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Kingston celebrates local sporting heroes

Kingston has paid tribute to winners and unsung heroes from the borough’s sporting community.

A host of young athletes, coaches and club volunteers were joined by the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Penny Shelton, at the annual Borough Sports Awards to celebrate their achievements and contributions.

The winners were:

  • Mayor’s Trophy – Brenda Ford of Kingston Athletic Club for an amazing 24 years of hard work and dedication
  • Eileen Gray Award – Penny McCarthy who has transformed Old Emanuel Rugby Club, New Malden into a thriving community club with more than 400 youngsters in its youth section
  • Jeremy Jellinek Award – Archer Danielle Tighe, aged 17, of Chessington Bowmen for outstanding achievements (Danielle is reigning junior champion of Britain and Ireland) and helping others
  • Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year – Swimmer Thomas Urry, aged 18, of Kingston Royals who has continued to beat his personal bests while studying at Kingston College
  • Club of the Year – Chessington Bowmen for producing London Youth Games medal winners and a GB development squad athlete, as well as supporting the development of disabled athletes and raising money for a lift for disabled people at their Kingston Rugby Club home.

London Youth Games medal winners received awards from Team Kingston sponsors DC Leisure. The borough’s medals haul included team silver in archery and squash, team bronze in boys volleyball, and individual medals in archery (gold, silver and bronze), kayak sprint (silver), kayak slalom (bronze), cycling (bronze) and sailing (bronze).

Coaches and volunteers who manage the young athletes throughout the competition were recognised for their support and dedication, and local running club The Stragglers received a special award for its contribution to Kingston’s London Youth Games cross country team and the London Mini-Marathon.

“We are proud of every one of our young athletes and we appreciate the dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of all those who coach and support them.

“The many achievements that we are able to celebrate are possible thanks to so many great local clubs who make it possible for people to enjoy all sorts of sport.”

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Sport

For more details about how to get involved in the London Youth Games or Mini-Marathon go to Sports.