Sport Awards 2017


Thursday 14th September saw the City of Worcester Sport Awards Evening 2017, delivered by Freedom Leisure and Sport Worcester and supported by Worcester City Council, take place at the University of Worcester Arena.  Sixteen categories were hotly contested by Worcester’s prolific sporting talent, with the evening presented by BBC Midlands today sports reporter and presenter Dan Pallet and the winners announced by Olympian, World Champion and top TV Athletics commentator, Steve Cram CBE. Winners of each category go onto the next regional heats, with the ultimate goal of reaching the national BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in December.


There are a wide range of categories so if you know a team, individual, volunteer or coach or club from Worcester who has shown great dedication or excelled in sport since August 2016.


Howard Peters Award For Outstanding Contribution – John Weston

Sponsored by Maitland Windows

For those that have made a long term significant contribution to the development of sport in an administration, organisational or other supportive role. This award is linked to the BBC’S National Sports Personality of the Year Awards for Unsung Hero.

John Weston is 78 years old and is famously known as “Wesso” to his friends who has been Chair and President of the Worcestershire County Bowling Association for 30+ years.

He has gained huge respect developed by his dedication to Bowls. There is always a passion from John to increase the awareness and participation of Bowls. However this last year John has gone above and beyond his role to persue his passion by supporting and helping wherever he can. John attends local ‘Have a go days, organises and conducts charity events raising thousands of pounds for charity. He also attends many local events to learn new ways of developing the club.

Johns dedication, commitment and volunteering to supporting local clubs, offering support via coaching, arranging tournaments or organising charity events has earnt him a highly respectful reputation as member and player for Worcester County Bowls Association.

Congratulations to

John Weston


Senior Male Sports Person of the Year – Ted Hill 

Sponsored by Blu Leisure 

For a male 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.

Ted has an outstanding commitment to all his sport Rugby and has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to several clubs;

Ted has captained the U18 Academy team and Worcester Sixth Form College. Ted has been part of the Worcester Warriors academy since the age of 14 and has represented Worcester Warriors in the A league. He has also represented the England U16’s, and at the age of 17 represented the England U18’s and U20’s Rugby team.

Congratulations to

Ted Hill


Senior Female Sports Person of the Year – Emily Burton 

Sponsored by Technogym 

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.

Emily has made the selection to represent Great Britain in U20’s age group in standard distance Duathlon at the European Championships. She won Gold in the U20’s declaring her the current u20 Female European Duathlon champion.

From this success she has automatically obtained qualification for next year’s European championships. Emily also made the selection to represent Great Britain in Canada in August 2017 for the World Multisport Championships.

Emily was selected for 2 events, the U20 Standard Distance Duathlon and U20 aquathon. Emily’s further success concludes with making selection to represent Great Britain earlier on in the year in the U20 age group at European Triathlon Championships. However, Emily did not compete due to clashes with A level Exams. Combining an intense training regime of 16-20 hours a week and a tough academic year of A levels, Emily has shown great discipline and mastery in splitting time for both areas of her life to achieve ultimate success.

Congratulations to

Emily Burton


Junior Male Sports Person of the Year – Daniel Day 

Sponsored by HealthKinect Physiotherapy Services

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

Daniel has made some astounding sporting achievements this year and here are some to name a few;

In January of this year Daniel won 14 medals at the Worcester County Championships in the boys U13 age group, 12 were gold.

Daniel entered 8 events at the West Midland Swimming Championships in May 2017 (in the boy’s u13 age group). He won gold medals in all 8 events. He also won the prize for the best age-group performance at the event. He is currently in the regional talent squad.

Daniel is also an excellent water polo player. His home club is Worcester where he plays for the youth (u16) team and occasionally for the men’s team. As a 13 year old Daniel has competed in the U16 Inter-regional Water-polo who were runners-up to the Irish U16 national squad

He is the only 13 year old to be selected for the team. Daniel also enjoys trying other sports and recently (May 2017) competed in the Malvern College Aquathlon. This event involves a 100m swim followed by an 800m run. It was the first time Daniel had attempted such an event and he won the gold medal in a course record time.

Daniel has had several invitations this year; one to represent Worcestershire at the forthcoming counties swimming gala at Ponds Forge, one to participate in the Home Nations championships in August 2017 for 13/14 Backstroke and a further invitation to Worcester County Swimming Talent Camp ran by the GB COACH Fred Furness held this month.

Daniel is an incredibly hard-working committed athlete and the dedication and commitment from his family Daniel’s successes go on and on.

Congratulations to

Daniel Day


Junior Female Sports Person of the Year – Sian Bobrowska

Sponsored by Rock Lobster Jewellery

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.

Sian is currently the Junior British Judo Champion. Sian has achieved a world ranking of 88thSian was selected for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahama’s and now claims the title of Youth Commonwealth champion.

