Sport Awards 2015

Sport Awards Logo 2015 Winners are announced at the 2015 Sport Awards! The City of Worcester Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 17th September 2015 at the University Arena. Hosted by Olympic Legend Steve Cram, along with other guest speakers and a Q&A by Steve and Allison Curbishley made this years Sport Awards the best to date! We would like to congratulate all winners on the night and would like to thank every single nominee for their time. This years competition was at its greatest, each winner had received a trophy. The winners name have all been put forward for an award at the County Sports Partnership Awards ceremony in November, 2015. Congratulations to all involved, The Sport Worcester Team

City of Worcester Sport Award Winners 2015 Senior Male Sports Person of the Year – Ben O’Brien An individual over 18 years of age who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport of club through their own dedication and commitment. Ben O'Brien - Senior Male Sports Person of the Year Ben has an outstanding commitment to all his sports and has played a very supportive role with other athletes at his club. He played in the Nationals basketball competition and was then selected for the Special Olympics GB team to go to the world games in Los Angeles. Ben won the special Olympics Worcestershire club award for Male Basketball Player of the Year and was runner up in the male club champion award, awarded on a point’s scheme for combined athletics and swimming. Ben also plays football for West Bromwich Albion Academy and his coaches believe he will continue to excel in all his chosen sports. Senior Female Sports Person of ther Year – Jenny Nesbitt For a female individual over 18 years of age, who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment. Jenny Nesbitt - Senior Female Sports Person of the Year Winning the women’s leg of the Worcester 10k 2014, beating Paula Radcliffe she then went on to beat the world record holder in the IAAF Cross Country event in Spain coming 3rd in November 2014 whilst representing England. She was 1st reserve for the European Cross Country Championships in December and came in the top 12 or higher in all races during the winter of 2014/15. Jenny won her 1st senior race at Milton Keynes and she was 2nd in the Midland Championships and 3rd in the National Cross Country relays. She qualified for the U23 European Championships in Tallin 2015 but narrowly missed selection. She currently holds the women’s record for Worcester Park Run. Commitment to running is something Jenny is not short of. She is extremely disciplined in her approach and follows a rigorous training regime every day, come rain or shine. All of this comes after a serious medical issue that came just at a time in 2012-13 when she was peaking as an athlete. Her recovery and subsequent success has been phenomenal. Junior Male Sports Person of the Year – Matthew Richards For a male individual under 18 years of age who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment. Matthew Richards - Junior Male Sports Person of the Year Matt has now been selected to represent the West Midlands Region in the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) National Championships in Leeds in October. He will be representing the Region against the rest of the Country in this event. He has also been selected to represent Worcester County in the ASA National Inter Counties in Sheffield in October. He will be representing the County against all other Counties in England, plus the Welsh and Scottish Regions. Junior Female Sports Person of the Year – Mia Bewley For a female individual under 18 years of age who has achieved a good standard of performance and has represented or contributed to a sport or club through their own dedication and commitment. Mia Bewley - Junior Female Sports Person of the Year Mia is currently in the Tenpin Bowling junior England Team and has represented England At the Triple Crown Championships 2014 , won Golds in doubles, trios, team and silver in Singles and all othe categories. She represented England at the World Sports Festival in Vienna, winning a Silver medal and has won the Junior Welsh Open and the Adult National championships Singles. After winning at the Team England Trials June 2015 she competed in Ireland at the August Triple Crown Championships. Mia trains 4 times a week in Worcester, Stroud and Brize Norton and travels the country with her coach participating in Junior and Adult competitions. She encourages younger bowlers at Junior Team England events and supports them and of course is a great role model at her club and across the country. Coach of the Year – Sally Gleaves A person involved in coaching at any level; who has shown high levels of achievement when developing improved performance amongst sports people. Sally Gleaves - Coach of the Year Sally has had an amazing journey through her 20 year journey as a taekwondo athlete aged 9 to a 4th dan black belt and dedicated coach at Worcester Taekwondo and kickboxing club. Sally also works with women and girls in the community to empower them with confidence to deal with stressful situations that occur in their daily lives. Notwithstanding her own personal achievements as an athlete she has also inspired many of her proteges to national and international success in their sport. She has demonstrated significant commitment and free time to her club and regularly sponsors athletes financially who cannot afford competition and equipment. Sally inspires people, has fantastic personal friendships with her athletes, supports and raises money for charities like Cardiac Risk in the Young and works hard to make sure she always gets the best out of all her work in Taekwondo. Young Volunteer of the Year – Hannah Tapping Those under 18 who are voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement to sport from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role. Hannah Tapping - Young Volunteer of the Year Last year Hannah won the karate academy student of the year and is working towards her next level grading belt. She has been volunteering with the academy for the past 3 years since she was 11 years old has learnt so many coaching skills and is now becoming a very confident coach who is capable of coaching classes of 25 students. She has many young karate students who look up to her and want to achieve like her in the academy. Hannah trains and volunteers most days of the week and absolutely loves to be coaching. Volunteer of the Year – Shirley Purvis For those who have voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement to sport from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role. Shirely Purbis - Volunteer of the Year Shirley is a dedicated and commited volunteer who has supported bowls across Worcester, with her club at Cripplegate Park where she Volunteers for 6 clubs and plays for 1. She has recently completed the Bowls England Level 1 coaching qualification and has helped to run the bowls road show at the Guildhall in Worcester. Shirley coordinates all other volunteers on open days and the play bowls road shows and also does all marketing and promotions for the clubs at Cripplegate. Her next project is concerned with looking into developing and enabling disability bowls participation across the whole of Worcester City. Disability Sports Person of the Year – Rebecca Redfern An individual who has shown commitment and have achieved success in their own right either through taken part in sport or volunteering. Rebacca Redfern - Disability Sports Person of the Year Rebecca  is currently the GB Para swimming S13 record holder in four separate events. She holds the record for the 50 and 200 breaststroke short course as well as the 50 and 100metre long course. Rebecca has also won numerous gold medals at National para Swimming events. In 2015 Rebecca competed at the British international disability meet in Glasgow and has been selected to compete at the Sainsbury’s games in September 2015. She competed in August at the English Home Nations Champions where she won Gold and narrowly missed the qualifying time for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio. Rebecca trains up to six times a week including training before and after school and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:45am through till 7:30am before going to school. Junior Club Team of the Year – Nunnery Wood Key Stage 3 Badminton Team Team who have achieved and attained a high level of performance. They have also displayed good attitude and aptitude in their chosen sport. Nunnery Wood KS3 Badminton Team - Junior Team of the Year Nunnery Wood KS3 won the Worcester City, Worcestershire and West Midlands Badminton Regional Competition. They qualified for the national finals where they came 7th but all matches narrowly missed out winning in most games. This a significant achievement when you consider over 1600 schools entered the competition at the beginning of the academic year. The team are currently all county squad members and have a rigorous training scheme. Club of the Year – Worcester Rowing Club A club who have achieved accreditation recognition, also who have had significant progress in developing opportunities for all over the last twelve months. Worcester Rowing Club - Club of the Year Some impressive achievements for this club include:

