The East Hampshire Sports Awards Ceremony is an annual event, organised by East Hampshire District Council, which recognise sportsmen and women at every level, and the coaches, officials and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help athletes and clubs succeed.
The prestigious event is held every February at the Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook and gives the talented athletes in the district the chance to celebrate their achievements over the last year.
This years event was held on Thursday 15 February 2018.
East Hampshire Sports Awards 2018 winners
- Ropley Cricket Club Girls Team
- Hollywater School
- Florence Harry - Baton Twirling
The three nominees for this award could not be separate and were announced joint winners:
Winner: Ropley Cricket Club Girls Team
- Ropley Cricket Club run junior sections from U7s to U15s. A few girls played for various sections but the club never previously had enough to field a team.
- After a huge push for girls on a cold February night only two girls turned up.
- Undeterred by the turn out the girls appealed to their friends and spread the word and the team grew to 12. With little or no cricket experience, their commitment to the sport, friendship and having fun have been the key ingredients.
- Although the team is yet to win a match their successes have been measured in winning the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award.
Winner: Hollywater School
- As a school for children with special needs, Hollywater has a focus on being inclusive and recognises the importance for their pupils to be physically active.
- In 2017 the school participated in a variety of sports including athletics, panathlon, table cricket, ball skills and kwik cricket. They won the table cricket competition and placed in varying medal positions, including coming overall first as a school.
- All the children ‘give it a go’ with a positive attitude even when the competition is challenging.
Winner: Florence Harry – Baton Twirling
- Florence is currently the British Baton Twirling Federation National Twirler of the year for 2017, as well as regional Open Competition Twirler in her age group at eight years old.
- Florence only started twirling in 2015 as part of her club, Shining Light Twirlstars in Alton.
- She loves her sport and is always ready to help younger members of the club.
- Bohunt School U13 Girls Football
- Horndean C of E Junior Athletics Team
- Herne Girl’s Football Team, Petersfield
Winner: Herne Junior School Girl’s Football Team, Petersfield
- This team has had a phenomenal 2017. They began the year in May by winning the Hampshire cup against Oakley in Basingstoke to be crowned the best U11 girls school team in Hampshire.
- In June the team won the Hampshire Games trophy where they played against the best 25 teams in Hampshire.
- In October they played the U11s regional qualifiers, which they won, and they will be going to Bristol this April where they will represent Hampshire against all the counties of south and west of England to try to reach the national finals in July.
- The team have inspired over 50 girls to join the school’s after-school club, which is currently larger than the boys’ club!
- Alton Hockey Club U12 boys
- Alton RFU U13
Both nominees were announced as joint winners
Winner: Alton Hockey Club U12 boys
- This team has not only won the North Hampshire U12 Division but has also completed the season unbeaten, dropping only two points in the whole year.
- The U12 age group is the first competitive opportunity for juniors and the boys have really stepped up approaching each game with determination and enthusiasm.
- The team has given the younger players in the club aspirations to keep playing and their achievements have put Alton Hockey Club on the hockey map with their successes.
Winner: Alton RFU U13
- The team have had an outstanding season, winning several tournaments, both in 15-a-side and 7s rugby. The highlight being winning the Hampshire County Cup for the third consecutive year.
- The team played and won all five matches, scored 31 tries and conceded only four in the process.
- The squad and club commit to the core values of the sport, teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. The team received many positive comments and praise from match officials and opposition coaches.
- Luke Anstey, Sailing
- Ben Osborne, Volleyball
- Harrison Fry, Kendo
- Samuel West, Golf
Winner: Luke Anstey – Sailing
- Luke has been selected onto the British Youth Sailing Pathway which runs from junior level to the Olympic squad. He is also part of the RYA UK Junior Squad – RS Feva.
- Luke has achieved and exceeded in the top ten positions in all six major RS Tera Events.
- Luke won his first national RS Tera End of Season Championship in 2017 and won the Signet National Championship. He is ranked third nationally and came 15th in the World Championships.
