Sporting heroes of 2014 honoured by council
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Commonwealth medallists, Paralympians, British Champions, clubs, coaches and schools gathered at BAWA in Filton on 4 December for the Active South Gloucestershire 2014 Sports Awards.
The annual event recognises the achievement, dedication and contribution of local people who are involved in playing, coaching and organising sports across South Gloucestershire. Local residents nominate people who they feel deserve to be acknowledged for their accomplishments, and all of the award winners have demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring sporting activities are championed at a grass roots level.
Cllr Howard Gawler, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The Active South Gloucestershire 2014 Sports Awards ceremony was a really enjoyable occasion for all involved. Well done to everyone who received a nomination.
“It was great to see Claudia Fragapane pick up the Sportsperson of the Year Award after her incredible success over the past 12 months. This has been an exciting year for sport for Great Britain with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games at the start of the summer and London playing host to the first Invictus Games in September. We are lucky enough to have a number of award nominees that were part of these wonderful sporting events.
“Our area is full of sporting talent from our schools to our grassroot clubs and all the way through to the world class talent that is coming out of South Gloucestershire.”
And the winners are…
Sportsperson of the Year
Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, 17, from Longwell Green
Talented gymnast Claudia excels on the vault and floor and is the 2014 English senior vault champion and British all-around bronze medallist. Her Senior GB debut was at the Massilia Masters in 2013 where she helped the GB team win bronze and was the highest scoring all around British gymnast, placing 6th in the individual all around. She recently made history by winning four golds at the 2014 Commonwealth Games for Team England. She is a member of the Bristol Hawks Gymnastics club.
Claudia is also nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year awards which take place this Sunday 14 December.
Young Sportsperson of the Year
Judo competitor Lele Nairne, 16, from Kewstoke, North Somerset (originally from Bradley Stoke)
Cadet British Champion Lele Nairne broke into the senior team last December where she won the -57kg bronze at the British Senior Championships a week after taking the -57kg Cadet under 18s championship title. In the 2014 season Lele has competed at three of the five European competitions and won a silver in the Czech Republic and gold in Romania.
The awards were handed out by BBC Radio Bristol’s Geoff Twentyman.
For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/sportsawards
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