Winchester District Sports Awards 2008

The Mayor of Winchester and Winchester's rising Olympic star, Julia Beckett, helped to celebrate the district's wealth of sporting talent at the first annual Winchester District Sports Awards

The Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) held its first annual sports awards at Winchester Guildhall on Tuesday 9 December.

Local Olympic star, Julia Beckett, was on hand to present the awards alongside the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Michael Read. She also received an award herself on the night; scooping the Senior Sportswoman Award.

The awards, which are sponsored by Wilds Sports in Jewry Street, aim to recognise publicly the commitment and excellence of coaches, volunteers, and sportsmen and women across the Winchester District.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and sport at Winchester City Council, said:

"We are delighted to be supporting the Winchester District Sports Awards by sponsoring one of the categories. The success of Britain's athletes at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games demonstrates the importance of supporting and encouraging sports at a local level . It was amazing to witness first hand the wonderful array of sporting accolades over the past year"

Stuart Barlow, Chair of the SPAA, added:

"These awards recognise the achievements and efforts of Winchester's top sports people. The evening was also an opportunity to show our appreciation for those who have put so much personal time and effort into helping others to get involved in sport. This is one of the many initiatives to be delivered by the SPAA this year. We now have a very busy four years to maximise sporting participation in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games."

Complete list of winners

Junior Sportsman - Sponsored by Sparsholt College
Robert Nixon

Junior Sportswoman - Sponsored by University of Winchester
Emma McLaren

Senior Sportswoman
Julia Beckett

Masters Sportsman
Rory Fitzgerald

Male Coach
Simon Macey

Female Coach - Sponsored by DC Leisure
Justine Abraham

Female Volunteer
Ruth Ashton

Male Volunteer
Richard Styants

Senior Volunteer - Sponsored by Sport Hampshire and IOW
John Prosser

Junior Team - Sponsored by Toynbee School Sports Partnership
Winchester City Penguins Biathlon

Senior Team
Winchester Hockey Club 2nd XI

Major Tim Brown

Male Service to Sport - Sponsored by Winchester City Council
Brian Challis

Female Service to Sport
Vivienne Aspin