Vote for Harlow’s sport heroes as Active Essex Sports Awards finalists announced

Vote for your local sports heroes! Active Essex Sports Awards finalists announced

ACTIVE Essex has announced the shortlist for its eagerly awaited 2019 sports awards, which will celebrate the county’s greatest sporting achievements whilst recognising the individuals, community partners and organisations that inspire Essex residents to get active.

The glitzy awards event, which takes place on Wednesday 4th December at Chelmsford City Racecourse, will give thanks to those who have made outstanding contributions to sport and physical activity in Greater Essex, who continue to encourage participation through their active support and sporting achievements.

Jason Fergus, Director at Active Essex, commented: “The Active Essex Sports Awards is our way of saying thank you to the individuals, athletes, clubs and community groups who are creating the opportunities across our county and driving participation in sport and physical activity at every level.”

“We have had over 600 nominations in total and I would like to say a big thank you to the community for your nominations and a big congratulations to all of the finalists. It is now time to vote for your shortlisted stars!”

Of the 10 categories for this year’s awards, three will be put to a public vote. Essex residents are encouraged to vote now for who they would like to be crowned for Sports Personality of the Year, Community Club of the Year and the Changing lives through sport and physical activity award. They can cast their vote here:

New to this year, The Inclusive Communities Award, will celebrate an individual/ organisation that has had a positive impact on a community of people such as BAME, disabled, women or another under-represented group through encouraging participation in sport.

Other categories include Coach of the Year, Active Workplace of the year and Young Sports Personality of the Year, which this year will be presented by double Olympic gymnastics champion Max Whitlock MBE – who recently won his third gold at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.

Commenting on the final shortlist, Max Whitlock MBE, said: “Being recognised by your local community for your sporting achievements is such a fantastic achievement and I look forward to meeting the nominees and hearing their inspirational stories on the night. I would encourage everybody to take part and cast their votes in this year’s public vote categories.”

Votes for all categories can be cast at and voting closes on Sunday , November 17th.

Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership, aims to increase the levels of participation in physical activity and sport and its mission is to change 1 million lives by getting Essex active.

Active Essex 2019 Shortlist


Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity, sponsored by Writtle University College

Changing Lives in Harlow (Harlow) – Changing Lives is an early intervention and prevention project aimed at raising children’s awareness about the dangers of gangs and criminal activity. Launched in June 2018, the programme has already helped over 1000 children in Harlow through providing safe social spaces, sporting opportunities and learning pathways.

Achievement Through Football (Southend) – Achievement Through Football works with young people to provide a safe environment, increase opportunity and enhance wellbeing. By partnering with local schools, councils, housing associations and various youth services, ATF provides sport and other enriching activities to over 100 young people in some of the most deprived Southend communities.

Epping Forest Walking Football (Epping Forest) -The Epping Forest Walking Football programme supports older people to become more physical active. The club offers weekly drop-in sessions which have helped over 50 participants to get fit – improving their mental wellbeing and making friends in the process.
Community Club of the year, sponsored by Fusion

Braintree BMX Club (Braintree)- Braintree BMX club provides an inclusive environment where coaches and riders strive for excellence while welcoming and supporting new people to the sport. The club and its volunteers work tirelessly to provide a great community facility for users of all ages and abilities, all year round.
GB Colchester Bootcamp (Colchester) – GB Colchester Bootcamp has over 100 members with regular attendees engaging in a range of sport, team building and partnership activities. The aim of GB Colchester Bootcamp is to create friendships, build confidence and support the community.

The Martial Arts Centre Braintree (Braintree) -The Martial Arts Centre Braintree is a leading karate club which has been praised for its disciplined and dedicated approach to training. Within the last year, the club has gained an impressive haul of national accolades including 6 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze medals in individual and team competitions.

Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Chelmsford City Racecourse

Freya Levy (Rochford) – Freya Levy is a member of the GB Women’s Para ice hockey team, the GB Wheelchair basketball U25 team and she is currently the only female on the England Wheelchair rugby sevens team. When she’s not competing, Freya spends her time working with a range of community organisations including the Panathlon Challenge which helps to deliver sport to over 22,000 disabled and special needs children in the UK.

Sue Clarke (Braintree) – Sue is an impressive athlete who took up the sport of Duathlon (Run, Bike, Run) at the age of 59. Within her first year of training, she qualified for the British Triathlon Age Group (AG) and has since represented the GB team every year, in both the European and World Spring Duathlon Championships – winning multiple medals and podium finishes.

Steve Mitchinson (Harlow) – Steven has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Bowls, competing at international level on numerous occasions. This year Steven has been selected to play in the 5-man England Team, where he will be vying against 26 other countries for a place in the coveted 2019 Atlantic Championships.


Active workplace of the year, sponsored by Genesis PR

A company or department who encourages their employees to be more active in the workplace – generating innovative ideas and opportunities to change sedentary behaviour or promote better physical and mental wellbeing.

Braintree District Council (Braintree)
Mid Essex CCG (Chelmsford)
Rochford District Council (Rochford)
Coach of the year, sponsored by Everyone Active

This can be any form of coach e.g. club coach, class instructor or deliverer. This person will have shown commitment to providing ongoing support and encouragement to those they work with – being a driving force behind the individual or groups achievements over the year.

Joanne Cook (Basildon)
Luke Shipwright (Harlow)
Steve Reynolds (Basildon)
Education Champion of the Year, sponsored by The Daily Mile

A school, early years setting, college or university that gives its pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality physical education and extra-curricular sport. They will help young people understand and embrace daily exercise as beneficial to their health and wellbeing at school and beyond the academic years.

Burnham County Primary School (Maldon)
Clacton County High School (Tendring)
Vange Primary School & Nursery (Basildon)
The Inclusive Communities Award, sponsored by Essex Cares Ltd

An individual/organisation that has connected with and has had an impact on a community such as those with a disability, BAME, women and girls or other underrepresented group – advancing their interest and participation in physical activity.

Charlotte Luck (Tendring)
Motivated Minds (Basildon)
Tom Doughty (Braintree)
Youth Chat 1st (Brentwood)
Unsung Hero, sponsored by Spotlight Sound

A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport or physical activity over the years. This could be a dedicated volunteer within a sports club setting who you feel deserves recognition for their commitment to supporting and developing the club and its members.

David Sharp (Harlow)
George Cook (Braintree)
Nina Crouchman (Colchester)
Young Sports Personality of the year, sponsored by Matchroom Sport

An athlete who has made a significant achievement in the last year in their chosen sport or discipline. This can be at a national or international level and either individually or as part of a team. Open to all athletes – able bodied and those with a disability.

Ellie Challis (Tendring)
Jack Stanton-Stock (Uttlesford)
Kesia Dempsey (Southend)
Sheri-Anne Smith (Harlow)
Young Volunteer of the year, sponsored by Mitie

A young volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be within a sports club or community setting. They are someone you believe deserves recognition for the commitment and support they have shown in the past year.

Ciaran Whatley (Rochford)
Leyla Priest (Chelmsford)
Liam Winters (Colchester)

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