It's been a challenging year for sport but we've embraced opportunities to keep fit and exercise outdoors like never before. The Sport Woking Awards 2020 celebrate those who have continued to excel in the face of adversity and shown inspirational leadership helping others to achieve their personal best.
The 2020 Sport Woking Awards winners are:
Active Lockdown Challenge of the Year
Fitness instructor, Lucy Stevens - Dancepiration
Lucy ran Dancepiration outdoor exercise classes in Knaphill, making a significant effort to keep the class going under the difficult circumstance. She has followed the guidelines carefully but has also kept the class fun and accessible for all, changing to Zoom classes when the restrictions changed. When there were limited activities available, her classes made a big difference during the lockdown giving a mental and physical boosts to all involved.
Lucy received multiple nominations, which included the following praise for Dancepiration:
“It kept my son focused and gave him something to look forward to. I also mentioned to her that my mental health was deteriorating due to lockdown and weight gain, Lucy offered me one-to-one classes over Zoom which helped immensely, she is an amazing person with a bucket load of personality and determination. I don’t know anyone who deserves recognition more than Lucy does.”
“It became the highlight of my week and provided a safe and supportive outdoor exercise opportunity. Her energy was boundless. As the evenings darkened she introduced glow sticks into the routine. She put a big smile on my face each week.”
Community Contribution of the Year
Coach, Ciaran Mitchell - The Dojo Woking
Ciaran has created a strong community through his teaching of martial arts, which centres around the Dojo that he built from scratch. From the detailed nominations received, his impact on this community during the pandemic was clearly felt.
“When the doors to the Dojo were temporarily closed he ran Zoom classes often two, three or even four times a day. Families were able to train together and everyone's fitness levels soared!”
“Ciaran has an inspirational story himself having recovered from Leukaemia twice and being a proud member of AA heading into his twelfth year sober. He has so much life experience and knowledge that he selflessly shares with all those lucky enough to learn from him. A World Champion in Karate (something he never boasts about, you need only watch him), he is an incredible leader, mentor and one of the most humble men you will ever meet. The Dojo makes everyone feel special and valued. Ciaran works with children struggling with bullying and anxiety and shows them the strength to overcome anything, be confident and be proud.”
Sports Personality of the Year
Club Captain and defender, Kate Davies - Woking Ladies FC
Kate is ever present in the heart of the defence and in the last three years has not missed a game. Two seasons ago Kate captained the team to a league title, League Cup Final and County Cup Semi-Final. Before last season was cut short the team were top of the league, securing a place in the League Cup semi-final. So far this year the team have won four out of four league games.
Chris Sexton the Woking FC Ladies manager paid tribute: “Kate is not only a fantastic player, she’s also a leader on and off the pitch and a strong role model for the younger players. Kate has still been involved in all aspects of the club. Not just as a player but organising subs, completing team sheets and even for parts of the season, managing the team whilst still playing. Defenders often go unrecognised with the goal scorers taking the plaudits. Kates is very much one of a kind with her dedication, commitment and leadership qualities.”
Young Sports Personality of the Year
Gymnast, Oliver Porter - Woking Gymnastics Club
Oliver’s work ethic this year and progress in elite gymnastics makes him a worthy winner of Young Sports Personality of the Year.
Prior to the pandemic Oliver achieved a place in the GB Development Squad and received top scores on the pommel at Elite Level 4 both regionally and nationally.
Despite having had no competitions to aim for, he has undertaken his virtual training with Woking Gymnastics Club and British Gymnastics with enthusiasm while also keeping up with his school work.
Inclusive Sports Award, sponsored by Freedom Leisure
Volunteer, Stephen Hodges - Woking Wheels for All
Stephen has used his 20 years of experience of working with the elderly, the homeless and the most vulnerable in our community to make a real impact on the participants that attend the Woking Wheels for All sessions. Stephen has volunteered with Cycling Projects for over six years and is an enthusiastic, hardworking and valued member of the team.
“Stephen has made a significant contribution in helping to break down the barriers that prevent many people with disabilities from getting active thanks to his outstanding people skills, extensive knowledge and hands on ability. His passion for encouraging participants to develop their confidence, independence and other vital life skills through cycling is what makes him such a successful member of the Cycling Projects team and we are very grateful that he has devoted so much of his time to improving the lives of others through this charity."
Outstanding Service to Sport, sponsored by Surrey Playing Fields
Volunteer, Quamar Ellahi AKA Q - Woking & Maybury FC
Q has been involved in making football happen in the Woking area since 1999. His first involvement began when his son’s team, Woking Boys, was on the verge of folding due to having no manager and he stepped up to the challenge despite having no prior experience. He has been involved with Woking & Maybury FC since 2006 and he is always the first one there making sure the nets are up and contributing to both Saturday and Sunday teams doing administration work behind the scenes and also the hands on jobs to allow the games to take place.
He’s a general ‘all-round good guy’ who’s been involved in the local community for a long time and who all local football teams and referees have respect for. He leads by example and encourages people take care of their health through the means of sport. Q has done so much hard work behind the scenes for football in Woking and deserves recognition for his outstanding service to sport.
Head Coach, Vince Skillcorn - Fighting Fitness Judo
The Trotman Trophy, first awarded in 1971, is given in recognition for outstanding achievements and contribution to sport in the borough.
It has been a tough year for all sport but especially for high-contact sports like Judo. When most clubs up and the down country simply closed their doors, Vince was determined to see Fighting Fitness thrive. During 2020 he secure a permanent base for the club, working with the council to convert office on the Lansbury estate into a bright and inviting modern Dojo. The addition of new video facilities enables Vince and his coaching team to provide tuition to over 200 members remotely.
As well as building up the club, Vince is commended for the number of members competing at the highest levels of the sport.
Thank you to our sponsors
The 2020 Sport Woking Awards were delivered with support from Freedom Leisure, Nova Cinema, Surrey Playing Fields, #WeAreWoking and Woking News and Mail.
For more information about the Sport Woking Awards, please contact our sports development team.
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