The fantastic achievements of the borough’s athletes and coaches was celebrated at the seventh Hammersmith and Fulham Community Sports Awards last week.
The event took place at Hammersmith Academy on Cathnor Road, on Thursday 29 September and celebrated everyone who is helps to make sport and physical activity popular, fun and successful for the community.
An impressive group of 36 nominees was lined up for the awards, which are part-funded by H&F Council and marked the brilliant contributions that keep the local community active.
On hand to present the awards and provide some inspiration was double Olympian and champion long jumper Jade Johnson, who chatted with each winner about their achievements.
Awards were split to reflect those who excelled during this year’s London Youth Games and nine categories for those who had been making a difference in the local community.
For the London Youth Games Awards, Team of the Year was awarded to LYG Swimming, which scooped nine of the 36 available medals in the seniors’ event. Coach of the Year was swimming coach Stephen Baker. And the Rising Star Award was given to Federica Bonato who took silver in table tennis and bronze in netball.
Winners in the nine Community Sports Awards were as follows:
Young Volunteer – Radhikar Nagar, for delivering fitness activities to a broad spectrum of people, young and old, during the year.
Adult Volunteer – Philip Cottle, for his work supporting the development of Hammersmith BMX club at Wormwood Scrubs.
School Ambassador – Farial Missi, for engaging large numbers of pupils, especially girls at Phoenix School.
Inclusive Activity – Jett Coleman, for supporting the QPR FC Trust to deliver inclusion projects for older adults and young people with Down’s Syndrome.
Young Athlete – Yassine Saidoune, Taekwondo British National Champion.
Coach or Instructor – Nadia Sibany, for delivering boxing and fitness projects targeting the hard-to-reach in the community.
Engaging Sport or Activity Project – Get Fit Get Active, which delivers physical activity through St Mungo’s residential centres with homeless people.
Sports Club – Thames Valley Harriers Athletics Club, for achieving European and domestic success with its senior teams.
Outstanding Contribution – Andy Evans, for his long-standing and continued service to the borough through QPR FC Trust.