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Bedford Sports Awards

Click here to download the full list of nominations for the 2016 Sports Awards

Sports Awards

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2016 Winners

Sports Club of the Year 2016

Riverside Tennis Club

Riverside Tennis Club is currently the Men’s & Ladies County Champions. The Men’s Team were also the Men’s Play-off Finalists in the AEGON Regional championships, which the Ladies Team won. They currently have three junior players attending Regional Training Camps, one player qualified for the deaf nationals, one wheelchair player in the National Championships and one senior member representing GB. Riverside Tennis Club also has more than 40 players representing the County.


Community Sports Award 2016

Challengers for Memory – Tibbs Dementia Foundation

Over 100 people with dementia and their families enjoy a range of meaningful, stimulating and physically challenging weekly activities. These sports activities enable people with dementia to retain fitness, skill, cognition, confidence as well as enhanced wellbeing, purpose, community and reduction in isolation. The project also challenges the negative stereotypes often surrounding dementia and highlights that people with dementia can continue to live full active lives with support and understanding.


Special Commendation Award

Fsella Afzal Pagliari – Fitness & Exercise

Volunteer Fsella has introduced a community of women to fitness and exercise by designing dedicated programmes that accommodate their religious beliefs, in a space that they can consider safe. The eight week ‘Fitnisa’ fitness and Pilate’s courses are especially attractive to Muslim women unable to join mixed facilities. The courses promote emotional wellbeing through social interaction. Additionally, around 50 women are following the courses online and on social media via ‘WhatsApp’.


Sporting School of the Year 2016

Goldington Academy

This year, Goldington Academy was District and/or County winners and/or runners up in a wide range of sports, including football, dodgeball, netball, sports hall athletics, athletics, rounders, rugby, tennis and cricket. Over the year 50% of Goldington’s students took part in extra-curricular sporting activity. The Academy is part of the Sky Living for Sport programme; all Yr8 pupils train as sports leaders, helping to run a multi-sports club for children with low confidence.


Junior Sports Personality of the Year 2016

Abbie Turner – Water polo

England U17 water polo player, Abbie won Bronze Medal at EU Nations Competition in Denmark (highest placed English team at the time) with five international camps. Abbie played for England U17 select team at the Senior Ladies North Sea Cup in Aberdeen and attended the GB training camp in Hungary, playing local ladies teams and scoring three goals. Abbie is also a member of the GB U19 squad and was awarded the Bedford Modern School PJ Hurley Cup for the most committed senior water polo player.


Young Sports Volunteer of the Year 2016

Lauren Jolly – Netball

In 2016 Lauren achieved her Young Official Netball Umpiring award. She is a committed young volunteer at the Cranfield Club, taking on a number of roles, including: being a buddy for younger players, captain of her club team, and sitting as Youth Representative on club committees. She also volunteers at Sports Zone, a multi-sports club for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. She is keen to take a Level 1 Coaching Award in Netball when she is 16.


Sports Team of the Year 2016

AFC Oakley U10s Team – Football

AFC Oakley U10s have had unprecedented success this year, winning two League Cups, two Tournament Cups and a Respect Award. As well as an excellent team the League Respect Award is most impressive; every game teams are scored by the opposition on coaches, players and supporters. AFC Oakley U10s beat 72 other U10s teams to achieve top marks. This is the first time this award has been won by any team of any age in Bedford Borough.


Sports Administrator/Club Person of the Year 2016

Dee Paterson – Canoeing and Kayaking

Dee has been involved in the sport for 24 years in a variety of roles as a competitor, coach and official. During the last 12 months Dee has been Area Coaching Representative; Chair of British Freestyle Committee; member of the English Council and representative on British canoeing; and UK Anti-Doping Educator. She regularly delivers training and development programmes in nutrition, strength and conditioning, together with equality and diversity.


Sports Coach of the Year 2016

Dave Cheshire – Athletics

Dave has developed many athletes to help them achieve their potential. Some of his athletes have competed to an elite club level and some have just improved their lives by attaining lasting exercise habits and improving health and wellbeing. David has coached for years on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. He rarely misses a session and attends races throughout the year which often take up all his day. He has provided tailored

programmes for each individual which takes up a lot of time.


Disability Sports Award 2016

Daniel Bullen – Table Tennis

Daniel started playing table tennis back in 2008 and, following attendance at the School Games, was introduced into the disabled table tennis player development programme. Since then he has gone from strength to strength and is currently in the GB squad in preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In addition to playing for St. Neots Table Tennis club, he is a member of the County and Regional team, trains five times a week and regularly participates in GB Squad training camps both home and abroad.


Adult Sports Personality of the Year 2016

Alex Edwards – Freestyle Kayaking

Alex is undefeated in all major national and international competitions in 2016 in freestyle kayaking’s ‘Squirt boat’ category. Representing GB, he is Freestyle Kayaking World Champion, also winning Gold at both World Cup events in Argentina, Gold at the European Championships and became British Champion for second year in a row. He received an award from British Canoeing for his achievements in 2016.


Outstanding Achiever Award 2016

Phelan Hill – Rowing

Phelan has been cox for the GB Rowing Team men’s eight for the past two Olympiads guiding the eight to Gold at Rio this year and Bronze at London 2012 ,together with Gold at three successive world championships. He started coxing at Bedford School in 1995 to help out some friends and hasn’t looked back. Being an international athlete since 2002, he has also competed in Commonwealth Games and World Championships, and as an active member of London Rowing Club previously winning Henley Royal Regatta. He is a role model for young people, local clubs and schools and happy to offer support to local athletes.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Iva Barr – Athletics

Iva is a local well known veteran athlete, a prolific marathon runner and charity fundraiser. She entered the 2016 London Marathon for the 19th time and the oldest female competitor at 88 years. Iva is a member of the Bedford Harriers Athletics Club and well known nationally for over 30 marathons and other long distance events including the Great North Run. In 2012 she carried the Olympic torch for her work in the local community. Iva has been awarded the Whizz-Kidz Inspirational Fundraiser Award for efforts over the years along with The Point of Light Award from Prime Minister David Cameron for her incredible charity work.


The next Sports Awards will be advertised in October 2017, however if you have anyone who you feel deserves recognition please contact amy.stevens@bedford.gov.uk

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2015 Sports Awards

Click here to download the full list of nominations for the 2015 Sports Awards


Sports Awards 2015


2015 Winner

Sports Club of the Year - Bedford Cricket Club

Rising Star Award - Rahul Sheemar (Cricket)

Special Commendation - The Salvation Army, Bedford (Multi-Sports)

Sporting School of the Year - Castle Lower School

Special Commendation - Brickhill Lower School

Junior Sports Personality of the Year - Julie Rogers (Athletics)

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year - Temitope Fisayo (Walking Football)

Sports Team of the Year - Star Club Juniors (Rowing)

Sports Administrator/Club Person of the Year - Tony Ogborn (Sailing)

Sports Coach of the Year - Grace Blacklock (Acrobatic Gymnastics)

Disability Sports Award - Peter Smart (Sprint Kayaking)

Adult Sports Personality of the Year - Dee Paterson (Canoeing and Kayaking)

Outstanding Achiever Award - Bethany Dix (Netball and Dodgeball)


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All of the awards were sponsored by companies/organisations in and around Bedford, for more information click on the chosen logo.

 Sport Bedford Logo                                       Sports Develoment Logo   

    Team Beds and Luton Logo                   Harpur Trust                    Bedford College Logo            

Times and Citizen Logo                fusion logo             

                          Rotary Club of Bedford Park Logo                                       Uni of Bedfordshire Logo


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