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Waltham Forest Feel Good Sports Awards – winners revealed!

The achievements of sporting heroes from Waltham Forest were celebrated last week when the Council hosted its annual sports awards ceremony.

The awards aim to acknowledge the many inspirational sports people in the borough – from budding young sports stars of the future, to those who have dedicated years to developing their talents or helping others enjoy getting active and reaching their potential.

Hundreds of guests gathered in Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Thursday 17 November to discover who came out on top in each of the 16 categories.

This year’s Sports Person of the Year was Penelope Wiles. A true inspiration, Penny started taking part in park runs in 2013 following her battle with cancer and the loss of her husband.

Since then, and at nearly 70 years old, she has completed 144 park runs – currently holding the course record for her age group – and six half marathons. Penny took part in the Manchester Marathon earlier this year, completing it in a sub five hour time – qualifying to take part in next year’s London Marathon in the process.

Joint winners of the Sports Person of the Year Under 16 Award were Suzy Hayes and Eleanor Jennings.

Suzy started playing football when she was five years old and after playing local club football she moved to Arsenal and then on to Millwall. Through school years 7, 8 and 9 Suzy played as part of the schools boys’ football team – and now represents Essex County Girls.

Eleanor is the current National and European Champion in her age group for Tang Soo Do – and can now add World Champion to that list after recent success representing Great Britain.

Winner of the Inclusive Sports Award was Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) Football Club. DCD FC provides children with an opportunity to practice and develop their football skills without being judged. It also provides them with the opportunity to develop team skill and play games with their peers. Sessions build confidence, self-esteem and motor skills along with teaching the fundamentals of football training. The club has also organised tournaments against other DCD football clubs.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, the Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This year’s sports awards was the biggest we’ve had – and with more than 200 individuals, teams and organisations nominated, the judging panel had a real challenge on their hands.

“A huge range of sporting activities and events were represented, from cross-county running to trampolining, and skating to martial arts. It just goes to show the strength, success and sheer variety of sporting opportunities in Waltham Forest.

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, whose talent and dedication are a shining example to others, and whose efforts, I hope, will inspire even more people to get into sport in our borough.”

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Notes to editors

The categories and winners at Waltham Forest Feel Good Sports Awards 2016 were:

  • Coach of the Year - Demairo Hudson

  • Volunteer of the Year - Victoria te Velde

  • Sports Person of the Year - Penelope Wiles

  • Outstanding London Youth Games Individual Contribution - Rihanna-Lee Pagan

  • Outstanding London Youth Games Team Contribution - U19 Male Rugby 7s team

  • Outstanding London Youth Games Individual Contribution - Tilly McRedmond

  • Junior Team of the Year Under 11 - Greenleaf Primary School Cricket Team Year 5 and Year 6

  • Club of the Year - Orion Harriers Athletics Club

  • Physical Activity and Health Project Award - Walking Football Leyton Orient Trust

  • Inclusive Sports Award - Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) Football Club

  • Junior Team of the Year Under 18 - Ridgeway Rovers Under 12 Football Team

  • Young Sports Leader/Volunteer of the Year Under 16 - Ishaq Muhammed

  • Outstanding Services to Sport - Shona Gordon

  • Sports Person of the Year Under 16 - Suzy Hayes

  • Sports Person of the Year Under 16 - Eleanor Jennings

  • Sports Local Organising Committee (LOC) Special Primary School Award - Henry Maynard Primary School

  • Sports LOC Special Secondary School Award - Walthamstow School for Girls

  • Adult Team of the Year - Lee Valley London Skating Club

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