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Local achievements recognised at Sports Awards 2013 (22 February 2013)

Local sportsmen and women and the people who help make sporting achievements possible were recognised at the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2013 on Thursday (21 February) at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel.

Amongst the winners were Peter Charles MBE, Olivia Breen and Petersfield Town Juniors FC.

The awards evening was presented by Fred Dinenage, MBE, and featured an impressive opening display from the Xcel Gymnastics club.

Olivia Breen, bronze medallist in the 4 x 100m relay at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and winner of the Junior Disability Sportswoman of the Year also gave a presentation on her experiences of London 2012.

This was followed by the award ceremony with trophies and certificates presented by Chairman of East Hampshire District Council Pat Seward.

She said: ‘2012 was a great year for sport in Britain and East Hampshire had its fair share of success.’

‘Fred Dinenage is a great host and being joined by a torch bearer and Paralympic bronze medallist made the evening extra special.’

‘But for every successful sportsperson, there is a large group of people working behind the scenes to make their success possible, and these awards recognise the coaches, officials and volunteers too.’

The winners were:

Ambassador for Sport – accepted on behalf of East Hampshire’s Olympic Torchbearers by Adam Massey who took part in the Petersfield section of the relay on Monday 16 July 2012.

Junior Sportsman of the Year – Joe Gwyther – Rugby

  • Joe has been dedicated rugby player for several years playing for both his school, Alton Rugby Club and County.
  • In 2012 Joe was one of a handful of players who were awarded a place on the London Irish “Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Scheme”.
  • This scheme is a fantastic opportunity to develop their potential in a premiership environment whilst continuing their academic education.
  • Internationally played for England U16, as well as representing Hampshire at U16 level.

Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Tegan Louw – Tennis

  • Achieved her 1st points for a Junior ITF (International Tennis Federation) World Ranking of 1702. Raising her ranking in early 2012 to 1150 before changing goals and concentrating on senior women’s British Tour Event.
  • Jan 2012 ranked 250 nationally and at year end ranked 11 a rise of 239 places.
  • Spotted by a Div 1 (NCAA) American University and now has a scholarship onto Kansas State University to continue her tennis career
  • Under 18 County Champion.

Junior Disability Sportsman of the Year – Daniel Johnson – Alton Trampolining Club

  • After competing at several competitions, Daniel was in the top 20 Trampolinists in the Country, and was selected for the 2012 Great Britain Disability Trampoline Performance Squad.
  • Won a Silver medal at the NIA in Birmingham, finishing the 2012 season number 2 in the country in his category.
  • Finished 2nd in the Southern Regional heat of the Schools Trampoline Competition.

Junior Disability Sportswoman of the Year – Olivia Breen – Athletics

  • Livvy has Cerebral Palsy and is Hearing Impaired.
  • In June 2012 she competed in the IPC Athletics European Championships in the Netherlands winning the bronze in both 100m and 200m sprints and achieving personal best times.
  • Livvy’s times resulted in her being selected for London 2012 Paralympics where she competed in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay where she won bronze.
  • Livvy is an inspiration to her fellow Bohunt School pupils where she motivates, inspires and simply cheers up all that meet her.

Senior Disability Sportsman of the Year – Peter Norfolk OBE – Wheelchair Tennis

  • Peter was the winner of both the singles and the doubles events in the pre-paralympic test event at Eton Manor in May 2012. On 19 June 2012 was named once more to the British squad for the Paralympics, to compete at London 2012. Peter won silver in the Mixed Quad Doubles event.
  • Norfolk was voted to carry the British flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London. Peter also carried the Olympic Torch in Liverpool during the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.

Senior Disability Sportswoman of the Year – Jodi Hill – Sitting Volleyball

  • Since having elective surgery to amputate her lower leg three years ago Jodi returned to her sport of volleyball.
  • Jodi was quickly noticed and joined the GB squad and is one of the key members of the squad which had to work hard to qualify for London 2012.
  • She is actively involved with coaching juniors, whilst at the same time running her own thriving café in Four Marks.
  • Jodi made her Paralympic debut at London 2012, where Paralympics GB’s women’s Sitting Volleyball team finished in 8th place.

Master Sportsman of the Year – Peter Charles MBE – Equestrian

  • At the 2012 London Olympics Games, Peter secured team gold with Murka’s Vindicat W for the British team jumping clear as the last rider in a jump-off against the Netherlands. A gold post box has been painted in Alton as a reminder of his success.
  • From 2008 to today, Peter is one of Britain’s strongest performers on Top-Level Nations Cup team, consistently jumping clear rounds.
  • Peter Charles was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to equestrianism.

Senior Team of the the Year – Alton Health & Fun Club

  • The multi sports club was formed in the late 70’s with the hope of encouraging the over 50’s to keep fit and healthy.
  • Every year since 1978 the club has entered a team in the Southern Regional REACT games.
  • In 2012 the team won the 50 plus category and were runner-up in the whole games. The average age of participants was 64 with some over 78 (although they will not admit to their ages).

Junior Team of the Year – Treloars Swim Squad

  • Two of the squad swimmers are qualified to National Level.
  • The squad has a total of 7 swimmers which is the biggest squad ever at Treloar’s.
  • Won ten medals between them at the Aldershot Gala Games and the Guildford Gala Games.
  • The swimmers are an inspiration to any athletes as they come across so many obstacles on a regular basis due to there disability. The squad never give up finding ways to help each other out and always finding solutions.

