Winchester Sports Awards 2010

The Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) finally held its third annual sports awards at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 27th January.

The awards which were due to be held in December were postponed due to the heavy snow.  Compere Richard Millard and the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Richard Izard presented the 13 awards to local sporting heroes. Guest speakers included four time Paralympian swimmer Dervis Konuralp and Hampshire 2012 Coordinator Barry Kitcher.
The awards which boasted a 2012 theme in the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games are sponsored by Wilds Sports in Jewry Street. They aim to recognise publicly the commitment and excellence of coaches, volunteers, and sportsmen and women across the Winchester District and celebrate their successes over the past year.

Cllr Dominic Hiscock, portfolio holder at Winchester City Council, said, "It was a fantastic evening and I was delighted to attend the evening and celebrate the achievements of our local sporting stars that compete, coach and volunteer. It’s was a first class evening which showcased all that is great in terms of sport across the Winchester District. Both Dervis and Barry gave really uplifting presentations and added a touch of inspiration to the evening. I would like to thank you them for giving up their time and congratulate everyone involved in staging the event!”

Stuart Barlow, Chair of the SPAA, added, " Winchester's top sporting athletes, coaches and volunteers have all been on show this evening and it is brilliant to be able to celebrate their achievements with them. It was an excellent evening of celebration with a real inspirational speech from Dervis who has shown that through adversity people can continue to perform to the highest standard. This event concludes another successful year for the SPAA who have been working extremely hard to deliver a number of important initiatives and will continue to do so in the lead up looking to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Nominations were lead by local people from teams and clubs across the district and this year the organising committee had more nominations than ever before. With a talented pool of Olympic hopefuls and high number of exceptional volunteers, coaches and sports personalities attending the evening, judging and deciding winners was always a difficult matter. However, each nominee and winner came away from the event with their head held high as they were recognised for the fantastic work they had put in over the last year.
This year's winners were:

Junior Sportsman – Jamie Charlton-Little - Rugby
Junior Disability Sportsman – Cameron Dadkhah – Wheelchair Basketball
Junior Sportswoman – Rebecca Knapton - Athletics
Senior Sportswoman - Caroline Brownlie - Target Shooting
Masters Sportsman – Roger Barnacle - Croquet
Official – Tim Brown - Basketball
Participation Coach – Tom Andrew-Power - Football
Senior Volunteer – Steve Cramoysan – Football
Junior Volunteer – Rosie Tugwell - Rugby
Junior Team – Henry Beaufort U19 Gymnastics Squad - Gymnastics
Senior Team – University of Winchester Men’s Football 1st XI - Football
Club of the Year – Winchester Tennis & Squash Club – Tennis & Squash
Service to Sport – Jean Merrikin – Badminton