Tuesday, 26 October, 2021
Winners revealed for Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2021
Despite what has been a difficult two years for elite and grassroots sport, the Surrey Heath Sports Awards have once again proved that Surrey Heath is punching well above its weight when it comes to local champions.
The awards celebrate the achievements of local coaches, volunteers, athletes and community groups, who have gone above and beyond in their performances, dedication and commitment to sport and physical activity.
This year saw Camberley Judo Club’s very own Olympic hero Ashley McKenzie presented with an Olympic Achievement award to recognise his accomplishments. His impressive CV includes a Commonwealth gold medal in 2014, as well as being a triple Olympian.
Winners in the other award categories included representation from cricket, hockey, water skiing and Soo Bahk Do, demonstrating the breadth of sport taking place across the borough.
Congratulations to the SHSA 2021 winners:
The Massage Company Sporting Moment of the Year – Harley Coster (JB Ski)
Despite competing in Slalom and Trick waterskiing for less than 18 months, Harley won the British Waterski Under 12s Slalom Championships, including a 2nd in Jump and 3rd in Trick.
Surrey Security Community Project of the Year – Surrey Heath Primary School Sports Association (SHPSSA)
The SHPSSA's dedicated group of teachers, coaches and PE leads innovated to ensure Surrey Heath's primary schools had plenty of opportunities for students to be active during what has been a particularly difficult period.
Surrey Playing Fields Volunteer of the Year – Alison Butler (C&F Hockey Club)
Alison has been running the junior section at C&F Hockey club since 2013, and has helped it expand to over 200 members. She also coordinates hockey festivals, and acts as the club Welfare Officer.
Herrington Carmichael Disability Sports Award – Simon White (Valley End CC Rascals)
Simon’s coaching has played a huge part in the Rascals’ success. He ensures all players have equal opportunities to develop skills and improve confidence.
Complete Coaching Outstanding Service Award – Barry Snell (Surrey Soo Bahk Do)
Barry has been a dedicated Soo Bahk Do coach for over 32 years and offered his skill to all ages and abilities, which included supporting his club following local lockdowns with free outdoor sessions.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy, Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans said: "This year’s awards provided a great way to say well done and thank you to those involved in sport locally.
“In a year when physical activity as been so important for our mental and physical health, we felt it was more important than ever to recognise those who have helped keep it going through the pandemic in Surrey Heath .
“Congratulations to all our amazing winners!"
The nominees were shortlisted by an internal panel before the winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council last month. Thank you to our generous sponsors.
The awards ceremonies are taking place in a roadshow format, with winners presented with their trophies in locations across the Borough.
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