Sports Personality of the Year

Sports Personality of the Year

Elmbridge celebrates local sporting talent

The Elmbridge Sports Awards ceremony was held at Danes Hill School in Oxshott last Friday (4 November) to celebrate the achievements, dedication, talent and hard-work of some of our local athletes, coaches and volunteers. They had been nominated by the community for their commitment to make Elmbridge an even more active and successful sporting Borough.

The event was hosted by Elmbridge Sports Council and sponsored by Sandown Park, Places for People, Specsavers, Clay Hair Salon, Surrey County Council Local Committee, David J Archer Group of Companies, Councillor Rachael Lake and Active Surrey.

Guest Olympian Giselle Ansley, hockey gold medallist at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, cut a particularly inspirational figure while former Rydens Enterprise School Student and Team GB member, Rebeka Simon, enthused the audience with her fantastic kayaking achievements.

The winners of this year’s Sports Awards were:

  • Junior Sports Personality – Scarlett Meurisse (Cobham Fencing Club)

  • Youth Sports Personality – Pippa Earley (Notre Dame School – Athletics)

  • Senior Sports Personality – Callum Gatherole (Walton Rowing Club)

  • Junior Sports Team – Surrey Youth Games Judo junior boys

  • Youth Sports Team – Molesey Boat Club U18

  • Senior Sports Team – Elmbridge Canoe Club K2/K4

  • Inclusive Sports Award – Mikael Undrom (Kingston Athletics and Polytechnic Harriers, Special Olympics Surrey SE)

  • Schools Award – Cleves School Football Team

  • Young Volunteer – Liam Hanafin (Molesey Juniors Football)

  • Volunteer Award – Anthony Balkwill (Cobham RFC)

  • Coach of the Year – Debbie Parker (Cobham Community Link)

  • Community Coach of the Year – Mark Hams (KT One Two Project)

  • Olympic Themed Coach of the Year – Miklos Simon (Elmbridge Canoe Club)

  • Mick Burgess Club of the Year – Riverside Rebels (running club)

  • The Mayors Award – Rowland Lawler (Elmbridge Canoe Club)

Councillor Barry Cheyne, Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council, said: “So many athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers work really hard for their local sports clubs and these awards are a fitting way to recognise and celebrate all their efforts and achievements. This is the perfect way to demonstrate to them that their dedication to the sporting community will continue to be appreciated and supported."

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, said, “In Elmbridge, we are determined to encourage people of all ages to get involved in sport and are proud to have so many local athletes dedicated to reach even higher levels of performance. We must remember that their goals could not be met without the hard work, dedication and skill of the coaches and sports clubs in the Borough. Congratulations to all this year’s winners and a heartfelt thanks to all the members of the local sporting community who are doing such a great job in supporting sport in Elmbridge”.

Winners of the Elmbridge Sports Awards are automatically put through to the assessment panel for the county awards; The Surrey Sports Awards 2016. Those who are successfully shortlisted for the county awards will be invited to attend the awards show at HG Wells Events and Conference Centre on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

For further information on the Sports Awards, please call 01372 474572 or email

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