January 27th 7.00pm
Committee Rooms, Pershore Civic Centre, Pershore
Organised by Mark Williams, Emma Gardener and Amandine Rich from WDC community and sports development team, these annual awards give recognition to clubs, individuals or teams across Wychavon district for outstanding achievement or contribution in sport during 2009. Winners of each award will be put forward to the Worcestershire County Sports Partnership Awards, which are due to take place on March 18th.
This year’s winners, in no particular order, are detailed below.
Outstanding Contribution Award went to Colin Emms from Littleton Football club. Colin has been with the club for over 50 years starting as a young player, becoming manager, committee member, club secretary and now chairman of the club. As well as these roles, he is hands on and as a qualified groundsman, nothing misses his attention. Colin supports and organises fundraising events and since the club has been under his direction it has gone from strength to strength both on and off the pitch.
Sport England Community Sports Award went to the Crowle Searchers Junior Football Teams. This club was founded 3 years ago and is the first one in the village for over 20 years. This year they were also awarded charter Status by the FA. Coaching sessions are held weekly for more than 70 children and in the summer they ran a very successful summer camp. The club is very much part of the community and its main focus is to offer and safe and friendly environment to all of the children that play.
Junior Male Sports Personality of the Year went to Edward Higson. Edward is a keen dinghy sailor and a valued member of Frampton Sailing Club, competing at both club and national level. He won the Junior Series in the spring and summer and is currently lying in first position for the winter series. As well as having talent in the water he is also a member of the school swimming and rugby teams, is captain of the school badminton team and has a yellow belt in ju-jitsu.
Junior Club Team of the Year award went to Evesham Rowing Club Junior Team. The junior team which ranges from 11 – 18 years have had a very successful year. This includes 93 junior wins, 6 national medals, and 9 international vests representing GB or England. They competed at Henley Royal Regatta and got to the quarter and semi finals and heped Evesham Rowing Club to win the Victor Ludorum, which is a brand new scull trophy at Ross Regatta.
School Sports Award went to Blackminster Middle School U13 girls table tennis team. The girls have achieved many successes in 2009 including coming 2nd in the National Schools finals, winning the Worcestershire Schools County Table Tennis Finals and went on to win a four counties zone competition. The girls have worked hard through regular training sessions and have inspired many to take up the sport.
Senior Sports Personality of the Year went to Lee Wilks of Pershore Cricket Club. Lee was captain of Pershore Cricket Club in 2009 and led his record breaking side to the Division 1 Crusader Worcestershire Cricket League 1st team title. On the way they set a league record of being undefeated and attaining the highest number of points in the history of the league. His performance on the field as well as off has contributed to his team performance and his personality has encouraged all members of the team to enjoy the game.
Young Volunteer of the Year went to Elizabeth Grinnell. Liz has achieved a great deal as both a volunteer and as a committed sports person. Every week she helps with a Lad and Dads events, leading them in Sports Activities and she also committed to a Dance project which culminated in a Pershore at Number 8 in Pershore. In addition to this she also has been involved in other fundraising activities in support of other disabled children in the area. As a sports person she regularly trains at Stratford Athletics Club and competes for the West Midlands where she has won 8 gold medals. She also currently hold 2 national age records in the shot and javelin.
Volunteer of the Year went to Mark Dewdney. Mark has been a member of the rowing club for 20 years helping to build up the club to what is is today. As captain of the club he has helped Evesham achieve one of their most successful seasons ever. He presides over all of the squads and his work with an adaptive rowing programme has led to an award for the Disabled Personality of the year. When not coaching of training, Mark has organised the Evesham rowing Club regatta – one of the most popular regattas of the season.
Coach of the Year went to Martin Davies of Evesham Rowing Club. Martin has been successfully coaching the junior boys at Evesham rowing club for the past 5 years. This year his squad of 9 U15 junior boys and girl cox achieved an incredible 21 separate wins. His top crew finished in the top 5 of all three national finals. Martin holds a level 2 coaching award and has developed a real understanding of the sport and what it takes to win, but this is balanced with the fun factor as well. He is also the junior co-ordinator and Martin’s calm and patient leadership is one of the reasons Evesham Rowing Club Juniors are so successful.
Senior Female Personality went to Naomi Haywood. Naomi is an all round sporting talent. If playing football for Pershore Town Ladies and Cricket for Worcestershire County and Pershore Ladies Cricket Club wasn’t enough, she is also treasurer for Pershore Town Ladies Section, Assistant Coach for 3 of the Worcestershire girls cricket squads and runs a ‘Christians in Sport’ young players group in Pershore. With her leadership and organisational skills Naomi is a role model for all of the children she coaches.
Disabled Sports Personality went to Scott Ballard-Ridley of Evesham rowing Club. After a brain haemorrhage that left Scott in hospital for 15 months and left him 90% blind and with reduced mobility he approached Evesham Rowing Club. The first priority was to build up the muscle strength that he has lost and this summer after hard work, he got on the water for the first time. In November 2009 Scott competed in the British Indoor Rowing Championships. His strength has significantly improved and now is walking on crutches instead of using his wheelchair. To get to this level, Scott has shown huge commitment and pushed himself to get where he is toady – he is a role model to all.
The Junior Female Personality of the Year went to Tazmin Pugh of Pershore Swimming Club. Tazmin has had a fantastic year, most recently winning the National ISA School Championships, setting a new National ISA record and becoming only the third nine year old fastest girl in the UK of all time in ASA records. In the UK Tazmin is ranked first in 5 events, second in another 5 events and 3rd in 6 events. In major open swimming meets she has brought home 12 winning trophies as well as 56 medals. As well as her amazing performance at swimming, she is also a talented athlete achieving fourth place in the National ISA Athletic Championships in June.
Club of the Year went to Evesham Rowing Club. In the summer 2007, Evesham rowing club had nearly all off its boats destroyed or severly damaged in the floods, however this disaster was to bring the club closer. 2 years later they have become one of the most successful clubs in the country. They have won 153 races at both national and local level, hold clubmark accreditation and have reached a milestone by having its first disabled rower represent them at the British indoor Rowing Championships. It is a testament to their commitment to the club and sport that this year has been their most successful yet.
And finally a new award, Contribution to Physical Activity Award went to Colin Tether of the Evesham Vale Running Club. Colin is a keen runner who is the founder of the Evesham Vale Running Club. In 2009 he was the race director and main organiser of the Evesham 10 km race which attracted over 700 runners to the town. The event was well support and helped to encourage many people to take up a new active hobby. He has also organised the Asparagus Relay run where bunches of asparagus were carried from the Mayor of Evesham to the Mayor of Stratford. Colin has a passion for his sport and is always looking for new way to get people active.
This year there was no shortage of talent with the winners coming from all over the district and all winners will now be entered for the County Sports Partnership awards in March.
Cllr. Tom McDonald, executive board member for Leisure said “It was a real pleasure to recognise those who have put so much into sports in this area over the last year. Even with the economic difficulties, sport continues to grow in the area with the new Evesham Leisure Centre and Wychavon’s diverse sports coaching opportunities. The power of sport can bring about change and these Sports Awards are a visible tip of that power and the work of the participants will bring benefits to our district and local communities. For that we applaud them.”
Mark Williams, Sports Development Officer, said “We had lots of nominations this year and it was extremely difficult to choose the winners; we feel everyone involved in community sport in the district is a champion.”
Well done all.