A spectacular year of sport celebrated at the Suffolk Sports Awards
Posted: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:09
The Suffolk Sports Awards took place recently at Kesgrave Hall celebrating a fantastic year for Suffolk's sporting talent, clubs, schools, projects and the heroes who work for the love of their sport.
The night was a triumphant success with so much to celebrate across Suffolk.
We are delighted to announce this year's winners featured below:
The Harrod UK Sports Personality of the Year Awardwinner Adrian Last - Clay Pigeon Shooting
Archant Young Sports Personality of the Year Award winner Jordan Catchpole - Para Swimming
The BBC Radio Suffolk Unsung Hero Award winner Michael Hurlock - Badminton
Topcoach Academy Coach of the Year Awardwinner Emily Ison - Squash
South Suffolk Leisure Club of the Year Award winner Woolpit Cricket Club
Abbeycroft Leisure School of the Year Award winner Birchwood Primary School
Active Waveney & Sentinel Leisure Lifetime Achievement Awardwinner Sheelagh Watts - Tennis
The Elena Baltacha Award winner David Swales
People's Choice Community Showcase Award sponsored by Milsoms Kesgrave Hall winner Bury St Edmunds junior park run
Tracey Loynds Chair of Suffolk Sport spoke about the importance of the county awards event "The Suffolk Sports Awards, now in its 12th year, is an important event in the sporting calendar for Suffolk. The event recognises the hard work, determination, talent and support for sport and activity projects across the county. We were delighted to award such inspirational individuals, clubs and schools in their great work towards getting people active and working towards Suffolk's shared goal of becoming England's Most Active County"
Some of the award winners have spoken about how they feel on winning their coveted awards:
On winning his award, Jordan Catchpole, winner of the Archant UK Young Sports Personality of the Year Award said "I feel proud to of been nominated for this award, and even more proud to of won it. The other nominee's on the shortlist were both great athletes, who did really well this year, so to of won the award means a lot. Thank you to everyone involved with the awards"
Inspirational Elena Baltacha Award winner David Swales spoke of his delight to have won this award for showing how sport can make a positive outcome and difference in someone's life "To win the award was one of the most special experiences I have had. Elena was an amazing person and to receive an award named in her honour was truly humbling. When people say that I am inspirational I rarely acknowledge this as all I feel I have done is cope with a health issue and tried not to let it beat me. Hearing the award announced it made me realise that maybe my experience has helped others and that it does give hope to others who are struggling with many forms of illness. Thank you once again for a wonderful evening"
BBC Radio Suffolk Unsung Hero Award winner Michael Hurlock spent over 50 years promoting and supporting Badminton and even converted a pre-war disused indoor swimming pool at his home to provide a training facility for his local club. Michael added "What a wonderful evening. The organisation holding such a slick evening with so many sports being well represented was second to none. Whilst I am immensely proud, grateful and surprised to be selected as a winner, I believe everyone on every short list on Friday evening were all winners and deserve a mention for their continual enthusiasm and a thank you for all their time willingly given to promote Sport in Suffolk.To receive such an award at the age of 90 is such an honour, the trophy takes pride of place at Glevering Badminton Club- thank you so much."
The Abbeycroft Leisure School of the Year Award was won by Birchwood Primary School. Headteacher Mr Cloke spoke of their delight at winning the award "On behalf of the whole school community of Birchwood Primary; pupils, staff, governors, parents and local businesses, thank you so very much to the judging panel for recognising our school's dedication to sport. We are indeed, passionate about all forms of sport, as we recognise the associated benefits physically, mentally and academically. It is truly amazing to win the award of Suffolk school of sporting excellence for a second time and we are already putting plans into place to enhance sporting opportunities for our pupils, further still. As we say at Birchwood... ' something sportingly special happens here every day!'"
Topcoach Academy Coach of the Year Award winner Emily Ison expressed her delight for winning her award for her love of her sport and the fantastic contribution she makes to squash locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. "I feel so honoured to have won this award. Suffolk is a small county with a fabulous pride and fabulous energy. I cannot thank everyone who has supported both myself and the academy over the years. Proud just doesn't cut it"
Sheelagh Watts was thrilled to have won the Active Waveney and Sentinel Leisure Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for her hard work in Suffolk tennis over 35 years " I was completely surprised, but delighted and honoured, to receive 'The Active Waveney & Sentinel Leisure Lifetime Achievement Award' at the Suffolk Sports Awards. My thanks to everyone involved in such a fantastic evening and to my colleagues at Suffolk LTA who I am privileged to work with and who work so hard to promote tennis in the county." Sheelagh also received another surprise at the awards ceremony with her Son, Stuart Watts flying over from Paris to see his mother receive this coveted award.
Club of the Year Award, sponsored by South Suffolk Leisure, winner Woolpit Cricket Club received funding to improve their facilities for the whole community to enjoy "Woolpit Cricket club are thrilled to be named The South Suffolk Leisure Club of the Year. This award is recognition of the dedication and hard work of the club members, the committee, volunteers, and friends…The club facilities are open to groups who wish to bring health and exercise activities for all age groups. The clubs future is bright and sustainable with facilities fit for purpose across the community."
Adrian Last topped off a great year in Clay Pigeon Shooting to win the Harrod UK Sports Personality of the Year Award. "It was a privilege to be shortlisted and an honour to be named Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year, after a successful year Clay Shooting in Open Competition and the Disabled Shooters Group this is the icing on the cake, words can't express what it means to me. It is good to have a minority sport like clay pigeon shooting recognised."
Suffolk Sport is looking forward to another successful year in sport and community activities across the county and would like to say thank you to everyone who nominated this year, to the shortlisted nominees and their fantastic stories, and to our sponsors for their continued support of the event.
Photographs of the event can be seen in the online gallery at www.suffolksport.com/ssa2017