West Suffolk Sports Awards 2018 Sponsored by Greene King

The second West Suffolk Sports Awards, sponsored by Greene King, took place at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Thursday 27th September in front of almost 200 guests.

The sports awards for West Suffolk were delivered by Abbeycroft Leisure on behalf of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, celebrating sporting heroes, volunteers, clubs, coaches, teams and individuals.

There were thirteen categories including Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Club of the Year and Lifetime Achievement plus two public vote awards; the People’s Champion and People’s Youth Champion.

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Your West Suffolk Sports Awards 2018 shortlisted Winners...

The Sports Personality of the Year Award Sponsored by Music Sales

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Harriet Welham

Harriet was part of the Ipswich Basketball Senior Women’s team who went the whole of the 2017/18 season undefeated and ended with a 23-0 record in the National League and Cup. On a personal note, Harriet won MVP awards in both competitions and was the outstanding top scorer in the league throughout the season. As well as being the star on the court, Harriet was also assistant coach of the Ipswich U16’s girls who also won a National Cup final.

Shortlisted: Demie-Jade Resztan and Steph Hanratty

2017 Winner: Ian Parker

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The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award Sponsored by Newmarket Racecourses

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Esther Little

Esther has been an integral part of the Ipswich Basketball Club Senior Women’s team, who went the whole season undefeated in both the National League and Cup. For the U16 girls’ team, Esther earned MVP in the National Cup final where they came out on top against Haringey Angels. Esther also continues to represent her country and was part of the GB U16 team who played in the Euro Championships in 2017, and this year she was part of the initial GB U18 squad (at the age of 16).

Shortlisted: Ellie Frost and Emma Bartley

2017 Winner: Esther Little

 

The Unsung Hero Award Sponsored by Unison

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Carla Barnes

Carla has been a volunteer Treasurer of the West Suffolk Swimming Club since 2010, taking the club from ‘financial wilderness’ guiding them to operating a well organised and efficient system. Apart from an incredible number of hours a week she dedicates to the club, she is also hands on with the job and can always be found at their social events, where she can usually be found behind the BBQ or carrying tables and boxes from the car park!

Shortlisted: Michael Grant and Stephen Larder

2017 Winner: Ann Williamson

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The Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Paddy & Scott's

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Winner: Maurice Fearn

2017 Winner: Wyn Jones

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The Triumph Over Adversity Award Sponsored by KiiWii Clothing

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Jordan Black

From the minute he could walk, Jordan was passionate about sport. At 14, Jordan stubbed his big toe, which triggered the start of a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Since then Jordan has faced a life of constant pain in his left foot. He once lost the ability to bear weight on his leg and consequently was confined to a wheelchair more times than not. Howe...ver, 7 years on and Jordan has made some remarkable achievements, learning to manage the debilitating pain he experiences. Jordan is part of the Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon Club and has finished all of his time trials in the top 5, as well continuing to smash personal bests almost every time he competes in another event.

Shortlisted: Anna Street and Brian Alldis

2017 Winner: David Swales

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The Coach of the Year Award Sponsored by Suffolk Sport

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Hayley Rigby 

Hayley is Head Coach of the Ipswich Girls U16’s Basketball team and led them to become National Cup winners as well as finishing 3rd place nationally in the showcase final fours event. On top of this, Hayley has coached the East of England U13’s girls, who finished national champions, winning the final against London who are notorious at developing young basketball talent.

Shortlisted: Gary Dourado and Kayleigh Steed

2017 Winner: Paul Hope

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The Community Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsored by the Smarter Drop from Anglian Water

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Carla Barnes

Carla has been a volunteer Treasurer of the West Suffolk Swimming Club since 2010, taking the club from ‘financial wilderness’ guiding them to operating a well organised and efficient system. Apart from an incredible number of hours a week she dedicates to the club, she is also hands on with the job and can always be found at their social events, where she can usually be found behind the BBQ or carrying tables and boxes from the car park!

Shortlisted: Angie Underdown and Gary Dourado 

2017 Winner: Allan Loveday

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The Most Active Workplace of the Year Sponsored by Alliance Health Professionals

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Sanofi Haverhill

Over the last three years, Sanofi has put a concerted effort towards creating a Wellbeing team on site and promote the merits of physical and mental wellbeing, along with the nutritional awareness. The workplace has run events such as a community garden, mindfulness talks, cycle to work week and table tennis challenges. 

Shortlisted: St Nicholas Hospice Care and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

2017 Winner: Sanofi Haverhill 

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The Club of the Year Award Sponsored by Greene King

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Bury Bicycle Collective

The "Bury Bicycle Collective" was created as a social media Facebook group with one main aim; to get more ladies cycling. It started with a handful of friends and now numbers 227 members. Some members are very active, cycling two or three times a week. A few have joined local cycling clubs and some have gone on to cycle-tour places such as the Outer Hebrides and Slovenia. 

Shortlisted: Gym United Football Club and Jetts Netball Club 

2017 Winner: Jetts Netball Club 

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The Individual Performance/Achievement of the Year Award Sponsored by Newprint Ltd.

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Steph Hanratty

Upon taking up Rugby two seasons ago, Steph has spent a year as part of the England Deaf rugby set up, being invited to take part in the first world deaf 7’s cup in Australia. The team defeated Australia in the final, with Steph finishing top try scorer of the tournament, scoring 62 of the 102 points that helped guide England to win the deaf world cup. Steph also does community deaf work where she can, visiting children in schools and clubs that have children hard of hearing.

Shortlisted: Ellis John Kerr and Harriet Welham

2017 Winner: Anna Street

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The Sports School of the Year Sponsored by West Suffolk College

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Laureate Academy Primary School 

Over the last 7 years, staff at Laureate Community Academy have worked tirelessly to raise the profile of PE and school sport at the school, at the same time enhancing provision and improving access for all young people. In 2017/18 the school became one of only 300 schools nationally to be awarded the Platinum School Games Mark.

Shortlisted: Abbots Green Academy and Sebert Wood Primary School 

2017 Winner: County Upper School

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People's Champion Sponsored by Iliffe Media 

Winner: Gary Dourado

2017 Winner: David Swales

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People's Youth Champion Sponsored by Iliffe Media 

Winner: Emma Bartley

2017 Winner: Phoebe Hastings

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