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Sports Awards Winners 2016

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Thursday 24th November saw Living Sport celebrate their 11th Sports Awards. It was a great night of celebrating and recognising the sporting achievements and contributions of individuals and teams across the county. Below are the winners of the 2016 Living Sport Sports Awards:

Coach of the Year (sponsored by Dews Coaches)


Ian Offers contribution to ice hockey in the area is second to none. He has been involved with various teams across the county, most recently coaching Peterborough Phantoms Sledge Hockey Team to their 4th League Championship title. He involves himself in community-based coaching initiatives which aim to introduce new people of all ages and abilities to the sport. Ian’s wealth of knowledge and quiet passion for the game and eagerness to develop individuals’ skills enabling them to achieve their best are just some of his great attributes.

Community Club of the Year (Amateur) (sponsored by Better)


Peterborough Boxing Club invests in continued education for its coaches and boxers, promoting leadership opportunities and encouraging participation in under represented sectors of the community. The Club has been involved in several events including bringing boxing to a group of over 100 disabled people in the Mayor’s Sporting Saturday. Peterborough Police Boxing Club believes it is not just about building champions, they aim to better its boxers as people and show them they can succeed in life.  Acting as a safe haven to its athletes, the club offers so much more than just boxing.

Community Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Support Cambridgeshire)


A strong believer in encouraging involvement to better the community, Martin Croucher has done just that: he has worked tirelessly to remarkably improve the sporting facilities available in the village of Warboys as well as increasing sporting opportunities by setting up a new table tennis club and recruiting and training up new players. Martin has also immersed himself in the rescue of the Warboys Sport and Social Club, home to his cricket and table tennis clubs as well as the village football, chess and darts team.

Disabled Sports Performer of the Year (sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University Dept. of Exercise and Science)


After huge success in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, Jonnie Peacock set his sights on Rio. Facing some obstacles along the way due to injuries Jonnie was forced to pull out of the 2015 World Championships in Doha. He returned in 2016 with a win at the IPC Athletics European Championships and recorded a lifetime best and British record of 10.68 seconds one month before Rio. In the 2016 Paralympics, Jonnie defended his gold medal, setting a Paralympic record in the Men’s T44 100m sprint with a time of 10.81 seconds.

Jonnie Peacock Award


Samantha Isaacson has always loved football. She played from a young age and has since got into coaching the Milton Girls team. After receiving the heart breaking news in March 2015 that she has advanced bowel cancer, Sam has refused to hide away from the world and continues to live life to the fill and continue enjoying her biggest passion, football. Whilst undergoing bi-weekly chemotherapy treatment, Sam still manages to support her league and inspire people wherever she goes. Sam’s lasting legacy within her local football community is the kick cancer cup, a charity football match she set up to raise money for Addenbrooke’s hospital’s oncology unit. In 2015 the cup raised over £10,000, with over 500 people in attendance. Her energy and love of life is infectious and she is a true model within the community and women’s football.

Matthew Warn Power of Sport


In the space of a year, the new committee of Warboys Sports and Social Club have utterly transformed the club’s fortunes and facilities, which in September 2015 were in dire straights when the serving chairman and committee resigned. The committee has worked tirelessly to renovate the facilities, run numerous children’s activities, run regular sports sessions, encourage participation and clear the club’s debts. The club is now a true community hub in Warboys and they hope to open it up to an even wider community.

Primary School of the Year School of the Year (sponsored by Coaching HQ)


Godmanchester Community Primary School is committed to the effective delivery of high quality PE and sport teaching and this year has seen a significant increase in staff volunteering to lead after school clubs, impacting positively on student development and competition results. The school’s School Games Sports Day model is to be commended and the school has been awarded the Gold School Games Mark two years running.

