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Achievement recognised in Hackney Sports Awards 2014


More than 1,000 people packed out Hackney Empire to see the borough’s sporting stars rewarded for their achievements of the past year.

The ninth annual Hackney Sports Award, one of the highlights of the borough calendar, celebrates and recognises sporting excellence of schools, individuals, coaches, volunteers, and young and old alike.

The ceremony, on Tuesday 4 November, was compered by comedian Kat B who was joined by special guests, sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, gold medallist at Zurich 2014; and former GB sprinter Jeanette Kwakye.

Awards were presented by Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe, Speaker Cllr Sharon Patrick, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Cllr Jonathan McShane, and Phil Lane Head of Sport and Legacy for GLL, the Council’s leisure partner.

Hackney came sixth in the London Youth Games this summer – the highest placement in over 30 years, earning the team the ‘Most Improved Borough’ trophy - and the team was also honoured at the awards. 

Kamil Nowak, 17, from BSix, is part of Hackney Boys Volleyball Team who won Most Improved Team in the Games. He said: “I’m shocked! We trained our hardest and did our best. Our goal is to improve next year.”

Marianne Sharpe, Head Coach and brains behind Hackney Disability Swimming Club, received the Inclusion Award for giving her time, dedication and enthusiasm to the club and supporting swimmers and parents alike.

She said: “I’m ecstatic! I’d like to thank the parents, young swimmers and teachers. Without them, I couldn't do it. It’s like a big family.”Noah Williams picked up the prize for the Under-16s Sports Personality of the Year.He said: "I'm happy and shocked. I’ve been preparing for lots of competitions, doing lots of training. I competed for the Junior World at the beginning of September and will be doing the Junior Europeans, hopefully the European Games and Dresden. I’d like to thank my coach.”

There was also a performance from Tropical Isles carnival group who wowed the audience with their vibrant costumes and high-tempo dancing.


Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The awards, which were yet another sell-out night at the Hackney Empire, just get better and better each year. The sporting talent in Hackney is outstanding with so many people having so much to celebrate. It was an honour to be able to recognise all those who have done the borough proud both in their chosen field and behind the scenes. I would like to congratulate all the winners and everybody who was nominated for an award, as well as Council staff, for making the awards night a very special one indeed.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “The Hackney Sports Awards are all about celebrating home-grown talent at all levels. From competitive sport at the London Youth Games, to pupils of all abilities who sought individual improvement in the Hackney Personal Best, and not forgetting the participants of the New Age Games who continue to enjoy fitness into older age, we are rightly proud of the talent and determination evident in the borough.

“These awards also allow us to recognise and thank all those people who support and organise sports on a voluntary basis, and without whom many of the achievements we celebrated would not be possible.”

2014 Hackney Sports Awards Winners

Outstanding Individual Contribution to the London Youth Games:

Yebila Collins

Outstanding Team Contribution to the London Youth Games:

Hackney Judo Team

Most Improved Team in the London Youth Games:

Hackney Boys Volleyball Team

Pride of Hackney:

Grace Dick Oakley, Lily McKay, Demi Fayase, Conor Clark, Zeniece Hall, Joe Spencer, Tia Philips, Emily Downey, Nikita Wisdom, Clemency Linden, Jack Davis

London Youth Games Schools Challenge:

Stoke Newington School (£250 sports equipment vouchers)

Fit 4 Health:

Grace Bacon, Sarah Windebank

New Age Games:

Sandy Doherty, Abdul Rashid Patel

Inclusion award:

Marianne Sharpe

Personal Bests:

Grasmere Primary School

Primary School Sport:

Winners: Gayhurst Primary School

Runners Up: Grasmere Primary School and Jubilee Primary School

Under 18 Team of the Year:

Stoke Newington Girls Under 13 Football Team

Coach of the Year:

Calvin Walker Hall

Club of the Year:

Hackney BMX Club

Youth Sports Fund:

Gold Award – individual:

Tresor Mashakar Mosungela – karate

Grace Bradley Shankar – sailing

Lauryn John Baptiste – tennis

Tayo Edun – football

Nathan Dupre – BMX

Olivia Eastwood Gray – netball

Zahna Hall – table tennis

Silver – individual:

Oscar Daniel –football

Ella Sharman – swimming

Isaac Osofisan – athletics

Molly Lloyd – cycling

Bronze – individual:

Saul Howard – Archery

Samuel Bardill – cycling

Hal Crampin – triathlon

Vawn Humphrey Wilson – kayak slalom

Coaching Education, Gold:

Raquel Garcia Garcia – tennis

Community Clubs, Gold:

Britannia Netball Club, Hackney Community Youth Football Club

Mayor’s Award for Services to Sport Made in Hackney: Nana Badu

Under 16 Sports Personality of the Year:

Winner: Noah Williams – diving

Runner Up: Witkoria Tomaszewski – karate

Under 25 Sports Person of the Year:

Winner: Mandela Egbo

Runner Up: Olivia Eastwood Gray