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Best of Harlow celebrated at Sports Awards

Lifestyle / Thu 26th Nov 2015 at 06:13pm

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BY Matt Biggadike

IT was a brilliant night as athletes, volunteers, coaches and clubs amongst others came together to celebrate sporting excellence and achievement in Harlow.

Harlow Council teamed up with ‘Active Harlow’ to organise the Sports Awards for 2015 to help recognise exceptional contribution to Harlow sport. The ceremony took place at the Harlow Civic Centre and was co-hosted by special guest, Harlow based Team GB Paralympian, Anne Wafula Strike MBE.

The results were as follows:

Sports Personality of the Year – Steven Mitchinson for his achievements in Bowls at an international level

Young Sports personality of the Year – Sidnie Ward for his excellence in athletics. Sidnie was ranked number one in the UK for 800 metres in the under-13 category.

Disabled Sports personality of the Year- Richard Chiassaro for his achievements in wheelchair athletics. Richard has represented Team GB at international level and was ranked 8th in the world for T54 100 metres.

Physical activity project of the Year- Harlow Parkrun for it’s dedication to keeping the people of Harlow fit and healthy. The project gets over 100 runners per week and has had over 1300 runners in total.

Unsung Hero of the Year – Alexander Fleming for his long service to Harlow Rugby Club. Alexander has been the club first aider for an amazing 26 years.

Young Volunteer of the Year – Owen Harknett for his contribution to Harlow Healthworks.

School or College of the Year – Church Langley Primary School for its contribution to sports in the area by hosting the Harlow School Games Organiser. The school has also had a range of champions throughout the year.

Sports Club of the Year- Harlow Gymnastics Club

Coach of the Year – Paul Eynon for his contribution to coaching the under 9 side. Paul was also a former first team captain.

Active Workplace of the Year – Harlow College for its special impact on sports overseeing a 15% growth of employees regularly engaged in physical activity.

Changing lives through sports – Doorstep sports club for its contribution to getting children involved in sports and off the streets. They attract over 50 people per week, aged 14-25.

Speaking after the ceremony, Sports Personality of the Year, Steven Mitchinson said: “it feels very good to be rewarded for all of my hard work over the year. I’ve been playing bowls for over 20 years now and to receive this award is just brilliant, especially for such a minority sport.”

“I’ve just returned from Hong Kong and was unfortunate to lose in the last-16 of the singles play offs and then the pairs competition to Australia. I’ve got England trials next week so hopefully, if picked, I’ll be heading to the British Isles Series”, he added.

A spokesman for the School of the Year, Church Langley Community Primary School also had a few words to say: “we as a school place loads of importance on sport, so to see our children rewarded for their efforts is fabulous.”

“It’s equally as important for the staff who work so hard behind the scenes. To be acknowledged for all their efforts is brilliant”.

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