- Luke was one of the first to sail RS Teras when he started in his club five years ago. Now he inspires over 30 young people to follow in his footsteps. Luke intends to complete his RYA Assistant Instructor accreditation in 2018 to help with training.
- Lucy Williams, Judo
- Ella Hamilton, Swimming
- Toni Shering, Karate
- Four Marks Martial Arts Academy
- Charlie Dean, Cricket
Charlie Dean and Toni Shering were announced joint winners
Winner: Charlie Dean, Cricket, Horndean
- Charlie captained the Hampshire U17 Women’s Cricket T20 team in the 2017 season. Charlie was awarded the batting prize and scored more runs than in her previous season.
- Charlie achieved a place in the Southern Viper KIA Super League squad and in the England Women’s Senior Academy for 2017/18.
- Charlie is ranked the number two player for batting, bowling and the number one for fielding across all age groups in Hampshire in 2017. She scored 638 runs at 33.6, took 26 wickets at 23.5, took 12 catches and managed three run-outs.
- Charlie played in all the Hampshire Women senior games and was ranked 16th nationally for her batting and 14th nationally for her bowling.
Winner: Toni Shering, Karate, Four Marks
- Toni has had an amazing 2017, winning cadet and adult female gold medals at Karate Kata. Toni is an established team member on the karate Sport England Squad with her Kumite at such a high level; she is now competing on the national squad too.
- This year in the IKU All Styles World Championships in Ireland Toni won bronze medal.
- Toni is graded a black belt and has been selected for England in her favourite discipline of Kata and Kumite categories too.
- Toni regularly coaches voluntarily at her karate club, assisting the juniors to develop. She has been so successful as a coach that seven of the club won medals at the world children’s championships.
- Elena Vazzana, Trampolining
- Elizabeth Foster, Para Swimming
- Lizzie Allen, Swimming
Winner: Lizzie Allen, of Petersfield, Alton Swimming Club
- At the European Down Syndrome Open Swimming Championship Lizzie represented Great Britain and achieved five personal bests in 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m and 100m freestyle.
- Lizzie qualified to compete in the European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships in Paris where Lizzie was the youngest competitor and was second fastest junior in the 50m breaststroke.
- Lizzie was spotted by the Down Syndrome Swimming GB Squad and was invited to join the team for her high-level performance.
- Lizzie took up swimming from an early age and has been competing for four years. She overcomes her complex range of gross motor difficulties and competing and swimming for Great Britain is beyond her wildest dreams!
- Christina Linton, Trampolining
- Josh Nicholls, Karate
Winner: Christina Linton, Trampolining, Whitehill & Bordon
- Christina has been with Swallows Trampolining Club since 2014 and started off very shy and quiet. She started as a talented gymnast and progressed to becoming a Level 1 coach.
- Christina began volunteering as a warm-up coach and quickly progressed in her coaching skills.
- Christina gives up any spare time she has to help the club and recently organised a 12-hour sponsored bounce, raising £697 for Children in Need.
- Christina is reliable, conscientious and a true professional and has a fantastic career ahead of her.
- Hugo Hammond, Disability Cricket
- Alex Hammond, Disability Cricket
Hugo Hammond and Alex Hammond were announced joint winners
Winner: Hugo Hammond – Disability Cricket, Bentworth
- Hugo has achieved another great year and has worked hard on his training in 2017 to retain his place as the England first choice wicketkeeper.
- Hugo achieved his highest England score with the bat over the summer and has taken on more of a senior role in the team.
- At club level Hugo scored his first Southern Premier League 100 and was named in the BGSPCL Division 3 team of the year for batting and wicket keeping.
- Hugo was also helped the Hampshire Disability Cricket Team to win the English Cricket Board BACD National Championship against Essex.
Winner: Alex Hammond – Disability Cricket, Bentworth
- Alex was lucky to spend some of last winter playing grade cricket in Australia which had a huge impact on his cricket.
- Statistically he has had his best season and feels he has improved his decision making under pressure.
- Alex has captained the England PD team on several occasions
- Alex also was part of the team that helped Hampshire Disability Cricket Team to win the English Cricket Board BACD National Championship against Essex.
