Cornwall Award Winners Revealed!
Cornwall Sports Partnership is delighted to announce the winners of the recent Satellite Club and Sportivate Awards for 2014.
Both awards received a record number of nominations and the winners were selected by an independent panel. Nominations were invited for Satellite Club & Sportivate Project of the Year, recognising high quality clubs and projects that have made a real difference in their community, and Satellite Club & Sportivate Participant of the Year - celebrating those who have been inspired to be more active and have excelled at their club.
Satellite Sports Clubs bridge the gap between school and community sport, funding new sporting opportunities on school and college sites. Sportivate is Sport England's National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative, which gives 14- to 25-year-olds who weren't active in their own time, the chance to find a sport they enjoy.
The winners of the Satellite Participant of the year were Alex Hunt who attends Penryn College and plays at Falmouth Docks Table Tennis Club and Hauke Moll who is from Liskeard School and plays for Bodmin Handball Club.
Alex's coach, Jerry Williams, said in his nomination 'Alex has progressed to County standard and has used his skills to help keep calm at school; he has also shown leadership skills when helping to coach younger players.'
Hauke was nominated by his coach Jürgen Koenen, who said that 'Hauke had to stop playing handball as there was no local club. The satellite club has enabled him to become one of the team's best players and represent Cornwall at a recent tournament.'
Both Bodmin Handball Club and Falmouth Docks were also nominated as club of the year.
The nominees for Sportivate Participant of the year, nominated by their project leaders, were Vicky Rowe from Sportivate Gets Active Riding, Stacey Hawkins from Sportivate Prince's Trust and Hannah Smitheram from Sportivate Yoga with Young Mums.
Vicky had to stop horse riding due to becoming a full time carer to her husband. Sportivate helped to reignite her passion for the sport and she now volunteers around the yard and continues to ride regularly.
Stacey was not interested in sport at School due to bad experiences and personal issues. She committed fully to the Sportivate sessions recognising that they have helped her through a difficult time in her life. She has since fund raised to help others receive the same.
Hannah had been unable to take part in any sport due to difficulty with childcare and cost of general gyms and classes. Hannah took part in the project to get into yoga and has since continued on her own with DVDs.
Bocciavate was awarded the title of Sportivate Project of the year. Bocciavate created Cornwall's first Boccia Club for disabled participants. It was created by Freddie Kemp, who is a power chair user himself and helps other young people who otherwise would not be able to participate in sport.
Mike Thomas, Director of the Cornwall Sports Partnership said "We should never forget the ability of sport to have a positive impact on people's lives and we are delighted that we have such worthy winners of these awards. Congratulations to participants and clubs for a great effort!"
All regional winners and nominees have also been put forward to the National Satellite and Sportivate Awards, run by Sport England. Overall winners will be announced in September and invited to attend a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.