Charnwood Sports Awards winners announced
Published: Tue 6th December, 2022
Charnwood’s sporting stars have been recognised in an awards ceremony.
The Charnwood Sports Awards highlight the work and dedication of individuals, clubs, coaches and volunteers across the borough.
They also shone a light on schools and workplaces making a difference to health and wellbeing.
The awards which have been organised by the borough council’s sport and recreation team, Active Charnwood and the Active Charnwood Alliance, took place at Burleigh Court in Loughborough.
Among the winners were 18-year-old Jacob Whittle, who trains at the British Swimming Performance Centre in Loughborough. Jacob won the Junior Sports Person award and collected his first medals at World and Commonwealth level in 2022 including taking home a gold and three silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Paralympian Olivia Breen, who trains at Loughborough University, won the Senior Sportsperson of the Year award after putting in top performances at the Commonwealth games.
This year’s awards were also about recognising health and wellbeing with the Ashmount School in Loughborough picking up an award for encouraging children to get involved in sport outside of PE lessons.
There was a total of nine categories including the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust Special Recognition Award which recognises inspirational people or groups who have gone above and beyond and made outstanding achievements, in the face of adversity.
The Joe Humphries Memorial award went to Danny Lee who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2021 and has used that experience to educate others about the condition and raise money for charity.
Cllr Leigh Harper-Davies, the Council’s lead member for communities, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees in the Charnwood Sport Awards for this year.
“It has been a great event where we have come together to celebrate the sporting excellence that Charnwood has.
"The borough is fortunate to have not only elite athletes but also an incredible crop of young sporting talent who can be tomorrow’s superstars.
“This year’s awards were also about recognising the importance of staying active through sport to improve your health and wellbeing. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be about competition, but about being active.”
The winners also included Jane Parr, Kate Robertson, Steve Wilkinson, Watermead Day Nursery, and Loughborough Female Fitness.
To see pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album.
The 2022 winners and runners-up are:
Club of the year:
Winner: Loughborough Female fitness
Loughborough Female Fitness who in just 15 months since their creation have made a huge difference to many girls and women who live in Charnwood. They bring females across the borough together for walks which have been a huge help to members’ wellbeing following and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Runner Up: Leicestershire & Rutland Youth Sailing Association
Runner Up: Sileby Town Football Club
Joe Humphries Memorial Trust Special Recognition Award:
Winner: Danny Lee
The Joe Humphries Memorial award went to Danny Lee who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2021. Since then, Danny has used his experience to educate staff and students at his workplace, Loughborough College, about spotting the signs of testicular cancer, as well as raising over £2,000 for charity ‘Oddballs’ through a sponsored 10km run.
Runner Up: Molly’s Gift
Runner Up: Annie Jeffs
Let’s Get Moving Junior Ambassador of the Year:
Winner: Kate Robertson
The Junior Ambassador of the Year award went to Kate Robertson who has been a This Girl Can Ambassador for the past two years at Loughborough College to create fair and inclusive opportunities for females to get active at the college. Kate has gone on to ensure that there is a specific female only session in the college recreational timetable.
Runner Up: Jack Goldfinch
Runner Up: Harry Yates
Junior Sports Person:
Winner: Jacob Whittle
Jacob Whittle won the Junior Sports Person award. Jacob won his first medals at World and Commonwealth level in 2022 including taking home a gold and three silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Runner Up: Harry Donald
Runner Up: Dahnon Ward
Let’s Get Moving School Sports Award:
Winner: Ashmount School
Another school to pick up an award was Ashmount School. The Loughborough based school won the Let’s Get Moving School Sports Award for their encouragement of pupils being involved in sport outside physical education lesson time and arranging for yoga specialists to visit individuals and small groups to help them concentrate on their wellbeing.
Runner Up: Loui Charlesworth
Runner Up: Arbham Giga / Rawlins PE Department
Outstanding Contribution to Physical Activity, Sport & School Sport:
Winner: Steve Wilkinson
Steve Wilkinson won the Outstanding Contribution to Physical Activity, Sport & School Sport award. Steve has been an integral part of sport in Loughborough for the past 16 years, working for Loughborough College and Loughborough Foxes. His most recent achievement has been the formation of the Loughborough College pan disability football team that gives opportunities for learners with a wide range of disabilities to compete in national tournaments.
Runner Up: Ben Mackness
Runner Up: Gorse Covert Walk leaders
Runner Up: John Mumford
Let’s Get Moving Senior Ambassador of the Year Award:
Winner: Jane Parr
The Senior Ambassador of the Year Award was taken home by Jane Parr who is the driving force behind the Safe, Well, Happy group which supports people with learning disabilities. The group aims to support people with social interaction, physical activities, workshops on health and wellbeing, activities to build communication skills and opportunities to interact with the local community.
Runner Up: Sileby Town Football Club Committee
Runner Up: Ann Bullock
Runner Up: Joe Ballantyne
Senior Sports Person of the Year Award:
Winner: Olivia Breen
Runner Up: Thomas Young
Runner Up: Sophie Hahn
Let’s Get Moving Wellbeing at Work Award:
Winner: Watermead Day Nursery
Watermead Day Nursery picked up the Let’s Get Moving Wellbeing at Work award for their continuous recognition of members of the team’s efforts including Staff Member of the Month and their flexible working pattern to allow staff to concentrate
Runner Up: Loughborough College