown 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Pip Merrett pip.merrett@gmail.com Head coach

Reasons for Nomination

Naomi has played rugby with us since we started the Girls Rugby section about 5 years ago. She has been a dedicated member of the squad, rarely missing a training session since she started playing and has been one of our most talented and influential players in both the U15's and U18's teams. She is a good team player, an excellent communicator and she leads from the front on the pitch. She has played in numerous matches and has represented Surrey in both the U15's and U18's County teams. Last year she also took on a coaching role and assisted the RFU when they set up an 8 week Girls After School Rugby Club at The Priory School. The club was highly successful and Naomi continued to run it for the remainder of the year, developing players and encouraging them to join Dorking RFC. This coming season she will be an assistant coach for the U15's and U18's at Dorking, and she will also be taking on a Community Coaching role, going into local primary and secondary schools to offer taster rugby sessions. Naomi is committed, hard-working, talented and engaging. She is a credit to her family and to Dorking RFC
  1. Enthusiastic

Nominee Details

Naomi Brown 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Pip Merrett pip.merrett@gmail.com Head coach

Reasons for Nomination

Naomi has played rugby with us since we started the Girls Rugby section about 5 years ago. She has been a dedicated member of the squad, rarely missing a training session since she started playing and has been one of our most talented and influential players in both the U15's and U18's teams. She is a good team player, an excellent communicator and she leads from the front on the pitch. She has played in numerous matches and has represented Surrey in both the U15's and U18's County teams. Last year she also took on a coaching role and assisted the RFU when they set up an 8 week Girls After School Rugby Club at The Priory School. The club was highly successful and Naomi continued to run it for the remainder of the year, developing players and encouraging them to join Dorking RFC. This coming season she will be an assistant coach for the U15's and U18's at Dorking, and she will also be taking on a Community Coaching role, going into local primary and secondary schools to offer taster rugby sessions. Naomi is committed, hard-working, talented and engaging. She is a credit to her family and to Dorking RFC
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Dedicated
  3. Talented

Nominee Details

Naomi Brown 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Leo Kane youthrugby@dorkingrfc.com None

Reasons for Nomination

commitment to the Club over the last few years in terms of playing but also her coaching role at The Priory with the Girls After School Club there and her imminent roles of assistant coach with the Girls U15's and Community Coach.

Nominee Details

Naomi Brown 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Richard and Caireen Walter richardcaireenwalter@hotmail.com Club Member

Reasons for Nomination

Our daughter aspires to be like Naomi (Nim) and if she turns out to have just 50% of Nim's enthusiasm and commitment not only to rugby but to all players both younger and older around her, then our hearts will soar. I have witness on a typical wet cold miserable rugby morning, when someone had let our coach down, Nim being asked to take the session initially and how she leapt at this, got all the girls going and laughing before they had even hit the muddy field. Although Nim has never played competitive rugby with my daughters age group she has stood on the side line cheering them on, at half time boosting their morale with her infectious fun, to even taking water on etc Thankfully Nim, has managed to get a significant number of girls to join our team through an after school club, and is starting this season as an assistant coach to the Dorking Girls U15's. Her influence in rugby can only be seen as an incredible achievement and she is without doubt an ambassador for girls/womens rugby within our Surrey Setting.
  1. Commited
  2. Enthusiatic
  3. Encouraging

Reigate and Banstead Sports Awards 2018

Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Selina Adams 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lesley Cameron lesleycameronis@gmail.com none

Reasons for Nomination

1. Sovereign provides classes for all children in the area, from the age of 4. 2. Once in squad they are able to coach and train which I think is amazing. 3. Their is no limits on who can come and learn the sport. 4. New team prep squad
  1. Good Coach
  2. Friendly
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Selina Adams 19 years or over

Nominator Details

kathy cassidy hearnkathy@hotmail.com parent of club member at this club and volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

1: They have school groups that come and do workshops and also do sessions for home educated children as part of their classes on offer to the public. 2:they have a scheme of encouraging the gymnasts to work their way through coaching awards, starting with mini coaches for the younger gymnasts. The club helps the older gymnasts achieve their coaching awards. The head coach is amazing at developing the gymnasts through their sport, helping some to have reached national level competitions.
  1. dedicated
  2. supportive
  3. encouraging

Club Official of the Year

Nominee Details

Test 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Test test@test.com None

Reasons for Nomination

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Nominee Details

Val Knight 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Bob Bowen rwb1546@gmail.com Chairman of Reigate Priory Bowling Club

Reasons for Nomination

Our Secretary Val Knight is pivotal to the successful running of Reigate Priory Bowling Club (RPBC). She keeps our Club’s constitution up to date, records Health & Safety requirements, handles new member applications, ensures members’ queries are directed to the responsible club official and a host of other administrative requirements. Val diligently produces committee minutes and ensures all participants agree with the record and assist with the follow-up actions. The Annual General Meeting minutes, often a challenge for many organisations are quickly and accurately produced by Val and efficiently distributed to members. In March this year Val and I attended a workshop organised and run by Active Surrey. It was very clear that if we were to improve our club facilities and obtain a grant for this work, we would need to achieve Clubmark accreditation. Fortunately our Club was already going through the process led and championed by Val Knight. Reviewing the process it is obvious that Val was not only instrumental in RPBC successfully achieving Clubmark in July, but the Club is much the richer for Val’s enthusiasm, hard work, diligence, attention to detail and efficiency.
  1. Friendly
  2. Diligent
  3. Efficient

Disabled Sport Award

Nominee Details

Fay Hart 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Katie Gatt katie.gatt@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Fay has Cerebral Palsy. She uses a power chair to enable her to be mobile and has 24 hour support. The majority of sports are not suitable for Fay but Boccia is her one passion where she can train hard and aims to succeed. When she first started with us she wasn't sure how well she'd be able to play having not played since school. During the last year with us Fay has improved significantly but has also had many health issues to contend with, some of these stopped her playing for a while. Following major surgery Fay has a new lease of life, she is a much more competent play improving all the time. Her commitment to improving and incredibly hard work has paid of as in March she was awarded a place at the Boccia England Scorpions Academy in Guildford where she now trains alongside some England squad players. This is her dream - to play for England ! In her own words Fay says "Boccia is far more than just a hobby for me. Playing gives me a feeling of control over what I do and without it everything would seem a little pointless. I want to take it further and become the best I can be. I was never really a lover of sport before but now Boccia has made me an Athlete". Fay is always a joy to be around, she is always fun and works hard but she just has this way about her, always taking on board comments and tips but always, always encouraging others to be the best they can be. Fay is an amazing role model for all of us.
  1. Committed
  2. Amazing
  3. Competitive

Junior Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Reigate Youth FC U12 Rapids 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Stuart Stevens stuart1stevens@gmail.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

The season started in the wrong way for the Rapids with a parent altercation at the first game following a loss which almost caused the team to fold, However, with the offending parties leaving the club, and with two additions to the squad from the U11 age group to bolster numbers, the team turned things around showing great resolve and went for the rest of the season unbeaten. This was done playing great football and with exemplary behaviour throughout the team with the support and backing of fantastic parents. At the end of the season the Rapids were league champions - the first time Reigate Youth Football Club has won a league trophy.
  1. Teamwork
  2. Strength
  3. Character

Nominee Details

Merstham Cricket Club Under 9's 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Richard Feist retro_rich@hotmail.co.uk club captain

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate the under 9's at merstham for winning the ESCL cricket league two years in a row, they are good bunch of young cricketers who improve year on year. They followed up last years under 8's title with this years Under 9 title and have not lost a league game along the way. They play hard but in a great manor being polite on the field and always working for each other trying to be the best team they can be. They all work so hard to impress there coaching team and listen and develop each season. This season saw 5 of the team of 10 go forward for Surrey Trials and we are awaiting replies on this but have our fingers crossed. I hope that this team will be the future of the club and stay to play at Merstham.
  1. enthusiastic

Nominee Details

Reigate Priory Cricket Club u/8 NEC team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jim Harmer hjharmer@aol.com Director of youth cricket, RPCC

Reasons for Nomination

Managed by Dan Shepherd and Chris Hardy, the Reigate Priory CC u/8 squad has had a great year, with the NEC (North East and Central Surrey) league team winning its Zone B with a tally of 6 wins out of 6. The wins have often been convincing with batsmen generally losing fewer wickets than their oppositions in achieving their scores - ie their all-round skills are developing well. Not until the zone final did the team have a hiccup. The NEC team is therefore nominated for this award, although the age group's East Surrey Colts League team also performed creditably, with 6 wins out of 8 to take second place in the ESCL. The lads and coaches have worked hard over the previous two seasons to get themselves ready for matches and the result shows on the field with good techniques and good teamwork being displayed for players so young. The lads have fun and play the game within the Spirit of Cricket, always having respect for their opposition and officials
  1. Happy
  2. Together
  3. Skillful

Senior Citizens Sport Award

Nominee Details

Wendy Mcgurrin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Christine keeley betchley5@googlemail.com Member club and friend

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Wendy. Two years ago she was diagnosed with diabetes, rather than take medication she decided to change her life style and get fit. From then she has increased her fitness levels lost weight and has her ongoing diabetes under control. She plays Walking Basketball, Short tennis, Table tennis, Pickle-ball, swimming and uses the gym. She also is seen regularly walking, this she does each month for different charities. Wendy enjoys and is such a motivating club member to others she is so friendly and makes everyone who joins in feel welcome specially new members. Recently she has taken a club host course for walking Netball and runs this session, because of her enthusiasm this is very popular and a great way to keep fit. Wendy has changed her life through sport, although she is competitive, she always has time to make new members welcome and encourage them she plays for the love of keeping fit and fun.
  1. Focused
  2. Motivated
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Wendy Mcgurrin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Christine keeley betchley5@googlemail.com Member club and friend

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Wendy. Two years ago she was diagnosed with diabetes, rather than take medication she decided to change her life style and get fit. From then she has increased her fitness levels lost weight and has her ongoing diabetes under control. She plays Walking Basketball, Short tennis, Table tennis, Pickle-ball, swimming and uses the gym. She also is seen regularly walking, this she does each month for different charities. Wendy enjoys and is such a motivating club member to others she is so friendly and makes everyone who joins in feel welcome specially new members. Recently she has taken a club host course for walking Netball and runs this session, because of her enthusiasm this is very popular and a great way to keep fit. Wendy has changed her life through sport, although she is competitive, she always has time to make new members welcome and encourage them she plays for the love of keeping fit and fun.
  1. Focused
  2. Motivated
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Wendy Mcgurrin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Christine keeley betchley5@googlemail.com Member club and friend

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Wendy. Two years ago she was diagnosed with diabetes, rather than take medication she decided to change her life style and get fit. From then she has increased her fitness levels lost weight and has her ongoing diabetes under control. She plays Walking Basketball, Short tennis, Table tennis, Pickle-ball, swimming and uses the gym. She also is seen regularly walking, this she does each month for different charities. Wendy enjoys and is such a motivating club member to others she is so friendly and makes everyone who joins in feel welcome specially new members. Recently she has taken a club host course for walking Netball and runs this session, because of her enthusiasm this is very popular and a great way to keep fit. Wendy has changed her life through sport, although she is competitive, she always has time to make new members welcome and encourage them she plays for the love of keeping fit and fun.
  1. Focused
  2. Motivated
  3. Encouraging

Specsavers & Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Selina adams 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Victoria bignall vbignall@yahoo.com Club parent

Reasons for Nomination

1. Encouraging the children to be the best they can be. Helped my child with ADHD be able to participate in class. Goes the extra mile to get good results. Puts many hours into the elite squad routines. Selina spends a minimum of 5 days at the gym and all her evenings coaching while juggling 2 young children on her own. The amount of planning that goes into her rec classes and squad routines is more than can be expected! She is like a second mum to all the children!
  1. Dedicated
  2. Inspiring
  3. Kind

Nominee Details

Jane lanaway 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Juley hutchinson juleyhutch@btinternet.com Fellow coach

Reasons for Nomination

Jane is an amazing coach who is dedicated not only to the sport but all individual performers of all levels. She does a lot of volunteering work as well as paid. She is the head coach at max Force and has achieved an amazing year of medals and titles. She is also a coach for the England dmt squad and has given up a huge amount of her time travelling to lillishaw for training sessions. Her performers have all improved immensely achieving international medals along with national titles. Jane also works at local schools promoting the sport and fitness. This has resulted in many students not only getting into the sport but in courage them to try different sports and understand about fitness. On top of all of this Jane also runs a GCSE/A level session to help any student with their P.E course work and understanding. Jane is so dedicated to the sport and would help anyone achieve their goals, in her spare time she helps run local community sessions run by the council for less fortunate children. Her performers are all passionate about their sport irking not only as individual but team performers, this is due to haves approach and coaching. I feel that Jane has been doing all this for years with no reckonition, I know she would not expect it maybe it’s time she is shown just how much she is appreciated, respected and loved by alll.
  1. Approchable
  2. Dedicated
  3. Amazing

Nominee Details

Mary Mannion 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Brian Marshall bam230850@gmail.com None

Reasons for Nomination

I became involved in Walking Football, initially at the Rainbow Leisure Centre two years ago. I now also attend sessions at Croygas in Wallington. I have continued to attend the weekly Epsom sessions because they are played in a friendly fun manners due to the organisational and ethical input of Mary Mannion. All levels of both physical and ability capabilities are catered for at her encouragement. I strongly believe that her efforts deserve recognition.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Knowledgable
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Julie Mayo 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Catherine Gibson catherine.gibson@reigate-banstead.gov.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

Reigate and Banstead have struggled to get coaches and volunteers to lead our Surrey Youth Games Netball in the absence of a local club which also contributes to its popularity. For the 10th yr running volunteer Julie Mayo, a netball lover and math teacher at a local secondary school stepped in once again to lead the sessions. 2017 Julie led and mentored a team of 6 volunteers so that over 65 girls, none of whom were members of a Netball club, could benefit from 1.5 hrs a week for 8 weeks of their favorite school sport. The girls had great fun and were full of enthusiasm for the "proper drills", games and matches that were packed into each session. 2017 Reigate and Banstead took 4 teams to the games. The older U13 girls first team some of whom have benefited from 2-4yrs of Surrey Youth Games coaching led by Julie took Gold. This was an incredible achievement as there were many experienced club players on other teams. Julie's coaching and encouragement promoted the level headiness, fairness, team work and friendship that bought the team of girls from 5 different schools together for success. There has been a flood of positive feedback from parents and girls who took part in the games or just the training. None of it would have been possible without Julie who is an inspiration. Leading a team of volunteers, organizing training for 65+ girls and communicating with parents is a challenge Julie meets professionally, she is lovely to work with and is truly deserving of recognition.
  1. Supportive and encouraging
  2. Calm and professional
  3. Innovative

Nominee Details

Katie Gatt 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Emma Jones emma.jones@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk Line Manager

Reasons for Nomination

Since September 2017, Katie has increased the number of players at YMCA East Surrey’s Boccia Club giving a number of people the opportunity to take part in this Paralympic Sport both recreationally and competitively. Last year the YMCA Wildcats Boccia team qualified for the National Finals where they came 7th place. This year the team were up against both academy and England players and thanks to Katie’s hard work and commitment to the team, they came an amazing 5th place. Katie’s passion and dedication to Boccia is demonstrated in her day job as a disability sports coordinator at YMCA East Surrey where she is constantly raising the profile of the sport, by coaching a range of community and school groups. Her excellent knowledge of the sport and experience as a disability sports coach lead her to be appointed the Scorpions Boccia Academy Lead, coaching national players, this is a completely voluntary role. Grassroots to elite athletes she does it all! Katie also regularly volunteers and organises hugely successful Boccia competitions, from local tournaments to the Surrey Youth Games Boccia Tournament and most recently, this year Katie coordinated and delivered the Boccia tournament at the London Youth Games. Her skills continue to grow and this year Katie became a Leaders tutor for Boccia England teaching others the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective Boccia Leader increasing participation across Surrey. Through Katie’s passion and enthusiasm to coaching she is continuing to raise the profile of such a fantastic sport, giving children and adults with disabilities a positive sporting experience.
  1. Passionate
  2. Dedicated
  3. Supportive

Nominee Details

Ian Martin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jas Dhanda jas.dhanda@yahoo.co.uk Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Ian became coach at Reigate Priory Athletics Club at a time of need as the then head coach retired leaving the senior section of the club with very few coaches. Having qualified as an athletics coach, Ian is now also involved with the junior section coaching sprints and hurdles while focusing on endurance running with the seniors. Ian coaches both Juniors and seniors several times a week at battlebridge track and K2 in Crawley turning out in all weathers, braving both searing heat and freezing snow. Among Ian's successes over the last 12 months have been numberous person bests for many athletes across all running distances as well the senior ladies team confortably retaining Div 1 status with an aging team. As if that was not enough, Ian finds the time function as a long standing member of the clubs committee, as well as having been race director of popular Priory relays, a cross country race for affiliated clubs. Without Ian's contributions, RPAC would struggle to provide the members with the first class coaching they have all come to enjoy and gain from.
  1. Consistant
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Approachable

Nominee Details

Jimmy Skitt 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Adams dkadams@bluewin.ch Not related; I am Volunteering Coordinator at RPCC

Reasons for Nomination

Jimmy Skitt was a junior player with the RPCC in 1990s, and then grew into coaching roles which he has undertaken for 20 years. He is Level 2 qualified. Jimmy is the lead coach for the boys’ U15s, with whom he has worked since they were U6s. He is viewed as invaluable by the U15 parent-coaches: organised, ever-present, reliable. He gives equal attention to every player, regardless of ability, applying a quiet, caring authority. His inclusive, patient approach means that youngsters always want to learn from him. From this year Jimmy is additionally the lead coach of the boys’ U6 squad, overseeing a parent-coach and helper group of a dozen or more. An excellent technical coach, Jimmy has developed the capabilities of many young players, ensuring they apply his methods. He also helps manage Summer Camps and Winter training. Jimmy is a pleasure to work with, all will vouch. He is an inspiring coach and is always positive. As one of the U15 volunteers says, “without doubt we could not won our league without him”. For his long-term dedication to the development of young cricketers’ capabilities in Reigate, Jimmy Skitt is highly deserving of RPCC’s deep gratitude.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Calm
  3. Expert

Nominee Details

Selina Adams 19 years or over

Nominator Details

kathy cassidy hearnkathy@hotmail.com parent of club member at this club and volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

1: as head coach she is excellent at spotting talent and encouraging the gymnasts to move through squads appropriately. She knows how to encourage and inspire the young gymnasts, helping them to succeed. She spends a lot of time helping them build their confidence. 2: she has helped gymnasts to compete at national level 4: as head coach and owner of the club, she is dedicated to the success of the individuals at the club, and is constantly working on developing the gymnast's talents and working on upcoming competition routines for the gymnasts.
  1. dedicated
  2. supportive
  3. encouraging

Nominee Details

Julie Mayo 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jackie Davarias jaqalina@yahoo.co.uk assistant coach

Reasons for Nomination

I know that Julie will say 'its all down to the children', but I have been witness to the successes that Reigate & Banstead have had in the netball over the last 2 years and those successes are predominately down to a good coach with great qualities. Julie has great leadership skills, she is not only able to inspire and empower the children but also guide those that work alongside her. Julie has a wealth of knowledge in coaching the sport but she will always listen to new ideas and feedback on improving the sessions, in fact she encourages it. This makes better volunteer coaches out of all of us. Feedback from my own daughter with regards to the sessions run by Julie is, "she always includes everyone regardless of their ability and its nice that all the children get to stay for the whole 8 weeks". I'm not sure whether this is the same across all boroughs but I too am supportive of the fact that even after teams for the competition have been decided and the children made aware, Julie still takes time to the continual development of others - at no point are the children made to feel they are 'not good enough'. I am under the impression that Julie has given up her time to the Surrey Youth Games for a number of years and for that I feel Julie should be recognised. Our 'free time' is so precious, so to give up nearly 2.5 hrs a week (for 8 weeks at a time and a number of years) to enable our girls to enjoy the sport certainly deserves a nomination in this category.
  1. Reliable
  2. Empowering
  3. Inspirational

Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Alex Adams 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Samantha Marshall marshall.samantha3@sky.com None

Reasons for Nomination

Alex is a dedicated helper at Reigate Women FC. He is there every week, coaching, supporting and guiding the players. As our numbers have grown since the club was founded, so Alex’s responsibilities have grown. He is too young (15) to do any FA coaching courses yet, but he is laying the groundwork early and is an asset to the club. Recently, as we played a friendly fixture alongside our regular weekly training, he was coaching the team playing the friendly while the head coach ran the training session - and was very proud when we won! He is a real asset to the club and as a young volunteer I would love to see that dedication and enthusiasm recognised.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Hard-working

Team of the Year

Nominee Details

YMCA Wildcats 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Katie Gatt katie.gatt@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Following on from last year's achievements in the Surrey Boccia League and Boccia England's National League, the 2017/2018 season has proved to be one of great success for the team. During the Surrey League they played a total of 10 matches in their division winning 8 of them. They then had to play one extra match against the winners from the other division, this would determine who would be going to the National Finals in Sheffield in June. Wildcats won an incredibly close fought match by just 1 point so off to Sheffield they were going. During Finals day 15 of the best teams from all over the country came together for some serious competition and our team played really well together, yes they had a few dodgy points but did themselves and everyone else proud. Unfortunately they lost their quarterfinal by just 1 point but this result meant that the team finished in 5th Place overall. This is a 2 place improvement on last year's 7th place. Well done Wildcats you are amazing and an absolute pleasure to coach !
  1. Committed
  2. enthusiastic
  3. team

Nominee Details

Reigate Squash Club Men's 1st Team 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lisa Pinggera lisapinggera@hotmail.com Member of club committee

Reasons for Nomination

Reigate Squash Club's men's 1st team have been promoted to the top division in Surrey Squash summer cup. Winning division two will take them to the heady heights of division one for the first time since 2015. They earned this fantastic achievement by winning ten of their fourteen matches this season and building on the previous season where they missed promotion by just one point. The team is a great showcase for squash across the ages with players ranging from early teens to mid forties. The younger players must manage school and professional studies whilst the older players balance families and physical strains of a very tough sport. Led by their captain, Richard Campbell, the team have worked hard to improve throughout the season with extra training sessions for the core players and the development of new up and coming players. The team's efforts have been greatly appreciated by the members of the Reigate Squash Club who have enjoyed supporting the team's home matches and watching top quality local squash for free. Dedication, development and inclusion have been central to the teams success and the club committee are proud to nominate the team for the 2018 Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards. NB Two members of the team are under 19 and another lives in Kent.
  1. Positive
  2. Dedicated
  3. Committed

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Ben Radford 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sean reynolds info@fuziondojo.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Ben is here to help with the kids sessions and lead them every week with out fail is always willing to help where needed the kids are inspired by him
  1. inspiring
  2. organised
  3. helpful

Nominee Details

Roger Long 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Helen Lawson helenandlaurie@gmail.com Coach at Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club

Reasons for Nomination

Roger has volunteered at Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club since 1994 -24 years. He attends a swimming session on a Friday night where he helps the younger swimmers at entry level to the Club. This allows them to have time in a small group to develop the skills they need to progress in their development and stamina to move through the swim pathway. He has helped certain swimmers develop from the entry level, in which he contributes to, develop over period of time competing at Regional level. His patience and commitment is invaluable to the club he has been an un sung hero for a very long time. I don't think he realises his contribution over the amount to years he has done. His enthusiasm and fun twists on swim drills has allowed the new and young swimmers to form friendships, have a passion for swimming and forge commitment to the sport making sure the sessions do not become 'stale' or boring. Creating passionate, characteristic and skilled swimmers in which can be developed into a high level.
  1. creative
  2. committed
  3. invaluable

Nominee Details

Val Knight 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Bob Bowen rwb1546@gmail.com Chairman of Reigate Priory Bowling Club

Reasons for Nomination

Val Knight is pivotal to the successful running of Reigate Priory Bowling Club (RPBC). She keeps our Club’s constitution up to date, records Health & Safety requirements, handles new member applications, ensures members’ queries are directed to the responsible club official and a host of other administrative requirements. Val diligently produces committee minutes and ensures all participants agree with the record and assist with the follow-up actions. The Annual General Meeting minutes, often a challenge for many organisations are quickly and accurately produced by Val and efficiently distributed to members. Earlier this year when attending a workshop organised and run by Active Surrey it became clear that if we were to improve our club facilities and obtain a grant for this work, we would need to achieve Clubmark accreditation. Fortunately our Club was already going through the process led and championed by our Secretary Val Knight. Reviewing the process it was obvious that Val was not only instrumental in RPBC successfully achieving Clubmark, but the Club is much the richer for Val’s enthusiasm, hard work, diligence, attention to detail and efficiency.
  1. Friendly
  2. Diligent
  3. Efficient

Nominee Details

Mike Griffin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Richard Feist retro_rich@hotmail.co.uk club captain

Reasons for Nomination

What can you say about Mike Griffin that people dont already know. Mike is a club Legend and not only in our club... Mike is the friendly face that all people who come to merstham will meet and be offered a coffee or tea by. At all junior matches and training sessions opens and get the ground ready for play, will assit in making people feel welcome and comfortable at merstham, not only does he do this he is the manthat if you need something doing at the club he will be there fixing, preparing, tidying, locking up you name it Mike will do it for you with out any complaints. (only thing he doesnt do is play) This season with the droughts Mike has filled the cracks on the field with endless wheelbarrows full of sand to make sure adult games can continue to be played, along with teas for the games. Over the winter Mike became a welfare officer for the club and took a coaches quaifiaction to help with Juniors who he loves seeing devleop and represent the club where his two boys played years back. He was nominated for a Oscar through surrey cricket club this year too. i feel this would be such a great award for Mike and throughly deserved and not only that would make his year.
  1. helpful
  2. do anything for you
  3. caring

Young Boys Team of the Year

Nominee Details

The Beacon School Year 9 Football Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jack Tyson j.tyson@thebeaconschool.co.uk PE Teacher and Manager/Coach

