Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards 2015 is celebrated
PUBLISHED: 09:32 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:32 03 March 2015
The best of sport in the borough was recognised at the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards 2015 which this year saw a record breaking number of nominations.
Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards
Mark Francis (left) and Chris Ryan (centre) interviewed by Steve Folland
Club of the Year Welwyn Garden City FC with Dave Bartlett of the Welwyn Hatfield Sport & Physical Activity Alliance
Coach of the Year winner Michael Dargan of Falcon Judo Club
Contribution to Disability Sport winner Hassan Halil
Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards winners 2015
Anya Trigg of Welwyn St Mary’s who was Primary Pupil of the Year (sponsor Hatfield Town Council) with Hatfield Mayor Howard Morgan.
Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards 2015 Olympic and Paralympic value winners
Outstanding Contribution to Sport Derek Beaumont
Primary School Team of the Year winners the Welwyn St Mary’s table tennis team
Secondary School Team of the Year winner the Chancellors School Swimming Team
Service to Sport winner Chris Sherriff with the Welwyn Hatfield Times' Mark Hemmings and Tom Sharp
Teacher of the Year Jackie Harrison with Steve Folland and Rebecca White of Herts Sports Village
Team of the Year winners 1RM powerlifting team
Volunteer of the Year winner David Croft of De Havilland Bowls Club
Young Participant of the Year Esperanza Merry with Lulu Turner of Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council
Young Volunteer of the Year winner Callum Pond of Welwyn Garden City FC
Nominees, sponsors and special guests gathered for the ceremony this evening (Thursday) at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City.
World number five female squash player Alison Waters won the Sports Person of the Year title after a successful 2014 which saw her crowned British champion for the third time and win Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medals.
Welwyn Garden City Football Club took the Club of the Year title back to Herns Lane for showing huge progression on and off the playing field.
The Welwyn Hatfield Times sponsored Service to Sport award was presented to Chris Sherriff of Welwyn & District Bowls Club who has been an active member for more than 30 years.
The full list of winners:
Sports Person of the Year (Finesse Leisure): Alison Waters (squash)
Young Participant of the Year (Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council): Esperanza Merry (wheelchair tennis)
Coach of the Year (Herts Coaches’ Association): Michael Dargan (judo)
Service to Sport (Welwyn Hatfield Times): Chris Sherriff (bowls)
Team of the Year (Mears): 1RM (powerlifting)
Club of the Year (WHSPAA): WGC FC
Contribution to Disability Sport (Activate): Hassan Halil (Welwyn Hatfield Day Care Services)
School Teacher of the Year (Herts Sports Village): Jackie Harrison (Commonswood School)
Primary School Pupil of the Year (Hatfield Town Council): Anya Trigg (Welwyn St Mary’s Primary School)
Secondary School Pupil of the Year: Rebecca Hurley (Queenswood)
Young Volunteer of the Year - under 21 (YMCA West & Central Herts): Callum Pond (WGC FC)
Volunteer of the Year - over 21 (Child UK): David Croft (De Havilland Bowls Club)
Primary School Team of the Year (Gosling Sports Park): Welwyn St Mary’s Primary School table tennis team
Secondary School Team of the Year (Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust): Chancellor’s School boys swimming team
Outstanding Contribution to Sport: Derek Beaumont (Diving)
There were also seven bonus awards handed out for Respect, Determination, Inspiration, Courage, Friendship, Excellence, Equality.
The winners of those were: Respect – Steve Willis, Onslow School
Determination – Harwood Hill Primary School Basketball team
Inspiration – Kim Anderson, Taekwondo
Courage – Kevin Brennan, Multi-Disability Sport
Friendship – Carrie Hudson, Old Hatfield Ladies Running Club
Excellence - Kyran O’Neil, Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club
Equality – Ian Miller, Athletics.
Find reaction from the winners and much more from the awards in this Wednesday’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.