Kingston’s sporting heroes celebrated at annual awards
Sporting achievements of athletes, coaches and clubs were celebrated at the borough’s annual sports awards held on Monday 8 October.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Mike Seigel, Kingston’s Town Crier and Tipstaff. Charles Cousins, Olympic finalist and one of British Rowing’s leading scullers, along with Kingston’s London Youth Games medalists, joined the celebrations.
Councillor Margaret Thompson, portfolio holder with responsibility for sport and leisure at Kingston Council, said:
“Kingston is very proud of our local athletes and sporting heroes. These awards demonstrate the dedication of all athletes, clubs, parents and coaches involved in achieving these outstanding results.”
The winners were:
- Eileen Gray Award (awarded to those who inspire others) - Maria Higgins, a volunteer with Park Run and 26.2 runners, was given the award for her dedication to helping people of all ages stay active in Kingston.
- Team of the Year - Winners of the team awards were Kingston Rowing Club’s Women’s J16 Coxed fours who are unbeaten this year. They won Gold in national competitions and set a new course record at Henley Women's Regatta.
- Mayor’s Award went to James Bracken, manager of Corinthian-Casuals, who has taken the club to its highest position since it was founded in 1939 - a remarkable achievement both for the manager and the club.
- Sports Club of the Year - QMC School of Capoeira was awarded for helping people from all ages and backgrounds in building their fitness, self-confidence and resilience.
- Active Kingston School of the Year - This year's winners were St Andrews and St Marks Junior School for putting the health and wellbeing of pupils at the heart of their curriculum.
- Junior Sports Achiever of the Year was awarded to young tennis player Dilhan Wasantha for his achievements and genuine enthusiasm for tennis. He is currently ranked No.1 in Great Britain for under 12s, and has won four European tennis titles
- Disability Sports Achiever of the Year was awarded to young swimmer Caitlin Trevor. Caitlin’s Down Syndrome has not stopped her winning gold medals in European and International competitions, setting three new Pan American records.
- Sports Achiever of the Year went to Pippa Wingate, who was selected to represent England at the Loughborough International winning with a hammer throw of 61.88. She is a homegrown international athlete who lives, works and trains locally in Kingston.
- Neil Desai Award - Sam Lyle, manager for the London Youth Games Kingston Badminton Squad, received the award for his dedication to the team.
This year’s London Youth Games medal winners were recognised with a medal presentation during the awards ceremony. Kingston teams were placed 11 from all 32 London boroughs, the highest position to date. They secured gold in Trampolining, Squash and Boys’ Hockey, Silver medals in Kayak Sprint and Cycling and Bronze for Women’s Squash, Football and Hockey teams. Kingston athletes also secured seven individual gold, two silver and five bronze medals.
For more information on staying active and healthy in Kingston, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/sports.