Sian has achieved so much in the last 12 months , training 6 nights a week , commitment is second to none , she also gives her time to younger players to help them out at her second sport of Brazilian jui jitsu , but her work ethic is incredible, she travels to Walsall 4 times a week to train with the best in country, her No1 ranking in both under 18 and under 21 in Britain

Congratulations to

Sian Bobrowska


Coach of the Year – Quentin Elmhirst

Sponsored by Nunnery Wood Colts FC

A person involved in coaching at any level; who has shown high levels of achievement when developing improved performance amongst sports people.

Quentin has been a member of the Worcester Athletics club for 17 years and has been coaching for the last 3 years. Currently, Quentin competes in all throws for the Worcester AC men’s team, one of his highlights was competing in the javelin at the London Olympic Stadium in 2012 in the British University Championships.  Quentin currently coaches all age groups and spends three evenings a week at the track. Quentin spends on average 7-8 hours a week coaching at the club.

He coaches the shot and javelin to an U17 heptathlete, who qualified for the National Schools Combined Events Championships in September by throwing personal bests in both events at the Midland Schools Combined Events Championships in June.

Quentin had 5 county champions and 6 silver/bronze medallists across the throwing events at the Worcestershire County Championships in May 2017. He also had two medallists at the Hereford and Worcestershire Schools Championships with 3 athletes selected to compete at the Inter-County Schools Championships, both in June.


Quentin Elmhirst


Young Volunteer of the Year – Angela Maior 

Sponsored by Worcester Sixth Form College

For those under 18 who are voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement to sport from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role.

Angela is a wonderful and passionate individual  with a high level experience competing herself in Karate. She has been selected to represent England as part of the Junior England WadoKai Karate Squad and is a double National Karat Champion  but it is her kind and passionate nature to going above and beyond that has won her this award.

She is a strong role model through her hard-work and determination which inspires younger members of the club. As well as training over 7 hours a week, Angela also helps coach 3 hours a week. Every lesson she now takes the warm ups and helps whenever necessary with any task given to her.

She has helped with fundraising; bag packing, Malvern walking, kick marathons and having her hair cut for charity. She also has done many demonstrations in Worcester to help raise WadoKai Worcester’s profile within the local community at Brickfields and the Worcester Carnival.

Congratulations to

Angela Maior


Volunteer of the Year – Sam Payne 

Sponsored by Nicol & Co Estate Agents 

For those who have voluntarily given up their time to Coaching/Involvement to sport from an administrative, organisational or other supporting role.

Sam is a dedicated and committed volunteer who has worked tirelessly on initiating, establishing and sustaining weekly free parkrun for Worcester City. This project has been developing over the last 15-16 months, contributing hundreds of volunteering hours to ensuring a high level of organization and delivery.

He has worked diligently with; parkrun representatives, local agencies and organisations such as Sports Partnership Heredfordshire and Worcestershire, the Black Pear Joggers, Worcester country Park representatives and local running volunteers to ensure a core volunteer team were developed, supported and in place for the first 5km Parkrun event .With Sam’s religious commitment to Parkrun Worcester, he has also achieved a First Class BA Honors degree in Sport Development & Coaching alongside his volunteering which has gained employment as a Project Assistant with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership on the back of this project.

Congratulations to

Sam Payne


Disability Sports Person of the Year- Lee Greatbatch 

Sponsored by Disability Sport Worcester

An individual who has shown commitment and has achieved success in their own right either through taking part in sport or volunteering.

Lee has no sight apart from being able to determine bright lights and very close items as shadows but also has diabetes. Lee has found ways to manage his diabetes whilst running, often giving his guides running advice and even pulling his guides along.

He is an amazing, inspirational person, he has completed 56 parkruns with a fastest time of 23.48. Lee has gone on to complete 10k races and a half marathon in 1h 50m, Lee has also gained a place representing Blind Sport in London 2018.

Congratulations to

Lee Greatbatch


Junior Team of the Year – The Worcester Hockey Girls’ Team U12’s

Sponsored by Worcester Warriors 

A team who have achieved and attained a high level of performance. They have also displayed good attitude and aptitude in their chosen sport.

The Worcester Hockey Girls’ Team U12’s

The girls are Winners in In2Hockey Girls U12 Midlands Finals 2017 and are runners-up in the National Finals 2017.

The squad of 9 girls has trained every Sunday morning from September through to April working intensively on their fitness, skills and team play. As the Finals approached they undertook additional sessions in their weekend and holiday time to finesse tournament skills including penalty flicks

They have acted as real role models for the more junior members of the Club.

They have also inspired the girl’s junior to them to believe that they too can compete at the highest junior level.

Congratulations to

The Worcester Hockey Girls’ Team U12’s


Club of the Year – Wadokai Worcester Karate

Sponsored by GW Lambs Removals 

A club who have achieved accreditation recognition, also who have had significant progress in developing opportunities for all over the last twelve months

Some impressive achievements for this club include:

WadoKai Worcester currently teaches over 75 students Karate- 6 sometimes 7 days of the week.

Within this last year WadoKai Worcester students have won 35 Gold medals, 26 Silver medals and 25 Bronze Medals at competitions at National and international level.

