Disability Sports Awards
|In the week that saw cricket legend Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff crowned BBC sports personality of the year, sporting achievement in South Gloucestershire was also recognised.
The council’s Sports Awards 2005 recognises achievement and dedication in sports and physical activity and has 16 categories including young sportsman and woman of the year, disability sports person of the year and recognition for the district’s best physical education (PE) teachers.
Pictured is Cameron Stevens, young disability sportsperson of the year, who is the first pupil to be picked from Culverhill special school to represent the South Gloucestershire Athletics squad.
Despite learning difficulties, Cameron is an extremely good runner and was a member of the team that went on to win the South West athletics championships which took place in Torbay earlier this year.
He is pictured with Christopher Summerhayes who picked up an award for disability sports volunteer of the year after being singled out as a great role model to children and young people.
Christopher, who has special needs, volunteers at South Gloucestershire Union of Disability Multi-Sport club and Bowsland Green and Patchway judo clubs. He completed his community sports leader award earlier this year.
Other accolades went to Andy Davies who won sportsman of the year after winning several British championships and grand championship martial arts titles in Tae Kwon Do.
Maiken Thorne, a gymnast, won young sportswoman of the year after collecting a staggering 15 gold medals at the British Schools Championships in recent years. Maiken is currently the 11-to-16-year-old British gymnastics champion.
John Bath picked up a personal achievement award for his dedication to sports. In 1981, aged just 21, John started a judo club in Patchway which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. He has coached over 20 British international judo stars and is an inspiration to would-be coaches, young and old.
Residents were asked to nominate their local sporting heroes who were rewarded for their efforts at an awards ceremony sponsored and hosted by Airbus, last Thursday.
Other winners include:
Sara Barry – sportswoman of the year
Chris Summerhayes receiving his Coach Apprentice Award