  • Women’s Master’s D 2- National Champions and Winners, Henley Master’s Regatta
  • Two WRC crews were selected to represent the West Midlands at the Inter-Regional Regatta
  • A Total of 8 crews represented the club at the ‘scullery’ event
  • A Total of 9 WRC  8’s raced in the Head of the River Races in 2015 (Master’s, Women’s and Men’s
  • Representation at all Dorney Lake Regattas and National events
  • Two crews qualified and competing at Henley Royal Regatta in 2015
  • A’ final result at National School’s Regatta
  • Three ‘B’ final results at British Junior Champs
  • The Junior squad have raised around £14,000 in the past year to help the club in purchasing more boats
  • The club is run entirely by volunteers and has 150 members

Community Sports Award – Warriors YMCA Homeless Rugby Team Individual or Club who have made a significant contribution to developing Community Sport whilst also increasing opportunities for people to be more active. Warriors YMCA Homeless Rugby Team - Community Sports Award This team is made up of residents from YMCA sheltered housing and hostel who have fundraised with rugby tournaments and car washes to raise money for travel and training facilities. The team was set up to try and tackle specific social and personal issues within the city/county. This is the 2nd season that the team has been running and they have played 33 games with 10 wins and 7 draws, a significant increase in performance from last season with an additional highlight being their performances at the Summer of Touch Tournament winning 14 out of 17 games. The other purpose of this project is to develop life skills through rugby participation to develop, teamwork, communication respect and leadership skills that are all vital for enabling them to move on and back into the community. Best Educational Sporting Achievement – University of Worcester Volleyball Society This award is for a school team or individual that has performed significantly well or shown a particularly great dedication to their sport in school. University of Worcester Volley Ball Society - Best Educational Sporting Achievement 2013/14 was their first time entering British Universities Sports league – They finished last. They re-entered in their second season and managed to win BUCS Midlands 3rd division winning every game without losing a single set, this has only been achieved through hard trained, commitment and working together to go from last to winning in 1 season. A highlight of this season has been that they have won both the men’s and women’s Varsity games against Gloucester University, and after many years of trying this was also was the first time the men had won. It was also the women’s first time competing in Varsity.Team Members give up countless hours to ensure everything runs smoothly and the development of volleyball continues to grow with the fundraising and other more social activities that help to consolidate their strength as a whole team. Award for Most Improved School- Tudor Grange Academy PE Department This award will recognise the most significant development of school sport during the academic year 2012/13. Tudor Grange PE Department - Award for Most Improved School Tudor Grange this year have had a record numbers of sports teams put out by the school, more than double than when the school became an academy.