- Alex and Hugo are both preparing for the Disability World Cup being held in England in 2019.
- Petersfield RFU 1st XV
- The Royal Oak Shots, Pool
Winner: Petersfield RFU 1st XV
- The 2015/16 season saw Petersfield RFC narrowly avoid relegation.
- The team have worked hard with a new coach and a new approach and in 2017 they won the Hampshire 1 League title and won the Hampshire Bowl Final.
- For Petersfield Rugby Club this was the best senior season the club has had in terms of silverware.
- The squad was virtually the same group of players that faced relegation, so their achievements are a symbol of their hard work and determination.
- James Alder, Rugby
- Helen Gardner, Mum and Me Netball
- Lawrence Jones, Hockey
Winner: James Alder, Rugby, Petersfield
- James took over a squad of players that just avoided relegation from Hampshire League and turned around the team to go on to win the Hampshire League 1 title and the Hampshire Bowl.
- James also took the time to take coaching sessions for the academy (U14-U16s) and the colts. He has also committed to attending Sunday morning youth training.
- James continues to develop himself professionally and is undertaking a Sport Science Degree at Winchester University.
- James is a Level 3 Qualified Referee and a member of the Hampshire Referee’s society. He was awarded the most improved referee trophy for the 2017 season.
- Petersfield Rugby Club
- Alton Hockey Club
- Four Marks Martial Arts Academy
- Bordon Warriors
Petersfield Rugby Club and Four Mark Martial Arts Academy were announced as joint winners:
Winner: Petersfield Rugby Club
- In 2017 the club has had success on the pitch with the 1st XI winning the Hampshire 1 League title and the Hampshire Bowl Cup. The junior teams also excelled with the U13 and U14s winning and coming runner up at the Hampshire Plate and the U15s and the U16s both winning their leagues.
- The club has also been busy improving the clubhouse by installing new drainage, replacing floors in the clubroom, a new gym and installing a new balcony extension with spectator seating.
- The club also organise a number of events for the local community which are delivered and supported by volunteers.
- These include all six of the Hampshire Mini Rugby Festivals with over 2,000 people attending, school floodlit rugby, Petersfield Rugby Pub 7s, a music festival, services Fijian 7s, SE University 7s and Hampshire Colleges 7s.
- The club also raises money for local charities and in total raised over £13,500 in 2017.
Winner: Four Marks Martial Arts Academy
- The Four Marks Martial Arts Academy is just completing its second year and has worked closely with the local groups to grow and become the hub of the community with a family focus.
- In just two years the club has moved from internal competitions to regional, national and international competitions.
- Over the past year the club members have won 28 world medals including World Champion performances, more than 30 national medals, two national champions and countless silverware.
- The club supports numerous local charities as well as their own charity fundraisers.
- Kathy Mason and Ollie Butler, Walking Netball
- Tony Smith, Petersfield Table Tennis Club
- Peter Walley, Alton Trampolining Club
Winner: Kathy Mason and Ollie Butler for Walking Netball
- Kathy and Ollie struggled to find a team activity so decided to come up with a ‘walking netball’ group in Horndean. Kathy had never played netball before but Ollie had, so between them they secured a venue, promoted the group by delivering flyers and posters and using social media.
- In week one they welcomed 14 ladies and from there the club has steadily grown to the current membership of nearly 40, ranging from ladies in their 40s to 80s! All thanks to the hard work and determination of Kathy and Ollie.
- Kathy completed her England Netball Walking Netball Host training and entered the ladies into a friendly walking netball festival in summer 2017.
- The social benefits of the sessions are invaluable, providing friendship and helping people stay active.
- Thomas Whyte-Venables, Target Shooting 10m Air Pistol
- William Birch-Tomlinson, Sailing
- Stephen Buckett, Short Mat Bowls
Winner: William Birch-Tomlinson, Sailing
- William has had a fantastic year and was selected as part of the British Keelboat Academy. He decided to focus on sailing an Etchell and went on to win the youth trials in March this year. The prize was to win the use of an Etchell for the 2017 season.