Their chief instructor is a World WadoKai Kata Champion.

The club’s ethos is to give every child the opportunity to reach their potential, which is something that they are able to achieve with their amazing dedicated team of staff who have trained many students from beginners to full internationals. They have held a competition for complete beginners to boost confidence for larger competition.

The club are always willing to go the extra mile to help students personally before major competitions for example they travel all over the country to competitions to support their students.

Congratulations to

WadoKai Worcester Karate Club


Community Sports Award – The Monday Night Club

Sponsored by Fortis Living 

An individual or Club who have made a significant contribution to developing Community Sport whilst also increasing opportunities for people to be more active

The Monday Night Club Football Team is one of the very few opportunities in Worcester for adults with learning disabilities and / or autism to take part in community sport,

The club is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers. Between them they have gained FA disability coaching qualifications and First Aid qualifications this year

50 hours of training have been delivered since August last year and around 20 individuals have been encouraged and supported to enjoy playing football and being part of a team. The club is run entirely by a group of dedicated volunteers

This year the numbers of players have doubled which means the team are now in a position to be able to join the Disability League for this season.

Congratulations to

The Monday Night Club


Award for the Best Educational Sporting Achievement – St George’s CE Primary School

Sponsored by Worcestershire Knee and Hip Clinic

This award is for a school, college or university team or individual that has performed significantly well or shown a particularly great dedication to their sport

Through the high quality teaching and commitment of the teachers, coaches and the organisation of Mrs Zihni, the PE coordinator, the school goes from strength to strength in the sporting arena.

The take up of extra curricula sport across the school is over 65% and the staff training continues to deliver high quality professional development

The school aims to provide a range of opportunities and have challenged the children this year through a range of water sport opportunities and outdoor education challenges

The staff and coaches work with parents to provide a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, where all children can participate. Inclusive sport has produced winners of the City schools competitions in Boccia, New age curling and archery as well as participating and supporting wheelchair basketball in addition to other inclusive sports

St George’s are:

Winners of the City schools swimming- County finalists

Winners of the girl’s city cricket- County finalists

Winners of City year 4 mixed tennis- County finalists

The school, in addition to the above winners, the school qualified for: the county finals for orienteering qualified for the winter games finals for hockey, came 3rd in the West Mercia police Tag rugby finals and county champions at table tennis for 5 out of the last 6 years for boys and girls.

Congratulations to

St George’s CE Primary School


Award for Most Improved School – Perry Wood Primary School

Sponsored by Hallmark Hulme

This award will recognise the most significant development of school sport during the academic year 2015/16.

Award collected on behalf of Perry Wood Primary School by Freedom Leisure

The school has dedicated itself to sport, with all teachers committed to teaching the children a huge variety of sports, bringing in coaches to work with the children from various teams… Worcester city cricket, Worcester warriors and West Brom football, football coaching has taken place at least 3 times a week to cope with the influx of children wanting to play. With over 36 clubs available to children throughout the year free of charge has let children explore and try a vast majority of sports they may never have encountered.

Perrywood has successfully;

Increased participation in clubs

Winning of various tournaments and qualifier competitions

Big increase in children attending sports clubs.

big increase in level of performance of school teams.

Increased inclusive nature of both competitive and friendly sports.

The PE curriculum designed to meet needs of all children.

Congratulations to

Perry Wood Primary School


Contribution to Physical Activity – South Worcester Schools Sports Cluster 

Sponsored by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

For any individual or group who has made a significant contribution to physical activity in the last twelve months

The cluster are made up of 6 schools which promotes and gives over 2300 children the opportunity to participate in competitive and non-competitive tournaments and festivals throughout the school year.

All age groups are offered sporting opportunities, from multi-skills festivals for the younger children in Reception and Key Stage 1, through to cluster netball, football and rugby tournaments across KS2.

All schools within the partnership are dedicated, with all six venues hosting at least one event throughout the year.

Time is dedicated to the extensive planning of events across the calendar, which tie in with regional competition.

New sports, such as pop lacrosse have been established, with opportunities available for all pupils, no matter of age, gender or physical ability.

All six schools are aiming towards their third GOLD Sportsmark accreditation in three years

Congratulations to

South Worcester Schools Sports Cluster


Higher Educational or Further Education Sport Award – Worcester Sinners Cheerleading

Sponsored by University of Worcester

For any individual or group who has made a significant contribution to physical activity and sport in Higher or Further education over the past twelve months.

The team represents the University of Worcester,

The team train for a minimum of 5 hours a week, as well as training a full weekend once a month. The team are all doing full time courses,

They competed at four competitions this year, as well as Varsity against Gloucester; they won 4 out of 5 of these events, with a very close second at the 5th

Worcester Sinners are also;

BCA National Champions in Level 2 Coed Division

BCA University National Champions in Level 2 Division

Future Cheer University National Champions in Level 2 Coed Division

The Worcester Sinners is a novice team and so for them to have such success this year is truly something for them to be proud of

Congratulations to

Worcester Sinners Cheerleading