Secondary School of the Year (sposnored by Barclays)


Swavesey Village College has been awarded the Association for Physical Education’s Quality Mark with distinction. Swavesey offers great community sport and participant numbers in the climbing programme and the Cambridge Cats Basketball satellite club continues to increase. The Leadership Academy has grown stronger, with Swavesey leaders occupying a strong presence at several large scale sporting events including the Level 3 School Games, the Fen Drayton 10k and the Greater Cambridge 10k. The past year has seen a sports tour to Portugal, ski trip to Austria, increased number of fixtures and new activities offered on the curriculum to aid differentiation.

Services to Sport (sponsored by Abbeycroft Leisure)


Peter Leaton is a hockey legend in Peterborough, having been involved in the City of Peterborough Hockey Club for more than 60 years as a coach, player, umpire and now manager. Since retiring he has taken over managing the Men’s 2nd team and his approach is to combine established and experienced players with young, upcoming talent, giving the younger club members the opportunity to push for first team recognition. He balances the team management responsibility with his role as the Chairman of the Peterborough Town Sports Club and Deputy President of the East Region Hockey Association.

Sports Performer of the Year (sponsored by CBA Asbestos)


Hannah MacLeod was an integral part of the successful Women’s Hockey Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Coming off an underwhelming performance in the world competition where they finished well below their world ranking, the GB team boasted a 100% winning record throughout the Olympics, finally securing Gold in a nail biting final match. She is an incredible ambassador for the game and following the Olympics has made several guest appearances at local schools and clubs including her original club, St Ives Hockey Club.

Team of the Year (sponsored by Grosvenor)


Peterborough Phantoms Sledge Hockey Team have won the national cup (Reddes League Cup) for 4 consecutive seasons. They are the team to beat with members committing to travelling huge distances for training, often at anti-social hours when they can get access to the ice. This dedication has translatesd into results. The Phantoms are also committed to inspiring the next generation of players, and have worked closely with Inspire Peterborough on their Inclusive Skating Project.

Workplace of the Year (sponsored by Everyone Health)


This year Rawlinsons celebrated 75 years of business, and sport and physical activity were found at the core of its 75 charitable acts in 75 days challenge. This included various teams who completed a 17 mile Rutland Water Ride for the NSPCC, a 75 mile Bike Challenge, a Dragon Boating Festival, a Greyhounds Human Hounds Race, an abseil down Peterborough Cathedral and a 75km walk. Rawlinsons have also been major supporters of Peterborough Sports Aid and have participated in many Living Sport Workplace Challenge events and competitions. They are a workplace that aspires to see their employees leading healthy lifestyles.

Young Community Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Urban & Civic)


Sasha Vail not only competes in multiple sports; she is also a dedicated volunteer. She is the youngest netball umpire in the region, and coaches the younger players in her club Cottenham Jaguars. At Cambridge Triathlon Club Sasha is heavily involved in events and coaching. She can often be found in her wetsuit, supporting and encouraging young athletes. She has recently been awarded the club’s first ever Club Captain’s Award recognizing her inspirational work within the club and the sport more widely. Sasha was also part of the County Young Coach Academy and is the Young Person’s Representative on the Local Organising Committee of the School Games.

Young Sports Performer of the Year (sponsored by Rawlinsons)


In a very short space of three years, Artur Tomasevic has not only taken up boxing as a complete beginner, he has taken up competitive boxing, dedicating himself to the rigorous training. He won silver at the Haringey Box Cup in June and went on to win an international cup in Ireland, missing out on fighting Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy when he didn’t weigh in. Refusing to accept gold by walkover, Artur fought the German Champion, winning Gold with a performance even Artur was proud of. He is also now dedicated to coaching the younger boxers in the club.

Judge’s Choice Award (sponsored by Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust)


Chris Baker, founder of Peterborough Police Boxing Club, works endlessly to continuously develop the club. Since its inauguration in August 2013, it has gone from strength to strength with Chris at the helm. Chris balances a full-time career as a police officer and family commitments whilst attending nearly every boxing session and competition. He has developed sessions for disabled boxers, female-specific sessions and brought boxing into schools which has become so popular they have set up a satellite club in a local school. Chris also works with troubled youths, using boxing as a positive tool driving them away from drugs and crime.

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