Nottingham Sports Awards 2012
Nottingham City Council proudly hosted it's third 'Nottingham Sports Awards' on 22 November 2012 at the Council House, Old Market Square, Nottingham.
The awards look to recognise and reward the contribution to sport being made by local clubs, individuals and volunteers in the city.
Please find below a full list of winners and runners up.
Coach of the year - Barry O'Dowd
Barry has been coaching boxing and working with the young people within the community for a number years and has earned a high amount of respect throughout the club and community. Barry is now 64 years old and takes the club 5 evenings a week and Saturday mornings, early sessions for ages 5-11 and later sessions for the older ones for both boys and girls. The community showed further support when he was nominated to be one of the 2012 Olympic Torch bearers and was cheered on as he passed the torch over to Torvill and Dean for the final leg.
Junior volunteer of the year - Chloe Whitworth
(Sponsored by One Nottingham)
Chloe is the youngest member at My Sight Nottinghamshire and originally joined the rambling group to accompany her grandfather who is registered as blind. At the age of 12, too young to be a volunteer sighted guide Chloe went along anyway and with special permission from her mum and those at My Sight Nottinghamshire she became a recognised member.
The leader of the rambling group said that "I am confident in her ability to safely guide any of our users over any terrain what so ever....when not guiding she will open gates and when the need arises act as a general safety person, Chloe has so far this year walked over 100 miles with the ramblers and is always ready to join in the fun.... She really is a star."
Sian Alicia Gray-Finch
Volunteer of the year - Helen Hood
Helen is one of the driving forces behind the team which organise and provide the community with Colwick parkrun. The parkrun is a free 5k run held every Saturday at Colwick Park; it is set up and marshalled entirely by volunteers. Helen not only volunteers almost every Saturday but works continuously behind the scenes all week, every week. Without Helens tireless efforts the parkrun simply would not happen.
The parkrun is attended by so many local people including young, old and those with disabilities. Many of these people have benefitted from the event and have improved their fitness and health. Not only does Helen help to run and organise the Colwick parkrun she also find the time to coach children and young adults at the Rushcliffe athletics club.
Voluntary community project of the year - Ridewise
(Sponsored by Decade of Better Health)
RideWise trains over 400 adults and children in the City every year. Ridewise introduces children into cycling throughout the city, provides support to the Ucycle project at the city's universities and hospitals, and runs projects targeting those at risk of cardiovascular disease. The Ridewise team also runs projects in order to promote inclusion of cycling within the community such as, 'cycling for all' which is aimed at families and people with disabilities and providing loan bikes for people who cannot afford to buy a bicycle.
Ridewise has also introduced a new award winning scheme called sportivate where young people who are not currently choosing to take part in sport are given the chance to get involved in sports such as judo, golf, tennis, wakeboarding, athletics, and parkour or free running.
Somali Unity & Cultural Centre
Most physically active school - Whitmoor academy
(Sponsored by Notts County Football Club)
Whitemoor Academy has took part in 27 inter school competitions in 15 separate sports, winning 9, runner up in 6 and 2 third places. Many teams went on to represent the city in county schools finals and one team reaching the national final of Futsal.
The school has an active program of physical activity, There is an activity for all children to take part in at both break times and lunchtimes and an extensive after schools program which has on average 2 sporting clubs per weekday evening. There is a wide variety of intra school competition which every child has the opportunity to take part in. Each week in the school a gifted and talented session and a special educational needs session takes place and the school now boasts many budding future sports stars and Paralympics stars indentified by outside coaches.
Oakfield School and Sports College
Outstanding achievement award - Phil Stephenson
(Sponsored by Nottingham Forest Football Club)
Phil was diagnosed as blind in his youth in 1992 and due to health and safety risks his opportunities to take part in sport were non existent. In May 2009 Phil suffered a mild heart attack which was to be a changing point in his life. Phil decided to bring sport into his life and at first started with gym sessions and his love for sport grew.
Phil became an integral part of the goalball team and appointed captain of the cricket team. In July 2011 Phil lost all his remaining sight due to an accident. Phil has used his sport to show that you can do anything you want to no matter what life throws at you. His achievements include winning gold medal at the goalball UK novice tournament being top scorer overall in Dec 2011 and captaining Notts knights cricket team finishing 2nd in the northern development league.
Senior sports star - Tom Ryan
(Sponsored by Nottingham City Homes)
Tom won the inter-generational dance at the council house with his young partner for his jiving and extremely lively dancing but then had a terrible fall and struggled just moving due to pain. He now plays a role as a volunteer and organizes dances and has managed against the injury returned to dancing again. Tom likes to keep active by walking regularly and has also signed up to participate in the table tennis sessions that the Elders Forum will be starting at Victoria leisure centre.
Junior team of the year - Beeston hockey club girls U18s
(Sponsored by Sports Council for Schools)
Beeston hockey club girls U18 became the first team in the Juniors Club history to retain the National Indoor titles and also went on to win the National Outdoor cup to complete the National Domestic Double. In winning both titles they remained undefeated throughout the year winning every match they played, also becoming Midlands Indoor Champions along the way.
