Slideshow: Everyone's a winner!
PUBLISHED: 14:33 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009
THE winners of the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards were revealed last night (Thursday). Sportsmen and women from across the district attended the gala ceremony at Campus West in WGC. And it was a good night for Herts Phoenix Athletic Club. Alre
THE winners of the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards were revealed last night (Thursday).
Sportsmen and women from across the district attended the gala ceremony at Campus West in WGC.
And it was a good night for Herts Phoenix Athletic Club.
Already recognised with a national award from governing body UK Athletics, the Gosling-based club took home two borough trophies.
Phoenix's triumphant senior women were recognised for their track and field exploits throughout 2007 with the Team of the Year accolade.
Herts Phoenix AC also beat all-comers to the 2007 Club of the Year trophy ahead of worthy candidates including WGC Cricket Club, Mill Green's Tiger Club and the Beaumont Diving Academy.
Both trophies were presented by WHTimes sports editor Alan Davies.
Sir Frederic Osborn's Richard Humphries, a Herts Phoenix athlete, collected the School Pupil of the Year award for his achievements in the hammer circle in his first season at the discipline and on the rugby field.
The opening award of the night, the Coach of the Year, went to Tonie Odeniyi for his grassroots work with Welwyn Rugby Club's Under-8s.
There was a double cause for celebration at Monk's Walk School.
Ian Athill collected the Teacher of the Year honour and Monk's Walk's U13 cricket squad netted the School Team of the Year trophy.
The Contribution to Disability Sport went posthumously to Rita Cotgrove, who founded the Kestrel Sports Club for the Disabled.
Wheelchair badminton champion Gobi Ranganathan was named Sports Person of the Year for his exploits on court.
Stanborough School sixth former Katie Webster received the Young Leader of the Year prize.
Terry Densham's work across a variety of sports over a number of decades was recognised with the Service to Sport lifetime achievement trophy.
The Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Special Award went to Chancellor's School pupil Michael Perham, the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
2007 Award Winners
Coach of the Year: Tonie Odeniyi
School Pupil of the Year: Richard Humphries
Team of the Year: Herts Phoenix AC's women's team
Teacher of the Year: Ian Athill, Monk's Walk School
Young Leader of the Year: Katie Webster
Contribution to Disability Sport: Rita Cotgrove
School Team of the Year: Monk's Walk School's U13 cricket team
Sports Person of the Year: Gobi Ranganathan
Club of the Year: Herts Phoenix Athletic Club
Service to Sport: Terry Densham
Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Special Award: Michael Perham