2007 Winners

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Winner – Hayley Murray

Hayley is County, Midland and National Champion in her age group in Hammer Throw. She is ranked lst in her age group in the Country and won the English Schools earlier this year – her P.B. in this event is 48.79m. Hayley was selected to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Greece in the European Youth Championships where she won the competition with a throw of 46m

Young Sportsman of the Year

Winner – Nathan Woodward

Is currently ranked No.1 in UK and No.3 in Europe Warwickshire county 400m H champion – May English Schools senior 400m H champion – July Is currently in Holland competing at the European Junior Championships. Nathan is on the 2012 development team with Uk Athletics, is coached by Matt Hargreaves and mentored by David Hemery (olympic champion 1968) Trains hard, is fully committed to his sport and yet still balances academic studies at the same time achieving 3 A* 4 A’s and 3 B’s in Gcse last year. Nathan is a level 1 Coach and helps coach younger athletes at Star Track in the summer.

Junior/School Team Of The Year

Winner – Gemini Cheerleaders Team

Gemini Cheerleaders are an equal opportunity co-ed programme. Set-up in 1996, they are the longest running Junior Cheerleading programme in Coventry. In June, their Junior B squad (aged 12-15) represented the UK at the European Cheerleading Championships for the 5th consecutive year, which is an absolutely outstanding achievement. In fact, they are the first UK squad to achieve this!

Coventry Schools Sports Partnership Primary School Award

Winner – Mel Starkey

Mel has driven the development of dance in the primary schools within Coventry for many years and also been an excellent PE Coordinator for over 15 years, working with large numbers of children, always maintaining a balance of successes teams and active participation with her children.

Coventry Schools Sports Partnership Secondary School Award

Winner – Shirley Mayall

Shirley has developed the Coundon Court leadership programme which has an excellent benefit to students both at Coundon and in the surrounding primary schools. She has extended her work to a number of schools across the city, her enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge has been recognised as key factors in the the success of her work.

Higher/Further Education Sportsperson Of The Year

Winner – Katrina Wootton

Katrina Wootton won the 1500m UK Championships producing a timely PB of 4:09:56 to go just 0.43 inside the World Championships B standard.

Community Coach Of The Year

Winner – Leon Gordon More then just Basketball.

Leon is not just a basketball coach he is a mentor and a friend to his now extended family – his team. Leon started with Positive Futures as a volunteer in 2004 and has brought many young people on the programme through hard times, personal issues, drug misuse and crime by giving them ambitions and a sence of belonging. Leon builds up and maintains relationships with parents, guardians and teachers to enable everyone to sing off the same hymn sheet when mentoring the young people. A team of under 19’s have been entered into the men’s division 2 basketball league and are holding their own by winning a majority of their matches. 4 young people are having trials for the Birmingham team and are playing against an American team. When scouts have approached Leon for some of his players he sits them down and agrees for them to go as long as they attend school and aim for college and an education. Leon has helped 1 young person who was constantly in tr ouble with the police and gangs to audition for an acting school, he is presently in London for 6 weeks on trial and will hopefully gain a scholarship for 3 years. Through his coaching with Positive Futures, Leon was approached by the police – Kirk Doors QPM – to become a mediator, which he now does successfully.

Community Sports Award

Winner – NS Fusion

Frequently cited as a model of national best practice, NS Fusion has been featured in Regeneration and Renewal, and Society Guardian. Case study material has been published by IDeA Knowledge www.idea-knowledge.gov.uk West Midlands Police have confirmed an 11% reduction in Total Recorded Crime in the Fordbridge Area since the NS Fusion boxing programme started in November 2006. There has also been a 12% reduction in disorder logs (calls) to the area and Bosworth Drive crime hotspot.

Sports Volunteer Of The Year

Winner – Philip Douthwaite

Phil has made a huge contribution to Radway Cricket Club for over 20 years. He works on the pitch, in administration, runs three junior teams and produces newsletters for club. He is a qualified coach for Warwickshire CCC.

Media Reporter Of The Year

Winner – Geoff Foster

Geoff Foster is a former winner of this prize. With Clive Eakin, he provides coverage of the Sky Blues on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and also covers the Coventry Blaze, presenting “Face Off”, a monthly ice hockey magazine programme.

Disabled Sportswoman Of The Year

Winner – Fleur O’Donahue, Equestrian At the Special Olympics national games in Cardiff

Fleur was placed fourth in three events. Four years later at the last national games in Glasgow she won 2 gold and 1 silver medal. These were in dressage, trials, and horse care and knowledge. She was also awarded ‘Best in Show’.

Disabled Sportsman Of The Year

Winner – Richard Wood, Kayak

Richard and the other three competed together at the last SOGB national games in Glasgow. The world games in Shanghai will be his biggest event ever. He says: “I get a bit nervous In Glasgow I was worried. But when I’m racing I just think I’m going to do it. I look towards the finish line. Even with only seconds left I keep going past the line. In Glasgow it was brilliant. I went like lightning. And I did it, I won gold for the 500m and silver for 200m.”

Professional Manager/Coach of The Year

Winner – Ty Watson

Ty Watson is the player-coach Carvell Coventry Bears who’ve just won the Rugby League Conference Midland Premier title with a 100% league record. Ty was a leading player with the Bears and recently returned to lead their title charge.

Team Of The Year

Winner – Cassidy Coventry Blaze

The Cassidy Coventry Blaze won Ice Hockey’s Elite League for the second time in three years. For good measure, they also won the Challenge Cup to prove themselves Britain’s outstanding team.

Sportswoman Of The Year

Winner – Sarah McGreavy

Leamington-born Sara McGreavy is one of the rising stars of British athletics. She celebrated her best career performance in March when she finished fifth for Great Britain in the European Athletics Championships.

Sportsman of the Year

Winner – Marlon Devonish

Coventry’s Marlon Devonish MBE is enjoying an outstanding 2007. He has recorded personal best times in both the 100 and 200 metres and won a bronze medal at the World Championships in the 4x100m.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner – Paul Thompson

Born in Singapore, Paul Thompson aged only 40 has coached Solihull & Coventry teams not only professionally but in the juniors as well to over 15 major trophies in just 10 years, including 5 in the last three years. He is also head coach of the national team, and also oversees the business running of the Coventry Blaze.

Sporting Occasion Of The Year

Winner – UK School Games

The UK School Games saw 1300 competitors in eight sports battling for honours at venues across the city of Coventry. A world junior record was smashed in the athletics along with a national junior record in swimming. Former Olympic stars such as Daly Thompson and Dame Kelly Holmes turned out to support the athletics and highlight the significance of the Games.