|Sporting Stars Celebrated|
Sportspersons from all over Wandsworth Borough recognised at Town Hall event
A Paralympic bronze medallist was one of 18 people whose sporting success was celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.
Aaron McKibbin, a 21-year-old table tennis player from Wandsworth, was named the Sports Person of the Year (25 years and under) at the sixteenth Active Wandsworth Awards on Thursday (February 7).
Last summer, Aaron represented Team GB at London 2012 – winning a bronze medal in the men’s team, class 6-8, competition. However, he took the top prize last week, narrowly beating BMX under 16 World Champion Quillan Izidore into second place.
In the Sports Person of the Year (13 and under) category, athlete Saskia Millard took top spot following a successful track and cross country season.
All Star Coaching was recognised as the Sports Club of the Year, Herne Hill Harriers Girls under 13 cross county team was named the Team of the Year, and Kiyo Jason won the Coach of the Year award for his achievements in developing and extending girls cricket development at Spencer Cricket Club.
Odette Batteral won the Mayor’s award for her work encouraging blind or partially sighted people to take up tennis, and various other sports, as well as being instrumental in developing Sound Ball tennis.
Ryan Gordon was recognised as the Young Volunteer of the Year for dedicating over 10 hours a week to Ernest Bevin Judo Club through refereeing and coaching.
In addition, eight volunteers were recognised with a Voluntary Services to Sport award for their dedication throughout 2012 in helping to make grass roots sport develop and thrive.
The final two awards acknowledged achievements in the 2012 London Youth Games. Tim Livingstone received the David Burns award for his individual performances in various events in the competition and the boys judo team won the JWE Davis award, having won the overall title for the third time in three years.
Wandsworth’s leisure spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said:
As well as celebrating the winners, the audience last Thursday was treated to performances from the Games Maker Choir and winners of the 2012 Young Performer of the Year competition, The Individuals.
The eight recipients of a Voluntary Services to Sport award were:
February 12, 2013