Congratulations to all nominees for the 2013 Coventry Solihull & Warwickshire Sports Awards which took place on Thursday 7th November 2013 at St John’s Hotel, Solihull.
2013 CSW Sports Awards Winners
Community Project of the Year – Kickz
Delivery started in July 2012, over 458 young people, aged 12-18, have been engaged in the football and multi-sports programme. The project attracts young people from across a number of wards in the Coventry Area. Helping them to integrate and challenge perceptions from other backgrounds. As a result, anti-social behaviour dropped by 43% in the Kickz target areas.
BBC Newcomer of the Year – Coventry Handball Club
This club started with just 13 people inspired by handball at London 2012. None of them had played handball before and in less than a year it had over 250 people training, with representations from over 31 countries. Their first team has since beaten some of the best sides in the country and now boasts 4 mens teams and 2 womens teams and a junior side.
PE Teacher of the Year – Laura Webb
Laura is a PE Teach at Avon Valley School and has had a very successful year coaching a variety of teams to victory. The rounder’s team qualified for the CSW School Games and finished 4th, the Trampolining team also qualified and took gold. She trained the under 16’s football, winning County champions. She continues to inspire girls to maintain participation in sports for enjoyment, competitions and fitness.
Coach of the Year – Sarah Biggs, Cheerleading
Sarah has spent 10 years dedicating her time to encourage young people to participate in Cheerleading. This saw her lead a team of 24 young adults to become the highest scoring team at USASF Cheerleading Worlds 2013 in Florida. She is now working on ‘Team England’, bringing together cheerleaders to represent the UK at the 2014 Worlds.
Unsung Hero – Sandra Price, Netball
Sandra has given 54 years to volunteering in Netball. She has played, coached, umpired netball and been a member of a number of Committees including her Club, Copsewood Diamonds, Warwickshire County, Local League and a National Committee. At the age of 69, she is still fixtures secretary for her club and recently succeeded in securing funding for new courts, enabling increased participation. Sandra also manages to volunteer 4 days a week leading on fund raising for Atrium Health Cardio Pulmonary.
Young Sports Volunteer of the Year – Hannah Richards
Hannah has clocked over 500 voluntary hours in local primary schools and at sporting events. She spent two weeks volunteering at an underprivileged school in South Africa and is an Adidas gold sports ambassador, training others to deliver sport to able and less abled children. Hannah has organised and run a mini Olympics sports event. She is trained in a number of sports including, Netball, Rounders, Dance and Inclusion Sports.
Junior Team of the Year – RLS Elite Cheerleaders
This team, made up of 1 boy and 19 girls ages 11-16, is part of a larger programme based in Warwick, with 100 children and young adults learning the disciplines of Cheerleading. They attended the UKCA National Championships at Level 4 and finished as UK champions, going on to represent the UK and the European’s Level 5 competitions, where they finished 2nd, missing out by 1 point! This is the highest place a team from the UK has finished in Europe since the competitions began!
Young Sportswoman of the Year – Paris Jackson, Kickboxing
Paris qualified again for the GB Kickboxing team. She came first in the Juniors and Women’s categories of the CIMAC World Cup and first place British WAKO Champion.
Young Sportsman of the Year – Jake Hersey, Tennis
Jake is ranked No.1 for his age group in Great Britain for Tennis. He is also the highest ranked GB player for his age in Europe! Jake won the Under 14’s AEGON Junior International in Edinburgh July 2013, an international field with the majority of players being a year older.
Higher/Further Education Sportsperson of the Year – Emily Hickman, Judo
Emily’s exceptional University Judo career was confirmed with her third consecutive gold medal at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield in February 2013. This led to her selection for the EUSA European Judo Championships, where she achieved 7th place. Emily is currently working to be selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games 2014!
Community Club of the Year – Old Silhillians Hockey Club
Old Silhillians donated around £7,000 of kit to schools in less affluent areas of North Solihull and Coventry and provided coaches free of charge. They also organised the Level 2 School competitions in these areas and ran the Hockey competition at the Level 3 CSW School Games. The clubs membership increased from 170 to 260 by the end of the season.
Team of the Year – Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders
Coventry Dynamite was the highest scoring team at the USASF Cheerleading Worlds in 2013 in Florida. They are multiple national and grand champion title winners at the largest cheerleading competition in the UK. They continue to encourage local children and young adults to participate, helping to develop social skills, team work and confidence.
Sportswoman of the Year – Sue Harrison, Running
Sue achieved Bronze at the 100k European Championships, ranking her 3rd in the world. Sue’s 1st place at the 50k Perth Open saw her winner time, of 3 hours and 41 minutes, become the fastest recorded by a British woman so far.
Sportsman of the Year – Tom Price, Rugby
Tom played in all 5 matches which led to the England’s Under 20’s winning the Junior World Rugby Championships for the first time. Tom is now first team at Leicester Tigers and is capped in three age groups.
Lifetime Achievement – Robert MacVie
Robert has taught in a variety of sports for 37 years in three South Warwickshire Primary Schools. He has been Secretary of the South Warwickshire Primary School Sports Association for 26 years, arranging tournaments for football, tag rugby, cricket and rounders. He has been South Warwickshire County Schools FA Secretary since 2008.
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