Winners of the 2021 Sport Woking Awards are as follows:
Sports Personality of the Year
Winner: Tyler Panton, 100m and 200m sprinter, Woking Athletics Club
Sponsored prize: £250 and a basket of fruit courtesy of Boz’s Fruit & Veg
Tyler has been actively involved in athletics since he was 13 years old. A popular member of Woking Athletic Club, where his progress has been carefully managed by Head Coach, Joe Holden, Tyler has continued to excel, possessing real focus and determination.
Tyler is now reading Sports Science at Brunel University where he is continuing with his athletic training under the guidance of their Senior Sprints Coach, Peter Griffiths. Tyler’s big goal for 2022 is to get selected for the World U20 Championships due to be held in Columbia next August
Young Sports Personality of the Year
Winner: Rhys Conlon, climber, GB Climbing
Sponsored prize: £150 and a basket of fruit courtesy of Boz’s Fruit & Veg
Rhys is the current GB Climbing Champion, number one in the UK and unbeaten during 2021. Rhys, aged 14 from Horsell, travelled to represent Great Britain at the IFSC Climbing World Championships in Russia where he finished fourth overall.
Inclusive Sports Award
Winner: Woking Gymnastics Club for its disability programme
Sponsored prize: Annual gym membership courtesy of Freedom Leisure
Woking Gymnastics Club has developed an outstanding disability gymnastics programme. Since 2019 the club has been running free weekly gymnastics sessions at Freemantles and The Pond Meadow School and more recently, has been offering after school classes for those with additional needs.
The club has also run sessions for Whitelodge Teens, Sight for Surrey and LinkAble. Woking Gymnastics Club is a model club for inclusivity and the efforts put in to ensure equal opportunities.
Outstanding Service to Sport
Joint winners: Michelle Hammans and Craig Kurn, Meadow Sports FC
Sponsored prize: £100 courtesy of Seymours Woking
Michelle is the Secretary of Meadow Sports FC and Craig is the Vice Chairman. Michelle has been responsible for the registration of hundreds of children, which this year has been even more of a challenge due to issues with the FA system. She is essential to the club, managing all of the admin behind the scenes.
Craig is credited with putting in endless amounts of time and effort into helping run the club’s facilities and enabling children to play football.
Michelle and Craig kept the club running safely during the pandemic and are a positive influence to both kids and parents alike.
Community Contribution of the Year
Winner: Remy Pattenden, Woking Netball League
Sponsored prize: £100 courtesy of Seymours Woking
Remy is a pillar of Woking’s netball community. She runs an active and informative Facebook group, which is frequently welcoming new members. She actively encourages people new to the area to join in and assists them in finding a local team.
Remy has run ‘Back to Netball’ groups across the county over the last few years encouraging many women to get back into sport. Remy also single-handedly runs the Woking netball league, a friendly league based at Winston Churchill school where over 100 women and girls meet each week to play the game she and they love. Valhalla Netball Club has been run by Remy for the last 12 years. She lives and breathes the sport and works so incredibly hard to inspire and include others.
To join Remy’s netball league please enquire via the Facebook group Woking Netball League (WNL).
Team of the Year
Winner: Woking Girls U11 Schools District Football Team
Sponsored prize: VIP match day experience courtesy of Woking Football Club
Manager, Adam Gunn, has put a lot of effort into leading this team to victory and has been nominated individually for his outstanding service.
The team won the Southern Counties Trophy, Southern Counties League, Southern Counties Cup, London Girls League and Surrey Girls League. They are the South of England and Wales Champions and also made it to the National Finals held at AFC Telford United, where they played Liverpool Girls District U11. Unfortunately, they lost on the day but they achieved the status of being the second best team in the country. It was the only match they lost all season.
Throughout the campaign they played numerous district teams such as Cardiff, Swansea, West Kent, Barking and Dagenham and Gloucester, so to win what they did shows how exceptionally talented they are when you consider the size of the districts they played against.
Their season achievements were all the more remarkable when you factor in the turbulent year everyone had, and with players having to isolate at various times. Three of the girls progressed to Reading Ladies U12, and some are now playing for AFC Wimbledon U12.
Health and Wellbeing Champion
Winner: Yasmeen Quyyum for sharing her personal fitness journey to inspire others
Sponsored prize: £100 voucher and a free annual Tennis in Woking membership courtesy of Woking Borough Council
Yasmeen has been attending exercise sessions in Maybury and Canalside for five years now. When she first started she had numerous health issues and it was challenging to take to part.
Since initially trying yoga she’s grown more and more confident and is an inspiration for other ladies in the community. Progressing from seated yoga to regular yoga, to now taking part in walking football and badminton, Yasmeen is always so positive and encouraging every week, using her enthusiasm to help motivate others.
For Jabeen from CSH Surrey, and the ladies from Shifa Network who facilitate exercise sessions for local ladies, having champions like Yasmeen in the community makes such a difference when encouraging others to be more active.
More about the 2021 Sport Woking Awards
The council’s annual Sport Woking Awards celebrate teams and individuals who are excelling in their chosen sport and recognise the contribution of those who support others to achieve their personal best.
Nominations for the 2021 awards opened on Saturday 16 October 2021 and closed on Tuesday 30 November 2021. The judging panel comprising Councillor Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio for Leisure and Cultural Services; Clive Moon, chairman of Woking Sports Council; and members of Woking Borough Council’s sports development team, met on Tuesday 1 December to review the nominations and agree the winners.
In recognition of their achievements, award winners were presented with a personalised trophy, a pair of Nova cinema tickets and other sponsored prizes.
For more information about the Sport Woking Awards, please contact our sports development team.
Telephone: 01483 743 804