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Sporting heroes of 2012 honoured by council

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Published: 09/11/2012

The golden summer of sporting achievement may have come to an end but the community spirit shown during the Olympic and Paralympic torch relay and the London 2012 Games will leave a lasting legacy. And the winners of our sports awards have clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring sporting activities are championed at a grass roots level.

Cllr Claire Young, Chair of the Communities Committee, said: “The 2012 awards ceremony was a great success, especially after such an incredible year for sporting achievement in the wake of the Olympics and the Paralympics. There were many worthy recipients who have achieved so much this year and their sporting accomplishments highlight the number of talented athletes and dedicated coaches that we have in South Gloucestershire. It was great to see one of our primary schools recognised for the hard work they have put into creating an Olympic and Paralympic legacy. Well done to everyone who entered, you are all winners.”

And the winners are…

Contribution to creating and Olympic and Paralympic Legacy

Blackhorse Primary School in Emersons Green.

The school came up with the idea of creating a sporting and cultural Olympiad involving 15 local primary and secondary schools in the Mangotsfield and Downend area. Together with representatives in schools from Pucklechurch, Barley Close, Bromley Heath Juniors and the Grange School and Sports College, they led an organisation of schools-based sporting competitions which involved 800 children and a track and field finale involving 3,000 children.

Sportsperson of the Year

 Olympic archer Larry Godfrey, 36, from Stoke Bishop representing Cleve Archers Club.

Aspiring Young Sports Person of the Year

Luke Hedger, 17, from Yate.

Aspiring Young Disabled Sports Person of the Year

Sian Williams,10, from Yate, representing King Edmund Acrogymnastics.

Veteran Sports Person of the Year

Caron Hale, 53, Thornbury, from Raven Fencing Club.

Coach of the Year

Paralympic Assistant Coach Jen Browning, 30, from Backwell representing South West Scorpions Wheelchair Basketball.

Young Coach of the Year

Ross Lee, 20, from Bradley Stoke representing Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club.

Club of the Year

Cleve Archers, Warmley.

Contribution to inclusive Sport Award

 Ken Elliott, 50, from Bradley Stoke Special Athletics Swimming Club.

James Clifford Memorial Award

Laura Butler from Oldland Common representing Sir Bernard Lovell School.

Personal Achievement Award sponsored by Active Partnership

Paralympic footballer Ibrahima Diallo, 19, from Kingswood representing South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Filton Football Academy.
Ibrahima played in every game of Team GB’s Paralympic football squad adventure and was recognised by commentators as one of the star players.

Community Sport Award sponsored by Airbus in the UK

Ray Jones, 71, from Kingswood representing Kingswood Amateur Boxing Club.

Presenting Ray’s award was Debbie Hammond, HR senior manager at Airbus, she said: “It has been inspiring to see so many people receive awards that celebrate their dedication and enthusiasm to sport. Airbus is very proud to have worked with South Gloucestershire Council on the Festival of Youth Sport and the Come and Try events, which have helped encourage people into enjoying sport.”

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