Hackney’s sports awards winners 2011 receive tickets to the 2012 Olympic Games

Hackney’s young winners honoured at the Hackney Sports Awards 2011 (Wednesday 2 November) were given an amazing prize of a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games.

On making the announcement to the 131 lucky recipients Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe said: "I’m delighted to be able to announce that the winners of tonight’s sports awards and others who have achieved at sport will receive a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games. The Council wanted to ensure that the very people from Hackney who ought to get into the Games are able to do so, and that’s what these tickets will help achieve.”

Recipients were: Sports Awards winners, Youth Sports Fund Recipients, London Youth Games medalists, Hackney Personal Best Champions and members of the most improved teams at the London Youth Games, who have all achieved in sport. They will all receive a golden voucher in the post shortly with more details, and the event they will be attending will be revealed.

The Sports Awards, at the Hackney Empire, now in their sixth year recognise the achievements of the borough’s sporting talent who have participated at local, county or national levels in various events over the past year. There were also awards for volunteering, services to sport, inclusion and coach of the year. And, all the London Youth Games scoring medallists were given a years free gym membership to Hackney Council’s leisure centres by GLL.

Comedian Kat B compered the night, and special guest former British High Jumper, Dalton Grant presented some of the awards to this years winners. “Growing up in Hackney really helped.” He said “I wanted to be a footballer but high jump choose me. I’d advise any young person to give athletics a try as you never know where your talent lies.”

Kim Pham, 17 who received the Sports Personality of the year award said: “I can’t believe I’m going to the Olympics. I’m aiming for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and seeing top competitors will be a real inspiration.”

At this year’s London Youth Games Hackney entered 42 teams with 506 young people aged eight to 18 years. Between November and July they compete against the other 32 London boroughs across 29 sports. With four team and 41 individual medals Hackney finished 16th overall the best ever placing in over thirty years.

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This year’s Sports Award winners who also receive a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games are:

Outstanding Contribution to the London Youth Games – Shauna St Phillip.

Despite her disability she participated for four teams across two sports, football and rowing and helped Hackney finish in the top ten for all four competitions.

Outstanding Contribution Team Contribution to the London Youth Games – Hackney Kayak Slalom Team. The team went from 15th to 5th this year and finished with two individual medals in the girls events.

The London Youth Games Challenge Award – Cardinal Pole School. For the second consecutive year this Secondary School had greatest number of participants representing Hackney in the London Youth Games 2011.

Primary Schools Participation Award - Jubilee Primary School.

Young Volunteer Award - Thea Coida completed over 100 hours of volunteering at the Lea Rowing Club while training hard herself.

Inclusion Award, sponsored by GLL – Sharon Jones Barnes an international wheelchair badminton player, has been instrumental in establishing a Mixed-Ability Badminton Club in Hackney.

Voluntray Services to Sport and Physical Activity - Takashi Bailey volunteers at the Wilton Estate Youth Club. Through his work he is not a coach, role model and mentor.

Under 11 Team of the Year – Hackney Mini Games Tennis Team. They finished in silver position in the East London Competition and got bronze in the London leg of the competition.

The Under 18 Team of the Year – Cardinal Pole Weightlifting Team. They finished 1st in the London Youth Games for the 2nd consecutive year for the second year running with 16 medals across regional and National Competitions.

Coach of the Year – George Manners – George coaches the Cardinal Pole Weightlifting team. This year his lifters with 16 medals across both National and regional competitions

The Personal Best Awards –‘Being the Best I Can Be’

14 awards in total were given to:

Sade Okanta-Warison, 10 Our Lady St. Josephs Primary School

Naheem Monir, 10 - Holmleigh Primary School

Winning school - St. Matthias Primary School.

The Mayor’s Award for Services to Sport in Hackney – John Larter MBE – for his unwaivering commitment and work in engaging young people in Hackney through football.

The under 13 Sports Person of the Year - Lauryn-John Baptiste –Ranked 2nd nationally for tennis in the under 12 age group he has represented club, county and country with much success, one of which being a win in France in the doubles.

The under 21 Sports Person of the Year – Kim Pham – (Weightlifting) as a junior she has won the senior British Weightlifting Championships, 2nd in the British College & Universities Championships and for the second consecutive year she was part of the winning team at the London Youth Games.

Club of the year

Stoke Newington Cricket Club – The club provide cricket sessions, tasters and competitions for people aged eight up to adult and have engaged over 1000 people this year in cricket activity. The club in partnership with Hackney council are developing a girl’s cricket team to compete next year and will deliver schools competitions free of charge.

Youth Sports Fund Awards

The Youth Sports Fund is a Hackney Council grant scheme that assists athletes, clubs and coaches in Hackney to help them achieve their potential. The funding which originated from compensation from Nike has helped 60 people this year, 10 clubs and eight coaches. Along with the grant award the recipients of the gold award receive a year’s free gym membership of Hackney Council’s GLL managed Leisure Centres.

Gold Award - Individual

Alex Peters

Margeret Adeoye

Lauryn John Baptiste

Tao Geoghegan

Silver Award- Individual

Bella Dmochowska

Bronze Award- Individual

Logan De Monchaux – Irons


Shoreditch Football Club – Kuketana Tunga


Harry Moore – Hackney Cycling Club

Neil Irons – Hackney Cycling Club