The Broxtowe Sport Review 2015 took place on Sunday night at the East Midlands Conference Centre, in University Park, Nottingham, where eight winners were unveiled.
· Club of the Year – Beeston Hockey Club
· Sports Person of the Year – Kyra Edwards, 18, Chilwell (rowing)
· Young Volunteer of the Year – Abigail Coward, 18, Eastwood
· Team of the Year – Beeston parkrun Volunteer Team
· Disabled Sports Person of the Year – Ben Foulston, 15, Toton (swimming)
· Volunteer of the Year – Chris Parkes, Trowell
· Young Sports Person of the Year – Owen Jordan, 17, Watnall (fencing)
· More than Sport Award (roll of honour) – various recipients including Colin Eastwood, Chairman of Toton United FC; Elizabeth Shaw, Lifeguard at Kimberley Leisure Centre; Alan Pink, Head Coach of Kimberley Swimming Club; Tony Rowland, Chairman and Groundsman at Moorgreen Colts FC; Aston Walls, Kimberley Swimming Club; Liam Doherty, Bramcote Swimming Club and Attenborough Cricket Club; Anthony Beaumont, Chairman of Trowell FC; Martin and Judith Keeling, Beeston Hockey Club
The seven winners were selected from over 70 nominees after residents were invited to nominate local people for the Broxtowe Sport Review last year in recognition of their dedication, commitment or success in sporting activities in Broxtowe Borough.
Seven awards were also given to local people who have gone the extra mile to help support sport in Broxtowe with the More than Sport Award.
AWARD WINNER BIOGRAPHIES
CLUB OF THE YEAR – BEESTON HOCKEY CLUB Beeston Hockey Club offers opportunities for juniors and adults and maintains a strong development ethos through its continual offer of holiday camps, school taster sessions, summer leagues and specialist coaching sessions. The last two years have proved highly successful for the club with the junior section winning 6 national titles in one season. The club were also winners of the indoor U18’s Girls, U16’s Girls and U16’s Boys Championships, the outdoor U16’s Boys, U18’s Girls and U14’s Boys Championships. The senior section also tasted success with the men’s first team finishing 4th in the Premier League Championship Final and reaching the last sixteen of the Euro Hockey League. Seven of the men’s first team are currently in the England Hockey Squad training for Rio 2016 with sights on bringing home an Olympic medal to Beeston.
SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – KYRA EDWARDS, 18, CHILWELL (ROWING) Kyra rows for the Junior GB Rowing Team, training 6 days a week. Kyra, who is currently on a scholarship at the University of California, has had an incredible two years where she has represented Team GB on two occasions. In 2014 Kyra won a gold medal at the National School’s Regatta, the largest rowing competition in the UK. In 2015 Kyra was selected to row for Team GB on two separate occasions and won a bronze medal and a silver medal at the International European Regatta in Munich and a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Brazil.
YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – ABIGAIL COWARD, 18, EASTWOOD Abi has been sorely missed at Hall Park Academy since leaving for University last summer. Abi made a huge impact on the lives of a number of young people through dedicating her free time to improving sport and physical activity at school. Whilst volunteering at Hall Park Academy Abi helped organise and deliver events including, the Broxtowe School Cross Country Championship and the District Athletics Competition. Abi also led the after school badminton club and netball club and assisted with a number of PE lessons, where she supported young people with special educational needs.
TEAM OF THE YEAR – BEESTON PARKRUN VOLUNTEER TEAM Beeston parkrun Volunteer Team are a selfless team of volunteers who work together to enable runners, joggers, and plodders to get active and complete a 5k run each week. parkrun Beeston was initiated, organised and launched by this team of very special volunteers who have made this weekly run a community occasion for people of all ages and abilities to become part of. Each week the volunteers work tirelessly together to set out the course, cheer the runners round and organise post run gatherings and socials. To this date the team have enabled over 3,203 runners to get active by completing 14,321 runs, equalling a total distance of 44,493 miles.
DISABLED SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – BEN FOULSTON, 15, TOTON (SWIMMING) Ben swims for fourteen hours a week completing an average distance of 44,000 metres. A committed member of Bramcote Swimming Club and NOVA Centurion, Ben competes both nationally and internationally and is a member of the World Podium Potential Squad with British Para Swimming. Last year, Ben won two bronze medals at the ASA Summer National Championships and a silver medal at the British International Para Championships in the 100m fly. Ben is hoping to swim for Team GB in the Berlin International in 2016 and has been invited to the Rio 2016 Paralympic trials. He is ranked in the top 25 in the IPC World rankings for his 3 events and is sure to climb the table.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – CHRIS PARKES, TROWELL Chris Parkes is the Chairman and Groundsman at Bramcote Cricket Club. Although Chris has been at the club for over 25 years as a volunteer and player, his support and dedication to the club over the last two years has been phenomenal. Chris is strongly involved in everything at the club and is key to its day to day functioning. As Chairman, Chris registers players, chairs meetings, serves at the bar, orders the club kit, organises the club raffle and completes a hundred other things that go above and beyond his role as Chairman. As Groundsman of the club, Chris prepares the pitch for both the first and second team, often coming straight from his nightshift at work to ensure the ground is fit for play, as well as ensuring the ground is safe for the juniors as the square is centre to a public park. Last year there was a significant increase in the number of juniors at the club and the first team won the South Notts League Division D. The club are certain that this would not have happened without Chris, as his dedication and time has inspired others to succeed.
YOUNG SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR – OWEN JORDAN, 17, WATNALL (FENCING) Owen is working towards competing in the 2020 Olympic Games and represents Great Britain at U20’s level. Owen trains at least three times a week travelling to London, Milton Keynes and Chesterfield weekly. Owen is on the British Fencing Talent Pathway and is committed to improving his fighting technique and fitness. At the end of 2014, Owen was ranked the number 1 fencer in England at U17’s and was one of three fencers selected for the European World Championships. In 2015 Owen became the U18’s British Youth Champion and went on to win a silver medal at the Senior British Championships. Owen has been described as ‘one of the country’s leading lights in epee fencing’ and with his achievements to date, Owen is sure to continue to lead the way.
MORE THAN SPORT AWARD RECIPIENTS (ROLL OF HONOUR)
Colin Eastwood, Chairman of Toton United FC
Club founder who is dedicated to changing the lives of young people, everyone gets to play at Colin’s club.
Elizabeth Shaw, Lifeguard at Kimberley Leisure Centre
Awarded Best Female Lifeguard in the Country, talented individual with a great team ethic.
Alan Pink, Head Coach of Kimberley Swimming Club
Over 15 years of service, dedicated to ensuring every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.
Tony Rowland, Chairman and Groundsman at Moorgreen Colts FC
Over 12 years of service, dedicates his life to the club and its young people.
Aston Walls, Kimberley Swimming Club
Swam over 1000m to raise awareness for his charities, inspirational young man.
Liam Doherty, Bramcote Swimming Club and Attenborough Cricket Club
Over 16 years of service, providing structure and ensuring everyone’s voice is heard.
Anthony Beaumont, Chairman of Trowell FC
Over 10 years of service, instrumental to the clubs development and success.
Martin and Judith Keeling, Beeston Hockey Club
Over 40 years of service, inspired over 1,000 children and won 20 national team titles.