Energise Me Awards 2018 winners announced
Last night we shone a spotlight on the amazing people who are leading the way to a happier, healthier and more active community.
From over 270 nominations, we presented 39 incredible shortlisted nominees with Energise Me Awards 2018 certificates or trophies.
The Awards celebrate sport and physical activity across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Competition was strong and all 270+ nominees deserve recognition.
Last night, we shone the spotlight on 13 winners and 26 runners-up whose stories were truly inspirational.
The winners of the Energise Me Awards 2018 were:
Junior Sports Person sponsored by Halo Conferences & Events
Serena Vincent – Shot Put, Eastleigh
Serena is the Under 17 UK Number 1 indoor and outdoor Shot Put champion. Serena won the indoor national title in early February 2017, breaking the Under 17 All-Time National record. Her subsequent success resulted in an England call up to the Under 18 team for her first international in Wales and a call to join the England Commonwealth Youth team in the Bahamas.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Annie Boby (Judo) and Zachary Lacey (Swimming).
Senior Sports Person sponsored by Media Pack
Harry Ellis – Golf, Eastleigh
Harry won the British Amateur Championship in 2017 in dramatic fashion. At 21 years of age, he is the third player in history and the youngest to win both the English Amateur and the Amateur Championship. He is currently completing a scholarship at Florida State University.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Kimberley Murray (Skeleton) and Owen Richardson (Athletics).
Outstanding Achievement sponsored by Saints Foundation
Jon Flynn – Running, Southampton
Jon is Deputy Head teacher at Swanmore Primary School. In 2015 one of his pupils, Felix, was knocked down by a car and suffered severe injuries. Felix’s parents set up a charity to help with his ongoing care. Jon pledged to run 2017 miles in 2017 to raise £2017 for Fit for Felix and two other charities. He ran a minimum of 5 miles every day from 1st January – 31st December 2017. He raised over £8000 and has inspired hundreds of adults and children to start running through his blogs and school challenge.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Shadi Ganjavian-Connor (Mountaineering) and Keith Diaper (Triathlon).
Achievement in the Face of Adversity
Matthew Davis – Diving, Isle of Wight
Doctors said Matthew would never walk or talk but he has defied his disabilities to learn how to dive. Matthew has ataxic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dyspraxia and an autistic condition known as pathological demand avoidance. Despite everything, Matthew showed from an early age that he wasn’t prepared to be beaten. By the time he was five, he had learned how to walk following a grueling physiotherapy programme. He took up diving after being inspired by Tom Daley at the London 2012 Olympics. He won the Swim England Disabled Participant of the Year award in 2017.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Chris Norkett, Zoe Perkins and Mark Ridley.
Making a Difference sponsored by Irwin Mitchell
Mum and Baby Programme – Group Exercise, Eastleigh
The Mum and Baby Programme is specifically tailored for new mums and enables them to bring their little ones into the class so no childcare is required. Classes are considerate of new mums, allowing them to attend to their babies’ needs as required. The classes are delivered by instructors who are qualified in post-natal exercise and Hannah, Andy and Graham run 10 weekly classes. The programme is now inclusive to all abilities and is aimed at mental wellbeing as well as physical. The programme saw 400-500+ attendances each month throughout 2017.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Eastleigh Boccia Club and Saints Foundation Pan Disability League.
School of the Year sponsored by Create Development
Valentine Primary School – Southampton
Valentine Primary School has approximately 740 pupils, including a large number of children with Education, Health and Care Plans who require some level of 1:1 support. The school participates in the Golden Mile to boost pupils’ activity levels during the school day. In September, it had 33 Year 5 pupils trained to be Play Leaders so they could lead activities with younger children in the school. The school also runs a variety of after school clubs for children, as well as level 2 competitions via the school games calendar. They give as many pupils as possible the opportunity to represent the school, particularly those who are disengaged.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Newchurch Primary School and Bishop Challoner School.
Aviva – Eastleigh
Aviva (Eastleigh) runs weekly free activities for staff such as Tai Chi and Yoga. It has Walking and Running clubs that go out at least once a week. Recently a group of staff from the IT team took part in the Southampton parkrun. The organisation runs spa days, providing 15 minute massages, a chillout room and relaxation room, in addition to multiple Yoga sessions. Led from Eastleigh, Aviva has developed a Wellbeing app for staff in partnership with a third party to help users track and improve their health habits. Around half of the staff in the UK have signed up for the app, which is free for staff to use and provides social challenges and rewards alongside the health tracking benefits.
