Disability Sports Awards

Sport Awards, December 2006

Awards have been given to recognise talented sportsmen, sportswomen to PE teachers and sports volunteers from South Gloucestershire.

Supported by Airbus, the 2006 South Gloucestershire Sports awards celebrates the sporting achievement and the dedication and hard work of South Gloucestershire’s top athletes, coaches, clubs and schools

Councillor Shirley Potts, executive member for communities, said: “South Gloucestershire has a huge number of sports clubs and organisations delivering first class support and training to sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages and abilities.

“Taking part in sport, whether for competition or just for fun, is a great way to keep fit and make friends and clubs have an important role to play in our communities.

“The awards programme recognises the achievements and individual talent of South Gloucestershire’s athletes but also dedication and support of the people who have helped them to get there.”

Awards were presented by BBC Radio Bristol’s Head of SportGeoff Twentyman and Cllr Jim Cullimore, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council at the special ceremony at the British Aerospace Welfare Association Club, Filton on November 30 .

Awards were given in 13 categories:

Airbus Community Sport Award
Iva Hall – Thornbury Rugby Club
Iva was a founder member of Thornbury RFC in 1963 and since then has been the treasurer of the club, some 43 years. During this time he has developed the club senior and junior sides. He has also run the line for the 1st XV from the day the club was founded until today.

Sportsman of the Year
Runner up: Larry Godfrey
Winner: Sean Francis
Sean is a very dedicated young sportsman with cerebral palsy. He plays a game called Boccia, which is a ball game which is an accessible ball game like petanque. He started playing whilst at college, and since leaving 3 years ago, has taken the game more seriously and as a result his game has improved considerably. Sean’s long term aim is to represent Great Britain in the Paralympics Team 2012.

Sportswoman of the Year
Winner: Kate Grey - Thornbury Swimming Club
Kate lost her left hand at the age of two, but that has never stopped her from achieving her potential. Sport has been a major part of her life and one of her greatest passions especially swimming.
She recently gave a speech about the Paralympic Speech where she said:
‘Whatever your ability, sports gives everyone the opportunity to participate, compete and achieve. Not everybody can be a medallist but all who compete in disability sport are Winners’

Young Disability Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Oliver James
Oliver, who has Cerebral Palsy, started judo at the age of 3 in a special needs class and has progressed into a mainstream class. He enters local training events against other clubs, as he is still too young to compete, He shows great confidence to train with other children has a wonderful personality and brings a smile to everyone who meets him

Young Sportsman of the Year
Runner James Preston Athletics, Grange School
Jake Bunce Cleve Archers
Winner: Grant Sage Thornbury Swimming Club
Grant has been a British Champion 4 years in a row, but he seldom talks of his achievements.

Young Sportswoman of the Year
Runner up: Jade Ellans - Athletics, Grange School
Winner: Lauren Hicks – Cleve Archers
Lauren is a very dedicated and enthusiastic athlete and ambitious to succeed in her chosen sport Archery. Her shooting achievements over the last year speak for themselves. She is focused and prepared to work hard to achieve her goals

Young Sports Volunteer Award
Runner up Jack Sandman
Winners: Adam Kent and Shaun Halford
Adam & Shaun are two 6th formers at Chipping Sodbury School. They have setup a school football team and took on responsibility for coaching and organising school matches. They have given other pupils the opportunity to play football regularly and have worked professional and done an excellent job!

Sports Volunteer Award
Runner up: David Stevens
Winner Michael Collett - Thornbury Cricket Club
Michael has played a key role in development of youth cricket at Thornbury Cricket Club for the past ten years as Head Coach and Chairman of the Youth Committee.

Personal Achievement Award
Barbara Woods
Barbara has faced the difficulties of living with multiple Sclerosis, which she has had for half her life. She only learnt to swim in the last two years and has had the strength to complete the ‘Swim the Channel Challenge’ at Thornbury Leisure Centre.

School Sport Award (separate junior and secondary school category, awarded to the school which has done most to promote school sport and physical activity to young people)
Runner Up: Hanham Abbots Junior School
Winner: Crossways Junior School

Sports Coach Award
Runner up: Nikki Thorne
Runner up: Ray Jones
Winner: Steve Scott-Bowen

The Sports Link Award (awarded to the sports club which has done most to promote (club-school links)
Runner up: Chipping Sodbury Tennis Club
Winner: Yate Feeder and Yate Academy Athletics Clubs

PE Teacher of the Year (separate junior and secondary school category)
Runner up: Stephanie Hall - Elm Park Primary School
Winner: Steve Evans – Hanham Abbots Junior School


Children from Grange multi sport club getting achievement award

Oliver James wins young disabled sportman of the year award

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