The shortlist for the 2018 Ealing Sports Awards has been announced and features inspirational clubs and volunteers from across the borough, as chosen by local people.
The Awards recognise the talents and achievements of Ealing’s multitude of sports clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals. It is now in its second year, following last year’s inaugural competition.
There were an amazing 156 nominations over the 9 categories for this year’s awards, which is more than double last year’s nominations. This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony on 12 July, hosted by Sky Sports presenter Marcus Buckland with special guests Brinn Bevan, 2018 Senior British Champion and Olympic Artistic Gymnast.
There are nine categories in this year’s awards:
Adult Volunteer of the Year
Fred Burley, Disability Swimming
Karol Filipczak, Brentford FCCST
Saad Ahmad, PACE Charitable Trust
Junior Volunteer of the Year
Edward Astill, Acton and Ealing Whistlers FC
Parvesh Sandila, PACE Charitable Trust
Priyahnga Arunasalam, Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls
Inclusive and Active Award
Northala Park Run
PACE Charitable Trust
Junior Sports Person of the Year
Alia Leat, Gymnastics
Leah Whittaker, Swimming
Mohamed Ali, Athletics
Adult Sports Person of the Year
Ekaterina Avramova, Swimming
Elias Poorman, Basketball
Elna Forsyth, Shaolin-style Tai Chi Chuan
Hilmy Shawwal, Athletics
Junior Club of the Year
Acton and Ealing Whistlers Youth FC
Acton Youth Association
Ealing BMX Club
Elthorne and Twyford Netball Club
Sports Club of the Year
Actonians Sports Club
Ealing, Southall and Middlesex A.C.
London United Basketball Club
Coach of the Year
Ayesha Maynard, Elthorne and Twyford Netball Club
Dave Heathcock, ESC
Melanie Chowns, Ealing Handball Club
Sunil Birdy, PACE Charitable Trust
Outstanding Contribution to Sport
Bob Densley, Ealing, Southall and Middlesex A.C.
Krishna Birdy, PACE Charitable Trust
Maureen Cronin, ESC Northolt Phoenix
Onkar Singh Ghatore MBE, Combat Karate Club
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for finance and leisure said: “Congratulations to all the athletes, clubs and volunteers shortlisted for this year’s Awards.
“We have had a brilliant response from residents nominating their local sporting heroes. This year’s shortlist recognises coaches and volunteers making a huge difference, aspiring athletes of all ages and grass roots clubs doing amazing work to encourage people to get involved in sport, stay active and healthy.”
Elizabeth Rice, community development manager at Everyone Active said: “After the fantastic success of last year’s event we are so pleased to be sponsoring the Ealing Sports Awards for the second year running. It is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the talented athletes and achievements of clubs and individuals in Ealing.