Inaugural Ealing Sports Awards recognises Inspiring Talent

The first ever Ealing Sports Awards has celebrated the achievements of sporting clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals in the borough.

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Cllr Bassam Mahfouz with Adult Sports Person of the Year Anna Hopkin of Ealing Swimming Club.  Olympian Jo Jennings, Triple Jumper Nathan Fox & Sky Sports News presenter Marcus Buckland

The local community were invited to vote for clubs who create friendly, welcoming and inclusive environments; as well as sporting personalities and volunteers who have exceeded expectations in their field. The event itself was sponsored by the leisure industry’s ‘Operator of the Year’ Everyone Active, which operates 11 leisure centre’s within the borough. Members of the local community were encouraged to make nominations by visiting the Ealing Sport Awards website. Anyone who made a nomination was then automatically entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win a year’s free Everyone Active membership.

The winners of each category on the night were as follows:

  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • ·         Linda Fox, Actonians LFC – Winner
  • ·         Kelvin Walker, Ealing Eagles – Highly Commended
  • ·         Yam Kumar Gurung, The London Tigers F.C. – Highly Commended
  • Junior Volunteer of the Year
  • ·         Izzy Stonebridge, Elthorne and Twyford Netball Club – Winner
  • ·         Phoebe Daly Jones, Ealing Hockey Club – Highly Commended
  • Inclusive and Active Award
  • ·         Ealing BMX Club – Winner
  • ·         Fred Burley, ESC – Highly Commended
  • ·         Sunil Birdy, PACE Charitable Trust – Highly Commended
  • Junior Sports Person of the Year
  • ·         Otis McAuliffe, London Trampoline Academy/London DMT – Winner
  • ·         Jahrel Murphy, ESC – Highly Commended
  • ·         Kian Panjavi, Stars for the Future Weightlifting Club – Highly Commended
  • Adult Sports Person of the Year
  • ·         Anna Hopkin, ESC – Winner
  • ·         Oliver Bray, Ealing Handball Club – Highly Commended
  • ·         Peter Howard, Martial Artist – Highly Commended
  • Junior Sports Club of the Year
  • ·         Ealing Handball Club – Winner
  • ·         London Trampoline Academy/London DMT – Highly Commended
  • ·         Ealing Judo Club – Highly Commended
  • Sports Club of the Year
  • ·         ESC – Winner
  • ·         Stars for the Future Weightlifting Club – Highly Commended
  • ·         The London Broncos Rugby Club – Highly Commended 
  • Coach of the Year
  • ·         Kazem Panjavi, Stars for the Future Weightlifting Club – Winner
  • ·         Melanie Chowns, Ealing Handball Club – Highly Commended
  • ·         Jo Crowley, Ealing Judo Club – Highly Commended
  • ·         Wei Hei Kipling, Ealing Eagles – Highly Commended
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sport
  • ·         Sheila A’Bear, London Trampoline Academy/London DMT – Winner
  • ·         Jeff Moores, Ealing Hockey Club – Highly Commended
  • ·         Danielle Long, ESC – Highly Commended
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London Youth Games Individual Medallists

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure said: “Congratulations to everyone who collected a prestigious Ealing Sports Award yesterday. It was an evening to recognise and celebrate inspiring stories of wonderful coaches, selfless volunteers, engaging clubs and exceptional sports stars of tomorrow.  These awards have showcased the very best the borough has to offer and those shortlisted should all be very proud of what they’ve achieved.

“Thanks to everyone who nominated, we had such a strong field of candidates shortlisted across all categories, every single one of them showing how the nominees had inspired to become active through sport, compete and achieve greater things.

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London Youth Games Team medallists including Ealing BMX team

“Ealing is one of the very best places in the capital to get involved with sport. With phenomenal individuals, clubs and facilities that engage people of all ages and backgrounds that are helping people of the borough lead healthier, happier, longer lives.”

Everyone Active Contract Manager said, “We were excited to launch the Ealing Sports and the event itself lived up to expectations, celebrating the amazing clubs and individuals we have here in Ealing.”

“Everyone Active are committed to providing a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be more active within their local community, and we’re delighted to have supported on this event with Ealing Council to celebrate those who also share this passion. We’d like to say congratulations to all the nominees and the winners on their achievements!”