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Elmbridge Sports Personality of the Year 

The Elmbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards were held at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse on Friday 10th November to celebrate the achievements, dedication, talent and hard-work of local athletes, coaches and volunteers.  They had all been nominated by the community for their commitment to make Elmbridge an even more active and successful sporting borough.  The event was hosted by Cllr Barry Cheyne – Chairman of the Elmbridge Sports Council and sponsored by Sandown Park Racecourses, David J Archer Group of Companies, TGL Group, Active Surrey and Places for People. 

Our County winning Year 6 orienteering team were shortlisted for the ‘Schools Award for Under 12s’ alongside Cleves School County winning sportshall athletics team and also the Cleves School football team. 

ABOVE:  Members of our Year 6 orienteering team collecting their trophy

Our School was incredibly honoured to have made the shortlist, especially considering the high calibre and success of the other school teams being nominated.  There was certainly shock and delight when the results were announced with Cleves football team in third place, Cleves sportshall athletics team in second place and the Walton Oak orienteering team in first place!  It is a tremendous achievement for all three schools who were all presented with gorgeous engraved glass trophies in recognition of their achievements.

This year, hand-cyclist and Elmbridge resident Jonathan Bell was the special guest at the Awards ceremony.  A former soldier, paralysed from the upper chest following life changing injuries sustained during military training before deployment in Bosnia, Jonathan, along with a number of other soldiers injured in the incident, discovered a love for cycling and have been raising money and awareness of the charity Blesma ever since.  Blesma is an Armed Forces charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-service men and women who have suffered loss of limbs or sight.  This year, Jonathan led 75 veterans, most from his Regiment, on a l00 mile cycle ride across the South Yorkshire countryside and raised more than £31,000 for the charity.  Jonathan gave an inspirational interview to Radio Jackie on the evening and left the audience in awe of his achievements.

But there's more...

In front of a packed audience at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Miss Slaymaker was presented with the ‘Mayors Award for Outstanding Service to Sport’ for her incredible work and dedication in developing PE and Sport at Walton Oak over the past seven years.  It was richly deserved and fantastic recognition for all her efforts.

ABOVE:  Miss Slaymaker receiving her Award

There was delight as well as Vicky Alexander from Cobham R.F.C. received the ’Volunteer Award’ for her incredible work and dedication in developing the clubs girls and ladies rugby section, which she started from scratch some three years ago.   Vicky worked with all our children last year when she taught them tag rugby and she will be back in February 2018 to continue her work.  Huge congratulations to her on her Award!

ABOVE: Vicky Alexander and her Award

The winners of this year’s Sports Awards were:

  • Junior Sports Team - Elmbridge Eagles Rugby League Under 14
  • Senior Sports Team - Riverside Rebels (running)
  • Coach of the year and Inclusive Award - Simon Pethybridge (Wingham Court Care Home)
  • Surrey Youth Games Awards - Team Elmbridge Netball High 5
  • Sports Personality of the Year - Holly Dunford (Molesey Boat Club)
  • Volunteer Award - Vicky Alexander (Cobham RFC)
  • Schools Award U12 - Walton Oak Year 6 Orienteering Team
  • Secondary Schools Award - Heathside School Girls U15 Football Team
  • Mick Burgess Sports Club of the Year - Elmbridge Eagles Rugby Football League
  • Mayor’s Award - Kelly Slaymaker (Walton Oak School)