Coach of the Year – Tom Van Dongen – Alton Jitsu Club

  • Sensei Tom Van Dongen who achieved a Mandate to Teach (Level 2) in March 2012, has not only set up a new Club in Alton but has managed to make a success of it.
  • He has shown professionalism and dedication in the training he gives and has inspired new members to attend events to further their learning in the sport.
  • Tom has also further his own development in coaching, achieving a silver medal, the Club’s first in a National Competition, where he also took the opportunity to judge and teach more than 650 students from all over the UK.
  • At just 21 years old, Tom has achieved all this whist having a full time job.

Official of the Year – Anne Fletcher – Hampshire Athletics Association

  • 2012 saw Anne reaching new levels in her Athletics officiating. At the age of 20 she was selected as a National Technical Official at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympics Games.
  • Anne’s other highlight of 2012 was acting as an athlete steward on day one of the London Althletics Grand Prix (telling the triple sprint 2007 World Champion Tyson Gay to hurry up!)

Club of the Year – Petersfield Town Juniors FC

  • The club provides football for over 450 young people from the local community both boys and girls. There are five girl’s teams playing under the PTJ Banner and will hopefully increase that number.
  • The club have retained Charter Standard from The FA. There are 29 teams and over 50 volunteers have put their time into helping the club.
  • Petersfield Football club also run a local inter school football challenge which has grown to 12 local school teams.

Senior Volunteer of the Year – Clare Forsyth – Alton Trampoline Club

  • Clare has taken on a considerable number of roles within the Club over thee past year. Clare sacrificed her opportunity to compete in order to aide and assist the Club that have given so much to her since she was 5 years old.
  • Clare gives up her time to coach, and under her guidance every single one of the performers in her coaching group have successfully competed and qualified up to compete at the next grade.
  • Her unwavering loyalty to the Club and giving the opportunity for so many young athletes is inspiring.

Junior Male Volunteer of the Year – Joshua Knight – Horndean Technology College Junior Sports Leader

  • Josh passed his Junior Sports Leader Award in 2011 and has carried on volunteering and helping out the Colleges PE department with extra curricular clubs.
  • Not only does Josh have commitment to the Table Tennis club but he also helps the College PE Department with the delivery of sports festivals held for the infants schools in the local area.
  • As a young ambassador Josh has aslo been involved in helping out with sport activites off school site. For example, helping out at tennis tournaments and refereeing football tournaments.

Junior Female Volunteer of the Year – Lucy Shuff – Mill Chase Multi-Sports

  • Lucy has been volunteering for the past 3 years as a young leader at Mill Chase School. She has been going into local junior schools leading a variety of activities. Lucy has been especially dedicated to the activities she leads at the local special school.
  • In the last year Lucy has been involved in leading the Olympic multi-skills activities in preparation for an Olympic day at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth.
  • Lucy is an excellent role model to others and inspires others to take part in new activities. She has had a tough time in the last couple of years with illness but has not let this stop her when helping others achieve.

Senior Sportsman of the Year – Tim Brant-Coles – UK and America Coast to Coast Challenge

  • In June 2012 Tim left the UK for Seattle in the USA where he started his Coast to Coast challenge in America to cycle 4,200 miles finishing in Boston on August 18th. He then flew to complete the Coast to Coast in the UK from Aberdeen in Scotland to start his cycle from John O’Groats down to Southampton, round the Isle of Wight, before cycling back to Alton in Hampshire where his journey ended.
  • While in the UK Tim was ahead of schedule so decided to cross over to Ireland and cycle Coast to Coast. He covered a staggering 6,000 miles on his adventure which took him almost three months to complete.
  • Tim made some big sacrifices so that he could undertake this challenge to raise money for others. He left behind his family and friends and put his business on hold. When Tim registered his event with Help for Heroes they put it down as an EXTRAORDINARY event.
  • Tim raised £8,000 for Help the Heroes.

Senior Sportswoman of the Year – Alice Oppenheimer – Dressage

  • Alice has proved during 2012 that through sheer hard work and dedication that seemingly impossible goals can be achieved. At the beginning of 2012 she would never have invisaged that she would be Best Brit when she competed abroad, or that she would even qualify for the National Championships at GP, let alone finish in the top 10.
  • Alice has proved in 2012 (by teaching and demonstrations) to many young aspiring young riders that the ordinary person can with total commitment achieve what seems to be impossible. She did a demo for the Hampshire Hunt Pony Club and for the local Petersfield riders charity group EHBAG (East Hampshire Bridleways Action Group) where both raised significent funds for the local community.

Service to Sport – Michael ‘Fred’ Boyd Powers – Liphook United Football Club

  • Fred as he is known to everyone has been involved with Liphook United since he was 10, having played for the club as a youth player through to mens football until injury forced his retirement aged 28. In 25 years since, Fred has taken on pretty much everything a person could do within a community football club.
  • He has managed at mini soccer, youth and men’s football, mentored countless players from youth to the Senior side, as well as providing unwavering support as a soundboard for every youth manager.
  • Every week he is at the Ground, whether watching the mini-soccer, speaking with the Groundsman, supporting the mens and ladies senior sides, or putting out the advertising banners on match days (in all weathers) and has been fundamental in securing the financial security of the club by introducing an annual youth tournament raising over £30,000 pounds and has developed many sponsors, supporting us for over ten years.

2 Comments

  1. Lynn Joyce says:

    Please can you tell me how I enter my club or a member for sport achievement awards 2014

  2. Avatar Image rich says:

    Hi Lynn. We haven’t set the schedule for next year’s awards, but look out for information on how you can apply in November/December 2013.
    Hope this helps. Richard

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