Reasons for Nomination

The Beacon Boys Year 9 School Football Team have demonstrated some fantastic achievements since joining the school in Year 7. The Beacon has a much improved reputation for sporting achievements and this team were the start of that. They have been successful winners of the district cup and league for the past 2 years, a long with winning the district league in Year 7. They are fantastic ambassadors for our school demonstrating a positive attitude and sportsmanship in everything that they do, this has been commented on by a lot of local schools in our district.
  1. Pride
  2. Effort
  3. Character

Nominee Details

Boys' Under 15s Team, ESC League, Reigate Priory CC 18 years or under

Nominator Details

David Adams dkadams@bluewin.ch Not related; I am Volunteering Coordinator at RPCC

Reasons for Nomination

This team is RPCC’s 2nd XI at Under 15. They had an excellent 2018 season topping their league undefeated, a first ever league win for this squad since forming at U6. Yet the core ethos is to play the game not win the league. Characterised by great team spirit, the culture is inclusive and developmental. The ‘Spirit of Cricket’ is evident: the players treat each other and their opponents fairly. Excepting openers, the captain changes around the batting order each match and shares out the bowling; it is very rare for a player to only field in a match. The players themselves nurture the culture and guest players need to conform. This squad have lost almost no players for nine years, a testament to the boys’ unwavering commitment and camaraderie. Credit goes also to the coaching team who have been involved since U6. RPCC’s ESCL U15s have performed at a high level throughout 2018 and have demonstrated excellent attitudes. The fundamentals have been: (a) always encourage your fellow players (b) play competitively yet reflect (c) treat your opponent with respect. Next year this closely-knit squad, as U16s, will reach 10 years playing together - a wonderful achievement.
  1. Inclusive
  2. Happy
  3. Fairminded

Young Girls Team of the Year

Nominee Details

South Park Girls Under 12s 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Rosemary Burton rosemary_burton@yahoo.com Parent

Reasons for Nomination

South Park Girls U12s have had an excellent season. They won the Division 3 title, losing only won game all season and only conceding 8 goals in the Surrey Women and Girls League. They also reached the semi final of the Cup, only losing to the eventual winners and beating two Premiership teams along the way. They were also voted as the team with the best sporting attitude by the other teams in their league.
  1. Winners
  2. FairPlay
  3. Sucess

Nominee Details

South Park girls u12 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma schutz paulandemma@hotmail.com Parent of player

Reasons for Nomination

A division 3 team who won their league and were in the semi finals of the cup, beating premier division teams along the way.They played with great dedication , commitment and teamwork in all matches and showed spirit in never giving up. They were often complimented on their good behaviour and friendly attitude by other team coaches.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Committed
  3. Hard working

Nominee Details

South Park Girls u12 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Spence Ogilvie SpenceOgilvie@gmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Last year the same group of girls won only 1 game , only scored 9 goals and conceded over 100 goals. This season we have won the title losing only one game and only conceded 8 coals scoring 60 Goals. The girls reached the semi Final of the cup from 37 teams, the lowest ranked team to ever get that far. When the girls play they are recognised across the league as the ‘nicest’ team and have showed some great sporting gestures by lending players when the opponent was short of players. When they played v Kempton the referee wrongly awarded the girls a penalty and because it wasn’t a hand ball the striker rolled the ball back formthe jeeper to pick it up. It’s been a dream season for the team beating Crystal Palace in a cup thriller.
  1. Champions
  2. Inspirational
  3. Sporting

Nominee Details

U13 Southpark girls 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Lloyd Searle l.searle@fonealarm.co.uk Player parent

Reasons for Nomination

Demonstrated fair play and good sporting attitude . Never give up
  1. Persistent
  2. Hard working
  3. Devoted

Nominee Details

Beecholme Belles FC Under 9s team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Lorraine Kennedy lorrainek2011@gmail.com Club colleagues

Reasons for Nomination

The 2017/18 season Under 9s team was formed from a group of ten fantastically enthusiastic 7 and 8 year olds. Most of the girls hadn’t kicked a ball before joining the Club but what they lacked in technical skills they more than made up for in effort. Within weeks of training starting in September 2017 their parents were noting differences in their self confidence. The girls had tough games due to snow or stronger opposition but never gave up. By the end of the season the girls had developed into such a strong team they beat a well known very big club who’d beaten them 3 times in the season, to claim the Cup. They’ve gone on to win a number of summer tournaments even when they’ve played opponents a year older. Throughout everything the girls have kept their smiles, energy and enthusiasm and in keeping with the Club’s ethos of fair play and Respect have always remembered to support the opposition - on one occasion comforting their goalkeeper when her own teammates had abandoned her.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Inspiring
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Reigate Priory Cricket Club Girls u/15 team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jim Harmer hjharmer@aol.com Director of youth cricket, RPCC

Reasons for Nomination

The RPCC u/15 girls team, under the management of Michael Foster, played in the club's first step in a hard ball league for this girls age group. Of a fixture list of 6 matches, the girls won three, won two be concession and lost just one match. As a result, the team finished top of the Surrey Girls SMASH IT! League. The girls demonstrated good teamwork and skills while enjoying their matches and showing natural respect for their oppositions and officials. The girls section of RPCC has grown rapidly in recent years with now nearly 150 girls. Skills have developed well and the older girls are now an integral part of the club's women's team.
  1. Happy
  2. Successful
  3. Skillful

Young Sports Person of the Year

Nominee Details

Megan Matthews 18 years or under

Nominator Details

STACEY MCCARTNEY admin@livingwelltkd.co.uk Club administrator

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Megan Matthews age 14 on behalf of the club and her instructor Master Derek Sumner. Megan has been training in taekwondo since she was 6 years old. She has achieved black belt (due to be tested for 2nd dan) and has competed and medalled nationally and represented GB in the national Poomsae (non contact) team internationally. Megan was selected to represent GB at the 2017 European championships sadly due to circumstances of her conditions and the lack of experience and knowledge of the national coaches Megan had to withdraw. Megan has a unique and inspirational way of dealing with her unseen hidden issues. Taekwondo has been her saviour but she uses her own experiences to help and inspire others. she continues to amaze and inspire how ever she feels, her selfless attitude and incredible talent shines. Megan manages to channel her demons and turn negatives into positives and her presence is like a light switch to young children especially young girls who gravitate to her and they are in awe of her taekwondo skills and knowledge. Her ambition is to teach and make people aware of anyone who has any kind of disability physical or mentally challenged. Megan has twice travelled to Srilanka with livingwell tkd to help the less fortunate and is an ambassador to the young people of GB . We hope Megan can be rewarded for not only her own challenges but the help she gives to others. Please see some of the conditions which Megan faces which are being treated; ADHD, ODD, ASD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression and Attachment Disorder
  1. Committed
  2. Talented
  3. bubbly

Nominee Details

Jack Letts 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Richard Feist retro_rich@hotmail.co.uk club captain

Reasons for Nomination

Jack this year took on the clubs Under 14 teamafter last years dissaponting season in the newly formed SIJL we lost a few of the main players as well as the coach. Jack took this on after a brief chat, he went and took on his qualiication and took on the team, he got them toegther over the winter for nets and made the team happy and enjoying cricket again and this has continmued through the season. Jack sets a great example and has the boys looking up to him and now gettign them playing in the adult teams to seeing if they can better his scores and wicket hauls at weekends. This season they finished mid table in the ESCL but have reached the final of the cup competiton with some great close thought games where the togtehrness that Jack has formed shone through. Its been great to see Jack who has come through the clubs junior set up take on a team and with indiviudual conversations and group training ger the best out of each and eveyone of these players. I know that they are all looking forward to winter nets and next season.
  1. calm
  2. enthusaitic
  3. encouraging

Nominee Details

Amy Gordon 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jim Harmer hjharmer@aol.com Director of youth cricket, where Amy plays

Reasons for Nomination

Still just 16, Amy Gordon has played for RPCC women's side for 5 years and is role model as coach for younger girls. Wonderfully talented, in 2016 she made the highest score by any junior in a club match (105 not out) and this year she made another two centuries for the women's team, helping them to third and winners in 2 competitions. Amy also bowls accurately and this year, for instance, playing in the men’s u/19 T20 team, she took 5 wickets in 4 overs. Her performances do not stop at club level. Amy has been in the county set-up for a number of years and has played in the County Women’s team since she was 14, contributing regularly with runs and wickets and helping the team to promotion this year. Not stopping there, Amy has been involved in the England Women's Academy for the last two years, regularly making the long journey to train with the squad. Her most recent accolade was being asked to join the Surrey Stars squad for their last few matches of the 2018 campaign. Whilst not (yet!) making the final XI, Amy was the youngest squad member which included England and international players and the team won the televised Kia Super League competition.
  1. Talented
  2. Successful
  3. Motivational

Spelthorne Sports Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Roger White 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mary Claremont lenandmaryclaremont@tiscali.co.uk Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Roger has inspired many new people to play tennis by his by his consistent and professional approach to coaching all players regardless of age and ability. He makes it fun for young people at the same time as being a role model for them to improve their game. He has increased participation by recommending new players to continue playing with club members and has also inspired community groups to play (scouts and guides) by inviting them for free coaching sessions. An approach to St James school also resulted in weekly sessions for the boys to attend the club. Roger also undertakes team training for both ladies and men, together with weekly sessions for drills and fun cardiac sessions to improve fitness. These sessions are popular and welcomed by club members and visitors alike. He has encouraged two youngsters to achieve the assistant Coach course in tennis and this has given them confidence to help him run coaching courses. Roger is currently working towards achieving the Level 4 qualification in coaching and players with other club members in matches which helps to improve his own standard as well as that of others. He is not paid directly by the club but is the Head Coach and receives remuneration independently under the direction of the Director of Coaching. He spends 30-40 hrs per week in coaching at Ashford LTC. His dedication was proven recently when he undertook a 24hr tennis marathon together with a member and between them they raised over £1500 for the club's charity of the year (Sam Beare unit) together with another worthwhile cause. It is also evident by the fact that Roger was coaching in the States but has decided to dedicate his skills and time to his 'old' club where he learnt to play as a junior. Roger also coaches a young man with autism and his patience and skill in undertaking this challenging task is second to none. He also attends social tennis sessions at the club and is a valued, approachable and respected coach by members, parents, children and visitors alike. The current success of the club is certainly partly due to the appointment of Roger as Head Coach.
  1. Professional
  2. Approachable
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Serge (Serhiy Filyk) 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Rachel Banks rachelbanks577@hotmail.com Serge is my boxing coach.

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Serge for a number of reasons. I came out of hospital in march after 3 months being critically ill where I lost every muscle in my body and was 4stone and had a BMI of 10.1 due my heart and liver problems. I was also on my 3rd leave of absence from uni due to severe ADHD, depression and anxiety. Serge has gone above and beyond his call of duty as a coach and not only have I learnt a fantastic new sport and look forward to every lesson, he has helped me safely regain over a stone and a half, put on a lot of muscle and helped me gain control of my adhd and other mental health issues. I no longer have depression or anxiety and have been given the all clear to restart uni. I am also now able to go back to coaching too. Serge has also grown Heathrow Boxing Club massively in the past year, becoming an affiliated club, starting up kids boxing classes and adding additional women's classes on top of running a number of other classes. He has also upgraded the facilities since having to relocate the club and they are absolutely fantastic. He is always very professional and I cannot be more grateful for all his help. Spelthorne and Surrey are very lucky to have him as a coach and running such a great club. He is one of those rare hidden gems!
  1. Hero
  2. Professional
  3. Exceptional

Disability Sports Award

Nominee Details

John Hobbs-Mallyon 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Andrew Craig qmsailability@gmail.com Queen Mary Sailability Operations Manager

Reasons for Nomination

John joined Queen Mary Sailability (QMS) in 2000 and soon become Vice Chair, liaising on behalf of QMS with Queen Mary Sailing Club to set up operating procedures. John is an experienced sailor and qualified Dinghy Instructor. He is a great coach to support team volunteers and disabled sailors alike. Sailing at Queen Mary was very friendly and well supported by schools and disability groups. There was no racing offered. John felt the lack of racing was an omission and that introducing it would increase the engagement of both sailors and volunteers alike. There was some concern since not many of the volunteers were racers and none of them had race official experience. In 2014 John persuaded the management team to trial racing, offering to act as Race Official and to train others as assistants. The reaction on the water was immediate and positive – people loved it. Adult sailors found it gave them a purpose to their time on the water and support team volunteers found their role as informal race coaches more stimulating than their previous role as tour guides on trips around the lake. More adult sailors joined the group including Nev Millard who has progressed through Queen Mary Sailability and the RYA High Performance programme to earn a place on the RYA Sailability National Squad. Another Queen Mary Sailability regular racer, Janet Horsefield, took part in Bart’s Bash in 2016 and finished 2nd of the 63 worldwide disabled sailors taking part and first Hansa 303 overall. Her certificate was presented to her by HRH The Princess Royal on the occasion of her visit to Queen Mary Sailability’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations. These important personal triumphs for Nev and for Janet had been enabled by John’s vision and persistence in setting up racing for Queen Mary Sailability.
  1. Determined
  2. Supportive
  3. Expert

Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Lynne Morgan 19 years or over

Nominator Details

shirley winson shirleywinson21@gmail.com colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Lynne, is Ashford Club! because of her efforts and dedication the Club is thriving. She is the Club President and also President of Middlesex. She knows all the members and the ex members with whom she keeps in touch. She plays hockey herself and works hard in the running of the Club and also in maintaining the Clubhouse. She attends all the big hockey events and is friendly with the England team and brought one of them to the Club to meet the members and coach the youngsters.She also helps at the Hockey Museum not just in Woking but also at Hockey tournaments and events.She travels the world to suppport hockey, Athletics and watches football , particularly, Brentford golf and cricket. She makes sure that the Club is advertised at all events! The Club flag was viewed on television at the Olympics and the latest hockey event in London!! She spends many hours quietly overseeing Ashford Hockey Club and is well known by members of many Clubs and very popular with all ages at Ashford She is always available to listen and help members but it is all done quietly.She loves hockey and Ashford and this shows in the time she donates to make sure the Club thrives.She arranges an annual Christmas match followed by tea and Father Christmas with prizes .She embraces everyone and not only is she generous with her time but also int the little gifts she gives out. at functions. She know everyone and is always there to help . She regularly keeps in touch with members and ex members and as already mentioned is very generous with her time which she gives to the Club and its members and ex members
  1. dedicated
  2. hard working
  3. generous

Specsavers Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Keith Claxton 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mary Claremont lenandmaryclaremont@tiscali.co.uk Club member

Reasons for Nomination

Keith has voluntarily assisted the head coach every Saturday morning with junior tennis coaching and also on Tuesday evenings with adult coaching, His commitment to this is outstanding and it has added a new dimension to the junior coaching as he also devotes extra time to organise games for the kids following their sessions. He has also voluntarily run a course for the 50+ group since last September which has proved to be so popular that he has had to recruit an additional coach to help out and they work together as a team. His enthusiasm is evident as the group is still running and many of them have since joined the club but they enjoy the sessions so much that they wish to continue to improve their skills. Keith had previously undertaken a Level 1 course in coaching but has since undertaken a Level 2 course and has proved to be a valuable member of the coaching team. I also help out with the 50+ group and Keith has helped me to develop by encouraging me to demonstrate the new ball machine to others and I have learnt by watching and listening to his methods of coaching. On the practical side Keith has also devoted spends many hours of his 'spare' time in improving the facilities at the club as he has a background of plumbing, and building work and his practical skills have proved to be invaluable. He is also a Director of WR Sports who run the site and assists in the general running of the clubhouse and the grounds. Keith won the accolade of Member of the Year at the club last year and is committed to helping new and existing members to improve their game and enjoy the sport through offering his various skills in whatever way is needed. He is a great asset to the club.
  1. Friendly
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Helpful

Nominee Details

chloe ackerman 19 years or over

Nominator Details

sheila collins cshl19483@aol.com head coach

Reasons for Nomination

Chloe was Spelthorne, Surrey and Badminton England jr volunteer when she was under 18. now at the age of 29 she is still volunteering for her beloved sport Badminton. Outside of Racqueteers BC, Chloe is assistant treasurer for the Hounslow Badminton Association and attends all their committee meetings often taking on jobs such as designing the associations' logo and recently helping to redecorate the changing rooms at the Dome badminton Centre. At one time Chloe was a member of 4 clubs, not only playing but organising teams and fixtures. At Racqueteers, where she joined at the age of 10, Chloe became a level 2 coach at the age of 19 and took on assistant leadership of the junior section. Since then she has become the lead coach for the juniors; developed our junior players section; set up a senior section ; liaised with another club to amalgamate players for tournament and league competitions and has begun to mentor our latest level 1 coach. Generally volunteers come to the fore when they are adults, few star as junior volunteers and continue with such enthusiasm and dedication into adulthood. Chloe is the exception!
  1. dedicated
  2. creative
  3. happy

Nominee Details

Jo Lloyd 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Tim Hore tim@tympani.co.uk fellow member

Reasons for Nomination

Littleton Sailing Club is a volunteer member led and run sports club with over 400 members. It relies totally on our members doing various duties at the club. To organise this takes huge organisation. We are fortunate to have Jo Lloyd as our duty co ordinator for many years who has been dedicated and committed to the task which is often widely assumed by other members. Unlike other tasks at the club where physical results can be seen, Jo's task runs smoothly in the background with little fuss but is integral to everything we do. Jo has tirelessley set to the task in hand to allocate all the duties taking into account member preferences and then highlighting and plugging any ongoing gaps that result from time to time. Organising 400 plus people is not a small task and requires not only time on the system to allocate the duties but also includes many emails and phone calls as follow up actions. Without Jo's voluntary support and input the club would not be able to function as well as we do and people would not understand what they are required to do. Jo adapts as things change and is an integral part of the wider team at the club, taking on not only the duty team organisation but also is our security co ordinator with regular call outs from the alarm system. Jo also works on the sailing sub committee supporting other volunteers at the club always with an eye on potential issues of date clashes and what is needed at specific events. Often spotting things that would otherwise have been overlooked. Jo deserves this award due to not only the effort and skills applied but also the length of service in the role which is over 10 years now.
  1. Diligent
  2. Professional
  3. Organised

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

George Waters 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Dudley Fletcher dudleyfletcher@yahoo.co.uk Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

George first came down to Staines Boat Club as an eleven year old to try the sport of rowing. This was to prove a very good decision on his part. He took to the sport like a duck to water, forgive the pun. He made rapid progress technically and as he physically matured he took to the physical land training, necessary to improve his performance on the water. He is technically a very good sculler (with two oars) and sweep oarsperson (with one oar) and is able to train and compete in the complete range of boats from a single scull, double, pair, quad, four and an eight. He is able to accept and lead in the discipline that is the complete crew, very necessary in rowing. George has competed at local events and at very prestigious National events such as the Schools' Head of the River Race on the Boat Race course, the National Schools Regatta held at Dorney Lake and prestigious Regattas such as Wallingford and Marlow. George has raised the level of Junior rowing at Staines. He leads by example and was elected Junior Captain for the Club. Alongside all this George helps with coaching the younger Juniors, involves himself with outreach work for the Club by coaching rowing for local schools in the community that wish to try the sport of rowing. He also involves himself and gets other Juniors involved in the necessary mundane jobs to help the Club run.
  1. Inspiring
  2. Quiet calmness
  3. Strong focus on taks

Nominee Details

Ashford Tennis Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mary Claremont lenandmaryclaremont@tiscali.co.uk Committee Member

Reasons for Nomination

1. Boys from St James' school visit once a week to use the courts and also local scouts and guides groups have been invited for free coaching sessions which have taken place several times throughout the spring/summer. The club has worked with the local authority on starting a 50+ group which has been on-going since September 2017. 2. An Open Day is held once a year and beginner courses are held throughout the summer. Training of team players takes place once per week and other training sessions are held weekly for club members and non-club members.The club actively supports the training of volunteers (recently they funded a course for a Welfare Officer). It has also paid for two youngsters to attend an Assistant Coach course and a Volunteer to attend a Level 2 coaching course. 3. The club encourages participation from wheelchair players by holding a tournament once a year attended by wheelchair tennis players from around the country who play with club members. The club was also approached by the charity, Voluntary Support N. Surrey, and Ashford LTC helped to recruit a volunteer to encourage a young man with mental health difficulties to integrate into the club and the community. This proved to be extremely successful and the family were very pleased with the progress made. 4. The new 50+ group was started last September and this proved to be very popular and at least a dozen members have now joined. A Ladies Day will be held in August which will be a fun day with sociable games, a quiz, tea etc. A computerised ball machine has been purchased which can be operated by an app on a phone which has proved popular with coaches and members alike. A box league has been implemented for singles players and this has also proved popular. The club also holds quiz nights, music nights (talented members form the groups), games nights which include table tennis, petanque, darts, putting etc, a Christmas tournament and other events to encourage members to integrate and socialise. New people coming to the club say how welcoming and friendly it is and appreciate the efforts afforded by the volunteers, committee and members to make it so.
  1. Welcoming
  2. Inclusive
  3. Enthusiastic

Nominee Details

racqueteers junior badminton club 18 years or under

Nominator Details

sheila collins cshl19483@aol.com head coach

Reasons for Nomination

Racqueteers Jr. badminton club celebrated it's 35 year in the 2017-18 season. Since having to move to Bishop Wand Sports hall our numbers have increased and last season we started a family session on a Saturday. This season has been an emotional roller coaster for the coaches and team managers who have taken the players to the Surrey Plus jr badminton league and the London jr. club league to play their matches. Both teams; yr 5 and yr 7 have always had to play out of their age groups because there wasn't an age group for them to play in. After 3 years our yr 7's are now yr 7's , although because of their D.O.B they have to play in the yr 9 Surrey + League. and were runners up in the London League; Likewise our yr 5's play in the yr7's.Surrey + league and this year after 2 years came a close 3rd in the London league. But besides never a downcast face or whinge, these players have shown fair play and a team spirit that would put some senior sides to shame. Throughout the club all age groups mix and support each other. We hold a parent/child tournament, in aid of charity, each year and the respect that the older players show the younger ones is commendable. When demand calls we run a High 5'ers session for the under 6's; This year we had 4 under 6's, the highest number since we started 5 years ago. This year we have had one candidate for D.O.E, and although a talented badminton player came to us as a volunteer. Parents are only too willing to take on sessional help when numbers dictate or a coach is absent. They are easily persuaded to team manage when needed. With a membership of over 40 and a coaching team of 5 the club meets through out the school year when the sports hall is available. Plans for next season are already underway with a MacMillan coffee evening booked and a triplets league (3 clubs playing at a time) for the non league players. With support from Spelthorne Sports Council we've been able to buy extra equipment and train up a level 1 coach. 5 of our players went for county trials( result is yet to be known).
  1. vibrant
  2. dynamic
  3. happy

Nominee Details

Littleton Sailing Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Tim Hore tim@tympani.co.uk Rear Commodore Littleton Sailing Club

Reasons for Nomination

This year is Littleton Sailing Club's 60th anniversary. We had celebrations in the summer at which the Mayor of Spelthorne attended along with other senior local councillors who all enjoyed the day. We are a member led and run organisation with over 400 members and sail every weekend in the year with further activities in the summer to cater for all users of the lake not only afloat but also through the social calendar. Our lake is a great place to unwind whilst doing a healthy and green activity. The water is a safe and secure place for people to learn and we are proud to have won many Spelthorne awards over recent years from coaching to volunteering, all of which have all been important to us. We have members that also represents the club at national and international events, with one member having won multiple national championships across several classes over the years as well as winning 4 world championship titles. This success filters through the club to maintain high standards. Littleton also introduced Sarah Webb to the sport who went on to win Olympic Gold. We are a successful Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised Training Centre which introduces many people to the sport and run adult and youth training as well as improver sessions through the summer months. We also have three club members that since 2010 have been recognised with the RYA award for Services to the Sport of sailing with one member presented with the prestigious Lifetime Commitment Awards by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, President of the RYA. Winter time see the club still in use, only stopping when the lake freezes over! The water is also used by Phabsail which is a local charity helping less able people experience the sport of sailing in suitable craft. Our youth team goes from strength to strength, with over 60 in the group. We regularly see over 30 youngsters on the water every Saturday in the summer months and we are proud to have introduced so many young people into the sport. This group now competes at national schools events against teams from all over the UK. Our club changes lives, with several members learning new skills which affect their daily lives and in some cases have led to careers in the industry. We are a friendly and welcoming club opening our doors to many taster events, allowing people to have a go in a boat, from which many have joined us to develop their interest in the sport.
  1. Proactive
  2. Passionate
  3. Professional

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Ashford Bowls Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Keith Robinson krobinson49@sky.com Club Member

Reasons for Nomination

As you can see from the results below The Club has had remarkable successes in all levels of the Sport Stuart McConnachie is the first Ashford Player to be County Champion Nationals Men The Men have performed well in both Leagues & the Ladies won the NW Surrey Monday Ladies League. This is a Club small in numbers less than 50 Playing Members but are very competitive in all these Competitions 2017 Mens Singles Stuart McConnachie 2017 Runners Up Mens Fours Ashley Tanner, Richard Tindall Stuart McConnachie, Rob Hackwell Middx County Men 2017 Winner Mens Singles Stuart McConnachnie 2017 Runners Up Mens Fours Ashley Tanner, Richard Tindall Stuart McConnachie, Rob Hackwell Richmond & Barnes League 2017 Winners Pairs Ashley Tanner, Matt Larman 2017 Runners Up Pairs Richard and Rob Hackwell 2017 Runners Up Double Fours 2017 Runners Up League Thames Valley League 2017 Winners League 2017 Winners Pairs Ashley Tanner, Rob Hackwell 2017 Winner Singles Ashley Tanner Middx Ladies County 2017 Over 55 Pairs Winners Sally Woodhead, Liz Dutton Middx Mixed 2017 Qtr Finalists Wendy Bayley, Ashley Tanner NW Surrey Monday Ladies League 2017 Winners
  1. Highly Competitative
  2. Excellent Team ethic
  3. Supportive to new members

