24 October 2013

Sporting success

Sporting success celebrated at City Sports and Physical Activity Awards

The 2013 City Sports & Physical Activity Awards award ceremony took place last night (23/10) and this year’s winners were revealed. The awards are organised by Brighton & Hove City Councils’ Sports Development Team and recognise the achievements of local sporting heroes.   

This year a record number of 155 nominations were received. The nominees included sports coaches, teachers and volunteers delivering a wide range of sporting activities across the city.   

The winners were invited to the historic Royal Pavilion on Wednesday 23 October to hear the full results announced. Each winner’s story was captured in a short pre-recorded film showing the reasons they beat the rest to top place. The mini-films were screened in the Music Room and can be seen online at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sportsawards  

 JP Omari won the Coach/instructor of the Year and is also trainer of Team of the Year winners, Stereoshok. JP said: "Winning this award is an absolute honour. I've been working in Brighton since 2003 and to receive this award 10 years on is amazing. The award isn't just for me, it's for everyone who has believed in me and the children. For the children to become world champions is a huge achievement, it's a credit to their hard work and their parents' support."

Anne Baverstock from Brighton Phoenix Basketball Club, winners of TAKEPART Club of the Year, said: "The beneficial effects of our club is with our work in the community with young people as well as those with disabilities. The award is fantastic recognition of our coaches and volunteers."

Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee Geoffrey Bowden said; “The winners are to be congratulated for their dedication, they make such a positive difference helping keep people in our city active, motivated and healthy. We are fortunate in Brighton & Hove to have a broad range of sporting activities taking place all year round. The hard work and enthusiasm, often in voluntary roles, is well worth celebrating.”

 The results were:  


Freedom Leisure Sports School of the Year: Balfour Primary School


Sport/PE Teacher of the Year: Jess Grindley, Dorothy Stringer – organiser of the sporting curriculum and a wide range of extra curricular clubs


Coach/Instructor of the Year: JP Omari – local dance expert


Volunteer of the Year: Christine Belk – organises a rock climbing group


Active for Life Participation Award: Our Choice (hosted by Adventure Unlimited and BHCC Participation Team) – a project for providing activities for young people in care


TAKEPART Club of the Year: Brighton Phoenix Basketball Club


SeeThat Team of the Year: Stereoshok – young streetdance World Champions


Young Sports Personality of the Year: Amber Anning – pentathlon and track champion


Sports Personality of the Year: Charlie Grice – world class athlete


Special Contribution Award: Ray Carter, Patcham Junior – lifelong supporter of sport in schools

To see full details of winners and highly commended runners up, please visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/citysportsawards  
Freedom Leisure (www.freedom-leisure.co.uk), Juice 107.2 (www.juicebrighton.com), SeeThat Media (www.seethat.co.uk) and Brighton Youth Sports Partnership are sponsors of the 2013 Sports Awards