Elmbridge Sports Awards

 The Elmbridge Sports Awards ceremony was held at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse last Friday to celebrate the achievements, dedication, talent and hard-work of some of our localathletes, 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 Cllr Barry Cheyne – Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council and sponsored by Sandown Park Racecourses, David J Archer Group of Companies, TGL Group, Active Surrey and places for People.

 This year, hand-cyclist and Elmbridge resident Jonathan Bell was the special guest at the Awards ceremony. A former soldier, paralysed from the upper chest following life changing injuries sustained during military training before deployment in Bosnia, Jonathan, along with a number of other soldiers injured in the incident, discovered a love for cycling and have been raising money and awareness of the charity Blesma ever since. Blesma is an Armed Forces charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-service men and women who have suffered loss of limbs or sight. This year, Jonathan led 75 veterans, most from his Regiment, on a l00 mile cycle ride across the South Yorkshire countryside and raised more than £31,000 for the charity. Jonathan gave an inspirational interview to Radio Jackie on the evening and left the audience in awe of his achievements.

 The Elmbridge Sports Awards also celebrated other local heroes on the night. The winners of this year’s Sports Awards were:

  •  Junior Sports Team - Elmbridge Eagles Rugby League Under 14

  • Senior Sports Team - Riverside Rebels (running)

  • Coach of the year and Inclusive Award - Simon Pethybridge (Wingham Court Care Home)

  • Surrey Youth Games Awards - Team Elmbridge Netball High 5

  • Sports Personality of the Year- Holly Dunford (Molesey Boat Club)

  • Volunteer Award - Vicky Alexander (Cobham RFC)

  • Schools Award U12 -Walton Oak Year 6 Orienteering Team

  • Secondary Schools Award - Heathside School Girls U15 Football Team

  • Mick Burgess Sports Club of the Year - Elmbridge Eagles Rugby Football League

  • Mayor’s Award - Kelly Slaymaker (Walton Oak School)

 Cllr Barry Cheyne, Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council, said: "Congratulations to all the fantastic sportsmen and women who have won an award this evening. They are the backbone of sport in Elmbridge and may well be the champions of tomorrow. It is uplifting to see their talent, determination and skill rewarded. They all are an inspiration to us all now and for the generations to come".

Cllr Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services said; “2017 has been such a fantastic year for sports with the opening of the new Xcel Sports Hub offering additional opportunities for residents to get involved in a variety of sporting activities. We are proud to have so many local athletes dedicated to reach high 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”.

 Winners of the Elmbridge Sports awards are automatically put through to the assessment panel for the county awards; The Surrey Sports Awards 2017. Those who are successfully short-listed for the county awards will be invited to attend the awards show at Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge on 4 December 2017.      

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