Nominee Details

Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Keri Llewellyn keri@spelthornegymnastics.com Assistant Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

of the four retired, Charlie and Adam entered wholeheartedly into becoming a men’s pair. This was a whole new skill set for both Charlie and Adam. Becoming a senior men’s pair usually takes many years of practice and learning. Their competitors would be fully fledged and long-term partnerships from around the world. Having only having a short number of months to prepare the men were selected to the British Team for the 2018 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships held in Antwerp. As the new kids on the block they truly outshone themselves and were not deterred by the competition. Their target was to make the final. This they achieved easily but with five pairs above them in qualifying. They held their nerve and achieved the World Bronze Medal. Both Boys are a shining example of perseverance, courage to face new challenges and working through the age groups to fully achieve the pinnacle of their sport. They are well looked up to by all of the younger elite squad members who now have the example of staying in sport.
  1. Motivated
  2. Talented
  3. Determined

Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Magna Carta School Year 7, U12 girls sports teams 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Darren Smith dmsmith@magnacarta.surrey.sch.uk Head of Physical Education

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate our Year 7 girls sports teams from Magna Carta School. Last year they managed to win every single Spelthorne Schools District sports competition, that they entered. This is the only time that this has been achieved, by any school sports team in the Spelthorne Borough. The girls managed to win an amazing 12 trophies in their age group, these included the following Spelthorne Schools District Titles, Football league Football 7 aside Football Cup Surrey County Football 7 aside cup Netball league Netball Tournament Basketball Swimming Cross Country Rounder's Indoor Athletics Athletics. This also meant that they also helped Magna Carta School win the Overall girls all years categories in the District swimming, Cross country and Athletics championships, added to their list of trophies. This was done by around 18 year 7 girls, who have thrown themselves into every sport that we have coached them, many had not even played some of these sports before. The girls are the most nicest, polite and well mannered girls that we have ever had at the school. They play fairly, with a smile and are so very gracious in victory as well as playing in a great sporting manner. They are a credit to themselves, their parents and to the school and we are all very proud of them! Many have now gone onto play for different teams in the various sports outside of school, which is exactly what we want, in an age when there is a massive push for girls to play sport and keep active. I hope you will look kindly on this nomination for the Magna Carta School Year 7 Sports teams. Kind Regard Darren Smith Head of PE Magna Carta School
  1. Sporting
  2. Well mannnered
  3. Gracious

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

George Sudderick 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Andrew Kennard andrew.kennard49@gmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

George has continued to make significant progress in his athletics for one so young. Following on from his infactic achievements in 2017 on the track, George remained even more committed to becoming a better athlete this year. He devoted himself to achieving success and had to sacrifice a lot, in terms of not attending events with friends to turning down a football contract at Crystal Palace to really give his athletics a go to see what he could achieve in 2018, and it just shows all the hard work and dedication does pay off as he has once again had an outstanding season. The significant contribution he has made to the athletics at local, regional and national level once again this year has been nothing less than remarkable. As the head coach at Walton Athletic Club, and George's direct coach from the beginning I have seem him grow and develop into an outstanding talent and a force to be reckoned with. George has endearing qualities that you cannot teach, he is always helping the younger athletes at the club, guiding them and giving valuable advice and he's become a role model for aspiring athletes. He is so well liked and respected throughout the club and sport not just by fellow athletes but officials and coaches too, because of his humble character and enviable work ethic. He always retains a calm and professional approach to all that he does, even when the expectations on his young shoulders to succeed are taken for granted and shows maturity way beyond his years. George continued to work hard and develop during the winter months and put the hard 'donkey' work in through endless hours of training. But it was all worth it because in January he successfully defended his South of England indoor title and then he February he set a standard not seen before by someone his age. At the England Championships in Sheffield he not only defended his title, he broke the championship record as well at the United Kingdom Record, to become the fastest ever 14 year old boy indoors over 300 metres. For good measure he also won the Surrey indoor 60 metre title. Moving on to the outdoor season, George once again performed incredibly well and successfully defended his Surrey County, Surrey Schools, South East Schools, South of England and National 300 metre titles with numerous championship best performances and leaving his competitors trailing in his wake. The challenge for George this year has been to find competitive competition within his own age-group, but it is very difficult when you are so far ahead but that has not fazed George as he has mixed it with competitors much older in open races and when he represents Walton in team competitions he has a go at different events, like Shot Putt. George has finished this season with two Surrey titles, two schools titles, two South of England titles, two National titles, a United Kingdom Record, a Surrey County Record, numerous Championship Best Performances and is ranked the fastest ever indoors for a 14 year old. In over 40 years of being involved in the sport, as an athlete, official and now as a coach, athletes like George do not come along everyday and I very much doubt in my life time I will see another come through with his immense talent and scale of his achievements. It makes me very proud to call him one of my athletes and I once again fully support his nomination for the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.
  1. Humble
  2. Dedicated
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Sasha Carpenter and Poppy Yates 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Keri Llewellyn keri@spelthornegymnastics.com Assistant Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Sasha and Poppy have shown great determination, not giving up in the face of adversity and overcoming hurdles to achieve their goals. Being the 2017 European Age Group Champions and entering into the Great Britain team trials for the 2018 World Championships, they were fully expected to dominate the field into first team selection. However, in the first trial at the British Championships they made uncharacteristic mistakes with left them off the podium. Disappointed to have lost their winning streak, this reawakened their fire and passion to get back on top and stay there. Winning the second trial they were selected onto the British team. Having watched their team mates who were also on the GB team achieve and array of Bronze and silver medals the pressure was on them to keep the club and GB's reputation. This they achieved and more. They outscored their world compatriots to win the 2018 Age Group World Championships 2018. Their training and achievements have set the tone and believe amongst all members of the elite group that winning against other mighty acrobatic gymnastics is possible and indeed well within the new generations reach. They now start their journey in the next age group.
  1. Focused
  2. Fun
  3. Fierce

Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Spelthorne U8 mixed team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Vinni skaur07@hotmail.com mother of one team member

Reasons for Nomination

Spelthorne's U8 tennis team in 22 specsavers surrey Youth games trained under Richard at fordbridge park played amazingly through out. They were knackered by the the end but pulled each other by cheering, encouraging, supporting each other. Neverdid they shouted at other teams or stopped smiling .They won 14 out of 15 matches. Amazing performance. An example to other sportsmen
  1. Consistent

Nominee Details

Team Spelthorne Tennis U8 (mixed) 22nd annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Vinni Kaur skaur07@hotmail.com mother of one team member

Reasons for Nomination

Hi there, This Spelthorne Tennis U8 team at 22nd annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games was beyond amazing. They trained under Richard at Fordbridge park Staines. Their grit and determination was startling. These 5 , 7 or 8 year olds were almost undefeated. They played with great sincerity and displayed true sportsmanship. They applauded other teams on good shots but at the same time came back with solid determination when made mistakes. Towards the end they were knackered , in extreme heat but they didnt give up. They kept on encouraging their team members by cheering them , and encouraging them , supplying with water and words of wisdom. In the end they won 14 out of 15 matches leading Spelthorne to victory and Earning GOLD. Real team effort . Great performance.
  1. Consistant
  2. Persevered
  3. Fair

Nominee Details

racqueteers junior badminton club 18 years or under

Nominator Details

sheila collins cshl19483@aol.com head coach

Reasons for Nomination

Racqueteers Jr Badminton club have always supported local and county leagues. This season our yr 7 team were runners up in the London club league, which might not sound very inspiring, but for the 4 players it was the result of 3 years hard work, commitment and dedication. Why? because there has not been a division for their age group before. Every year since the players were in year 5 they have played in the yr 7 division. Never complaining, never making excuses, and I've never seen them upset or with their heads down. They have turned out knowing that the opposition was always going to be older then them, and generally bigger and stronger, but no matter what their score, they came back for more. This season they went to North London to play their way to the final round where they met Brent Juniors where they lost 3-2. The team is of 2 boys and 2 girls, playing singles and doubles, In the rounds leading up to the final Katie Stevens played singles and doubles and never dropped a game. This team were rewarded by the club with their own, named club shirts, but wouldn't it be nice if someone outside of the club was to recognise their incredible determination and success?
  1. dedicated
  2. bonded
  3. relaxed

Nominee Details

Spelthonre GYmnastics Elite Acrobatic Gymnastics Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Keri Llewellyn keriacro@outlook.com Assistant Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

SPELTHORNE ELITE ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS TEAM MAIA INTERNATIONAL ACROBATIC AND WORLD CUP 2018 OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS A team of 28 gymnasts from three age group (11-16, 12-18 and 13-19 "all gymnasts were below 18 at time of competition") Competed for the coveted title above having competed against 26 other European teams. The combined scores of all competitors lead the whole team winning the overall title achieving 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals: The team consisted of: Bradley Gold, Jack Glegg, Jake Turner, Harry Watson - 11-16 age group Men’s Four Abbey Wilkinson and Hannah Exxon - 11-16 age group Women's Pair Ethan Law and Ruby Bird - 11-16 age group Mixed Pair Sasha Carpenter and Poppy Yates - 11-16 age group Women's Pair Andrew Collier and Archie Collier - 11-16 age group Men’s Pair Ellie Simmons, Jolie Bulman and Zemirah Doubre Coupe - 11-16 age group Women's Group Max Crawford, Jacob Robinson, Daniel Axford, Cameron Patrick Lothian - 12-18 age group Men’s Group Katie Blackford, Saskia Hobbs, Mollie Jaggers - 12-18 age group Women's Group Jack Lynch and Sophie Reynolds 12 - 18 age group Mixed Pair Fraser Windows and Finlay Gray 13-19 age group Men’s Pair As well as achieving the overall team title for Spelthorne Elite Gymnastics Team, the age group teams won 1st and 2nd place in the 11-16 age group category and 1st place in the 12-18 age group category. The task of learning the difficult technical skills and the sheer amount of work required to prepare such a large group of gymnasts truly was a massive achievement in the biggest international acrobatic competition in Europe. The team of gymnasts had to show dedication to learning, cooperation with their team mates to ensure all received the amount of coaching required and true team desire to give the best they could. As a result of such competitive success the club has expanded its numbers by double and now has a visionary and ambitious younger group of elite gymnasts in preparation foremother generation in a few years. The present and winning team in Maia play an active role in showing the younger generation that sport pays off and a lifetime in sport can be beneficial.
  1. cooperative
  2. team driven
  3. desire

Nominee Details

Spelthonre Gymnastics Elite Acrobatic Gymnastics Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Keri Llewellyn keriacro@outlook.com Assistant Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

SPELTHORNE ELITE ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS TEAM MAIA INTERNATIONAL ACROBATIC AND WORLD CUP 2018 OVERALL TEAM CHAMPIONS A team of 28 gymnasts from three age group (11-16, 12-18 and 13-19 "all gymnasts were below 18 at time of competition") Competed for the coveted title above having competed against 26 other European teams. The combined scores of all competitors lead the whole team winning the overall title achieving 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals: The team consisted of: Bradley Gold, Jack Glegg, Jake Turner, Harry Watson - 11-16 age group Men’s Four Abbey Wilkinson and Hannah Exxon - 11-16 age group Women's Pair Ethan Law and Ruby Bird - 11-16 age group Mixed Pair Sasha Carpenter and Poppy Yates - 11-16 age group Women's Pair Andrew Collier and Archie Collier - 11-16 age group Men’s Pair Ellie Simmons, Jolie Bulman and Zemirah Doubre Coupe - 11-16 age group Women's Group Max Crawford, Jacob Robinson, Daniel Axford, Cameron Patrick Lothian - 12-18 age group Men’s Group Katie Blackford, Saskia Hobbs, Mollie Jaggers - 12-18 age group Women's Group Jack Lynch and Sophie Reynolds 12 - 18 age group Mixed Pair Fraser Windows and Finlay Gray 13-19 age group Men’s Pair As well as achieving the overall team title for Spelthorne Elite Gymnastics Team, the age group teams won 1st and 2nd place in the 11-16 age group category and 1st place in the 12-18 age group category. The task of learning the difficult technical skills and the sheer amount of work required to prepare such a large group of gymnasts truly was a massive achievement in the biggest international acrobatic competition in Europe. The team of gymnasts had to show dedication to learning, cooperation with their team mates to ensure all received the amount of coaching required and true team desire to give the best they could. As a result of such competitive success the club has expanded its numbers by double and now has a visionary and ambitious younger group of elite gymnasts in preparation foremother generation in a few years. The present and winning team in Maia play an active role in showing the younger generation that sport pays off and a lifetime in sport can be beneficial.
  1. cooperative
  2. team driven
  3. desire

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Starsky Torchia 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Dudley Fletcher dudleyfletcher@yahoo.co.uk Head Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Starsky arrived at Staines Boat Club just over two years ago, having come along after experiencing the sport of rowing through the Club's outreach work with schools. He quickly became a very accomplished sculler (with two oars) and rower (with one oar) and was soon competing in local and National events. Starsky quickly involved himself helping out around the Club, especially helping with coaching and training the many younger Juniors, both on and off the water. He drives the safety/coaching launch as he has passed the RYA Level 2 launch driving course. No matter what the task, Starsky will involve himself in teaching, coaching, monitoring, supervising those around him. He is totally reliable and more importantly he inspires those around him to get involved. You know that he will complete any task to a high standard. I know that when he progresses onto University he will continue this inspirational work and will be credit to Staines Boat Club and the Staines Community.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Reliable
  3. Dependable

Sport Godalming Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Alex Mussell 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Matt Kiley hambledonfc@gmail.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

Alex took over managing and coaching our 'A' last season. At the time they were at the bottom of the division and the fun and enjoyment of the team had gone. Alex came in and was a breath of fresh air and got the guys enjoying their football again which lead to an increase in numbers for the team. They won their first ever trophy in the club's history for the A team that was formed 6 years ago. Winning the Tri Village Cup. Alex is more then a coach to the lads - acting amongst numerous over tasks - taxi driver to the lads who don't drive. Making sure they get to training sessions and games. He has done all this will battling his own health issues. Alex is a credit to the club and a great asset for us.
  1. Committed
  2. Selfless
  3. Approachable

Go Godalming Association Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

U10 girls A team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Libby Leadbeater elizabethleadbeater@hotmail.com I help to coach this team

Reasons for Nomination

The U10 girls team have been a delight to coach all season! The girls listen at training and work hard to put into practice what they hear. At matches they all try their best at every game, and work together as a team to bring out the best in each other. The group of girls have been together as a team for 2 years, and have progressed from coming fourth in the Surrey Cup last season to winning it this season, and going on to come runners up in the South Championships after a Penalty Shoot out. They had not lost a match all season in the run up to this defeat and demonstrated a remarkable grace in defeat in very difficult circumstances. I have never had to tell the girls off for being proud or rude on the pitch, or unkind to each other, and we ended the season with a lovely BBQ outside in the park with parents and siblings because we have enjoyed spending time together so much. The girls came along to many extra training sessions and were available almost every week, despite all having busy lives and lots of other commitments. They were great at welcoming in new girls to the squad as well, and helping them to quickly feel a part of the team. One example this was their goalkeeper, who only started playing at the start of the season and was cheered on through every little success and failure. She ended up being the star of several penalty shoot outs on their way to South success!
  1. Fun
  2. Committed
  3. United

Nominee Details

Godalming CC U13s 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Helen Ross chair@godalmingcc.co.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

Having won the West Surrey Youth Cricket League undefeated this season, they recently just won the play offs between divisions at the same age group. Great team spirit and upheld the spirit of cricket throughout.

Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Francesca (Fran) Terminielo 19 years or over

Nominator Details

John Waller wallerjohn@aol.com Non

Reasons for Nomination

The School of the Sword is a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club based in Godalming with a sister chapter in Reading and soon to have a third chapter based in Oxford. The School focusses on the study and practice of the swordplay of the Itallian Rennaisance. Francesca Terminiello is lead instructor at The School of the Sword’s Godalming chapter, having studied Bolognese swordplay and rapier since 2010. She has a further interest and some experience in renaissance dagger-fighting, Bartitsu and longsword. Fran has instructed at several high-profile events in Britain, Europe and the US; and has placed in and won a number of international tournaments. As a writer, Fran has demonstrated, panelled and presented on historical fencing and real-world violence at various lectures and writers’ conventions, including Fantasycon and at the Wallace Collection. Fran was a main organiser of the International Rapier Seminar 2016; co-founded Waterloo Sparring Group in 2012, which facilitates inter-group sparring from clubs all over the south of England and beyond; is a main committee member for the Wessex League series of events; is a key organiser of the Albion Cup; runs the Spring Sword Workshops and Swords of Winter events; organises By The Sword – an annual women’s event running since 2017; and is a founding member of Esfinges, a worldwide organisation for women in HEMA. As well as coaching and organising events, being married to Piermarco, who is also a highly successful fencer and coach, and managing her two young children and two dogs, Fran also finds time to compete and also to officiate at tournaments. It is fair to say that if she is associated with an event it will be well run and that her involvement alone will be enough to attract competitors from the UK, Europe and beyond. She can certainly 'twist arms' to get people to help out. Being trained in journalism Fran is highly skilled in the use of social media to promote the world of HEMA. From the School's newsletter, blog and website, to Facebook, Twitter and other platforms her output is prolific and well followed. Over the last five years Fran has taken between one and three six week beginners courses each year, taking up to fifteen candidates at a time with little or no knowledge of historical fencing and introducing them to the basics. If candidates continue with the school Fran will coach them further until they take the school's safety test which, when passed, will allow them to become full students of the school and progress to further training and when suitably equipped to enter into sparring sessions and competitions. Fran is passionate about promoting women's participation in HEMA as witnessed by her involvement with Esfinges, being a founder member and running it for the last six years. Fran also runs a free ladies only open day (last one at Farncombe Community Centre in August 2018) for women to learn about HEMA as part of the Give a Girl a Sword initiative and is at the forefront of organising the annual By The Sword women's event (held in Godalming in 2018 and to be held at Guildford Spectrum in 2019). Fran is not just a coach and instructor but also a competitor and has travelled to sucessfully compete in the UK, Europe and the USA. In recent years she has competed overseas including at :- Swordfish, Sweden, 2014. Bergen Open, Norway, 2014. TaurHEMAchia, Italy, 2015. Féile na Gaiscígh, Eire, 2017 & 18 and Longpoint USA, 2018. She is currently ranked 75th in woman's longsword by the HEMA Ratings website and regularly competes in open classes against male fighters in several different diciplines. In summary; Fran has shown great dediction and commitment to our martial art over many years as a coach, instructor, organiser and administrator, whilst always maintaining a sense of fun and would be a worthy winner of the Outstanding Service to Sport award.
  1. Passionate
  2. Inclusive
  3. Fun

Nominee Details

Barry Dawkins 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Simon Brown simmotino@hotmail.com Chairman of FWCC

Reasons for Nomination

Barry has been an ever present at Farncombe Wanderers for a quantity of years now that would likely be considered rude to actually mention accurately (we're talking decades, not years!) and, in that time, has occupied almost every position you would care to mention. From his initial playing days, through sitting on the committee, secretary, treasurer, vice Chairman, Chairman, Barry has volunteered his services at every step of the club's journey over that time. If he wasn't at the club with a ball in his hand, he'd have a tool in his hand, maintaining the pavilion and associated facilities, making a quick repair here, a patch up there. Even now, at a time where he should be relaxing in the pavilion with a cup of tea, his playing days still aren't over, annually threatening to burn his kit but never quite being allowed to. Nor are his energies for being at the club, come rain or shine. Weekdays will see him at the pavilion facilitating and supporting community events such as the Walk for Life at Broadwater Park, or club competitions, fun days, and fundraisers. Restocking the bar. The odd job around the pavilion. Helping with the Junior and senior sections alike. Passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience generously and freely to those wise enough to listen. Barry really and truly is Farncombe Wanderers through and through. It is NEVER done for the want of recognition or praise, and it is NEVER done for the want of a favourable return. It is ALWAYS done for the love of the cricket club and the people associated with it, and the wider community beyond, and has been that way since day one. As Chairman, I know that when the day finally comes that Barry is actually permitted to down tools and burn his kit (and I'm trying very hard to delay that as long as is possible!), I'll be needing to find several volunteers to replace his contribution. I also know it will never be matched. For those reasons, I believe Barry Dawkins is the epitome of Outstanding Service to Sport, and deserves recognition for such.
  1. Stalwart
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Generous

Nominee Details

Clive Dawson 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Helen Ross chair@godalmingcc.co.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

After 17 years of junior coaching at Godalming Cricket Club, Clive is hanging up those particular boots. He most recently helped us set up a successful Minis section with his son Dominic and wife Alison. Over the years he has directly coached more than 300 kids. A good number of those now play in our senior section also. Meanwhile Clive continues to coach and umpire our ladies team, is my Vice-Chair, maintains our Facilites with Alison, securing funding along the way too. Plus occasionally is known to wield the willow himself! Long may all of these continue. Clive has supported other sporting bodies during this time also I believe, Godalming Table Tennis and Sport Godalming to name two.
  1. loyal
  2. dependable
  3. generous

Nominee Details

Bob Luff 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Peter Hirons peterhirons@btinternet.com Chairman of FYFC where Bob has been and also friend

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Bob Luff for the following reasons. Bob has been an active member in Sport in the area since the age of 14. He joined Hambledon Football Club as a 14 year old and served the Club as a player for 25 years as a solid defender. Bob is also a keen Cricketer and been a Member and player at Hambledon CC since age of 14 and has served the Club for a period of 45 years. Bob as well as being a miserly bowler also maintains the pitch at the Club. As Chairman of Farncombe Youth FC I know Bob through his connection with Farncombe Youth FC. He has been associated with the Club for 15 years plus. He no longer has a Child at the Club and hasn't for past 7 years but continues to be a great help volunteering to white line the pitches and cutting the pitches not only at start and throughout the playing season but also for the annual Tournament. I can say without his help and commitment the ground would not look in great condition and help make the experience for all youngsters , visiting teams and Spectators be such a great joy.
  1. Loyal
  2. Friendly
  3. Reliable

Specsavers Sport Development Award

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Fiona Lashmar flashmar@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina is a dedicated and positive sports young Sports Woman. She has surpassed all her original goals and beat an England international. She is an excellent advocate for the sport and has the potential to be a star of the bowls world.
  1. dedicated
  2. positive
  3. focused

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

David Ewing dewing@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yaz has a great record at bowling - competing at county level and above. This fits in with her character at school where she is a very positive girl who pushes herself and others to excel. It is great that she has such a talent for sport and this coupled with her character deserve some recognition.
  1. Bright
  2. Engaging
  3. Dynamic

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Rosie Keohane rkeohane@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina has focused on developing her skills in Lawn Bowling with incredible results. She has striven to ensure that she is the best competitor in the local area, whilst continuing not only to work exceptionally hard at her GCSEs, but has also volunteered across the school to help and support our community. Yasmina's hard work is beginning to show results, as her fantastic achievements demonstrate and it would be a wonderful acknowledgement of her dedication to her sport to win this award.
  1. Conscientious
  2. Dedicated
  3. Enthusiastic

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Lynne Smith lynne_smith@talktalk.net Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yas has made significant progress in her sport and shown true grit and determination. She gives her all in everything she does including keeping up with her school work at all times. She clearly wants to do her best in anything she puts her name to.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Profesional
  3. Amazing

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Charlotte Strange cstrange@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Head of Year

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina is a fantastic attribute to Rodborough School. She is hardworking, polite, determined and passionate about Bowls. Yasmina is working with great effort to get bowls greater knowledge and a greater following in the local community and beyond.
  1. Passionate
  2. Determined
  3. On a mission!

