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Eastleigh Sports Awards - Celebrating 2013
A fantastic evening was had by all at
The Ageas Bowl on Wednesday 5th February 2014.
The 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
Guests were also treated to inspirational talks from Francis
Benali and Aaron Phipps.
Participation Coach of the Year
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
Thanks to The Community Sports Foundation for sponsoring
Performance Coach of the Year
Congratulations 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.
Senior Sportsperson of the Year
Congratulations 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.
Senior Disability Sportsperson of the Year
Well done to both Melanie Jewett and Kate Rowe for being
shortlisted for the senior disability sportsperson of the year
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 award
Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year
Congratulations 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
Thanks to Exxon Mobil for sponsoring this award
Junior Team of the Year
Two excellent teams were shortlisted in this
category and they were Toynbee Girls Rugby Team and AFC
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 award
Senior Team of the Year
Congratulations 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
Junior Sportsman of the Year
Following 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.
Junior Sportswoman of the Year
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
Junior Volunteer of the Year
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
Thanks to The Daily Echo for sponsoring this award.
Senior Volunteer of the Year
The 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
Thanks to Age Concern Eastleigh for sponsoring this
Club of the Year
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!
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!
The Service to Sport Award is sponsored by Eastleigh Borough
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