  • 9 boys football,
  • 4 rugby,
  • 5 netball,
  • 2 girls football,
  • 3 basketball,
  • 3 athletics teams
  • 4 cricket,
  • 4 rounders,
  • IZB and inclusive sports teams

Some of the impressive results from the school include;

  • county cup football,
  • rugby district cup final and
  • basketball regional finalists.

They have initiated an inter college sports competition with over 500 students and held primary school festivals and a year 5 masters classes in sport. In addition to this they have also introduced a dedicated member of staff for inclusion sports that provides for the most severe disabilities in the school. Higher Education or Further Education Sport Award- Ellie Jones For any individual who has made a significant contribution to physical activity and sport in Higher or Further education over the past twelve months. Ellie Jones Higher Ed - Further Ed Sport Award Ellie has attended a range of sports at Heart Of Worcestershire college including golf and basketball, and has won many medals at swimming and gymnastics all over the country. She likes learning new skills and really enjoys being a part of sport participating as often as she can. Ellie has competed in and won the female club champion award at the Special Olympics and won medals in athletics for running, shot put and long jump. She also attends Zumba classes, Pilates and gym sessions at college. In addition to this Ellie trains two times a week for the special Olympics, never misses a session and has 100% attendance on all courses at college. Contribution to Physical Activity – Black Pear Joggers For any individual or group who has made a significant contribution to physical activity on the last twelve months.Black Pear Joggers - Contribution to Physical Activity This year Black Pear Joggers Men’s x country were promoted to division 2 of the Birmingham League. Several members recorded GFA times to qualify for the London Marathon on merit. 1 club member achieved championship times to start with elite athletes and ran a personal best time of 2hrs 44 minutes. They were the winners in the 52 mile Malvern Hills Ultra – including first female home. They have over 300 members for walking/jogging and many run groups and these members are supported by other experienced participants to enter their first 5k/10k/half marathon/full and ultra marathons. They also work very closely with County Sports Partnership to roll out ‘couch to 5k’ programmes in the summer. In addition they provide many volunteers to local running events, including Worcester City 10k, Worcester full and half marathons. Howard Peters Award for Outstanding Contribution – Alec Davies For those that have made a long term significant contribution to the development of sport in an administration, organisational or other supportive role. Alec Price - Howard Peters Award for Outstanding Contribution Alec Davies was born in Worcester in 1923 but did not join the Worcester St Johns until 1972 when his son David took an interest in cycle sport. During his National Service Alec became interested in Basketball, a sport played by most of the Regiments during recreation periods. Alec played for years, after his de-mob he continued to play and qualified as a referee. In 1972 Alec’s son David became interested in cycle racing and took part in the St Johns evening time trial series which Alec came to watch. After standing with Gerry Hughes, who was time keeping, for a week or two Gerry asked Alec to help with the timing. Alec probably didn’t realise what this would lead too, but for the 1973 season Alec was elected as Club Time-keeper. In 1977 the incumbent Time Trial Secretary left the club to move to Scotland and Alec was elected to replace him. Alec continued in this post until he chose to resign in 2000. During his 23 years as Secretary Alec never failed to turn up at an event even if it was only to tell riders that the event was cancelled because of bad weather or road works. Alec represented the Club at the RTTC (now CTT) and BCF (now British Cycling) meetings and was Elected an Honorary Life Vice President of the Worcester St Johns CC for his services to the club and Cycling in general. IMG_0330-17Sep2015 IMG_0424-17Sep2015 IMG_0634-17Sep2015 IMG_0655-17Sep2015 For more photographs from the evening, please visit Sport Worcester on Facebook here: Sport Awards 2015