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Helen Allsop hallsop@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk teacher

Reasons for Nomination

We are all very proud of Yasmina's achievements in lawn bowls. Playing for Surrey County and recently defeating an England International 15-5. She is the first person from Godalming ever to be in the final of a ladies Under 31 competition for the Palm Trophy. In addition, Yasmina is a fantastic student. Incredibly polite, well-mannered and friendly. She approaches her studies with dedication and enthusiasm and is one of our top performing pupils.
  1. driven
  2. hardworking
  3. team player

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Fiona Doyle fiona.doyle58@btinternet.com Staff at Secondary School

Reasons for Nomination

she is determined, hardworking, conscientious and is passionate about this sport she has excelled and reached beyond the goals she originally aspired to reaching
  1. Delightful
  2. Caring
  3. hardworking

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Matthew Armstrong-Harris head@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina has not only excelled in her sport and is a genuine contender to represent the nation in her chosen sport, she is hugely supportive of her fellow students, is hardworking and is committed. She is a real ambassador not only for the sport, but for all young people.
  1. Committed
  2. Generous
  3. Resilient

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Moira Khan moira.khan1@gmail.com Cousin

Reasons for Nomination

As long as Yasmina has been participating in bowls, her growth has been outstanding and she has demonstrated a clear outstanding natural talent, that has not only blown her friends and family away, but her sports and team colleagues too. She has surpassed many a time, rivals of a more mature standing and older competion class and all with modesty and dignity at what she does. She is clearly an up and coming star in the sport, and dedicated to achieving her goals. We couldn’t be happier for Yasmina and look forward to witnessing her success.
  1. Motivated
  2. Humble
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Kate Watson kwatson@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina has been working exceptionally hard at her bowls and has been improving throughout the year. I have been privileged to share in her successes in the sport and she always approaches all her activities with great enthusiasm and determination.
  1. Inspirational
  2. Dedicated
  3. Diligent

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Richard Watt richwatt01@gmail.com Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina has been working hard for the last 7 years to meet the standards required for the England bowls team. She is an inspiration for others and is also very generous and giving in her sport but also outside of it. Yasmina desperately needs sponsorship to further her in her coaching and equipment requirements.Her achievements in bowls have been impressive for someone so young. Her commitment to the sport have enabled her to be asked to join Surrey County. Recently, Yasmina played a match where she beat an England International 15-5. She was also the first person from Godalming to be in the final of a ladies Under 31 competition called Palm Trophy.
  1. Hardworking
  2. Focussed
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Aidan Turns aidanturns@hotmail.com Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yas is a fantastic, hardworking pupil who gives 100% to everything that she does.
  1. Diligent
  2. Effervescent
  3. Cheerful

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Minhaj Hasan min_hasan@yahoo.co.uk Father

Reasons for Nomination

This year, Yasmina made significant progress by taking part in many Surrey County Women's matches, trials & above all, figured in most semi finals & finals. At the Palm Trophy - for ladies under 31 - organised by Surrey Womens County Championship, in the QF Yasmina beat Olivia Skilton and in the semi final, she beat England International Kylie Hampton 15-8 and in the final she lost to Rachael Winter 22-21, in one of the closest matches ever. Yasmina was the first ever bowler from Godalming to reach a final of Palms Trophy. At Godalming & Farncombe Bowls Club, she has won the junior championship, the ladies championship, chosen pairs and still to play in mixed pairs final. Yasmina lost in QF of Sutton Winson - a tournament held at Leamington Nationals meant for 128 boys & girls under the age of 18. On her way to QF, she beat 3 boys - all under 18 champions in their own county. This was a huge achievement She was again a member of Surrey Ladies under 31 squad in Amy Rose at the Nationals. Yasmina's target was to win 2 finals but she won 4, runner up in one and lost 2 semi finals (Surrey County) in tightly contested matches
  1. Dedicated
  2. Hard working
  3. Hates to lose

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sandra Hasan xenia13@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

She started playing bowls when 9 & until age 14, she's won 7 trophies/prizes - be it runner up or winning it outright. This year alone, she has won 6 - some at club level & some at Surrey County level. Her performances, especially at Palm Trophy for ladies under 31 (even though Yasmina is only 15), she beat some very experienced England International players, loosing the final 22-21 (on an extra end) by 1/8th of an inch. Her 2 performances at Nationals in Leamington - be it Sutton Winson where she was a quarter finalist out of 128 entries (only one from Surrey to reach this stage) and at Amy Rose where she was part of Under 31 squad, was outstanding. She's caught the eye of many
  1. Highly organised
  2. Hard working
  3. Polite & humble

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Geoffrey Brazier gffbr1@aol.com Neighbour

Reasons for Nomination

Won many matches both in Godalming Bowls Club & Surrey County Plays for Godalming Ladies team in West Surrey League First ever from Godalming to play in Surrey Ladies Palm Trophy Final Reached 2 semi-finals of Surrey Championships in Juniorsingles & pairs Has represented Surrey twice at National in Amy Rose Bowl - an under 31 ladies event - losing in QF & SF. Was a quarter finalist at Nationals in Sutton Winson Trophy event open to 128 boys and girls form all over the UK beating Championships from Oxkford, Kent & Hereford. Even though Yasmina is 15, she has won the following Godalming Championships Juniors Ladies Pairs
  1. Determined
  2. Outstanding
  3. Successful

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sandra Hasan xenia13@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina started playing at age 9. In 6 years, she won 8 trophies - this year alone, she has 5 and listed below is her total haul. Her performances led Bowls England to write an article on her in November 2017, which led many in her school and in neighbourhood to start taking interest in bowls. Whenever there are new comers to her club or scouts & guides come, Yasmina takes a lot of interest showing them how it's played Even though she is 15 but certainly giving her seniors a very tough time as either she's beaten most of them or lost very close fought semi finals or finals. Her game & results have impressed many.
  1. Hard working
  2. Dedicated
  3. Polite & humble

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

tabs islam tabs@dualhealthandwellbeing.co.uk -

Reasons for Nomination

won many matches both in Godalming Bowls Club & Surrey County. plays for Godalming ladies team in west surrey league.
  1. champion
  2. talented
  3. commited

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Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

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Ross Chapman sorrynoscum@hotmail.com Supporter

Reasons for Nomination

Won many matches both in Godalming Bowls Clun& Surrey county First ever to play in Surrey Ladies Palm Trophy Final Has represented Surrey twice Winning Ladies championship enables Yasmina to take part in champion of champions trophy No Godalming Youngster has ever achieved so much in local/county or at national level as Yasmina has
  1. Friendly
  2. Confident
  3. Eager

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Patricia Deal patandnigel1980@hotmail.co.uk Aunt

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina is only 15 but has already represented Godalming bowls club and Surrey County at competition level. Reaching the quarter finals in the Amy Rose cup earlier this month. Yasmina has won several competitions whilst representing Godalming and is an inspiration to young people in what is considered a predominantly older persons sport.
  1. Pleasant
  2. Motivated
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Robert Deal dealrobx@gmail.co.uk Cousin

Reasons for Nomination

Yas has been playing lawn bowls for about a year now and has surpassed everyone’s expectations. She plays for West Surrey league. She represented Surrey twice at the national Amy Rose Bowl under 31 ladies event. Yas has played professionally at club and national level. Her team reached the quarter finals at Sutton winston trophy. She plays impeccably alone and within a team. Yas has won the juniors, ladies and pairs in Godalming championships. Yas is so comitted to her playing and training and it gives me great pleasure and prides me to watch her begin her journey to success.
  1. Committed
  2. Tenacious
  3. Admirable

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

The staff and instructors, Go Godalming Youth Canoe Club 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Peter Harris peter.harris1767@ntlworld.com Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

Sports Club of the Year Go Godalming Youth Club was formed 15 years ago to try and get those on The periphery of trouble to focus there minds. The local youth worker and the local Surrey Police Beat Officer set up a scheme to train 8 young people up to the British Canoe Union 2 star award and paddle, over a weekend, a goodwill message from the then Mayor Of Godalming Andy RAYNER and deliver it to, Westminster Pier on the River Thames where it was accepted by, The Worshipful Company of Carpenters, the owners of The Almshouses in Wyatts Close. The group of young people had such a great time that they asked if they could continue. This year is the fifteenth anniversary of the club The club is run on a shoestring, the National Trust River Wey have been good to the club. To answer the questions in relation to the Criteria: a) The Club has always been community minded, They have been involved since the start of The Godalming Town Council Staycation week holding a try session on the first Saturday, this year, 2018, saw 123 people given the chance to take to the water, we have accommodated the age range from 3 months to 87 years old during these sessions. the club hold a Canoe/Kayak course on the Monday to Friday, 2018, saw 25 young people attaina Canoe England award. b) The club has been used by local schools, Rodborough, Priorsfield and Skillway. For extra curricular activities either during the school day or at weekends for boarders who do not go home and also for Paddle and Picnics. Skillway built two plywood open canoes which along with the home made paddles would be used to paddle from Godalming Wharf to Unstead Lock where the picnic was held. On one occasion the teachers at Skillway and some pupils were interviewed by Sandi Toksvig and her team at Unstead Lock. c) The club has been used a few times by Runnymede borough Council, to run Canoeing for a group of young ladies, who did not feel included in society, a good day was had, by all with both the young ladies and instructors learning some good lessons. d)The Club has been used regularly by Chiddingfold Youth Club and Godalming Baptist Church Youth Group e) The club have trained up some of the Air Cadets for their Duke of Edinburgh Award, so they could take part in the Canoe Camping for their expedition of the award and part can be used for the Physical section. f) The club took part in the Sport Godalming Event at The Burns Field using an ergo kayak machine, before making their way down to the River by the Godalming Bandstand to try out a craft. The club trained Rotary members in conjunction with a scout instructor so the then Mayor Tom MARTIN, could follow the route the original young people took from e) The Club has had young people recommended by Surrey Police and Social Services who are on final warnings regarding their behaviour 2) Most of the Clubs recruitment is carried out by word of mouth, the club gets up to 40 participants on a good day so All craft are used. If there is not enough instructors/helpers then a games wet session is carried out. We have had 3 young people take their Foundation Safety Rescue Test, one of whom has gone on to complete their level one coach. One of the dads has also got himself through to become a level one coach, the club currently has one member who is trying to attain his level one coach award. the club have run in conjunction with South Coast Ambulance Service a First Aid Course. Paid for by the club. The club also Encourages coaches to attend the Canoe England Coaches Update day. The Club has a Facebook Page ‘Go Godalming Youth Canoe Club’ where a diary of events is pinned to the front page. 3) The club has had a variety of Young People with disabilities attend to try the craft out. From a young man with Down Syndrome, As stated before we took out a group of young ladies who did not feel included into society. The Club Adapted two open canoes so a wheel chair loser could be manhandled in chair into the open. The club has had many young people who it is believed have ADH 4) Currently StandUp Paddleboards are coming into Kayaking The club have purchased, giving a new form of craft to paddle
  1. Friendly
  2. Inclusive
  3. Banter

Trade Direct Insurance Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

fiona Lashmar flashmar@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina is a dedicated and positive sports young Sports Woman. She has surpassed all her original goals and beat an England international. She is an excellent advocate for the sport and has the potential to be a star of the bowls world.
  1. Positive
  2. dedicated
  3. focused

Nominee Details

yasmina hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

David Ewing dewing@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yas is a very positive student here at school who has great interpersonal skills and motivation. She has excelled in her sport reaching county level and beyond. she is an ambassador for her positive attitude and it is great to see her excelling in a sport often associated with much older people.
  1. Bright
  2. Engaging
  3. motivated

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Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

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Lynne Smith lynne_smith@talktalk.net Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yas is a delightful young lady who is committed to every aspect of her life. Whatever she takes part in she gives 110% and clearly wants to do her best. She is very dedicated to her sporting achievements but it is not at the sacrifice of any other element of her life particularly her school life. She remains dedicated to her studies whilst also achieving amazing success in her sport.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Professional
  3. Amazing

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

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Charlotte Strange cstrange@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Head of Year at Rodborough School

Reasons for Nomination

Yaz loves bowls and is passionate about bringing greater awareness to the sport. She has gone from strength to strength and needs financial support to provide her with the coaching ad equipment she needs. Yas is the most polite, hardworking and diligent young lady and any support she could get would be received most humbly.
  1. Determined
  2. Passionate
  3. On a mission!

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

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Caroline Mackay cmackay@rodborough.surrey.sch.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

I run the D of E award at school and through this I have realised how much time Yasmina dedicates to her Lawn Bowls. She is committed and actually a role model to other students. I wish her every success going forward!

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Fiona Doyle fiona.doyle58@btinternet.com Staff at Secondary School

Reasons for Nomination

She is determined, hardworking, conscientious and is passionate about this sport
  1. Conscientious
  2. Delightful
  3. Caring

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Richard Watt richwatt01@gmail.com Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmina has been working hard for the last 7 years to meet the standards required for the England bowls team. She is an inspiration for others and is also very generous and giving in her sport but also outside of it. Yasmina desperately needs sponsorship to further her in her coaching and equipment requirements.Her achievements in bowls have been impressive for someone so young. Her commitment to the sport have enabled her to be asked to join Surrey County. Recently, Yasmina played a match where she beat an England International 15-5. She was also the first person from Godalming to be in the final of a ladies Under 31 competition called Palm Trophy.
  1. Hardworking
  2. Focussed
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Yasmina hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Aidan turns aidanturns@hotmail.com Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yas is wonderful girl, cheerful and full of character. She is fully committed to all that she does.
  1. Diligent
  2. Effervescent
  3. Cheerful

Nominee Details

Caius Patel 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Peter Riddy pete.riddy@gmail.com Committee Member of FGRC and Target Rifle Coach

Reasons for Nomination

SPORT GODALMING SPORTS AWARDS 2018 YOUTH SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR NOMINATION CAIUS PATEL Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club would like to nominate Caius Patel (DoB 18 June 2000) for a Youth Sports Personality of the Year Award because of the excellent target shooting progress he has made. Caius joined Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club in January 2017 and after attending a course of training and instruction he was able to shoot in Club and Surrey County Small Bore Rifle Association competitions. He has progressed rapidly and won many competitions as a member of the Club. Caius also shoots at Charterhouse School where he was coached by one of our Club Coaches. At Charterhouse Caius was an outstanding Captain of shooting. Caius excels in all rifle shooting disciplines from 0.22 Target Rifle which is most commonly shot at 25yds and the Olympic Distance of 50m through to Full Bore Target Rifle which is shot at distances up to 1000 yards. As a naval cadet Caius was able to shoot the service rifle discipline where he was also excellent. In addition to being an extremely proficient shot, Caius is a very modest young man who is always quick to praise the efforts of his team mates and coaches. Caius was an excellent leader of his team and frequently assisted with the coaching, training and motivation of the younger members of the team. Caius has won many competitions throughout the year both as a team member and in individual competitions. His individual achievements are listed below, the highlight of which has to be winning the British Schools Open Meeting at Bisley after which Caius was selected to shoot for the England Schools’ Team. His successes from September 2017 to August 2018 are:- September 2017 – Won Division 1 of Surrey County Summer Junior League October 2017 – 1st Place “Champion at Arms” at CADSAM (Cadet Skill at Arms Rifle Competition). November 2017 – Second Place in the English Schools 50m Open at Bisley. Caius then went 1 better in: December 2017 – First Place in the British School 50m Open (over 200 entries). February 2018 – Selected to Shoot for the victorious England Schools “A” Team in the Home Countries International Match. Winter 2017/2018 – First Place in the Surrey County Winter Junior League. Winter 2017/2018 – Won the Surrey County Juniors Short Range Championship July 2018 – Ashburton Shield Schools Meeting at Bisley - Caius was first place in the following individual competitions: Cadet Champion at Arms The Financial Times Trophy (GP Rifle Match) The Malborough College Cup The Col. Marling Challenge Cup The Spenser Mellish Trophy The Oratory School Challenge Cup The Topham Quaich Trophy In the short time that Caius has been a member of the Club the successes that he has achieved indicate the significant progress that he has made in his shooting ability.
  1. Talented
  2. Humble
  3. Leader

Nominee Details

Sandra Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sandra Hasan xenia13@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

She started playing bowls when 9 & until age 14, she's won 7 trophies/prizes - be it runner up or winning it outright. This year alone, she has won 6 - some at club level & some at Surrey County level. Her performances, especially at Palm Trophy for ladies under 31 (even though Yasmina is only 15), she beat some very experienced England International players, loosing the final 22-21 (on an extra end) by 1/8th of an inch. Her 2 performances at Nationals in Leamington - be it Sutton Winson where she was a quarter finalist out of 128 entries (only one from Surrey to reach this stage) and at Amy Rose where she was part of Under 31 squad, was outstanding. She's caught the eye of many
  1. Hard working
  2. Dedicated
  3. Ruthless on the green

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Minhaj Hasan min_hasan@yahoo.co.uk Father

Reasons for Nomination

This year, Yasmina has made significant progress by taking part in many Surrey County matches for juniors and seniors. Excelled in each and everyone of them by figuring in most semi finals and finals. At the Palm Trophy - she was the first ever to represent Godalming at a senior level (even though she is 15) in a final where she lost on an extra end, by 1/8th inch. On the way she took some notable scalps such as Olivia Skilton & England International Kylie Hampton. At Godalming, she has won this the: Juniors Championship Ladies Championship Chosen Pairs Mixed Pair (final still to be played) Her performance at Nationals 2018 were equally impressive where she was very impressive in Sutton Winson Trophy (where out of 128, she was in QF, beating 3 indoor champions) and Amy Rose Trophy Yasmina's target was to win 2 finals but she has won 4, runner up in one & lost 2 semi finals (Surrey County Matches) in tightly contested games. By winning the Ladies Championship, she can now represent Godalming in Champion of Champion Trophies - both at Nationals & West Surrey Championships in 2019. This is a huge achievement
  1. Hard working
  2. Dedicated
  3. Very focussed

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sandra Hasan xenia13@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Her achievements have surpassed expectations of many and her hard work for 2018 season makes her a candidate • Won many matches both in Godalming Bowls Clun & Surrey County. • Plays for Godalming Ladies team in West Surrey league. • First ever from Godalming to play in Surrey Ladies Palm Trophy final. • Reached 2 semi finals of Surrey Championships in Junior singles & pairs • Has represented Surrey TWICE at National in Amy Rose BOWL - an under 31 ladies event loosing in QF & SF • Was a quarter finalist at Nationals in Sutton Winson Trophy - event open to 128 boys & girls from all over UK beating Champions from Oxford, Kent & Hertford. • Even though Yasmina is 15, she has won the following Godalming Championships: Juniors Ladies Pairs Yasmina's 2018 results are: Quarter Finals - 2 Semi Finals - 3 Runner Up - 1 Winner - 4 Winning Ladies Championship entitles Yasmina in 2019 to take part in Champion of Champions trophy (only Champions of their clubs can enter) - in West Surrey, Surrey & at Nationals. No Godalming youngster in bowls has achieved so much in local, County & at National level as much as Yasmina
  1. Dedicated
  2. Determined & gutsy
  3. Fighter

Nominee Details

Yasmina Hasan 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Katherine Selves kath_selves@yahoo.co.uk I know Yasmina through working with her Mother

Reasons for Nomination

- Yasmina has won many matches both with Godalming bowls club & Surrey County. - She plays for Godalming ladies team in West Surrey league. - Yasmina is the first ever from Godalming to play in Surrey ladies' Palm Trophy final. - She has represented Surrey twice at National in Army Rose Bowl - an under 31 ladies event losing in QF and SF. - Yasmina was a quarter finalist at Nationals in Sutton Winson trophy. The event was open to 128 boys & girls from all over the UK beating champions from Oxford, Kent & Hertford. - Even though Yasmina is 15, she has won the following Godalming Championships: Junior Ladies Pairs Her results are: Quarter finals 2 Semi finals 3 Runner-up 1 Winner 4 - Winning ladies championship entitles Yasmina in 2019 to take part in Champion of Champions Trophy (only Champions of their clubs can enter) in West Surrey, Surrey & at Nationals. No Godalming youngster in bowls has achieved so much in local, County & at National level as much as Yasmina.
  1. Hard working
  2. Committed
  3. Fun

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Meath Swimming Club Volunteer Team 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alexandra Newman physio@meath.org.uk none

Reasons for Nomination

The Meath Swimming Club was established 2 years ago to enable those residents with severe epilepsy to access their local pool and swim to improve their fitness. Due to the profound nature of their disability they have to be supported 1:1 in the water at all times.The dedicated volunteer team consist of 10 individuals who swim side by side with the residents and enable them to work towards their fitness goals and increase their activity levels. These truly amazing volunteers give us their time, energy, humour and compassion week after week and bring with them their good cheer and encouragement for those who face life with challenging medical conditions. The Meath is proud to have 18 residents swimming each week in two groups of 9 ,and without the volunteers this would not be possible due to the high intensity of people required. They have taken on leaning about autism and seizures, learning and physical disability and how to support each person , keep them safe, and when to alert the physio team if they think things are not right. As a group they have formed a cohesive and dynamic team who help us. We couldn't do it without them , and I feel some recognition for their amazing contribution would be well deserved.
  1. Compassionate
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Simon Brown 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Claire Brown claireandsimon217@hotmail.com Wife

Reasons for Nomination

Simon has taken on the role of captain which is very time consuming and requires a lot of dedication. He struggles every week to get a side, for the home games he is the first one there to set up and the last one to leave after clearing up. He has also taken on the role of Chairman in the last season. He has attended meetings, tried to better our cricket club and taken a very active role. He attends our girls matches at the weekends and cheers them on. He also attends their training sessions on a Thursday and helps with the coaching. He recently booked a Lydia Greenway training session for the girls which was a great success and raised much needed funds for the club and also got a few more girls interested in our cricket club. I am so proud of his determination on the pitch as well. He is not the best cricketer but will run all over the pitch anc even turn his arm at bowling if we are short on bowlers.
  1. Selfless
  2. Kind
  3. Caring

Nominee Details

Andrew Fergusson 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Libby Leadbeater elizabethleadbeater@hotmail.com He manages my hockey team

Reasons for Nomination

Andrew gives so much to Guildford Hockey Club in many different capacities, and receives very little recognition for all that he does. At the moment he manages the ladies 1XI, doing all our administration and communications, looking after umpires on match days, preparing and cooking our match teas, coming to all home and away matches to support our coach, and much more. He also looks after our the many U18s in our team, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own time management and helping them with their development as players and people, whilst keeping their parents fully informed. He attends every one of our training sessions and is always the first to arrive and the last to leave once everything has been packed away. Andrew is also involved in many other behind the scenes aspects of the club - providing cooked meals after matches and for functions, setting up the room and organising equipment and food for our recent fundraising Race Night, our upcoming Club Day, an end of season dinner for ladies and men's 1XIs. He runs the clubhouse bar, organising bar staff for regular Friday nights when parents of juniors are in the bar, and on match days over the weekends. I am sure that there is much more which I don't know about because he is not one to blow his own trumpet! He is always ready to laugh at himself and with others, and is a great person to have around the Club.
  1. Hardworking
  2. Meticulous
  3. Approachable

Waverley Borough Council Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Guildford Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Andrew Fergusson andrewj.fergusson@btinternet.com Team manager

Reasons for Nomination

Guildford Ladies 1st XI have enjoyed strong growth over the last 3 seasons. 4 years ago they managed to survive relegation from the South regional league to the county leagues. At the same time the long standing coach moved on as did half the squad. From that bleak stance the remaining ladies grouped with some of the up and coming juniors under the leadership of a new coach and started to rebuild. Many hours of training started to show through during the season and the team managed to stay in the league. Determination and strong team spirit took them through the next season and they found themselves challenging for promotion. Unfortunately, it did not happen in the 16/17 season. Another blow then hit the team with the coach moving away from the area. The start of the 17/18 season was under the leadership of a new coach. The squad had a real sense of determination with new players and juniors joining the giving us one of the youngest (average age!) teams in South Division 3. The team bonded very well and half way through the season it was a two horse race for the league title. The team did not loose a game in the second half of the season, nor missed a training session (even the "Beast from the East" did not deter training) and with a game in hand they won the league. They are now into South Division 2 with a real prospect of having a hugely succesfull season!
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Determind

Sport Guildford Awards 2018

Specsavers Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

Richard Dwyer 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nick Ruddock nickruddock@me.com Friend and former Flair coach

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Richard Dwyer for the Outstanding Service to Sports Award. It's not often you get to meet someone with such energy and passion for sport. Someone who inspires the children, the parents and the coaches to become the very best possible versions of themselves. Richard loves to see people reach their full potential and helps 1000’s of children on their gymnastics journey each week at his gym clubs. Richard opened his first gymnastics club back in 1998 at Kenyngton Manor School in Sunbury. He was only 21 years old, with no business background, but full of drive and ambition. His mission is and always has been to build children’s confidence through the sport of gymnastics and offer the sport to EVERY child at a grassroots level, understanding the immense benefits it had for him as a youngster and wanting to share this with everyone. He started his first club with little gym equipment, a few mats and a couple of vaults. His mum was one of his first gym coaches! He created and printed his first flyers using a neighbour's computer since he didn't have a computer and didn't know how to use one back then. Going door to door dropping them in the letterboxes of homes in the local area. From humble beginnings, now 20 years on, Flair Gymnastics has grown to dominate Surrey, with 2 clubs in Guildford (1 at Guildford Spectrum and 1 at Surrey Sports Park), 1 in Weybridge at St George's college, 1 in Woking in partnership with Freedom Leisure and now his latest venture - The 1st franchise opened in Farnham last year. He is looking forward to expanding the franchise network (he currently has a waiting list of potential franchisees), opening more clubs and offering the sport to even more children. Richard was a South East gymnastics champion in the 90s having been a gymnast from the age of 4. His mum took him along to his very first gym club being a coach herself. His passion for the sport saw him volunteer as a committee member and competition coordinator for Surrey gymnastics, helping to facilitate year round competitions for Surrey clubs and their members to enter, where event entries saw up to 700 children at single events, competing and enjoying the sport of gymnastics. Richard’s club now hosts the UK’s largest invitational gymnastics and trampolining competition for grass roots gymnastics, making competition an opportunity for all children to shine, grow and learn. I was one of Richard’s very first coaches at Sunbury where Richard mentored me and started me on my career path. As a coach at the Sunbury club I absolutely loved it and could see how the sport was the foundational basis for all children to grow in their life skills. I am now a Performance Gymnastics Coach at elite gymnastics clubs and a consultant and speaker to International Federations. I became national coach to the women’s junior squad, personal coach to Amy Tinkler and I have Richard to thank for his guidance and motivation in those early years whilst he continues to inspire and encourage me in my coaching even now. Whilst Richard was setting up his first club, at the age of 21, he also joined the British TV & FIlm stunt register as a qualified UK stunt performer. He went onto work all over the world as a stuntman for countless films and TV shows including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Game of Thrones, Eastenders and Dr Who.... BUT he sacrificed a lucrative career of becoming a stunt coordinator to put his full energy into building his gymnastics clubs to allow more children (and their parents) along with coaches to benefit from the sport. I know that Richard did not feel encouraged at school and as a child he would get his inspiration from his gymnastics coaches who helped him to channel his energy in a positive direction and helped make him the man he is today. Richard is passionate about his mission of teaching children valuable life skills through the sport of gymnastics. He believes that emotional intelligence is just as important, if not more so than academic intelligence and he wants to make sure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. At Flair, Richard has crafted over the years a unique award syllabus that the students follow from Levels 1 -15, from beginner to the more advanced and he has created the innovative student training diary. The diary is unlike anything that is offered at any other grass roots gym club that I have visited. It helps the child with their goal setting and also teaches them to reflect on their achievements. It allows parents to easily map and track their child’s progress whilst supporting them on their gymnastics journey. The diaries have recently been made available to the school network to help teachers get children involved in the sport. Richard’s club has partnered with 100’s of schools over the years, with most recent partnership at St George's College in Weybridge where lunchtime classes are run for the students along with a Saturday club that is open to the public. Flair Gymnastics offers gymnastics, trampolining and freerunning classes to children aged 4 - 17 years old. They also offer Tumble Camps for members and non-members in the school holidays. Along with their record breaking Invitational Events, the biggest of its kind in the UK, where the main focus is always on fun & building confidence! I continue to support Flair as I contribute to the coaching development programme and help Richard to teach the coaches to grow on their sporting journeys. It’s wonderful to see him inspiring the next generation of coaches in the same way he inspired me back when I was starting out as a coach. I love contributing to this forward thinking company and believe that Richard should be recognised for his huge contribution and outstanding service to sport. He has introduced thousands of young people to the sport of gymnastics and helped their confidence to sky rocket! He continues to train, mentor and inspire 100’s of coaches each year and the positive support that his clubs give to parents is truly outstanding. Nick Ruddock High Performance and Former National Coach
  1. Inspirational
  2. Positive
  3. Driven

