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sports awards logo Eastleigh Sports Awards - Celebrating 2013


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A fantastic evening was had by all at The Ageas Bowl on Wednesday 5th February 2014.

Kevan James 2013 Sports AwardsThe Eastleigh Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) held their fourth Eastleigh Sports Awards which recognised the achievements of the Borough's most dedicated athletes, coaches, teams, clubs and volunteers. Lou Gittens, Chair of the Eastleigh SPAA, officially opened the event which was compered by ex Hampshire cricketer and now BBC Radio Solent presenter Kevan James.Lou Gittens presenting sports awards







Guests were also treated to inspirational talks from Francis Benali and Aaron Phipps.

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Participation Coach of the Year

2013 winner Adam Pullinger

Congratulations to Colin French, Stephen Moore and Adam Pullinger who were shortlisted for this award.

The winner was Adam Pullinger from AFC Stoneham. Adam is a dedicated and professional football coach who thrives under the pressure of expecting personal excellence, his positivity is infectious.

Thanks to The Community Sports Foundation for sponsoring thTCSF logois award.







Performance Coach of the Year

Noel ODowd Eastleigh Spors AwardsCongratulations to both Noel O'Dowd and Tim Nash for being shortlisted for the performance coach of the year category.

Congratulations to Noel O'Dowd for winning this category. Noel is an exceptional running coach who has worked with so many individuals at Eastleigh running club to help then achieve titles they never even thought possible including debut international medals in 2013.

Thanks to TrophyMan for sponsoring this award.trophyman logo






Senior Sportsperson of the Year

Samantha Aplin 2013 eastleigh sports awardsCongratulations to Samantha Aplin and Alan Forrest who were shortlisted for this award.

The winner was Samantha who represented Team GB at the world duathlon championships in Canada at which she won the silver medal only 2 years after taking up the sport.


Thanks to The Daily Echo for sponsoring this award. Daily Echo logo






Senior Disability Sportsperson of the Year

Mel Jewett

Well done to both Melanie Jewett and Kate Rowe for being shortlisted for the senior disability sportsperson of the year category.

Congratulations to Melanie Jewett  who is the first person is Eastleigh sports awards history to be nominated independently by 3 separate people. Melanie won Team GB's first medal at the Deaflympics winning bronze in the ladies marathon, breaking the British record by 10 minutes in the process.


Thanks to Exon Mobil for sponsoring this awardexxon logo





Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year

katy kemishCongratulations to Katy Kemish and Liam Hall who were both shortlisted for the junior disability sportsperson of the year.

Well done to Katy who won the award. Katy is a driven, enthusiastic and sociable young woman who excels in everything she does. In 2013 Kay won the under 19's Visually Impaired Boccia National Championships at only 15 years old. She optimises the word role model.


Thanks to Exxon Mobil for sponsoring this awardexxon logo





Junior Team of the Year

toynbee rugbyTwo excellent teams were shortlisted in this category and they were Toynbee Girls Rugby Team and AFC Stoneham.

Congratulations to the winners Toynbee Girls rugby team who only started the sport last year. They committed to each other fully and within a year and after a lot of hard training they became Hampshire Champions and finished 5th in the South of England.


Thanks to Planet Sport for sponsoring this awardplanet sport






Senior Team of the Year

mustangsCongratulations to Southampton Mustangs Baseball team and AFC Stoneham for being shortlisted for senior team of the year.

Congratulations to Southampton Mustangs Baseball Team who won this award, they had their best ever year in 2013  and after a winning rate of 82% in the top tier of British baseball they narrowly lost in the National final. In addition they also reached the final of the Alpine Cup in Switzerland.

Thanks to Eastleigh College for sponsoring this award eastleigh college logo






Junior Sportsman of the Year

kyle finchFollowing a large number of applications in this category congratulation to the following 3 boys were shortlisted; Brendan Drewett, Kyle Finch and Andrew Douglas.

Congratulations to Kyle Finch who won the junior sportsman of the year 2013. Kyle has had an excellent year in the world of squash and played number 1 for England under 15's who won the European championships. He is now ranked number 1 in Europe and won the under 15 British closed at the start of November.

Thanks to The Saints Foundation for sponsoring this award. saints foundation logo






Junior Sportswoman of the Yearfleming park logo

Congratulations to Madeline Cooper and Ira Banjeree for being shortlisted for the junior sportswoman of the year award.

Well done to Ira who won this award, Ira plays badminton for England and is the doubles national champion and singles runner up. Due to training commitments unfortunately Ira was not available to collect her award.

Thanks to Fleming Park Leisure Centre who sponsored this category.


Junior Volunteer of the Year

ffione eadeTwo exceptional juniors were shortlisted for this award, Ffione Eade and Oliver Cowe.

Congratulations to Ffione who won the junior volunteer of the year award for creating excellent netball opportunities in the chandlers ford area. The works with local primary schools to create as much competition as possible and is about to take her level 1 netball qualification.


Thanks to The Daily Echo for sponsoring this award.Daily Echo logo





Senior Volunteer of the Year

Debby and LouiseThe senior volunteer of the year category was incredibly competitive this year. Congratulations to Ian and Shirley Smith, Louise Drayton, Debbie Bartlett, and Erica Julier who were all shortlisted for this category.

The panel were split so there are 2 winners for this category; Louise Drayton who runs the Eastleigh Park Run free event every week and Debby Bartlett who after volunteering at London 2012 has set up her own legacy group developing free sports opportunities for families.

Thanks to Age Concern Eastleigh for sponsoring this award.age concern





Club of the Year

poseidonThis award is given to a club who have made a significant impact over the last 12 months. Four local clubs have been shortlisted from a large number of nominations for this category Hedge End Bowling Club, Team Southampton Bowling Club, AFC Stoneham and Poseidon Amateur Boxing Club.

Congratulations to Poseidon Boxing Club who won this award. Poseidon only set up in January 2013 with the ambition of 15 junior and 15 senior members, the club have gone from strength to strength and now have over 350 members!Ageas Bowl logo


Thank you to The Ageas Bowl for sponsoring this award.




Service to Sport

Congratulations to Chris Featherstone, Joan Veal, Tim Nash, Sue Boote and Geoff Smith who were all recognised for their excellent service to sport commitments to the Borough. These special people make sport so very great in Eastleigh!


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The Service to Sport Award is sponsored by Eastleigh Borough Council EBC logo




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