- This enabled William to enter international and national events, including the Europeans, and he came third overall in the U25s at Cowes Week.
- William is currently under fitness review for the Youth America’s Cup Team.
- He achieved all of this while studying for his A-Levels, in which he excelled, and has been offered a place on a Mechanical Engineering Course at Southampton University.
- Victoria Lovett, Cycling Road Racing
- Loren Dean, Cricket
Winner: Victoria Lovett, Cycling Road Racing
- In 2017 Victoria has competed internationally for the first time and has measured herself against some of the best athletes in the world in her age group.
- Victoria performed above her expectations at the European Cycling Junior Tour of Assen where she placed 15th and in the Grand Prix Joseph Leboutte, where she came second.
- She achieved both of her goals for 2017 including coming top 10 in the national road race championships and first race category race license.
- Victoria’s next goal is to win at international level.
- Mark Nevola, Karate
- James Long, Triathlon
Winner: Mark Nevola, karate, Four Marks Martial Arts Academy
- In 2017 Mark became World Champion in Kumite at the United World Karate World Championships in Italy, having been selected to represent England.
- Mark also gained bronze in Kata and bronze in Tam Kumite. Most athletes just specialise in one discipline.
- Within the England Team Mark won more medals than any other squad member.
- On the way to the major championships Mark won double silver at the International Karate Union as well as many golds nationally and regionally.
- Nationally Mark was recently nominated and elected to become vice chairman of Karate Sport England.
- John Marlow, Medstead Tennis Club
- Shaun Dominy, Clanfield Football Club
- Dr Richard Lewis, Swallows Trampoline Club
- Jon Graham, Petersfield Squash Club
Winner: John Marlow – Medstead Tennis Club
- John retired as the coach at Medstead Tennis Club at the end of 2017 after 28 years at the club.
- John’s enthusiasm for coaching both adults and juniors has made him a successful coach with a great sense of fun.
- John also contributed greatly to the club by organising club leagues, social events and annual club competitions.
- Over the years John has run many charity tennis events supporting both national and local charities and raising much-needed funds for the club.
- Medstead Tennis Club will sorely miss John’s expertise and enthusiasm.
- John Harvey
- Zoe Perkins
- Chris Norkett
All three nominees were announced as joint winners
Winner: John Harvey - Whitehill & Bordon
- John Harvey has become a regular walker with the Alice Holt Walking to Health group over the last few years.
- John has dementia and a physical disability which forces him to walk with a stick. Attending the walking group is helping John maintain his health and keep his disability from progressing.
- He is always cheerful and turns up in all weather conditions; John walked three miles recently which is huge achievement.
- John is an inspiration to all and walking is his lifeline to the outside world.
Winner: Zoe Perkins, Alton
- Zoe has had an incredibly difficult year having been diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Zoe deals with side effects to treatments and has a daily struggle with the cancer.
- Despite this Zoe continues with her roles at Alpha Trampoline Club and completed her Level 1 Coaching Qualification in April 2017. She has increased her coaching hours at the club taking her own group of gymnasts and progressing them to the next level. Zoe also judges and has officiated at more competitions this year than any other person in Alpha.
- Zoe is currently completing her Level 2 Coaching Qualification however due to further gruelling chemotherapy she has had to delay her studies. She is determined to complete her Level 2 and has shown great dedication to the sport.
Winner: Chris Norkett, Alton
- In 2014 Chris was diagnosed with dangerously high blood pressure and leg ulcers. He was referred to the Alton Cardiac Rehab Centre and hasn’t looked back losing an incredible 13 stone, giving up smoking and taking up running.
- Chris fell in love with running and in 2017 he ran his first marathon to raise money for the Cardiac Rehab Centre.
- Chris trained relentlessly throughout 2017 and completed numerous events including the Fleet Half marathon, the Southampton Marathon, the New Forest Marathon and finished the year with the Winter X Ultra covering a gruelling 50k route.
- Chris is a great ambassador to the sport and a healthy lifestyle, through his commitment and determination.