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Guildford Saints FC 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Dawn davies dawn.davies11@btinternet.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

GSFC has this season undertaken a strengthening of links within the local community. We have again delivered training sessions in local schools, primarily for girls. We have with the help of Bushy Hill School organised and held a Girls Schools football festival successfully for 2 years running. We have also been involved with GBC and the Youth games, delivering training sessions and running the girls football section for Guildford, for a number of years. We have a network of volunteers and coaches, who all undertake training with us. Older juniors are offered the chance of volunteering and undertaking coaching badges and or refereeing courses, actively encouraging them to be a part of the club. We also have a number of DofE students undertaking volunteering roles to achieve this award. Club coaches are offered advancement of their coaching badges, we currently have a number with UEFA A & B badges that have been attained via GSFC. We operate an equality policy in all recruitment. We are committed to delivering quality sessions at grass roots level. We have a thriving disability section, a couple of our older players have attained their L1 badge with us. One of our players is currently a 'Player representative' of the Football for All league, taking his responsibilities very seriously. We have included in our syllabus FUTSAL sessions providing youngsters with the opportunity of learning new skills.
  1. Grass Roots
  2. Professional
  3. Fun, friendly, approachable

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Creon Raftopoulos 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Clair Phillips clair.phillips@surrey.ac.uk colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Creon has done an outstanding job with the Surrey Scorchers team in our season of 2017/18. From leading the team to 12th place in our starting year to finishing 8th in 2016 and to now finish 5th place in the BBL league is a huge achievement. Especially when teams have been established for many years. Creon is 100% committed to not only the team but the surrounding community areas of Guildford. Even during our off season he will work with local born players in and around Guildford to help them train in their off seasons and guide them to their next team ventures whether that’s in Europe, GB training or beyond. Basketball wouldn’t be as big as what it is in our area of Surrey without Creon’s, his passion and commitment to our sport is admirable. He has inspired and helped many athletes in their basketball journeys many stories go under the radar because it’s just what he does on a day to day basis, it’s who he is. If you ever meet someone who knows Creon, the guaranteed response will be “Creon is such a nice guy”… and it’s true. Through his infectious personality it’s no surprise why players will come from far to be coached by Creon. His dedication to our team and the community is second to none. I do not know another BBL coach who would work as hard as Creon does to deliver community basketball. It’s no surprise he won the BJA Coach of the year award ending the two year reign of Leicester Rider’s coach Rob Paternostro. Basketball is not the biggest sport in the UK but without coaches like Creon, basketball wouldn’t be where it is today, his dedication and loyalty to the sport is what makes our team that much more special. On and off the court Creon is worthy winner of this award and deserves all recognition for all his achievements in basketball.
  1. Loyal
  2. Dedicated
  3. Humble

Nominee Details

Leanne Riley 19 years or over

Nominator Details

James Lovell lovell.james@btopenworld.com Both coaches at GRFC

Reasons for Nomination

1. Made significant progress in the field of sport Leanne Riley has represented England and Harlequins in 2017/18. Leanne started at scrum half for Harlequins in the Tyrrells Premier 15s final and semi-final, unfortunately losing in a tight final game against Saracens. Leanne played regularly throughout the season in the Tyrrells Premier 15 for Harlequins, alongside her international career. Leanne played 4 times for England in November 2017 in the Autumn internationals against Argentina and Canada. On top of this, Leanne started 4 times for England during the 2018 6 Nations, playing against Italy, Wales, Scotland and France. During the 2018 6 Nations, Leanne scored her first international try. 2. Had significant impact on sport in Surrey and has been an inspiration to others Leanne has had a significant impact on Guildfordians RFC. Leanne is currently in the role of Director of Rugby and also oversees the girls section. The club has seen significant growth in the girls section under Leannes age group and now has teams at U13 and U15 and is growing an U18 team. The girls are inspired by Leannes professionalism and achievements within the game of rugby and she is a great role model for the players. Without Leannes influence, the girls programme would not have grown as significantly as it has. Leanne can be found at the club almost every Sunday, inspiring the next generation of players. Alongside this, Leanne acted as rugby coach for Guildford in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018. Leanne was a pivotal part of engaging new girls in sport and led the team to a bronze medal. All the girls were clearly inspired by having Leanne as a coach and this supported bringing new players into the sport. Her influence is not limited to the girls section and is Director of Rugby for the whole club. Leanne has developed all the coaches through "Coach the Coaches" sessions and in 2017/18 developed a club-wide blueprint on how to play and how to coach each aspect of the game. This has driven up coaching standards and inspired more young people to get involved. 3. Exceeded expectations in their sporting performance or made significant difference to a team Alongside making a significant difference to the growth and development of girls rugby at Guildfordians, Leanne has made significant progress in her England career. Since September 2017, Leanne has played in 8/9 England Women’s fixtures, adding 8 caps to her existing record.
  1. Inspiring
  2. Dedicated
  3. Hard-working

Nominee Details

Leanne Riley 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Hannes Black hannes.black@hotmail.com Coach rugby together

Reasons for Nomination

1. Made significant progress in the field of sport Leanne is a regular member of the Harlequins Ladies rugby team and they play in the ladies Premiership. This season, Leanne's hard work and commitment resulted in her becoming the England Ladies Rugby team's first choice scrum half and she played a prominent role in their Six Nations campaign. She has almost single-handedly started a girls rugby section at Guildfordians RFC 3 years ago which has since developed to become one of the top girls rugby clubs in the Surrey area. 2. Had significant impact on sport in Surrey and has been an inspiration to others: Leanne has made a massive difference to Guildfordians RFC since she became involved. In 2015, we had approximately 4 or 5 young girls (U11 to U13) when Leanne started up the girls section. 3 years later we are running U11, U13, U15 and U18 squads and the participation levels have grown tremendously. Not only has participation grown, but these teams have been very successful and won trophies last season. This is mostly due to the inspiration and commitment from Leanne and what she has instilled in the girls and coaching teams. Leanne really is an inspiration to a whole new generation of girls rugby players. Many of the girls has also progressed to be picked to play Surrey Rugby. Quotes from two of the Guildfordians Girls U15 team members: "Leanne's enthusiasm spills over into all the training sessions she does with us - I've played now for two years and in that time the girls squad has grown from 4 to being able to get out teams for U11, U13 & U15. When we go and watch her play she always takes time to come over after the game and chat to us usually bringing a few of the other girls with her making us feel special & valued. You can always hear her before you actually see her shouting encouragement & instructions." "Leanne loves rugby so much and finds a way play for her club and for her country as well as to coach girls - even though she does a full-time job as well. Her Lions camps, where we get to be coached by her and other amazing women internationals from several countries, are great. She is helping create a future where there are more opportunities for girls and women!" 3. Exceeded expectations in their sporting performance or made significant difference to a team Leanne has made it to the top of women's rugby by becoming a regular England Ladies team member; however this nomination is more geared towards the role she has played promoting the game for girls in the Guildford area. She inspires all the girls at Guildfordians RFC and even the opposition. One of the opposition coaches once commented in their match report how impressed they were with an England Ladies rugby player dishing up their food for them post match!
  1. Dedicated
  2. Driven
  3. Tenacious

Nominee Details

Chris Murray 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mark Hill mark@locker27.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

1. Chris is an outstanding year. His list of achievements in 2017/18 include: - Representing Great Britain in the European U20 Championships in Albania in October 2017 - Winning his first English Senior Championship in the Men’s 77kg category January 2018 - Representing Great Britain in the European Senior Championships in Romania in April 2018 - Winning his first British Senior Championship in the Men’s 77kg category in July 2018 - Breaking the British 77kg U20 Clean & Jerk record with a lift of 162kg - Selected to represent Great Britainin the European U20 Championships in Poland in October Chris has improved his best lifts in the Snatch from 125kg to 131kg and Clean and Jerk from 155kg to 162kg in 2017/18. 2. Chris's performances have helped to build the profile of weightlifting in the County. He is a very encouraging team mate and often turns up to competitions to help coach or support when he is not competing himself. Chris rate of improvement has been extraordinary. To be selected to represent Great Britain in a Senior Championships at the age of 19 was a remarkable achievement. 3. Chris performance at the British Championships helped Locker 27 Weightlifting Club finish as the 3rd ranked club in Britain. He is now being considered as an Olympic hopeful for 2020 and 2024. Chris is a positive influence on all of his teammates and will happily offer advice to people of all abilities who train at the club.
  1. Hardworking
  2. Dedicated
  3. Exciting

Nominee Details

Jade Hill 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lauren Betts-Bucke lauren.bb@live.co.uk Team mate

Reasons for Nomination

1. Jade has had a breakthrough year in her weightlifting career. Her achievements in 2017-18 include: South England Regional Champion Women’s 63kg Category October 2017 Bronze Medallist English Championships 63kg Category Jan 2018 Irish National Champion 63kg Category Feb 2018 Irish National Record in the Snatch (80kg Snatch) Feb 2018 Irish National Total Record of 175kg- Feb 2018 4th place finish at the British Weightlifting Championships in July 2018 Set a new Irish National Clean and Jerk Record of 100kg- July 2018 Set another new Irish National Total Record of 180kg- July 2018 Selected to represent Ireland in the international event ‘The Celtic Nations’ for October 2018 2. Jade is inspiring to watch not only in competition but during training too. She consistently sets a good example to others she trains with. She approaches her training with focus and positivity and is always encouraging to her team mates around her. This year she has gained her Level 2 Coaching Qualification and is generous with her time in helping coach and motivate her team mates whilst she herself is training. 3. Jade’s performance at the Irish National Championships this year has seen her become the first Irish Woman ever to Snatch 80kg. She is the current Irish Record Holder for the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and Total in the 63kg Category. Her fourth place finish at the British Championships helped to secure a third place competition finish for her club, Locker 27 Weightlifting.
  1. Determined
  2. Passionate
  3. Honest

Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Howard Tripp 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Dawn davies dawn.davies11@btinternet.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

Howard has been a dedicated, passionate Coach within GSFC for the last 7 years. At the end of this season 17/18 we sadly saw him hang up his boots at the end of an era - the team being U18's enjoying their last season with us. What an end to this era, many of the players joined the Club at U7 staying faithfull to the end with Howard at the helm for the last 7 years. The team, a mixed team, played in the East Berks league, playing their football on Saturdays. They became league Champions at the end of the season finish the season in style. Like so many volunteers, Howard has given up many hours to train the team and attend matches, plus dealing with all the Admin duties for the team. Howard has a family and a full time job. his volunteering work does not stop after the winter, he is also a cricket coach for Merrow CC - a full time volunteer who I believe needs some recognition of his achievement as a volunteer within grass roots sports in Guildford.
  1. Genuine
  2. Dedicated
  3. kind & trustworthy

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Matthew Phillips 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gary Phillips gary@matthewphillips.me.uk Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Matthew was born without his right arm below the elbow but this has never held him back. Matthew has been climbing for 4 years. He was invited to join the GB Paraclimbing Team 3 years ago and in this time has gained 4 international Golds and 2 International Silvers plus 9 National medals. Matthew is active on social media and has many follower’s who have been inspired to try harder because of his climbing. He is competing in the World Climbing Championships in Innsbruck in September and is hoping for a podium place. Matthew has inspired others with his can do attitude. He is working towards his climbing instructor qualification so he can share his sport. He has also been asked to be an Ambassador for Active Surrey. His social media is - Instagram - @matthew_paraclimbing Facebook - @MattParaclimber Website - www.matthewphillips.me.uk Twitter - @matthew_gcsc
  1. Inspiration
  2. Confident
  3. Character

Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Guildfordians U13 Girls Rugby team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Hannes Black hannes.black@hotmail.com Coach & father of one player in team

Reasons for Nomination

1. Achieved success and competed at a consistently high level throughout the year: The team (Guildfordians & Camberley RFC U13 Girls Cluster) played together in two Surrey Waterfall cup competitions. The first Cup Competition was played between 5th November 2017 and 10th December 2017. The team played a total of 10 shortened cup matches during this period and won 5, lost 4 and drew one. The team ended up winning the Surrey Waterfall U13 Girls plate (3rd position in total) on 10th December 2017 by convincingly beating Sutton & Epsom by 50 - 15. The team (Guildfordians & Camberley Cluster) entered the 2nd Surrey Waterfall Competition for 2018 which would be full length matches. The first round match was against Wimbledon on 21st January 2018, who won the Cup pre-Christmas. We beat Wimbledon 35 -15 in the first round. In the second round on 25th February 2018 the team beat Old Reigatians 35 - 25 to progress to the cup final. On 25th March 2018 the team beat the cluster team of Cobham & Chobham 65 - 15 to win the Surrey Cup! On 22nd April 2018, Guildfordians U13 Girls entered the Surrey U13 Girls 7s tournament as an individual team (separate to Camberley RFC). The Guildfordians girls won all three their group matches (including one match against Camberley) to progress to the semi final. They convincingly won the semi final and then faced Sutton & Epsom in the final. The team came back from trailing 0 -10 at half time to draw level at full time and then score the winning try in sudden death extra time to be crowned the Surrey 7s champions (unbeaten in five matches on the day and scoring 31 tries and only conceding 8! Our team was unbeaten in full matches since January 2018 to May 2018. In total for the 2017/2018 season (October 2017 to May 2018) the team scored 208 tries and only conceded 97. 2. Demonstrated fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year: The girls play their rugby with a great attitude and a smile on their faces at all times. They even volunteer to play for the opposition at times if they are short of player numbers! Two of our team members were Young Ambassadors for the Surrey Youth Games this year. The team has a great attitude on the field of play and respect the referee and opposition which is great to see. On occasions when faced with less respectful opposition players/supporters and faced with foul play, our team has kept their discipline and respect and not let this get the better of them and still congratulated the other team on their performance. Their willingness to learn is something to behold and they constantly strive to improve as players, but also abiding by the core rugby values. The friendships formed this year will last! The team and the club received great feedback from some of our opposition as well and it was clear that a great attitude contributed to us being able to arrange 7 friendly matches during a busy season with like minded opposition teams. 3. Show significant improvement from previous years: The season started fresh with Guildfordians and Camberley clustering for the first time. This was a major challenge as not only do U13 girls rugby include two age groups (U12 and U13 combined, which brings its own challenges), but now they had to accommodate players from two different clubs and they did not know each other. The previous season (2016/2017), Guildfordians only won one match and was totally outplayed on most occasions. This season (2017/2018) they improved so much to end up winning the Surrey Plate, Surrey Cup and then were crowned the Surrey 7s champions. Although the performance and improvement on field was unbelievable and the team became so successful and improved in such a short space of time; the best was to see how well all the girls got to know each other, became friends and played as one team, even though they were from two separate clubs. Teamwork, sportsmanship and enjoyment was certainly at the forefront. Six of our team members were selected for the Surrey U13 Development squad which shows the strength of our team. A few others narrowly missed out on selection, but improved so much since that they will have a great chance to make the cut next time round.
  1. Determined
  2. Successful
  3. Respectful

Nominee Details

Guildfordians girls Un13 Rugby Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gary jackson garyjackson239@gmail.com Parent of Player

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating this team as I have coached rugby for over 20 years . Within the boys set up from u 7 through to U 16. And without doubt this group of young ladies have gone from a rocky Start in the early September. Into a fantastic group of players. Who all play for each other with friendship and total team work And comradery. And the attention to coaching is second to none. As a result of the thirst for knowledge of Rugby. The team has developed their skills each and every one skill set Has improved as a result. The team then ended the season cup champions. 7s Champs. To name a few. But each player has shown. What happens when . You play together. as a team. Which this group of girls have Done. Their Moto. Train together. Play as one No super stars team work. Wins the day.
  1. Team work
  2. Friendship
  3. Unity

Nominee Details

Guildfordians U13 Girls Rugby team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Susan Deacy iodama2000@yahoo.com Parent of player

Reasons for Nomination

I am making this nomination as someone who has stood on the touchline and experienced the team growing during the year - into one that deserves their various successes and that is comprised of a group of girls who adore rugby and all it can bring in terms of, for instance, teamwork and mutual support. They started out as, in some ways, two teams when Guildfordians and Camberley were joined together for the season. But, supported by a motivational coach, Hannes Black, the girls showed commitment to play their best as individuals and to come together as a unit. How deep their sporting attitude goes may be exemplified by such actions as volunteering to play for other teams who were players short (criteria 2). As recently as autumn 2017, some of the players were new to rugby (criteria 3). The team was overwhelmed in a pre-season friendly but went into the Christmas period as winners of the Waterfall Plate. After Christmas, they remained unbeaten and went one step further when they won the Waterfall Cup. They also ended the season by being crowned the Surrey 7s champions, making them, I think, the best Under 13 girls' 7s team in the county! (criteria 1).
  1. passionate
  2. improved
  3. motivated

Nominee Details

Guildfordians U13 Girls Rugby team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Kathryn Waring kathryn.waring@gmail.com Daughter plays in the team

Reasons for Nomination

My daughter joined the team after trying out Rubgy with the Surrey Youth Games. She loved being able to participate in a team sport, and historically a male dominated sport. The team quickly bonded, friendships grew quickly. They felt empowered, even after suffering an initial huge defeat! Who would have known by the end of the year they were strong winners of both the Surrey U13 Waterfall Cup and Surrey 7's tournament. Throughout the year, through fair play, good manners and high spirits, they also won the respect and friendship of opposition teams and their supporters who cheered for them during the final of the Surrey 7's.
  1. Teamwork
  2. Friendship
  3. Warriors

Nominee Details

Guildfordians U13's Girls Rugby Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Leanne Riley lrileypt@gmail.com 07947537048

Reasons for Nomination

I believe the girls deserve recognition for their achievements this year. They started as an entirely newly formed team, with little or no game experience. In girls rugby, the age bracket goes up every 2 years. GRFC only had 2 existing girls in this age bracket, all the other players had just moved up from the age below and therefore were playing against people older and more experienced. They grew and grew as the year went on. The games at the start of the season were played very individually (with raw talent on show), to the end of the seasons where they actually became a team and were inter-linking extremely well. Some of the tries that were scored were sensational to watch. All parents/spectators thoroughly enjoy watching the girls play and the smiles on their faces as soon as they turn up, to the post match meal is the reason I love the game. I feel a few of the girls have a long career in the game and I only hope they stick with rugby!!
  1. Ultimate Team
  2. Exhilerating to watch
  3. Prospects of the future game

Nominee Details

Guildford saints FC U14 Lions 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Dawn Davies dawn.davies11@btinternet.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

A team of outstanding individuals who love playing football and over the past few years have achieved great things. Apart from their winning ability, they are superb ambassadors for Guildford Saints FC. In line with the FA RESPECT Scheme they are very disciplined and show the greatest respect to all involved in the game of football. A great advert for grass roots football, of what can be achieved with hardwork, dedication and discipline. They are dedicated and committed to being the best they can be. They compete in the Surrey Youth League premier Division finishing a respectable 3rd at the end of the season. Following the end of the season they travelled to Bournemouth to take part in the Bournemouth Classic tournament which they won to much excitement, affording them the opportunity of meeting the Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe and receiving the trophy from England legend Glenn Hoddle. They continued the winning streak by picking up winners trophies at both the Farnborough Town and Guildford City end of season tournaments. A great end to the 17/18 season we are looking forward to their progression this coming season.
  1. Talented
  2. Dedicated
  3. Disciplined

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Svend Carr 18 years or under

Nominator Details

dawn davies dawn.davies11@btinternet.com Club Secretary

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Svend for the young volunteer of the year award. Svend has been a playerof GSFC for a number of years and has showed dedication to the club and his chosen sport. For the past 2 seasons Svend has been a volunteer helping out at training sessions every Saturday morning working with our U7 - U13 age groups. He has superb knowledge of the game and has achieved a good rapport with our players. I am very impressed with his dedication to attend every Saturday morning. He shows a great level of maturity towards this role. Svend has now started his coaching pathway and has achieved his Level 1 coaching badge. I might add that Svend is also working towards his A Levels, so the dedication to attend all training sessions is double fold since time is very precious at the moment. We look forward to seeing Svend's progression as a coach.
  1. Committed
  2. Passionate
  3. kind & trustworthy

Sport Haslemere Awards 2018

Junior Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Grayshott Cricket Club U15 Foxes Cricket Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Andrew Wheble cazandwheble@msn.com Coach of the Side

Reasons for Nomination

Grayshott U15 Foxes once again won the SE Hants U15 A division, narrowly losing just 1 game out of 10 by 6 runs to Portsmouth & Southsea CC. Grayshott would go on the beat that same team in the Hampshire Cup quarter final. In the semi-final Grayshott Tied with Hook & Newham CC, losing the match on wickets lost. Hook would go on to win the Hampshire cup and go through to the National stages of the competition. The Foxes team comprises of Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 players. They have played together for many years now, winning 6 league titles in 6 years and have grown to not only be an exceptional cricket team but a group of incredibly polite, thoughtful, and well-respected young men. Not every game goes to plan and when any of the team are struggling the others will back them up, always supporting them. Many of the side volunteer for Grayshott helping with the All Stars cricket sessions already passing on their knowledge and skills of the game. Nearly all now play regular adult league cricket for Grayshott in the I'Anson league which has developed them both in a cricketing sense but perhaps more importantly in a wider social sense. Many have found their ability and confidence soar over the last few months. This is a very talented group of cricketers but also a group who I am sure will continue to play cricket together and develop lifelong friendships.
  1. Fantastic
  2. Talented
  3. Team

Nominee Details

Grayshott U12 Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Carolyn Cracknell carolyncracknell@btinternet.com Club Treasurer

Reasons for Nomination

This is a football team of boys from all around the local area that have played together over the last 5 years in both Hampshire and Surrey youth leagues. They have played at Premier League Level in Hampshire for the last few seasons, winning the league in 2014/2015 and the league Cup in 2016/2017. Also in Surrey Primary League they were cup winners in 2014/2015 and league and Senior cup winners in 2016/2017. For the following season they entered the Surrey Primary League for the age group above, playing on a larger pitch and in U13's ( when they should have been U12). However, such was their team spirit, determination and of course sheer football skills, that they handled themselves well against much larger boys to go on to win the U13 League and also the U13 Junior Cup Championship. They always play fairly, and with a positive and sporting attitude. They have a lot of individual talent in the team, but it the way they play for each other as a team, that has enabled them to be so successful.
  1. Positive
  2. Determined
  3. Teamwork

Special Services to Sport Award

Nominee Details

Steve Benbough 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sally Seymour sgrahamuk@yahoo.com club member

Reasons for Nomination

Steve is the epitome of Chiddingfold Cricket Club which demonstrates the values of fun, enjoyment and inclusivity. Steve's passion for the game of cricket shines through in the way he encourages new members to the club, supports the team of coaches and values the many volunteers, all of whom are equally committed to club's success as a family friendly, community driven club. Most noticeably, Steve has been integral to shaping the junior section of Chiddingfold CC which regularly welcomes over 100 young people to its Friday cricket training and match programme. There are more girls than ever joining the club and in 2018 Chiddingfold fielded its first ever all girls side, a fantastic achievement. Furthermore, Steve entered Chiddingfold into the Surrey Cricket Foundation Women's Softball Festivals and has been incredibly motivated (and persuasive!) in setting up the first ladies team in the Club's history (over 200 years!) around this which currently has 30 signed up members training on a weekly basis. Steve has undoubtedly given up so much of his time to get this off the ground and his enthusiasm for this has been infectious which is reflected in the numbers taking part and their enjoyment of the game. Steve gives up his time selflessly, all in the name of Chiddingfold Cricket Club. His passion for the sport and love for the community in which it operates is second to none and he truly deserves this award.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Committed
  3. Passionate

Specsavers & Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Haslemere Tennis Club Volunteer Group 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Nick Austin nick@marleymanor.org Leader of volunteer group

Reasons for Nomination

We heard in summer 2017 that Stepping Stones SEN School at Hindhead wanted to start tennis coaching for their students but lacked budget and expertise . I am a qualified tennis coach (always pro bono ) and I approached a group of 7 volunteers from Haslemere Tennis Club to work with me on a pro bono basis to deliver a weekly programme every Thursday afternoon for one hour . On average we had 8-10 students who worked across the academic year (38 weeks ) including D of E Award applicants . The initiative was Haslemere Tennis Club’s first outreach programme for Disability Tennis and according to the Stepping Stones Head Teacher Melissa has been a huge success and will go forward into the 18/19 academic year . In addition our team was asked by Surrey Para Games to run the tennis module on their Sports Day at Charterhouse. Equally significantly is that our volunteer model has now been adopted by a local golf club .
  1. Energetic group
  2. Passionate group
  3. Inspiring group

Nominee Details

Duncan Willows 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Graham Sampson grahamsampson@grayshottcc.co.uk Youth Manager at Club

