Athletes, sports clubs, volunteers and coaches across Wiltshire were recognised for their exceptional achievements at the fifth Wiltshire Sports Awards on October 22.
The 2014 Wiltshire Sports Awards were jointly hosted by Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Health Improvement Panel, and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and sponsored by Landmarc.
The prestigious event, hosted by former England rugby captain Phil de Glanville, saw display from Wiltshire Martial Arts before the winners in 12 categories were announced.
Along with the awards, ten Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Sports Scholarship grants of £500 well presented to talented young sports stars aged between eight and 16 years old, from across Wiltshire to support them on their sports journey. Find out more about the grant recipient
Held in the Atrium at County Hall in Trowbridge, the event was also attended by special guest 2006 Commonwealth Champion, 2004 Olympic and 2007 World Championship bronze medallist, heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.
Kelly Sotherton stated: “Being an athlete takes so much commitment and hard work but you also need a strong network of coaches and clubs to help you reach your goals. This evening was a great way to recognise the hard work of so many people involved in sport in Wiltshire.”
The 2014 Wiltshire Sports Awards winners are:
Sports Personality of the year
Laura Halford -Rhythmic Gymnastics
In the last 12 months, Cricklade resident, Laura has won medals at major Rhythmic Gymnastics events for both Wales and Great Britain. Her achievements this year include retaining her All-Around Individual title at the British Championships and Welsh National Champion title. Laura followed this up by winning three medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow including silver in the Team event, bronze in the All-Around Individual competition and a bronze in the Ball final.
Young Sports Personality of the Year
Lauren Booth Cycling
Lauren is a C4 cyclist aged13 years old from Chippenham. She is a member of the British Cycling GB Academy. The last 12 months have seen Lauren win on both the track and the road. Her successes have included winning the UCI Youth Omnium Championship and breaking the Paracycling senior British record for the Women’s C4 flying 200m and C4 500m time trial as well as the World record for the Women’s C4 flying 200m. In September Lauren came second in the Flying 200m at the British Championships and becamenew British Champion for the para 500m time trial, riding an amazing race in a time of 40.654 seconds, a new National record.
Sports Personality of the year – Athlete with a Disability
Stephanie Millward – Swimming
Stephanie is from Corsham and is an elite Paralympic swimmer who has represented Great Britain in the S9 category at numerous championships winning top honors. At the 2012 London Paralympics Stephanie won four silver medals and a bronze medal. In the 2013 IPC World Championships in Canada, she won four gold medals and one silver medal. This year at the IPC European Championships Stephanie won a total of seven medals, five gold including the Women’s400m Freestyle (S9); Women’s 100m Freestyle (S9) Women’s 100m Backstroke (S9); Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34pts; Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 pts, one silver in the Women’s 200m Medley (SM9) and a bronze in the Women’s 100m Butterfly (S9).
Unsung Hero for the Year
Rebecca has volunteered for Bradford on Avon (BOA) Amateur Swimming Club since she was 13. She has graduated from assisting at poolside through team member and team captain, to a Level 2 coach. Her enthusiasm led to her becoming involved in the organisation of the club. As well as supporting the club, Rebecca also serves on the Wiltshire Masters Swimming Committee as secretary. She has been delivering voluntary help to BOA, and to the wider Wiltshire swimming community, for over 22 years. Through her commitment she has ensured that children arriving at the club in BOA have developed from being unable to swim to swimming, progressing within the club levels, and finally moving upwards to County, Regional and National levels. Crucially she leads by example; continuing to participate in events, including successes at Regional and Open meets. Rebecca thereby acts as an exemplar, and is a perfect role model for her students at all levels.
Long Service to Sport Award
Marion and Dave Picter
This couple has been involved in football for the past 50 years. With their support Malmesbury Youth Football Club was formed in 1989and now has 200 players and 14 teams. Marion and Dave have also developed a relationship with the local adult team to create a player pathway and encourage the transition from youth to adult football. All members of the club respect and admire them for their continued commitment; they have even got their names engraved on the club house wall. As well as continuing to drive the club forward, Marion and Dave have been instrumental in securing the long–term future of the club through the negotiation of a 35 year lease.
Young Volunteer of the Year
Ben is 17 years old and from Chippenham. Volunteering for Chippenham Amateur Swimming Club, he regularly assists the coaches’ poolside as well as helping to organise and deliver a recent water polo event. Along with volunteering for his club, Ben also supports the Wiltshire Disability Swimming squad during their monthly sessions. Ben’s help at these sessions means more individual attention can be given to a larger number of participants. Ben is currently undertaking his Level 1 coaching qualification and, under the supervision of club coaches, is developing and implementing coaching sessions for younger club members.