In the Indoor competition they played 10 matches winning all 10 scoring 43 goals and conceding 5. In the National Outdoor Cup they played 6 matches, scoring 37 goals and conceded only 2. The U18 girls were a fantastic team which included several players who having been developed by the club played age group international hockey. In addition every member of the squad played at County or Regional level.
Nottingham Knight Netball Team
Senior team of the year - Beeston Men's hockey club 1st
Beeston Men's First Team had another season packed with individual and team successes. The team retained their position as one of the top 2 teams in the Country. During the 2011/2012 season Beeston finished as Runners up in the national Premier Indoor Championships, Runners up in the National Premier League, National Cup winners for 3rd consecutive season, Qualifying for a 4th consecutive season to represent England in Europe.
In addition to the teams success the club boasted 9 international players, 2 of whom represented Great Britain at the Olympics, 1 England U21 International and 1 captained the England U18 team. In addition to playing for the first team they also contribute as a group to the coaching of the junior players at the club.
Junior disabled sports player of the year - Alex Hopkinson
(Sponsored by Ability Nottingham)
Alex has shown great determination over the past year and has achieved some great results in new sports he has taken up in the past year. Alex is a very determined athlete turning up every week to Special Olympics and training in many different sports.
Alex only recently decided to join West Bridgford Tennis Club and pursue his chosen sport of Tennis. After joining the disability sessions Alex went straight into the National disability tennis tournament and obtained 2 silver medals, following this Alex then took part in the West Bridgford National Open again winning 2 silvers. Alex is currently training to take part in the Nationals once again in November this time to pursue a Gold
Alex also trains very hard at the Oak Field Badminton club and was the only participant to go forwards to the 4 Nations para Badminton tournament at Nottingham Trent University. Alex did very well at the tournament winning 1 of his matches. Alex now aspires to take part in this again next year.
Disabled sports person of the year - Terry Rodgers
(Sponsored by East Midlands Trains)
Terry has used running as a means to change his life and improve his health all whilst managing his disabilities. Terry received a head injury playing football in 1980's when knocked into a metal goalpost. This prevented him participating further in any contact sport, so he concentrated on running and completed 36 marathons and many more half marathons before he developed epilepsy in 1996 and had to stop.
Terry also has a condition called hyperacusis, which makes everyday noise very uncomfortable. Terry has been a regular at Colwick parkrun. He is guided by a growing number of fellow runners and has progressed from walking some of the 5k course to running. Terry has made sport part of his life again and as a result he has improved his health, fitness and made many new friends. Terry has also recently volunteered as a marshal at the parkrun. Despite not being able to see, he stood and directed runners around part of the 5k course.
Junior sports person of the year - Natasha Hofton
(Sponsored by South Notts College)
Natasha has been named as the nova swimmer of the year for the 2011-2012 season. This award has been awarded previously to the likes of Rebecca Adlington, Sam and Ollie Hynd, all of which are medallists in the recent Olympics and Paralympics in London.
Natasha started the season by representing the England Youth Squad at the Canada Cup making finals in backstroke and relay events. The end of 2011 saw her ranked No.1 in Europe in 200m Backstroke for her age.
At the National Youth Championships 2012, Natasha won 2 Gold in the 100m Backstroke and the 4x100m Medley Team and won Bronze in the 200m Backstroke. Natasha is a great example of a hardworking swimmer and is a hopeful for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Sports person of the year - Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie
(Sponsored by Fast Graphics)
Etienne and Tim have had a fantastic 2012. This year they were part of the British team that won gold at the European championships in Augsburg in the team C-2 team event. Adding to this they are also the British premier division champions and British open champions.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics the pair made it into the final taking the last qualifying position, Etienne and Tim ran first in the final, securing a time of 106.41. The time was not beaten and Etienne and Tim won the gold medal in front of a 12,000 strong home crowd at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Stott and Baillie's success was described as "unexpected" and a "surprise", with the pair describing winning gold as "mad".
Club of the year - Hellfire Harlots Roller Derby
The Hellfire Harlots are a successful and highly competitive roller derby league team. As well as being passionate about the sport of roller derby, they also want to support and improve their community.
Over the past 12 months they have won 7 out of 10 roller derby bouts, took part in their first international roller derby bout and had one of their members represent England in the first ever world cup event. In the community they have supported the Nottingham women's centre through donating proceeds of raffles to decorate their basement and have supported CP Sports, a charity that promotes sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy.
A&C Sword Fencing
Beeston Hockey Club
Lifetime Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity - Lee Martin
(Sponsored by Sport Nottinghamshire)
Lee is currently a 6th degree black belt in traditional karate and free style martial arts, Lee has a strong desire and determination to pass on these fundamental skills and he spends his time teaching life and martial arts skills to the communities within the city of Nottingham on a daily basis. Currently Lee teaches to varied groups and is known to go the extra mile to learn new skills such as sign language to encourage participation and inclusion.
Lee is the chief executive of the United Federation of Martial arts and one of the directors for World Organisation of Martial Arts Athletes based in America and a member of the United Congress of Martial Arts. Despite all these achievements he has a desire for the city of Nottingham and is currently working to bring the world games to the city.