Reasons for Nomination

Duncan is a Level 2 coach like so many parents became involved with the club to support his child playing the game, coaching his age group for many years. In 2017 Duncan became one of our Activators for our "ALL STARS" group aimed at promoting cricket for children from the age of 5 to eight years of age. In 2018 Duncan took on the role of Lead Activator for this years " ALL STARS" with specific objectives; a) To increase participation b) To increase particpation of girls c) To increase the level of parental support d) Improve upon the experience of 2017 which was a good one. Duncan like everyone at the club is a volunteer achieved all of these objectives a) Particiaption increased from 59 to 92 children b) Girls particiaption increased from 3 to 17 children c) Parental support increased three fold d) The experience for the children was fantastic and anyone who drove past the Sportsfield in Grayshott on a Saturday morning summer would have seen a sea of blue. All our ALL STARS having fun. In the lead up to these sessions Duncan led taster sessions in local schools, and a Beavers Club. Following the ALL STARS sessions, Duncan also led three weeks of taster sessions for those children who could move up to our U8 group in 2019. Having 92 children between the age of 5 and 8 descend upon you all at the same time could be quite challenging but each week Duncan ensured the sessions ran smoothly without any delays, leading all the Activators and team of helpers, which on most Saturdays was a group of 20 individuals. 2017 was a great year for ALL STARS and 2018 was even better at Grayshott Cricket Club. Duncan is a great advert for the club and it is a pleasure to be able to nominate him for such an award.
  1. Calm
  2. Professional
  3. Dignified

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Haslemere Tennis Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Marie Buckley marie@mbuckley.co.uk Member of the club

Reasons for Nomination

Haslemere Tennis Club is a thriving, friendly local club catering for all levels of ability; from absolute beginners to accomplished team and county players. It offers a wide range of courses, classes and social activities, ensuring there is something for everyone. These include:- • Graded adult and child group lessons • Cardio tennis, for those who also want a workout • Short tennis, suitable for those with mobility issues • Informal club mix in sessions, so you can just turn up and play • Team tennis for those who want to play competitively • Tea and tennis for those who believe tennis is improved with a piece of cake • Tots Tennis for the under 5s • Holiday clubs • Monthly and annual tournaments suitable for all abilities All of our team of LTA qualified coaches are committed to progressing their careers and qualifications through the LTA training and development programme. They have also been instrumental in training a core band of volunteers, who have played a vital role in the club’s outreach programme. A team of volunteers from the club has facilitated free tennis coaching for pupils at Stepping Stones School for over a year. Over 20 pupils with physical and emotional impairments have had the opportunity to play tennis on a weekly basis with our coaches and volunteer club members. The progress the children have made has been remarkable. The volunteers have been humbled by their pupils’ dedication, effort and persistence in overcoming their disabilities, which is always accompanied by a smile. The club’s outreach programme is not restricted to one school. We regularly communicate with our local schools and have facilitated free taster / coaching sessions for eight local Cub, Brownie, Scout and Guide groups. The local U3A use our facilities and we have hosted a number of charity events which have benefited a number of charities including Haslemere Museum, Macmillan and the Brain Tumour Trust. The club is open to exploring new models of operation and regularly hosts new events and coaching programmes. Whilst not everything will work, the club has the energy, drive and enthusiasm to continue to promote and develop its offering, to get more people playing tennis and embed the club part of the community. As such, virtually all of our classes and groups are now open to members and non-members alike, to enable participation to expand and bring the club closer to the community.
  1. Vibrant
  2. Welcoming
  3. Inclusive

Young Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Raveen Sriharan 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Graham Sampson grahamsampson@grayshottcc.co.uk Youth Manager at Club

Reasons for Nomination

Raveen better known as Rav to everyone passed his Certificate in Cricket coaching over the winter of 2015/16, becoming involved with the coaching of our U9 age group in 2017. Last winter Rav mentored three coaches ensuring they all became qualified cricket coaches, enabling us to increase the number of children in this age group and in 2019 will allow the club to field two teams in this age group, giving children more opportunties to play matches. This summer Rav has been the "glue" that that has led the Under 10 age group at the club, not only leading the coaching for this age group in their first year of hard ball cricket, but organised the administration that goes with running any age group. Rav is a popular individual within the club, not only with peers, but the children look up to him. This is just one piece of feedback I have received about Rav "In addition, I would just like to say what a credit Ravi is to the club. He is excellent with the kids: encouraging, helping them to learn and understand the game, but at the same time applying good discipline and common sense" Rav loves the game of cricket and his enthusiasm come through with his coaching. As Youth Manager at the club, I am very proud to have such a young individual working and promoting the game of cricket with young children who is also such a great advert for our club.
  1. Professional
  2. Personable
  3. Reliable

Sport Woking Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Will Coles 19 years or over

Nominator Details

John Dunsford j.dunsford@horsell-junior.surrey.sch.uk colleague

Reasons for Nomination

Will Coles Will is the Sports Coach here at the Horsell Junior School. He teaches PE to all the children in the school. His lessons are always engaging and encourage all of the children in the school to get active and enjoy themselves regardless of ability. He has a positive attitude in every session he leads. He is always looking to increase his coaching knowledge and often takes part in external training sessions across the county to improve his practise. He runs lots of clubs across the school for girls and boys covering football (for several year groups), tag rugby, cricket and dodgeball. This year he has coached over fifteen different teams in Inter School events and helped the school be more successful than we have ever been in our 40 year history. We have won thirteen inter-school events this year including an unprecedented six school Woking district events in the following disciplines Y3/4 tag rugby Y5/6 tag rugby Y6 Boys Football Y6 Girls Cricket Y6 Netball Y5/6 District Athletics Three of these teams represented Woking at County Finals across Surrey. The highlight being the Y6 Netball team winning the county championship for the second year running. Alongside this success, Will always encourages his team to focus on our school values of friendship, compassion and respect. He is a paid member of staff but regularly gives up extra time freely and always works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure his teams have the resources, transport and encouragement they need to be successful. All our children thoroughly enjoy working with Mr Coles in whatever sporting capacity that my take. He is an outstanding coach and a worthy nominee
  1. committed
  2. supportive
  3. driven

Nominee Details

Hilary Hooper & Kate Liza Carthy 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Michelle Chilcott m.o.rourke@hotmail.co.uk I umpire for this club

Reasons for Nomination

Kate & Hils are the fantastic coaches of Cardinals Netball Club and I would like to nominate them for Active Surrey Coach of the Year. In 2011 Kate and Hils realised their was not enough netball available in the county for children. Both their daughters were avid netball fans but were not old enough to compete in adult leagues and there were no local junior options. So Cardinals NC was born! They got their daughters and their friends together to play the lovely game of netball and now they have 17 teams and 310 members, supported by friends and parents alike. They train every Saturday and compete in 5 different leagues all over the county varying in level to suit the needs of the player. They are big believers and promote to their girls the importance of fairness in sport and friendship. To call them passionate about Netball would be an understatement and what they have done for the sport in the borough and county for under 18’s is incredible. I haven’t know Cardinals or Kate and Hils very long but as an avid netball and umpire myself I have been blown away with what I have seen. Their girls are not only wonderful netballers but extremely polite and always play in the spirit that the game is meant for. A good friend of mine and a fellow netballer has a daughter that has recently joined the Cardinals family. Her daughter is quite shy but to see how she has responded to the training and being part of a club is outstanding. Normally when I try and talk to her she is too shy to respond, a natural reaction for many young girls. However when I asked her about Cardinals and Kate and Hils her face lit up like Christmas and she said the most she has ever said to me! This is the impact that these wonderful two women have on the young girls and women of our borough. I know that their teams have had many success over this season including a 3rd place spot in their newly achieved DIV 1 position for their Saints team but more of their accolades you would need to speak to the ladies about. In terms of their professionalism well it’s 2nd to none. Always in their smart uniform, always chatting to other coaches, welcoming players, parents, supports. Encouraging the girls to shake hands with their opposition and thank them for them game, acknowledging good play in other teams and encouraging the girls to do so as well. I am not sure if Kate and Hils are paid for their coaching roles but they certainly should be as it takes up an enormous amount of their time. Saturdays, Sundays, mid week leagues, tournaments and camps. They spend more time coaching netball than they do anything else! I could go on about them but hopefully the above demonstrates why they should be nominated for Active Surreys Coach of the Year Award.
  1. Passionate
  2. Fun
  3. Caring

Nominee Details

James Martin 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Samantha Skillcorn info@fightingfitnessjudo.com Employer

Reasons for Nomination

James has been teaching a minimum of 8 School based Judo classes a week for Fighting Fitness Judo, having contact with over 150 children, he has been instrumental in increasing class sizes across the board. Our business model is setup to promote Children from School Judo classes in to Club classes, James has successfully passed many children through this pathway enabling them to improve & progress in the Sport. James has encouraged and guided many children to achieve their next grading belts in Judo over the last 12 months. James juggles his own international Judo career with coaching and regularly travels around Europe competing and taking part in training camps. He often returns with new ideas and implements them in his classes. James is a paid coach at Fighting Fitness Judo but always go above and beyond for the Club and its members. He regularly covers classes and volunteers at Club events such as our Club Championships. He also runs holiday Judo camps for us in the School breaks. On average James is coaching about 8 hours per week, plus additional events and holiday camps.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Reliable
  3. Passionate

Nominee Details

Simon Elliott 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Jessica Spragg jessica.spragg@wokinggymnastics.co.uk Collegue

Reasons for Nomination

Simon Elliott is the Head Coach at Woking Gymnastics Club, Head Coach of the extremely successful boy’s squad and personal coach to Jamie Lewis. Simon has been a coach at Woking Gymnastics Club for over 17 years, working his way up, now leading a team of over 30 coaches. Simon encourages and assists in all areas and classes at Woking Gymnastics Club, from our popular and successful recreational programme, through to our international gymnasts. Simon also works closely with our coaching team, helping them to continually improve and develop, reaching their full potential as coaches within the sport. Simon is a qualified high – performance men’s artistic coach and national level judge – his judging award he completed in the last year. This year, Simon was selected as the official Team GB coach at the 2018 Junior European Championships. Simon has been coach to Jamie Lewis for over 10 years now, spotting his talent as a young age. Since then, Simon has developed Jamie into the gymnast he is today, leading to his many national and international successes, proving he is capable of producing and training athletes to the highest possible level within gymnastics. Simon attends all training camps, competitions and events with Jamie and Team GB, representing Woking and Surrey in such a positive way. Please see below for some of Simon's achievements within the last year- - Team GB official coach at Junior Europeans - Coach of Jamie Lewis’ – 4 time back to back British and English junior champion, European Young Olympic Champion, Junior European Champion - Head coach at Woking Gymnastics Club, leading and directing a team of over 30 coaches and 1400 gymnasts - Head coach of Woking Gymnastics Club boy’s squad, who have had continued success for many years at regional, national and international levels. Woking Gymnastics Club has a very long and proud history of producing excellent male gymnasts, a lot of which is due to the work of Simon. - National level judge (obtained in last year) - Mentors a number of junior coaches to achieving their Level 2, 3 and 4 coaching qualifications. Simon not only works with our gymnasts, but he works closely with all coaches to help them develop individually, ensuring a strong and positive future for the club. Simon is a paid member of staff at Woking Gymnastics Club and coaches a minimum of 35 hours per week plus administration hours on top of this. In addition, Simon spends a great deal of time attending events and competitions with Team GB as well as training camps and planning days. Simon is a great inspiration to all at Woking Gymnastics Club and is an excellent role model to aspiring coaches and judges. His dedication and work ethic is admired by many, he is often going above and beyond his role to ensure the success of his gymnasts and the club. This year has been particularly successful for Simon, partially due to being selected for the first time as the official gymnastics Team GB coach. We feel this would be a great year to celebrate all Simon does for sport and gymnastics within Woking, Surrey and beyond.
  1. Passionate
  2. Dedicated
  3. Inspiring

Nominee Details

Simon strong 18 years or under

Nominator Details

eleanor cranfield eleanor.cranfield@freedom-leisure.co.uk boss

Reasons for Nomination

Simon has been working tirelessly over the last year to increase participation in walking football in Woking. Woking Leisure Centre’s Walking Football has been running since April 2017 with, at first, a weekly drop in session on Tuesday mornings attracting an average number of participants. In the last 12 months, the number of participants has grown so much that due to demand, in August 2017, an additional session was added to the programme on a Friday morning. Freedom Leisure now has around 30 regular participants attending both the Tuesday and the Friday sessions and is continually attracting new people. The guys have a mixture of reasons for playing Walking Football from generally keeping fit and active to overcoming mental health issues. As well as physical benefits, Walking Football also provides a real social and psychological benefit to its participants. Woking Leisure Centre’s cafe is the main social interaction hub for the guys and they can always be found before and after the sessions having a laugh and enjoying themselves. Their dedicated coach, Simon Strong, took the opportunity to enter both an over 50’s and an over 60’s team into the Surrey FA Walking Football League for the first time. The over 50’s even went through the season unbeaten and finished 2nd in the league. As well as this, the guys took part in the Peoples FA Cup, the Walking Football Association National Cup and most recently, three teams took part in the John Stocker tournament at Sutton United, an over 50’s team, an over 60’s team and an over 68’s team. Outside of football, strong ties have been made with Woking Hospice including receiving a sponsored kit in return for the commitment to fundraising for them. Going forward, Freedom Leisure aim to continue increasing numbers for their sessions with the possibility of introducing a third session. As part of fundraising for Woking Hospice, the centre will look to hold their very own Walking Football tournament at Woking Leisure Centre. There are also plans to pilot a Walking Football session for women over the next few months. All of these achievements couldn’t have been done without Freedom Leisure’s dedicated Walking Football coach, Simon Strong. Simon has put in a huge amount of work on and off the pitch and is seen as not only a great coach but a good friend by the Walking Football guys.
  1. dedicated
  2. passionate
  3. enthusiastic

Nominee Details

SAM 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ambreen ambas.diplomat@gmail.com NA

Reasons for Nomination

SAM is one of the few exceptional and highly talented individuals who consider their team as their priority. She not only physically train her teammates, but work on their emotional, psylogical strength and wellbeing. This approach helped her team to win in all circumstances. She made real efforts to provide the team with extra coaching facility to make them empower. She is not only a great sportsperson and coach, but an angel in disguise.
  1. Incredible
  2. Empowered
  3. Fabulous

Nominee Details

Martial X Acadmey 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Cerize Poizewer gemcoote84@gmail.com Coaches my sons

Reasons for Nomination

Instructor Cerize Power has been training since the tender age of 3 and a half years old. She is 1st degree black belt in kickboxing as well as World Champion and International Champion in Points Fighting. Cerize teaches Lil Ninjas, forms and points fighting for Martial X Academy and has plenty of mat wisdom to pass over to students. Cerize fits all criteria required for the award, she is lovely & kind & manages to implies focus and progessision especially from the little kids. She works extremely hard and helps the kids be the best they can be.
  1. kind
  2. hard working
  3. lovely

Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Martial X Academy 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Ellie Rafter ellielaurenr@outlook.com Student

Reasons for Nomination

Go to summer fairs at schools to promote the club and explain why it is helpful for people. Really helpful instructors who have great experience in martial arts, people who happily volunteer within the club to help train students the best they can. Help people with low confidence have higher self esteem and encourage them to join in.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Helpful
  3. Outstanding

Nominee Details

Noemi Nagy 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Noemi Nagy n_noemi78@yahoo.com Member/student

Reasons for Nomination

Proven track record of working with schools Commitment, great team Implemented new ideas and demonstrated innovation
  1. Great
  2. Spectacular
  3. Encouraging

Nominee Details

Martial X Acadmey 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gemma Coote gemcoote84@gmail.com Sons go to club

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Martial X Academy as they are amazing. What they are teaching our kids is so helpful within their lives & future. The Focus,respect and discipline they are portraying is in-valuable. Martial X teach Kickboxing, Martial Forms and Gymnastics, Stunt Training and Flips and Tricking, my kids love it and have progressed massivly since starting. One of my son's is slightly Austisic but they have worked with him and got to know him. They have worked out the best way to help him concentrate, the time taken to do that has increased his focus and his learning ablitly. They whole club feels like a family, I feel very proud to be part of Martial X.
  1. family
  2. amazing
  3. fun

Nominee Details

Martial X Acadmey 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Dean Coote deano.coote@gmail.com Sons go to club

Reasons for Nomination

I take my sons every week to Martial X, they have a brilliant time and the staff are always smiling and keeping the kids happy and focused. They have been open for approx. 16months and what they have achieved in that time is brilliant. The club is growing quickly and has amazing and very talented coaches.
  1. talent
  2. family
  3. brilliant

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Nominee Details

Fiona Creswick 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Rosie Ainsworth rosie.ainsworth@gmail.com successor

Reasons for Nomination

Fiona has been involved with youth football in excess of 20 years. Shortly after introducing her boys to Byfleet Village Football Club, back when the club had only just come into existence, she quickly got involved with club admin and very quickly took on the role of club secretary and had this role until stepping down in the summer of 2017. As well as club secretary she also carried out the role of club welfare officer for the last few years and is still actively doing this. Going back a number of years Fiona has had a number of roles within the Surrey Primary League, including Referees Secretary and League Welfare Officer, and played a key role when this committee was in meltdown and helped to ensure the league survived. Through her help, it not only survived but it is now flourishing once again. As well as all of this she has helped out in all manner of areas and has always provided a very friendly face for parents, children and coaches and a great source of knowledge for anything football. Perhaps one of her greatest accomplishments was getting the clubhouse built for Byfleet Village FC. This involved many years of hard work, with organisations such as Woking Borough Council, Surrey FA, and the Football Foundation. It was her hard work that got the club to where it is today. The Clubhouse is also home to the local village playgroup during term time. Over the years she has become the go to person for anything football related and has lead the fight for Byfleet Village. Without all the roles she has been involved in, football in Surrey would not be what it is today.
  1. Caring
  2. Determined
  3. Committed

Specsavers Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Louisa Piper 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Helen Piper hpiper-king@virginmedia.com WAC Support Comms Officer (and mum)

Reasons for Nomination

15-year-old archer Louisa ended last season ranked UK No2 Senior Lady and UK No1 Junior Girl. Louisa made her GBR debut in 2017 and in Oct she won her third GBR U17 international medal of the year, a Team Bronze at the World Youth Championships, Argentina. In Nov, Louisa was invited to join the 4-strong GBR Senior Olympic Women’s squad and in April this year she made her GBR Senior debut at the Shanghai World Cup; the youngest competitor on the field, she ranked 52nd out of 91 archers. In May she was again competitively selected to represent the GBR Senior Team at the Antalya World Cup and, with only two of the four permissible scores, is currently ranked 194th in the World and is the second youngest archer in the World top 200. In the same month she claimed her 29th UK National Record (16 in Target Archery and 13 in Field Archery). In June Louisa was selected as a GBR U21 for the European Youth Championships, meaning that she managed to debut as an GBR U17, U21 and Senior in under a year, and where, in the same team as her 19-year-old sister Eleanor, she won a U21 Team Silver! Louisa hopes to win GBR a quota space for, and compete at, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  1. Motivated
  2. Dedicated
  3. Focused

Nominee Details

Jamie Lewis 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jessica Spragg jessica.spragg@wokinggymnastics.co.uk Employee at Woking Gymnastics Club

Reasons for Nomination

At 17 years of age, Woking’s Jamie Lewis has dominated junior gymnastics for the last few years, and has rounded up his final competitive year as a junior in style. See below for 4 of the biggest competition’s Jamie has taken part in this competition season: European Young Olympic Festival In August 2017, Jamie was selected as team captain for the Junior Great Britain team who competed in the European Youth Olympic in Gyor 2017. After winning the team silver at the competition, the 16-year-old from Woking dominated the final, going clean on all six pieces and eventually finished with a score of 82.200, taking the all-around gold! Russia’s Iurii Busse 80.100) and Nicolau Rossello of Spain (78.550) back in second and third respectively. “This feels absolutely amazing” said Jamie" I’ve put so much hard work into my preparation and I’m so glad it’s paid off. I’ve gone clean in all six pieces and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance across the day. As soon as I did my rings I knew I was quite far ahead and then on pommel I was quite nervous but they’re my two best pieces and I knew I had to do well. This is the best medal I’ve won so far in my career. London Open The men’s artistic London Open was held in September 2017, attracting the best gymnasts from around the country. Jamie Lewis, again showed his dominance in the junior competition, he showed 6 clean routines and came away with a tally of six gold medals. He won the all-around competition by a two mark margin! English Championships Jamie was back in action in February 2018 at the English Championships in the Redbridge Centre, Ilford. Jamie Lewis once again performed some World Class performances and for the 4th consecutive year was crowned English Champion scoring 79.650. Jamie also picked up a gold medal on Pommels, Rings and Parallel bars. Junior European Championships Jamie’s final competition of the season, and last ever competition as a junior was the Junior European Championships held in Glasgow in August 2018. Jamie had an excellent competition, coming away with an impressive medal tally of 1 gold, 3 silvers and 1 bronze. After winning two silver medals in the team and all-around competition, Jamie went on to make 3 apparatus finals where he won gold on floor, silver on pommel and bronze on the rings. Speaking after, Jamie said: "My landings (on floor) were really nice, and I'm so happy to win gold. I had a nice clean routine on pommel. I was a little shaky but managed to get through it. Rings, I wasn't really expecting too much because the competition was so strong so I was delighted to win bronze. I've got to start pushing my elements up now, and I’ll be going away from here working really hard to improve my skills ready for turning senior, because I know it won't be easy." As Jamie now moves out of junior gymnastics and onto the senior competition, we feel this award would be great to celebrate all his success as a junior athlete and one of the most successful junior gymnasts Great Britain has ever produced. In his final year, Jamie has won the following titles- - European Youth Olympic Champion - Men’s London Open Peter Moore all-around Champion - English Junior all-around Champion - British floor Champion - Junior European Floor Champion Jamie continues to inspire athletes from around the world and now focuses on senior competition, with his ultimate goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Talented

Nominee Details

Tia Hansford 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Alan Purusram adj.1349@aircadets.org Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate 14-year-old Cadet Tia Hansford of 1349 Woking Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets for the Specsavers Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. This is due to an amazing achievement this year in the local and national athletics competition of the Air Training Corps (ATC). Tia, who lives in West Byfleet, initially entered the Surrey Wing Inter-Squadron Athletics event for Woking squadron in May this year. She had only been a cadet for a few months. She ran in the Under-15s 800m and comfortably won her event. She was then selected to represent Surrey Wing in the London and South East Region competition which pitted her against the strongest runners in each of the six ATC Wings in London and the South East. Once again, she won her race and was entered to represent London and South East Region (LaSER) at the national Air Training Corps athletics competition at Telford Athletics Stadium on Saturday 23rd June 2018. Not only did she come first in her race by an impressive 18 seconds, she broke an 11-year-old national Corps record in the process. The previous record was set in 2007 at 2mins 33.4 seconds. Tia's new record was set at 2mins 27.2 seconds, taking an impressive 6.2 seconds off the previous one. This was the outstanding individual performance of the meeting and represented an unprecedented achievement by a junior cadet. It had a considerable impact on Surrey Wing's reputation and enabled the LaSER to retain the national Corps athletics trophy. It also reflected very well on Cadet Hansford herself, who took the accolades of the Wing and Regional commanders with commendable modesty. The wider effect of her performance has been to set an important benchmark for Surrey Wing's future standing in the regional and national sporting profile of the Air Training Corps, the largest cadet organisation in the UK.
  1. Determined
  2. Quiet
  3. Modest

Nominee Details

Yasmin Somers 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Steve Winter-Fuller sfu@woking.ac.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmin is a T33 wheelchair racer. This year she was selected to represent England at the CP World Games in Barcelona in August and achieved a bronze medal in the 100m. She is currently ranked 2nd in GB for the 400m in the T33 classification and ranked 3rd in the 100m and 200m. She is ranked 5th in the world for T33 Women in all 3 of her events. She became national junior champion for the 100m, 200m and 400m this year. She also raced in Switzerland in May at one of the biggest events on the wheelchair athletics calendar.
  1. Comitted
  2. Hard-working
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Ewan Smith 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Steve Winter-Fuller swf@woking.ac.uk Teacher

Reasons for Nomination

Ewan qualified for 3 events for the British Championships in March this year where he pb'd in 2 events and made the junior final for the 50 free. These times then helped for selection for the national ESSA finals in Crawley where he swam a new ESSA record in the 50 free and was part of the winning relay team for the 4 x 100 free. This in turn lead to the selection for the World schools Games in Morocco where he made the finals for both the 50 free and the 50 fly. He is now continuing with his swimming career, aided by a sports scholarship, at Stirling University.
  1. Focused
  2. Talented
  3. Huge potential

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Daniel Hebditch 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Chloe Broderick clbtraveling@outlook.com Partner

Reasons for Nomination

Daniel has built PDA Coaching in the last 18 months to be a well recognised established Coaching company, through hard work and dedication. Daniel runs a development center and Academy, after school clubs, Lunch time clubs, evening sessions for children all around Surrey. Daniel has over 200 children in the Academy and Development Centre, Daniel works all the hours to maintain a high standard and provide the boys with the best opportunity of being picked up from a professional club. Daniel secures matches against top professional teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, Crystal Palace etc) to showcase the boys talent to fulfill there dream of getting signed and playing for a top club. One of Daniel boys achieved his dream and signed for Fulham FC as an Under 10 Midfielder, this opportunity may have never occurred if it wasn’t for Daniel. . Daniel entered his Under 10’s and Under 12’s football teams into the Surrey FA Futsal tournament both the Under 10’s & Under 12’s won the competition and therefore went on to represent Surrey in the FA Futsal regional Competion. What I love about Daniel is the boys where nervous about this competition and Daniel’s attitude was amazing “Just go out there and embrace it and have fun, there is no pressure” Daniel goes above and beyond to help progress children all around Surrey and help them achieve their potential and have a shot at their dream of being signed for a professional club. Daniel’s passion for football is amazing and gives opportunity to all abilities and runs open to all sessions to insure everyone has an opportunity to train within the PDA set up. I hope you consider Daniel for this award as he is one special individual and has gone above and beyond for children all around Surrey.
  1. Role model
  2. Dedication
  3. Hard worker

Nominee Details

Daniel Hebditch 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Christina Yau cyau32@gmail.com Parent of one of his players

Reasons for Nomination

Danny has been coaching Olly (now 11) for over 4 years Olly was a scared unconfident little boy until he met Danny and started playing football with Danny through arsenal soccer schools. Danny then made a massive leap of faith and left the Arsenal and the brand because he wanted to give the boys he was training everything they deserved including the best quality coaching available setting up his own academy and development centres (having had older children playing county level football for Hampshire he provided a better quality by miles) his passion skills, patience and ability to get the best out of every single child he coaches. The academy players in all age ranges have excelled and won countless tiles including representing Surrey in Futsal and also taking the boys on to winning international football competitions all in such a short period of time. He is outstanding and I couldn’t recommend him more for anyone wanting a safe environment where a child of any age will come out with confidence and new skills at every level. He brings the most shy and sometimes vunrnerable children out of their shells. Danny is wise beyond his years and I really believe he should get the recognition for his contribution to football in the Woking area.
  1. Skillful
  2. Outstanding
  3. Committed

Nominee Details

Daniel Hebditch 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Bradley Goldsby bradley.goldsby@gmail.com Coaches my child

Reasons for Nomination

Danny works tireslessly to make sure everything is as good as it can be for the kids. He’s created a ‘Club’ atmosphere across all the teams and is passionate about progressing every child’s football. He does this in a releaxed and fun manner creating an ideal environment for kids to improve! Danny always goes that extra mile and works so hard to provide some of the best Coaching in Surrey.
  1. Fun
  2. Dedicated
  3. Knowledgeable

Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Richard Grady 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Andy Burrell a.burrell@ntlworld.com Club Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

As Club Captain and player Richard led the club to league championships for both teams his drive and desire pushing the whole club forward throughout the season. Richard has the total respect of all members and players new and old due to his unwavering sportsmanship and examples of fairplay over his thirty plus years of dedication to the club. The efforts he put in this season led directly to the club being able to field an additional team and promotion to Surrey 3.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Loyal

Nominee Details

Woking Rugby 1st XV 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Andy Burrell a.burrell@ntlworld.com Club Chairman

Reasons for Nomination

The team achieved an undefeated season winning Surrey 4 as champions and gaining promotion with an outstanding disciplinary record.
  1. talented
  2. driven
  3. disciplined

Nominee Details

Cardinal Saints (Part of Cardinal Netball Club) 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Michelle Chilcott m.o.rourke@hotmail.co.uk No relation but I have umpired their matches.