Coach of the Year – Voluntary
Lee Ness – UK Athletics, Level 3
Lee has been the head sprint coach at the City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club for five years. In that time he has grown the sprint team to 40 sprinters and 12 hurdlers. The current group contains nine county champions, holds six Wiltshire Athletics records and 41 club records. Lee also acts as coaching coordinator for the club and has been involved in developing the coaching structure within the county by organising a series of coaching courses. This has led to 13 athletics coaches trained at Salisbury, nine athletics leaders trained in Devizes, 41 coaching assistants trained at Salisbury and 19 Level 2 athletics officials trained at Salisbury. Lee has been nominated by the England Athletics Coach Mentor for Sprints to join the National Coach Development Programme and now acts as the Track and Field Team Manager for Wiltshire Athletics.
Coach of the Year – Professional: Joint winners
Jimmy Deane – Rugby and Multi-sport, Level 3
Jimmy is the head coach for the StreetGames Doorstep Sports Club which has delivered various sports to 30 hard to reach young people from the Friary Estate in Salisbury. He delivers weekly sessions alongside other coaches to both males and females on the basics of touch-rugby. Jimmy has also delivered weekly sessions in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Tidworth ensuring more young people have benefited from the programme. StreetGames recognised the work on the Friary in April by awarding the project ‘Innovative Club of the Year’ at their annual sports awards. Jimmy has also worked on the delivery of Level 2 School Games rugby festivals for several years in the west and north of the county. In 2014 this included 150 children from Chippenham.
Triathlon, Level 3 Coach; ASA Swimming, Level 2; British Cycling Road and TT Coach, Level 2 Shaun has been coaching for 26 years. He is a swim teacher at Durrington Pool teaching the next generation of swimmers. He coaches 80 children four hours per week which he has done for three years. Keen to inspire the next generation Shaun has set up and run triathlon training camps for children in south Wiltshire coaching over 100 children. He has also coached GB Age Group triathletes, covering distances from Olympic to Ironman via both club sessions and one to one coaching, with individuals such as James Barber qualifying for the World Championships this year, while Sam Wilson won the European Championships under 23 age category in 2011. Shaun has become involved in Coaching on the International stage as Head Coach of the Guyana National Cycling Team taking their cyclists to the highest ranked events on the cycling calendar including two Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014, Pan Am Cycling Championships in Colombia and the UCI Cycling World Championships in Denmark in 2011. Shaun is also involved in coaching the Army at their triathlon training camps both here and in Germany. He is also a coach educator for the British Triathlon Federation and runs days for the National Trust to enable them to put on triathlons.
Inclusion Coach of the Year
Colin Baross – UKCC Athletics, Level 3
Colin’s coaching group has grown to include a further four disability athletes, all of whom train alongside highly ranked able bodied athletes. One of Colin’s disability athletes, Polly Maton, is now on the UK Athletics Talent Development Programme. Colin has also taken quite an innovative coaching approach to sessions, which was developed after a partially sighted athlete attended a session. The athlete is supported by guide runners who wear light coloured t shirts and run in the lanes next to him to give him something to follow around the track bend. Through the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme, Colin has been encouraged to mentor other coaches and now works with four coaches at Team Devizes (Moonrakers Athletics Club) and was also named the 2014 Wiltshire Athletic Association Coach of the year.
Young Coach of the Year
Elly Humphries – Cheerleading, Level 2
Elly is the Assistant Coach at the Phoenix Stars Cheerleading Club in Salisbury. She has developed her skills in the sport and has attended several training courses in order to get better qualified. She has helped to take two teams to an international competition in 2013 and to regional and national events in 2014. Elly has also assisted in recruiting over 75 new members to the club since September 2013. She has helped to develop a successful training programme, which has seen the club’s athletes improve their skills, with some now working on level six stunts and tumbling which is at a world class standard. Elly creates all the choreography for the club and from September this year she will be choreographing routines for five squads.
Sports Club of the Year
Marlborough Youth Football Club
Formed in 2009, the club has a total of 240 players. The club has created a girls section encouraging 65 girls to sign up for a free eight week pilot during the summer (U7-U13) which has now created regular teams.The club have developed an online coaching resource using Dropbox to share coaching materials, centralised administration and player registration, and organised events for all of their teams. To enable growth, partnerships have been created with Marlborough Rugby Club and Marlborough College while the club has also worked with the Town Council to find locations to play football in the town.
Most Inclusive Club of the Year
AFC Melksham Ability Counts
This community football team caters for footballers that have a range of learning and physical disabilities. As a club, inclusion for all is of paramount importance. The club has a range of training sessions, which they tailor to the level and ability of their players.
A Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer of the Year category was also presented to:
Jordan is 17 years old and from Calne. He has been part of a group of five young people who have been the driving force in getting a new skate park built in Calne. This work involved Jordan presenting to councillors and decision makers to obtain permission for the build, as well as gaining support from the local community for the project. He also joined the Wiltshire Skate Series committee and helped to deliver competitive skating events across Wiltshire during the summer, volunteering at two events. Jordan is currently undertaking his Level 2 Doorstep Sport coaching award
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