Team of the Year sponsored by Aspire Defence Services Ltd
Stephanie Ricketts and Toula Raftapoulou – Gymnastics, Eastleigh
Stephanie Ricketts and Toula Raftapoulou are acrobatic gymnasts. In April 2017 the girls were selected to the Elite National Squad. They represented Great Britain for the first time at the 2017 Junior European Championships in Poland, in the Junior Women’s Pair category, and took 3rd place. In the Dynamic routine final they scooped 2nd place. The girls will shortly be trialling again to represent Great Britain at the 2018 World Championships.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Bramshaw Golf Club Junior Team and Winchester Hockey Club Under 14 Boys.
Club of the Year sponsored by Serious Sport
South Hants Volleyball Club – Volleyball, East Hampshire/Havant
South Hants Volleyball Club began with 8 players and a vision to support anyone who wants to participate in volleyball at any level. The club now has 80+ members aged 10 to 60+, a thriving junior club, successful local, county and national league squads and a sitting section. The club provides something for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender or experience. In 2017 the ladies gained promotion to National League Division 2, the Sitting team finished 3rd in the National Grand Prix, the Under 14 Girls’ team were runners-up at the Ashcombe Tournament, and the Men’s team won the Hampshire Volleyball Association’s Grand Prix. In addition, two juniors were invited onto the Volleyball England Talent Pathway. The club has strong community engagement and 500+ students have benefited from sitting volleyball taster sessions.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics Club and Jelly Netball.
Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Hillcrest Structural Ltd
Judy Yoxall – Netball, Portsmouth
Judy Yoxall is integral to the local netball community and in the last year has been pivotal in setting up netball programmes, introducing newcomers to the sport and sustaining that participation. Judy is the Head Coach and ‘mother’ of Springers Netball Club – an original Back to Netball group who now have two teams competing in the local league. Without her support Springers would not have made the transition from popular Back to Netball sessions to competitive league team. Judy has done an exceptional job supporting and mentoring these participants, as well as recruiting more new to netballers to the Springers set up.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Lily Moore and Tom Jackson.
Coach of the Year sponsored by Energise Coaches
Lindsey Andrews – Karate and Kung Fu, Basingstoke
Lindsey is a Karate and Kung Fu coach with a rare talent for successfully combining participation and performance coaching. She teaches people from 4 years old to 60+, from recreational and health-related learners through to elite performers. She has coached people to UK and international golds in Karate. She also teaches Ladies Only Kickboxing at her club which has encouraged Mums and Grandmas to get active again. Because they socialise together and support one another outside of class, it feels more like a friendship group rather than a sports class.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees John Cattle, Richard Osborne, and Aaron Wickes.
Official of the Year sponsored by Energise Coaches
Kathryn Carver – Football, Eastleigh
Kathryn has had a highly successful year as a Hampshire FA Referee. In February she applied and was successful in being part of Hampshire FA County Centre of Refereeing Excellence (HFA CORE), which identifies talented referees who have the potential and desire to progress as a Referee. In March, Kat achieved her promotion from a Level 7 Junior Referee to Level 6 County Referee. The highlight of Kat’s year was being selected as one of four officials to represent Hampshire FA at the Iber Cup in Portugal, which took place in July. The team of four had the opportunity to referee a number of international club teams in the prestigious tournament. Kat continues to attend development events across Hampshire demonstrating her enthusiasm and commitment for developing as a referee.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Liz Flitcroft and David Wheeler.
Service to Sport sponsored by River Park Leisure Centre
John Robinson – Rugby Union, Winchester
John Robinson – known to all as JR – has spent an average of 15 hours a week since Winchester Rugby Club moved to its present ground in 1972 working voluntarily as the groundsman. He was nominated to give public recognition to his remarkable record of 46 continuous years of service to sport in the Winchester District. The enthusiam and commitment that JR has shown in 2017 has been just the same as in every year since 1972. When the club first moved to North Walls Park, it was a landfill site. The topsoil with which it had been covered was a grassless mixture of chalk, clay, and other soils. With very little assistance, limited equipment and small budgets, JR has created and continues to maintain and improve 3.6 hectares of playing field, with three pitches and two training areas.
Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Liz Bell and Reg Wilkinson.