Reasons for Nomination

Cardinals is a Woking based Netball Club with 18 teams! I first came across Saints, their under 18’s squad whilst umpiring at Surrey Sports Park on a Thursday evening. I was immediately impressed by the girls athleticism and skill, not to mention their dedication. The Saints were always the first to warm up at the league, regardless of the cold weather, you can here them working hard preparing for their match, encouraging one another and enjoying themselves. When they take to the court in this predominantly adult netball league they come into their own. There understanding of the game and work ration on court is outstanding. After their matches they all come and thank me and shake my hand for umpiring. Saints have worked their way through the divisions and currently play in division 1, coming 3rd this year in the summer league. Their sportsmanship is also something that has caught my attention and gained my admiration. As an umpire at this league I have to ask each team to nominate another player for ‘Player of the Match’. Normally the team tells me and I go over to each team and let the player know who has received the recognition, as I have to submit this information with the results. One of the Saints young ladies, normally their captain but not always, goes over herself and tells the opposition who was awarded POM and shakes their hand. They are the only team that I know who do this. On the court they give it 100% and go for everything. They are competitive young ladies who want to win but after the game, irrelevant of the score, they are incredibly respectful of their opposition. For these reasons I believe Saints, part of Cardinals Netball Club should be nominated for Team of the Year.
  1. Hard Working
  2. Team Players
  3. Fantastic Sportsmanship & Skill

Vounteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Fiona Creswick 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mark Frimley mark.frimley44@outlook.com Past Parent at Club

Reasons for Nomination

Fiona has been involved in Byfleet Village Football Club and football in the local area for the last 20 years. She has dedicated a tremendous amount of time to the youth of Byfleet and the surrounding area. Her own children have long moved on from youth football, but the enthusiasm she has instilled in them for the sport means that they are both still involved, her eldest son at a high level of refereeing. BVFC when I first knew Fiona was a small Club with a handful of teams, playing on the pitches at Byfleet Recreation Ground. Thanks to Fiona's dedication and work over ten years in 2012 BVFC moved to its current home of Kings Head Lane Recreation Ground and the Club is very lucky to have fantastic facilities there and provide football in the community for children aged from 4 years to 18 years old. Fiona after 17 years of being Club Secretary stepped down from the role at the end of last season and took a smaller role within the Club, but that still hasnt stopped her - she currently holds the role of Club Welfare Officer and Referees Secretary for BVFC and is the League Welfare Officer for the Surrey Primary League, all roles that she is held in very high regard for. Not only does Fiona do the work for the Club and League, but she can quite often be seen opening and closing the Clubhouse for Referees Courses which she helps facilitate, meaning Clubs in our local area also have referees to call upon for matches. In summary Fiona is dedicated to Football and the young people of Byfleet Village and I think the work she does should be rewarded.
  1. Committed
  2. Dedicated
  3. Caring

Nominee Details

Candy Schofield 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Helen Piper hpiper-king@virginmedia.com Woking AC Support Comms Officer (fellow club member)

Reasons for Nomination

Candy has been a member of Woking AC for 22 years but has put down her bow more and more to take up volunteering on a truly spectacular level. At a club level she has always far exceeded her long-term role as Club Treasurer by making sure that the club always has what it needs by way of equipment and supplies, booking all our indoor sessions and, on top of this, working hands-on at the field keeping our field and facilities to the highest standards. Candy is also a stalwart of Surrey Archery being a key organiser of the Surrey Archery Weekend which is the largest shoot in the country hosting around 300 archers from Olympians to local club members. She also helps the county out with its other main Longbow, Field and Junior shoots and all run without a hitch due to the huge amount of planning Candy undertakes both beforehand and on the day. At a national level Candy has formally taken on the voluntary role of Volunteer Coordinator for the Archery GB Events Team which ensures that National Tournaments and GBR selection shoots have enough volunteer resource. Candy doesn’t though just shoehorn people into roles, she identifies those that best fits them and supports them in their development so that they enjoy themselves and crucially offer again in the future. We would like to nominate Candy for all the hard work she continues to do behind the scenes for Woking Archery Club, for the County of Surrey and for archery in the UK. Every week, across the year, Candy is working simultaneously on something for the UK, County or Club and we think she is amazing!
  1. Passionate
  2. Dedicated
  3. Dependable

Young Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Horsell CofE Junior School Netball Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

John Dunsford j.dunsford@horsell-junior.surrey.sch.uk PE Co-ordinator at the school

Reasons for Nomination

Horsell Junior School Netball team retained the Surrey Primary County trophy this year (this is remarkable because only two players from the current team played in last years county win). They also qualified for the finals of the Road to the Copper Box tournament at the Olympic Park hosted by Surrey Storm. Here they played a variety of schools from across the South East, many of whom were large independent schools. They finished a creditable 6th. They always play with fantastic skill and teamwork. The development they have displayed since joining the netball club in Year 3 is remarkable. Not only are they a fabulously skilled team, they are a team of girls who always play with great sportsmanship, humility, sense of fair play and enjoyment. I cannot remember a game in which they were not smiling and relishing the camaraderie of playing together. Their spirit was epitomised when one of their team was awarded the tournament fair play award in the Road to the Copper Box qualifying event at the Surrey Sports Park. They have been a delight to work with during their time at the school and have been fantastic role models for all the children lower down the school. They even beat a team made of staff members at the end of the year and were their usual humble and respectful selves. We are incredibly proud of them and I feel they would be very worthy nominees of such an award.
  1. humble
  2. skilled
  3. joyful

Nominee Details

Woking Schools District Girls Football Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Adam Gunn adamgunnwdf@gmail.com Manager

Reasons for Nomination

The Woking Girls U11 District Team have had an impressive year in football and have been an absolute pleasure to coach. They have consistently high standards and ability in football and their achievements this year have been simply outstanding. They are Surrey League Winners, Southern Counties District Cup Winners and also won the Swansea Frstival, as well as being runners-up in the London League. However their most decorated success comes after winning the ESFA Premier League District South East Regionals Tournament where they went onto the Bationals tournament held at Liverpool’s FC Academy. There they lost in the final on penalties after a goalless draw and officially became second in England. The girls have worked hard over the past few years in training to reach the standards required to compete and succeed at these levels, and some have now progressed their careers at RTCs. They have a core squad ethos, a huge determination to succeed and a very high work ethic. They always show the upmost respect towards each other and their opponents on and off the field of play, and have been an absolute credit to the schools they attend and Woking Primary Schools F.A.
  1. Outstanding
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Dedicated m

Nominee Details

Hoe Bridge School U11 Netball Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sarah Thornton Pickering sarahthorntonpickering@hoebridgeschool.co.uk Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Last year we had a total of 19 girls in year 6 at Hoe Bridge school. We were competing alongside and against schools that have 50 - 60 girls in a year group, and albeit we are small in numbers the 9 girls in the A team achieved so much at such an incredible level. These girls had been learning, playing and working hard together since year 3, determined to be the best that they could be in all sports for their final year at Hoe Bridge. They excelled in all sports, however the U11’a’ team’s achievements in netball were truly outstanding, and the school are incredibly proud of them not only on the netball court but also as individuals and a team. Their selfless commitment in lessons, after school practices, matches and tournaments paid off as they progressed throughout the season going from strength to strength. With each match and tournament they grew before our eyes in sportsmanship, team spirit and determination to achieve individually and as a team at every level. In defeat they held their heads high, were gracious losers, learnt from their mistakes and came back hard to become victorious in their quest to be the best U11 school netball team. Alongside many weekly matches and local tournaments they won the following major events to become: Surrey Netball Champions, IAPS Regional Netball Champions and IAPS National Netball Champions. They have been humble winners and were superb role models to all of the younger girls at Hoe Bridge school. I hope that with this brief summary you will feel that this team is worthy of nomination for the Young team of the year award.
  1. Modest
  2. Talented
  3. Role models

Nominee Details

Beaufort Primary School Girls 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Katherine Harington-Foulkes katherine.harington@ptgeos.com Parent

Reasons for Nomination

In May, Beaufort Primary Schools girls football team from Goldsworth Park, got through to the final of the National league Trust under 11s football tournament at WEMBLEY STADIUM and WON! (They were the top scoring team in the tournament and didn't concede a goal!) The team also won the 2018 league title for WASP (Woking Area Sport for Primary Schools) among others wins this year. I can get more info on the wins over the year but only just found out about this award so have run out of time to contact those in the know.
  1. Best in the country
  2. Great team/friends
  3. Hardworking volunteer coach/teachers

Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Lucy Gerhard-Jones 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Samantha Skillcorn info@fightingfitnessjudo.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Lucy has been part of Fighting Fitness Judo for just over 3 years and in that time has become totally committed to Judo and the Club. She loves taking part in the Sport as well as passing on her love for Judo to others in her voluntary role as support coach. Every week she helps on with classes for the younger children. Having 4 younger siblings may help with her caring, encouraging and approachable coaching manner and her bubbly (chatty!) personality is infectious and the children love having her on the mat. Lucy volunteered her time as a 'Gamesmaker' (support coach and helper) at the Surrey Youth Games this year, having taken part herself for the past 2 years. She was supportive and an asset to the Woking team. Lucy has completed her Club referee award recently and has encouraged others to consider signing up to the next available course.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Caring
  3. Approachable

Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2018

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

Nominee Details

Ashley Tombs 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sarah Tombs slcarton@gmail.com Wife/manager of club

Reasons for Nomination

I'm nominating Ashley for this award for his true dedicated attitude towards this club. Avalanche started back in 1998 in the coming years it really didn't take off. Ashley became a coach 8 years ago coaching children aged 14 and under. Ever year he has made the teams reach national levels in many championships. And this year coached his under 13s team to a European championships in denmark. This came at a cost. 2 weeks before the team and Ashley were due to fly to Denmark to represent team GB Ashley who plays inline hockey himself was involved in a accident whilst playing and broke his ankle. 3 days before they were due to fly Ashley had an appointment with the doctors at frimley park who told him that they didn't want him to fly and he stay and have surgery that he needed to fix his ankle. I sat with Ashley in that room that day whilst tears rolled down his face at the thought of not being able to coach his team in the competition. After a few moments Ashley looked at the doctor and said "No I'm going I can't let them down" After some begging the doctors agreed to let Ashley fly so he had a cast cut on his leg and injections everyday. They made it there and well what a weekend the team came 6th overall which is the highest and GB have ever done in the years the competition has been running, We flew home Monday and Ashley was into surgery Tuesday morning and now is on the road to recovery. Ashely gives up countless hours training the children at our training pads in ash vale and bisley, all un paid not to mention the running all around the country to venues to coach the children in competition, tourements and different inline events. Ashley has turned the club around and now is a popular and well know club all thanks to Ashley I speak on behalf of every child parent and person who has been coached or child coached by Ashley to say he litrally is one of a kind and deserves this award 100%
  1. Dedicated
  2. The best
  3. Hero

Nominee Details

GRANT SIMMONS 19 years or over

Nominator Details

DAVID HARRIS head@ravenscote.surrey.sch.uk Headteacher

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Grant because he has a significant impact of sports at Ravenscote and across Surrey Heath. He is passionate about getting as many children as possible into sport and organises an array of competitions. This year Grant achieved the Platinum mark for the Schools Mark, making Ravenscote one of only 5 schools in Surrey to achieve this. This is a phenomenal achievement for us all. In addition to this he has achieved huge sporting success for our youngsters. He has coached children that have represented the school at 21 finals winning 6 of the competitions. The range of sports and ability is impressive, from rugby to lacrosse, to athletics to rounders. The list goes on. In addition Grant is the chair of the Surrey Heath Sports association and helps organise events across all the schools in the borough. Primary sport has a to to thank Grant for as he is inspiring the next generation. Over 350 of our children have attended an inter school event organised by Grant. Its not all about those that are gifted at sport though he also provides opportunities for children to stay fit and active through the change for life club he has organised. He used different government funding streams to ensure children are active and this commitment to their health and well being has an impact on their attainment outcomes. Grant is paid as a teacher but his commitment is not confined to the working day. He devotes hours to researching sporting events and signposting parents to different events, for example kayaking, as one parent said, "Mr Simmons has gone above and beyond to support my child's passion for sport. She has always been encouraged and given countless opportunities to further develop her strengths." This says it all. Grant is one of the key reasons sport in Surrey Heath is so successful. He is an inspiration and a very humble man. To have such a passionate and devoted professional guiding the next generation of sport is amazing for Surrey Heath and our children. Every child that has take part in an inter-school event this past year has a lot to thank Grant for as he has helped shape, organise and deliver all the events.
  1. Passionate
  2. Devoted
  3. Inspirational

Nominee Details

Philippa Westphal 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Sue Seers sueseers@aol.com I am the C of the branch

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate Philippa Westphal for this award. Philippa has enormous amounts of energy, dispirit her own bad health, Philippa is our Mounted Games guru. What ever the weather PW (Philippa Westphal) will be there, setting up the equipment in readiness for the children. We have children attending Mounted Games training every week from as young as 5 years old. We also have some children with learning difficulties but PW is there ensuring that every child has a go, they swap ponies to help children learn. Although PW is paid for her set training hours, she never sticks to them, she is always there to do more, and to help individuals to achieve their goals. PW has a good professional approach and her excellent dedication is outstanding. If PW is not training, she can be found behind a sewing machine making equipment for the children to learn new games. In order for PW to continue being the coach for this activity she has to and does attend development courses as well as meeting with other to benefit from their knowledge. PW is such an asset to our branch for our young members who love her and love the enthusiasm, drive and passion she has and projects to all. PW is so worthly of this award
  1. Dedicated
  2. Energetic
  3. Driven

Nominee Details

Ivan Wright 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Emma Bingham emmabingham500@btinternet.com None

Reasons for Nomination

Ivan is simply the kindest, fairest, most dedicated sports coach. He has developed these teenage boys in their hockey, has their total respect and is fun too He is fair and teaches them sportsmanship Absolutely selfless They all adore him
  1. Dedicated
  2. Fair
  3. Kind

Nominee Details

Pedro Lemos 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Pierre Kacary pierre.kacary@sky.com My son Alexander is coached by Pedro

Reasons for Nomination

Pedro joined Foxhills Country Club as a Golf coach to revamp the Junior Academy in 2017 and introduced FoxStars as a new junior academy programme which he personally designed and now runs coaching classes from level 1 through to level 10, which now runs next to the Foxhills Foundation that has also been re-introduced and offers those that are selected additional coaching to help them progress to the best of their ability. Pedro has basically worked nearly 7 days a week, from early morning through to the evenings to get the Junior academy and FoxStars up and running and helped produce all the literature in the accompanying FoxStars book that he devised, the FoxStars cap and arranges all the Junior Competitions, as well as always contactable on the phone, assisting with what clubs suit the Junior and would improve their game and the list goes on and on. He has managed to increase the number of Juniors in Foxhills from around 25 to over 80 Juniors in 12 months and this is visible in the number of Juniors representing Foxhills in various competitions such as the Surrey Rookie Tour and Junior Opens in Surrey, as well as other Junior Competitions held. Previously, there were only a couple of Juniors representing Foxhills and now there are regularly over 10 Foxhills Juniors in various competitions and the Junior academy in Foxhills is thriving because of Pedro Lemos.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Passionate
  3. Patient

Nominee Details

Claire Murray 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Anne-Marie McLaren annemariemclaren@hotmail.co.uk None

Reasons for Nomination

Claire initially set up Heatherside Social Walkers in Heatherside, near Camberley, a year ago. Open to all (catering for ages 45-80) she has 126 active walkers. From there she set up Heatherside Social Cycling, now with 89 members (aged 40-69). Claire volunteers her own time and has also undertaken courses with British Cycling to ensure that she can make her sessions safe and interesting. She volunteers several hours a week in addition to her admin time. Claire has inspired so many people in her commnunity to give it a go, with daily motivational quotes on social media and her enthusiastic and bubbly personality. Her emphasis on teamwork and leaving no one behind has really resonated with the community, participants are loving the sessions and the camaraderie, while simultaneously geting fit. A number of the cycling group entered the Prudential Rod London.
  1. Inspiring
  2. Encouraging
  3. Patient

Nominee Details

Gareth Rise 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Roger Berry rogerberry@sky.com Fixture Secretary and Team Admin at CRFC

Reasons for Nomination

Four season ago Camberley had been relegated for the third successive season to the county leagues (RFU Level 9) with the senior club barely fielding one side. Gareth Rise was appointed Head Coach and Director of Rugby, in the four season since the senior club has grown, to now fielding five senior sides (1st, 2nd, Development, Veterans and U21s), increasing participation from 20 to 130 players. Gareth's drive and commitment has been one of the central factors in this occurring. Additionally to this the club has had unprecedented success on the field over the past four season, the 1st XV have been promoted three times in four season, the second xv have won their league and cup and the u21s were crowned county champions. Gareth leads the coaching and the coaching staff for all of these teams and the success culminated in a fantastic day at Twickenham Stadium were over 5 thousand people witnessed a fantastic performance by the clubs 1st XV to win the RFU intermediate cup. 2017-2018 Season Accolades 1st XV London Division 2SW Champions RFU Intermediate Cup - London Division Winners RFU Intermediate Cup - South England Winners RFU Intermediate Cup - National Winners - Twickenham Stadium RFU Surrey - County 7's Plate Winners RFU Berkshire - County 7's Runners Up 2nd XV RFU Surrey - Championship League Winners RFU Surrey - County Trophy Winners U21's RFU Surrey - U21 Trophy Winners Gareth also completes work for the Wooden Spoon Charity, by raising money and awareness with their invitational 7s side 'The Marauders'. This year they have had success on the field as Finalist in the Spanish international 7s, beating, France Development, Belgium and Russia only to loose to University of Johannesburg in the final, winning the London Elite summer 7s and cup finalist at the 'Amsterdam International Seven's once again losing in the final to a Toulouse select side names 'Seventise' Throughout this season the team raised almost 8k for the charity. Gareth also works in and amongst the clubs youth sides helping develop talent, over the years he has been involved with the club he has helped the below players progress to professional/International age grade rugby. Jack Robinson - England u16s Alistair Wade - England u18's & 20s Tom Fowlie - England u18s & 20s current professional with London Irish Alex Seers - England Counties Harry Dugmore - England u18s Gareth is a true stalwart of local sports and has nothing but passion for his club and the game of rugby.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Hard Working
  3. Creative

Nominee Details

Pedro Lemos 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Maddy Beeching debbie.beeching@me.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Hugely motivating with an exceptional eye for helping and progression always there to help, goes above and beyond
  1. Inspiration
  2. Motivated
  3. Integrity

Nominee Details

Grant Simmons 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Stella Jakins stella.jakins@ntlworld.com I am Chair of G9overnors at Ravenscote Junior School

Reasons for Nomination

Ravenscote Junior School has excellent sporting facilities and opportunities for all it's pupils. We are fortunate to have an excellent PE teacher who coordinates the PE activities and organised competitions with other schools. As Chair of Governors I am always amazed and proud of how many clubs, teams nd opportunities that are available to all out pupils. The school runs a wide variety of free sporting clubs. I was extremely proud to hear that Ravenscote has topped the Schools Game League in 2017/18. The school has also achieved the Platinum Schools Games Mark, only 3 other school in Surrey have achieved this. Much of the schools success is down to Grant Simmons the specialist PE teacher. Well done Grant for another fantstic year.
  1. Committed to sports for all pupils
  2. Driven
  3. Promotes sports within the school and local community

Nominee Details

Vince Skillcorn 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Carly Dixon carlycamberleyjudoclub@gmail.com Club secretary

Reasons for Nomination

Vince Skillcorn Pre-cadet/Cadet coach Elite team support coach MSc, Advanced Sports Coaching Practice BJA Level 5 Coach UKCC Level 4 Coach 3rd Dan Guest Lecturer at Kingston University on Science and Practice of Coaching (level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement) Vince has enabled Cameron Charles to reach his results for GB Judo. Results below. -18 GB National Champion -73kg All other are same age and weight Welsh open Silver Scottish Open Gold England Open Gold Selected England Squad 2x European -18 cups 5th place in Zagreb in largest group ever at one of these events Selected GB squad for European Championships Selected GB Futures training camp in Japan (11 persons only) Finished year top fighter on league table and more points than any other male fighter on whole table. Vince coaches 3 hours per week at CJC. He is away with the team often abroad and has weekend training days. He is a dedicated coach for the advanced junior section at CJC. He has increased his coaching development annually.
  1. ambitious
  2. dedicated
  3. hard working

Nominee Details

Pedro Lemos 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alexandra Jakins stella@jakins.co.uk He is my golf coach

Reasons for Nomination

Pedro is an amazing golf coach. He is always very helpful, encouraging and helping me to improve. I can send him a video on the coachnow app which he couches me from if I need help between lessons, he also posts on this app what I need to work on so I have a constant reminder. I used to play quite a few sports and because of Pedro I am now concentrating on golf. He has really helped me improve and I am now doing well. This year I started playing for the ladies team and I am going to play for the ladies scratch team. Pedro has selected me for several junior teams/competitions. He often comes and supports us when he is off. He is keen to promote golf and happily has girls represent the club. I am so pleased to get through to six semi finals thanks to him. He has been a junior coach at Foxhills for about a year, however, he has been my coach for about 4 years and got me into golf when I wasn't really interested, and now I love it. I would NEVER replace him. This year the Foxhills U18 Rookie team has qualified for the Surrey wide final. We also qualified for the semi final of the Christy cup. This week I had a fantastic experience and was one of three juniors who played in the Seve Ballesteros pro am charity event that is run by thew PGA, and this was an amazing experience as I got to play with a pro. Pedro arranged all this and let the three winners of a competition attend, on the day he came and spent time with us during the day and evening. He has encouraged juniors to play in competitions and the juniors are having a fantastic year in many events. Two weeks ago Pedro let my golfing friend and I run a "Foxstars" competition for about 20 junior golfers. He trusted us to oranise the competition, work out the results and do the presentations, which was a great experience. I got a golf scholarship at Foxhills this year. I have also been offered a place at Golf College next year. If it wasn't for Pedro I wouldnt be doing this. The junior membership has grown from about 30 to 60 in a year. The junior classes had about 25 juniors and now there are about 80. He also coaches loads of golfers from other clubs too including peeple from all ages. He works very hard so people improve their golf and love the game. He is a fanstic coach and I really want to say thank you for always believeing in me and my team mates. He puts a lot of effort into getting more children into the amazing game of golf. HE IS JUST THE BEST COACH EVER!!!!!!!!
  1. Supportive
  2. Passionate
  3. Ambitous

Disability Sports Award

Nominee Details

Yasmin somers 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Karen somers cazza100@gmail.com Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmin got involved in sport after the Paralympic in London 2012 . Previous to this she was not interested in sport what so ever . She joined a club and started doing it as a social thing at first , which was great as she met many other disabled people in wheelchairs and for once she felt the same as everyone else. She now competes in wheelchair track racing competitively in England and aboard and was chosen to represent England in 2015 Cerebal Palsy World Games where she got a bronze and silver medal . She has once again been selected to represented in Team England in the CP Workd Games this August in Barcelona. Sport has made Yasmin a much happier and confident young lady . She will be going to University this September to study Sport and Exercise Science . Sport is a very major and important part of Yasmins life .
  1. Happy
  2. Competitive
  3. Precise

Nominee Details

Matthew Somers 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Matthew Somers m.somers@3seagulls.com Father

Reasons for Nomination

Yasmin was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics and decided that she wanted to be an athlete. She purchased a racing wheelchair and never looked back. She quickly changed from an overweight wheelchair user with a hoppy of baking cakes to a slim healthy young lady who did little other than train in the Gym and on the track in order to be the best she could. She recently qualified and competed in the CP World games in Barcelona, bringing home a Bronze medal in the 100m. She now trains in Harlow where she encourages the younger generations to be the best they can. She is an excellent role model in every way. Despite the many challenges with a lack of inclusion in mainstream school and some major operations Yasmin has still achieved so much.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Driven
  3. Realistic

Outstanding Service to Sport

Nominee Details

David Noble 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Gillian Thomas gillian@gmthomas.me.uk Fellow Coach at Lightwater Junior Badminton club

Reasons for Nomination

Dave Noble has been the back bone and stalwart of grass roots badminton in Surrey Heath running a junior club for countless years - probably for more fingers and toes that I can count on!. Encouraging all children to find a love for the sport and actively get involved to the very best of their own abilities. Always encouraging and finding ways to adapt and coax even the most timid player to find delight with their improvement and development as a player. Many former club players will keep in touch and indeed will offer their coaching skills back to the club where they first started their badminton journey. He has tirelessly coordinated the SYG for Surrey Heath for badminton amassing the full rainbow of shirt colours he has always remained the calm and diligent constant, dealing with all the rules, admin and regs! He can proudly say (although he would never say it) that he has been able to introduce badminton as a sport to many young people in Surrey Heath. Undeniably it is his love for the game that he wants to share and spark that interest in the youngsters today. Seeing this year's team whether winning or losing their games at SYG try their best and "beam" when they finished their games says it all. His fellow coaches feel extremely fortunate to have his guidance and wisdom at the helm.
  1. Encouraging
  2. Considerate
  3. Unstinting

Nominee Details

GILL ABRAHAM 19 years or over

Nominator Details

KEITH HALSEY kljhalsey@sky.com FELLOW VOLUNTEER

Reasons for Nomination

GILL HAS GIVEN OVER 23 YEARS SERVICE TO THE CLUB AS JUNIOR SECRETARY AND FIXTURES ADMINISTRATOR. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE IN NO SMALL WAY TO THE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN OUR JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP OF BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS, UP OVER 20% THIS YEAR. SHE ACTIVELY ENCOURAGES THE JUNIORS SECTION ON COACHING AND MATCH DAYS. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS SHE HAS ALSO ASSUMED THE ROLE AS ADMINISTRATOR AND HON SECRETARY FOR THE WEST SURREY CRICKET LEAGUE, WHICH ARRANGES AND RUNS JUNIOR CRICKET FOR ALL CLUBS IN THE WIDER SURREY AREA AND PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT PATHWAY INTO SENIOR CRICKET.
  1. COMMITTED
  2. HARD WORKING
  3. SUPPORTIVE

Nominee Details

Geraldine Carter 19 years or over

Nominator Details

David Gill davidgilltennis@live.co.uk Head coach of tennis club

Reasons for Nomination

Geraldine has been involved with Camberley LTC for almost 30 years. She has served on the committee as a volunteer for many of these years as treasurer, membership secretary, organiser of the Wimbledon ticket draw and currently as chairperson. What makes Geraldine so different is her love for the club and the way she can interact with all ages so well. She firmly believes 'tennis is for all' and she will encourage anyone to feel welcome at the club. She has been particularly supportive of juniors at the club and making them feel equal. This has resulted in many people from the local community joining the club and becoming satisfied members. She will always go out of her way to make sure that any problems are fixed e.g wait at the club in the freezing cold for the gas man to turn up or listen to and speak with members individually if there are any issues. For many years she also organised a regular fun tournament to raise funds for Phyllis Tuckwell in memory of a member and friend who lost her battle with cancer. Every year Geraldine is present at the club's finals day, chatting with members of all ages but also serving food or giving out prizes. As you can see she is someone who takes on far too much than she should but never moans or expects anyone else to do it as she only wants the best for the club. It is with regret that Geraldine will be retiring this year from her role as chairperson. She will still be playing regularly and supporting the club in any way she can but the members will miss her calm and welcoming leadership. She fully deserves to spend more time with her grandchildren (including 3 young triplets!) and she is definitely someone we can all look up to and thank for her amazing enthusiasm and love for the game of tennis.
  1. Inclusive
  2. Unassuming
  3. Welcoming

Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Camberley & Farnborough u14 boys hockey team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jo ronnenbergh jronnenbergh@aol.com Mum of a player

Reasons for Nomination

This young team of 13-14 year old boys have built up a brilliant comrade tie and team spirit for the last few years and finally all their hard work and sportsmanship has paid off by winning the league.
  1. Sportsmanship
  2. Hard working
  3. Comaraderie

Nominee Details

Camberley and Farnborough Hockey Club U14 boys 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Helen Elmes helen@twscontracts.com Mum to one player

Reasons for Nomination

These boys have had a phenomenal season - not only have they won their league, they have worked so hard and really grown as a team. They are a very sporting bunch of lads, who whatever the weather or result have held their heads high and because of this should be extremely proud of their immense achievement this season. The training and support from the coach and his team has been invaluable with a very high turnout at all training sessions an indication of not only how much the team enjoy hockey but how much respect they have for the coaches.
  1. Team
  2. Sporting
  3. Hard working

Nominee Details

Curley Park Rangers U9 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Carla Ringer carlaringer@yahoo.co.uk Mother of one of the team

Reasons for Nomination

The under 9's Eagles Football Team at Curley park Rangers won the Division 7 Conference Cup. Previously they came 2nd, and worked hard to come together as a team this year and go on to win. They are a very respectful group of boys and as a team are very inclusive, giving all the boys a chance to play and not only sticking to certain positions. The coaches have been brilliant with all the boys, even the ones who are not as strong. They give every boy a chance to shine. They encourage the boys to be respectful to one another and to other teams and were gracious in victory. Fantastic performance from a great bunch of young boys. To be nominated for this award would mean a lot to the boys, the coaches and their families.
  1. Committed
  2. Inclusive
  3. Hardworking

Nominee Details

Camberley & Farnborough U14 Boys Hockey Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Richard Redhead richardredhead@yahoo.co.uk Father of one of the players in the team

Reasons for Nomination

This team has been a previous nominee for this award, based on their achievements and excellent sportsmanship. Their fair play and excellent ethic, under the stewardship of their Coach/Manager (Ivan Wright), has continued. The team showed that they had 'stepped up' this season in respect of their game management and skill level, resulting in their winning the league! This was a fabulous achievement and they are a credit to their club and coaching staff.
  1. Tenacious
  2. Skillful
  3. Supportive

Nominee Details

Camberley and Farnborough u14 boys hockey team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma Bingham emmabingham500@btinternet.com Parent of one member

Reasons for Nomination

These boys came together from different schools and areas to form close friendships, work in adeteemined way to get success as a team without necessarily any dominant individual players. Each match it was a different boy who stood up to help them win They played with dignity and behaved well Their coach Ivan is brilliant
  1. Together
  2. Determined
  3. Sportsmanship

Nominee Details

Sarah Wagner 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Mrs B Brittin beedusty@aol.com MotherLiberty

Reasons for Nomination

Liberty Gymnastics Club has grown and grown and is very successful. All the gymnasts really enjoy their training and work so hard to achieve their badges and medals. The Club do display at several fetes during the year and is well attended as all gymnasts love to do their part, and take pride is their moves. The Club is now being recognised in all the regional, national, competitions due to the gymnasts achievements,
  1. Dedicated
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Workaholic

Sports Club of the Year

Nominee Details

Fins Swimming Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Elaine Roberts elainetroberts@hotmail.com Parent of child who swims with fins

Reasons for Nomination

My two sons have been at Fins since they were 5years old ( now 13 and 15) and still swimming with them! The professional approach of all the staff is consistent and to be commended. EVERY lesson is on time - no mean feat with such a turnover of children/lessons. All the staff at Fins you can tell enjoy their work with the children and each other. Always striving to improve facilities and train staff to the highest standard of teaching and water safety. They offer a swimming academy for all children to aspire to and build stamina once an appropriate swimming standard has been reached. My boys love the academy where friendly competition encourages the best from every swimmer, making each and every child feel valued. Fins has also supported my elder son carry out Duke of Edinburgh activities, work experience and training, which lead to him securing permanent employment as a pool helper. The staff have been supportive and arrange multiple water safety and training courses to continually develop the staff.
  1. Professional
  2. Accredited
  3. Unique

Nominee Details

Tracy lampitt 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Tracy lampitt tracylampitt@hotmail.co.uk Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Camberley judo club has been a massive support to my autistic son he loves going every week and there is a lovely club spirit between the seniors who live there there always on hand to help from olympia ashley to danny williams there new coach down to carly and vince the club is a really community spirt and j would love the club to recognised for all they do for the community
  1. Fantatsic
  2. Supportive
  3. Community spirit

Nominee Details

Fins swimming club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Lorraine Thompson danandlorraine@ntlworld.com Customer

Reasons for Nomination

Fins subsidise school swimming programmes in order to provide free pool access , smaller class sizes and maximum learning potential to 11 local schools . Free pool time to a local "all inclusive " group with various disabilities to benefit from swimming . The pool is always modernised and improved to enable it to be used more heavily for the community . Duke of Edinburgh activities can be carried out by local children ,gaining work experience and training ,often leading to employment opportunities. They also provide exclusive use of the pool facilities to enable a local minority group to have privacy they require for them and their children to learn how to swim . Training is also provided by the way of discounted intensive crash courses in order to arrange the training of new swimming teachers and water assistants , so to make it more achievable for children. Vouchers are also donated for a week of intensive lessons to local charities and for projects within the community . Delivering water safety presentations to highlight the importance of learning to swim as a life saving skill . An awards ceremony was also implemented to recognise swimmers who have achieved stage 4 or above and presenting them a personalised certificate and badge . I would love them to receive this award as I think they certainly deserve it.
  1. Enthusiastic
  2. Innovative
  3. Supportive

Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Samantha Taylor 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Laura Taylor laurataylor60@live.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Samantha Taylor for the following reasons: 1. Having only started triathlon in 2017, she has made amazing progress. Qualifying to represent GB in her 25-29 age group at sprint distance only three months after her first ever triathlon in March and then going on to placed 29th in the World after competing at the ITU Grand Final Sprint World Championships in Rotterdam in Sept, only six months after that first ever triathlon. Then in 2018, taking on double the distance and competing in standard distance triathlon races and at her first ever race at this distance, the ITU World Championship qualifier on the 13th May at Grafham Water, coming 4th her AG (25-29) and qualifying to represent GB at the 2018 Grand Final World Championships in the Gold Coast, AUZ. As well as also qualifying for a second year running at the sprint distance. Achieving all this while having a full time job to do at the same time! 2. She is very passionate about inspiring others and sharing her love of doing sport, in particular triathlon. So volunteered her time to support Surrey Heath Council and Arena Leisure Centre at their first Go Tri event. Being on hand all day, giving advice to competitors and helping the team however she could to make the event a success. Which it was with the second event being even bigger, so she of course wanted to come back again, cheered on familiar faces who were back for more Go Tri fun, as well as those giving it their first go. She also supports her local bike shop, Spokes of Bagshot and spoke at their Big Bike Show event about her experience doing triathlon as a plant based athlete and then joined in on several of the test rides, in the hope to inspire a few more people to get out on their bike. Her effect on encouraging people to get involved in sport doesn’t just happen outside of work, but inside too. As she led plans for a Corporate Wellbeing Programme at her company Amer Sports, setting up weekly Spinning and Yoga classes for all the employees to enjoy. As well as continuing to work in partnership with local experts and businesses to put on events for those in her and the surrounding offices. Such as organising Spokes of Bagshot to come in on cycle to work day with a demo of bikes to encourage more people to get out and have fun on their bikes. She does all of this so successfully, as her love for sport and sheer joy of being active is highly infectious. 3. Being still so new to the sport and coming from a martial arts background, resulting in her having to learn all three elements of triathlon from scratch, her performances have far exceeded expectations. With several podium finishes alongside qualifying for the 2018 World Championships at Sprint and Standard distance, she has also qualified for the 2019 European Championships standard distance, where she will compete in the 30-35 AG due to moving up an age category next year. Her race results for 2018 are: a. 8th March Green Park Triathlon – 3rd overall female b. 29th April Berkhamsted Triathlon – 1st in 25-29 AG c. 13th May St Neots relocated to Grafham Water ITU Standard distance qualifier – 4th in 25-29 AG & qualified for 2018 World Champs standard distance in the 25-29 AG d. 20th May Eton ITU Sprint distance qualifier – 10th in 25-29 AG and qualified for the 2018 World Champs sprint distance in the 25-29 AG e. 3rd June Deva ITU Standard distance qualifier – 8th in 25-29 AG f. 10th June World Series British Triathlon Standard distance Age Group Championships Leeds, 5th in 25-29 AG and qualified for the 2019 European Championships in the 30-35 AG g. 24th June Farnham Triathlon Club open water sprint triathlon – 2nd overall female h. 15th July Farnham Triathlon Club Olympic distance championships – 1st overall female and 3rd overall i. 5th Aug ETU Standard Distance Triathlon qualifier Arundel Tri – 6th in 25-29 AG She sets herself big goals and applies 100% effort to achieve them. She is one of the most tenacious and dedicated people I know, always pushing herself to achieve the best she can. It’s this approach that so often inspires others around her to see what they can achieve.
  1. Tenacious
  2. Dedicated
  3. Ambitious

Nominee Details

Mikayla Dodson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mark Dodson mark.dodson@ntlworld.com Parent/Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Mikayla has made a significant improvements on and off the football field. She has been a commanding leader for the Camberley Town Youth FC Under 13 Girls team as their captain. She is hard working in training and always give 100% in both matches and training. Mikayla Helped with coaching the Surrey Heath borough football teams with high praise from the parents. She also has signed up for the FA youth development programme with the aim of becoming a referee at 14 and to become a coach at 16. Mikayla was also as to volunteer at the Surrey Youth Games by both Active Surrey and The Surrey FA. She did a fantastic job of looking after her skills station. She was very highly praised by the Surrey FA representatives
  1. Determined
  2. Tenasious
  3. Commited

Sports Team of the Year

Nominee Details

Camberley & Farnborough U14 Boys Hockey Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Suzie Nowell suzienowell@tiscali.co.uk Parent of Team Member

Reasons for Nomination

I would like to nominate the U14 Boys Hockey Team for Team of the year. The boys are a close knit team who have been playing together for several years. The boys support & encourage each other all the way, both in training & at matches. This year they led the Hants League all season and, despite some stiff opposition, ended the year as league champions. Throughout the season other teams' managers have commended the teams attitude and sportsmanship. As many of the boys will be moving up to under 16's this year it was very special for them to have won the league.
  1. Dedicated
  2. Sportsmanship
  3. Determined

Nominee Details

Mounted Games Junior Team 18 years or under

Nominator Details

sue seers sueseers@aol.com DC of the branch

Reasons for Nomination

This mounted games team is made up of 4 riders and a reserve, no member of this team is older than 9 years old. These riders have to be able to ride each other ponies, which means sharing their ponies, which shows great team ship. Last year this young team tried so hard to learn the number of Mounted Games games that they had to master, but they kept getting beat, but they wouldn't let that beat them. Together with their Trainer Philippa Westphal, they have trained and trained, every week, in rain, snow and sun shine. They have gone to competitions to get competition practice, they have been so committed and supportive to each other, whatever their results. Then back to base to practice more. This year has been a long path for these young ones, they have competed at friendly competitions to learn new games, competed at competitions to master the games and qualify for the next round. They won at our Area competition which meant they went to the Zones competition - each time better riders, more teams to beat and new games to learn, but they did it and from there they qualified for The Pony Club National Championships in August which is held at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire - 17th to 21st August - ever pony club member strides to be at these Champsionships. Ever discipline is held at this event. It is amazing. I can't tell you how proud I and their Trainer Philippa Westphal are of this young team.
  1. Determined
  2. Supportive
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Camberley Rugby Club 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Gareth Rise gareth.rise@gmail.com Director of Rugby

Reasons for Nomination

Camberley RFC Senior Club had and unprecedented 2017-2018 season of success. The club has grown over the past four seasons from approx 20 players to now having 130 players playing from all grades. Four season ago the once powerhouse club of national league rugby had faded to fielding just one side. Over the past four season the club has won three first xv promotions and numerous other accolades. In the 2017-18 season the senior club experienced success across the whole group, the development XV led by captain Dan Burnell had their best season to date finishing third in their respective league and narrowly losing out to Reeds Weybridge 1st XV in a pulsating County Bowl Semi Final. The veterans finished runners up and cup semi finalist in their first season, the work completed by joint Captain Tony Harbour and Toby Saunders was excellent and stands them in good health moving forwards. The U21s side won the county development tier to be promoted to the premier grade tournament where they will be facing professional clubs such as Richmond and Esher. The 2nd XV had a fantastic season winning their league and cup with some style on losing two games all season, the side was led fantastically by Captain Lewis Bryant and many players pushed up to first xv squad in the season. The Club premier side, the first xv swept all before them. Winning London Division 2SW with three games to spare, winning the RFU Intermediate London Division Cup (National QF v Charlton Park RFC [Kent] Away Score 33-12), The RFU Intermediate South England Cup (National SF v Coney Hill RFC [Gloucester] Away Score 20-17 AET ) and winning the RFU National final 64-13 v Droitwich RFC [Worcestershire] at Twickenham stadium in front of over 5,000 fans and live on TV. The players in the senior club are fantastic young men who contribute hugely to their club, many coach in the youth age grades, other volunteer in and around the club in various events. Special mention must go to the club captain Roger Wood, The 1st XV captain Ash Wright (Who scored a fantastic four tries in the final and and 28 over the season) coaching group of Alun Rise, James Justice, Tom Ratcliffe, Medical team of Sophie Usher and Olivia Brown, The clubs rugby committee and chairman of rugby Steve O'meara for their efforts and input over the season.
  1. Community
  2. Grassroots
  3. One club ethos

Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year

Nominee Details

Phoenix Govey-Gray 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Emma Wilson e-jay01@hotmailco.uk Parent

Reasons for Nomination

Phoenix has had a great year as a southern area young referee for British Judo. She has attended seminars where she has learned the new rule changes which she then takes back to her own club to share, ensuring Camberley judoka are up to date with all the new rules when they go to competition. She took a theory and practical exam at the beginning of the year which promoted her from club referee to southern are referee. She has juggled weekends of refereeing with studying for exams and has been sought after by officials from other areas to referee at international competitions and senior ranking events. Phoenix referees at her own Judo club events and has been invited to other Judo clubs to referee at their events also. Alongside this she also helps to coach the under 12 judoka at Camberley Judo club where she has a very good understanding and connection with the children and takes groups of them to compete and coaches them throughout the day, often giving up valuable time preparing herself to compete.
  1. Hardworking
  2. Relentless
  3. Caring

Nominee Details

Phoenix govey gray 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Tracy lampitt tracylampitt@hotmail.co.uk None just no here through the club and all here hard work

Reasons for Nomination

Phoenix is a fantatsic support to the younfer judokas on the matt shebis always willing to help them improve there techniques and share here knowlege . She is always there to help them at competitions and coach them through there fights given them motivation and putting thwm at ease for here age she is so muture and a really credit to the club and here parents. Always pytting thebkids first before here own carrer in judo also phoenix is a referee so also gives up here time to referee matches all over the country. Phoenix is a highly though of part of the club and would really deseve some recognision for everything she does .
  1. Kind
  2. Thoughtfull
  3. Selfless

Nominee Details

Mikayla Dodson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mark Dodson mark.dodson@ntlworld.com Parent/Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Mikayla has made a significant improvements on and off the football field. She has been a commanding leader for the Camberley Town Youth FC Under 13 Girls team as their captain. She is hard working in training and always give 100% in both matches and training. Mikayla Helped with coaching the Surrey Heath borough football teams with high praise from the parents. She also has signed up for the FA youth development programme with the aim of becoming a referee at 14 and to become a coach at 16. Mikayla was also as to volunteer at the Surrey Youth Games by both Active Surrey and The Surrey FA. She did a fantastic job of looking after her skills station. She was very highly praised by the Surrey FA representatives
  1. Determined
  2. Tenasious
  3. Commited

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Nominee Details

Tauheed Mazloom 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Katayoun Karimi-Mazloom babak_kati@yahoo.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

I nominate Tauheed because he is dedicated and enthusiastic towards his sport (tennis) and made a lot of progress from last year. He is now playing men's tournaments against other clubs for his club (Camberley lawn tennis club) and is winning. He will inspire other young children as he is only 15 but aspiring to be top of the league his club is in. Also, many children would dream of this, and he shows them its possible like what Roger Federer did. Also, his coach is very proud as his expectations have been exceeded by a mile as no one expected him to be asked to be in the men's league! He is also very competitive!
  1. dedicated
  2. enthusiastic
  3. competative

Nominee Details

Lillie Tombs 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Sarah Tombs slcarton@gmail.com Mother

Reasons for Nomination

Lillie is 11 years old and has been playing inline and ice hockey for 4 years. Lillie dedicates all her time to hockey working hard to be the best she can. Inline hockey is a minority sport and within the inline hockey world there aren't many girls. Lillie works even harder to prove she is just as good as they boys at the sport. Lillie wants to work on getting more girls involved in the sport aswell. Back in Oct 2017 lillies team the under 13s avalanche squad won the national championships beating teams from around the country. Thus getting them a place to compete for junior team GB in the European cup competition in Copenhagen Denmark. The teams competing were from denmark., Switzerland,Germany and Russia Inline hockey is there sport and live and breathe it. Overall after a fabulous weekend lillies team came 6th only loosing 2 games all weekend they also made history being the only GB team to come in such a high place. Lillie and her team battled hard all weekend and there dedicated paid off.
  1. Hard working
  2. Dedicated
  3. Sassy

Nominee Details

Victoria Usher 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Jo Usher jousher1@hotmail.co.uk Mother

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Torrie because she has worked so hard to train for her sport and she has achieved incredible success both for her club at National level and for GB at both Junior and Senior international level whilst also working for her A levels. She was selected onto both the GB Junior and GB Senior teams at trials in Sep 17 and was selected to swim in all team competitions at the French Open in Paris in Mar 18, the Junior European Championships in Finland in Jun, attending training camps throughout her A level revision period, the Junior World Championships in Budapest in Jul and in the Senior European Games in Glasgow in Aug. In all competitions, she helped the team to achieve PB scores, breaking the 80 point barrier for the first time ever at Junior level and for the first time at Senior level since the sport lost UK Sport funding in 2013. At club level, she helped Rushmoor Synchro to win the National Championships for the second year running. Torrie is completely dedicated to her sport; she is extremely driven and focused on pushing herself to achieve her goals. Despite having a very busy training schedule and college workload, she still found time to support and coach the younger club swimmers and helped them to progress and has been a role model for them. She is very organised and able to juggle and prioritise her commitments, ensuring she also has time for family and friends. She has had an amazing year and I feel so proud of her.
  1. Hard-working
  2. Determined
  3. Resilient

Nominee Details

Harry Dugmore 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Gareth Rise gareth.rise@gmail.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Harry Dugmore has had a fantastic season as a young rugby player. After a huge amount of hard work and effort Harry gained a scholarship to Whitgift School to be a part of their prestige rugby program. He has also been selected for the Harlequins Academy and is working hard towards a professional contract. Harry has also stared for England u18s this year in their Summer tour to South Africa to compete in the International tournament against South Africa, Wales and France. His commitment to his personal development is exemplary.
  1. Talented
  2. Hard Working
  3. Humble

Nominee Details

Cameron Charles 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Carly Dixon carlycamberleyjudoclub@gmail.com Club secretary

Reasons for Nomination

I am nominating Cameron Charles for his following results -18 GB National Champion -73kg All other are same age and weight Welsh open Silver Scottish Open Gold England Open Gold Selected England Squad 2x European -18 cups 5th place in Zagreb in largest group ever at one of these events Selected GB squad for European Championships Selected GB Futures training camp in Japan (11 persons only) Finished year top fighter on league table and more points than any other male fighter on whole table.
  1. Talented
  2. Driven
  3. Good sport

Nominee Details

Charlotte Dannatt 19 years or over

Nominator Details

Alan Driver cadaccoach@btinternet.com Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Since October 2017, Charlotte has had an extremely successful year as an endurance athlete representing Camberley and District Athletics Club, Oxford Uni, Surrey and England. Her favourite event is Cross Country and on 9th Dec 2017 she came 3rd at the South of England Inter Counties Championship leading home the Surrey U20W team for a bronze medal. This was followed by victory in the U20W Cross Country County Championships held at Denbies on 7th Jan 2018. This qualified her to represent Surrey at the CAU Inter County Championships (U20 British Cross Country Championships) in March in Loughborough where she finished second for Surrey and 5th overall, again helping her Surrey U20W team to win a bronze medal. Because Charlotte had also performed well at the National and BUCs Cross Country Championships held in Feb 2018, she was selected to represent England (her first international vest) at a 5km road race in Italy on 1st May 2018. She came 9th overall and was second home for England helping her team of 5 to win a silver medal. As a fresher at Oxford Uni, Charlotte was instrumental in helping her team to win the Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Cross Country match in Dec 2017 and was awarded a Full Blue. Charlotte turned 19 in May so her achievements this track season can't count but include a third place at Nationals in the U20W 3000m and another Full Blue for athletics at Oxford. Currently she is ranked first U20W in the UK 5000m rankings. CADAC is quite a small athletics club and Charlotte has been a member since she was 13 progressing steadily until this year. Her achievements serve to prove to the younger athletes that with determination, dedication and some luck it really is possible to run at a high level.
  1. Generous
  2. Courageous
  3. Dedicated

Nominee Details

Mikayla Dodson 18 years or under

Nominator Details

Mark Dodson mark.dodson@ntlworld.com Parent/Coach

Reasons for Nomination

Mikayla has made a significant improvements on and off the football field. She has been a commanding leader for the Camberley Town Youth FC Under 13 Girls team as their captain. She is hard working in training and always give 100% in both matches and training. Mikayla Helped with coaching the Surrey Heath borough football teams with high praise from the parents. She also has signed up for the FA youth development programme with the aim of becoming a referee at 14 and to become a coach at 16. Mikayla was also as to volunteer at the Surrey Youth Games by both Active Surrey and The Surrey FA. She did a fantastic job of looking after her skills station. She was very highly praised by the Surrey FA representatives
  1. Determined
  2. Tenasious
  3. Commited