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Shortlist Nominees

Meet The Get Berkshire Active Awards 2018 Shortlist

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Michael Burbridge Ltd.

Doug Cook

Most loved for his refereeing, his honesty and inclusive approach make him a voice that all respect. Dougie helped develop disciplines and principles that served his sportsmen and women throughout their lives.

Margaret Deighan

A highly respected netball player and umpire, Margaret has taken charge of over 100 international games in competitions all around the world. She has umpired the finals at Commonwealth Games, World Youth Games and Netball World Cup.

Gina McGregor

Gina has made a phenomenal impact on netball in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Aged 16, Gina began delivering netball in a local youth club. She was instrumental in setting up the Maidenhead Netball league forty years ago as well as the Charters League in Ascot in the 1990's.

Colin Fox

2018 saw Newbury Gymnastics Club celebrate its 40th Anniversary and Colin, the Head Coach, his 70th birthday. Devoting 38 years as a gymnastics volunteer, Colin does a lot of work that goes unnoticed, including ordering equipment, gathering fees and collating insurance details.

Junior Sports Personality of the Year

Ben East

At the Wessex Young Athletes League in September, Ben made history. He threw 70.66m, breaking his own UK record for the fifth time, setting the longest throw in the world for his age for the season, and becoming the first person under 15 years old in the UK to throw over 70m.

Charlotte Payne

A discus and hammer thrower for Newbury Athletics, Charlotte holds the UK's best throw in 4kg and 3kg hammer in U17 age group as well as in heavy hammer in U15 and U17 age group. At the 2018 School Games (having been chosen to be the England girls team captain) Charlotte won a gold medal in the U17 Hammer.

Liam Barker

Wheelchair basketball player, Liam is point guard for the Thames Valley Kings in the National League. He was part of the team that made the Elite 8 Finals. At The Lord's Taverners National Junior Championships, Liam captained the South East England Region U15 team to defend their title and was awarded the Most Improved Player at the tournament.

Youth Engagement Project of the Year

The Adventure Learning Charity

Longridge Village outdoor instructor apprenticeship scheme for 18 to 24 year old's offered: subsidised full-board, onsite, accommodation; 'Earn while you learn' training; and, nationally recognised qualifications.

Park House School Sports Leaders

Park House School Young Leaders volunteers helped deliver 25 events with the West Berkshire School Sport Network, 5 local sports days and 2 School Games. They received professional training including: safeguarding and protecting young people; first aid; and, skills to deliver to participants with Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Boxing Clever

Boxing Clever worked with three secondary schools in Reading to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. Two boxing coaches from the local community, Nathan Ward and Thomas Jarvis, run engaging activities reaching over 45 'at risk' students.

Team Performance of the Year

Wokingham District Primary School U11 Football Team

This team of young footballers, picked from 40 primary schools in Wokingham, had an amazing season. They were unbeaten Southern Country League winners and unbeaten Surrey League winners (in which they never conceded a goal).

Reading Athletics Club

Over 150 junior athletes from Reading Athletic Club enjoyed a very successful track and field campaign, achieving league records and seasons best performances. The U13 and U15 teams won three Alder Valley league fixtures, with the girls combining with the U17 ladies to win the league final.

Woodley U14 South Region Squad

Woodley Netball Club's U14 South Region squad convincingly won the qualifying tournament to gain one of the 8 places on offer in the South Region League. They went on to dominate the league, winning all 14 games.

Community Club of the Year

CrossFit Maidenhead

Friendly coaches focussed on developing functional fitness. Scalable activities helped everyone reach their best, even people recovering from illness or injury. Fun classes, CrossFit team events, and Coaching Awards created a great atmosphere.

Woodley Netball Club

The club, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September 2018, proudly offered netball for 250 members aged from 8 to 68. All abilities were catered for with teams in local and regional leagues, plus 'Back to Netball' sessions.

Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club

Kings were league winners and divisional runners-up at the national finals. Kings Juniors topped their qualification group to advance to the Elite 8s finals (finishing 5th). 20 players competed at the Lord Tavernier's Regional Junior Championships and 10 players competed at the Sainsbury School games.

Coach of the Year

Symon O'Keeffe

A pro-active believer in inclusion, Symon pioneered the 'Feel Inspired Academy' for 22 golfers aged 8 to 21 years old with special educational needs and physical and intellectual disabilities (SEND).

Rachel Berenson-Perkins

Rachel is director and head coach of Superstars Cheer Dance. She is passionate about helping grow confident, happy and strong people with both cheerleading and life skills. Superstars finished the season with 3 National, 2 Regional and 1 Grand Champion titles.

Richard Devereux

Richard has grown Wokingham Panthers from 7 to 150+ young people playing basketball. He ran 8 development sessions weekly for children aged 5 to19. Richard encouraged young people to coach, referee and become officials.

Volunteer of the Year

Adrienne Hardy

Adrienne heads the Junior Section at Phoenix and Ranelagh Hockey Club. Under her leadership it has expanded by 30% offering quality coaching and enjoyment for 100 children aged 5 to 16 years old. Adrienne coached juniors all day every Sunday and adults midweek and was a County Coach.

Alan Leason

A dedicated volunteer at Sand Martins Golf Club, Alan helped organise Wokingham Borough Schools Tri-Golf Festival; an inaugural Disabled Golfers Association competition; and, arranged events for junior golfers within Berkshire.

Samuel Haslam

Having competed for the GB Down Syndrome swim team, and Reading Cygnets, Sam decided he wanted to 'give back'. He volunteered for STARFISH, a disability club in Maidenhead, planning his walk to ensure he was in time for every session.

Physical Activity for Health Award

Run with Active Slough

350 people participated in a free Run with Active Slough session. More than 75% were female and 48% were inactive. Four groups across Slough were accessed by around 100 people every week. Different abilities were served, with the focus on complete beginners using supportive, fun activities.

Sport in Mind

In the past year, 50 coaches and 150 volunteers from Sport in Mind have used sport to help the recovery of over 2,500 people with mental health problems across Berkshire. The majority of these participants have severe and enduring conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Man v Fat Football

This innovative football league helped 92 men lose weight and become active. Every player had an initial BMI over 27.5 (overweight). After weighing in, players took part in a weekly league at Arbour Park Stadium. They kept food/drink diaries and got nutritional advice.

Active Workplace of the Year

Bracknell Forest Council

Bracknell have made particularly good use of the GBA Workplace Challenge (WPC) using it to encourage many of their staff to become more physically active. They scored high in comparisons in the WPC national events.

Wokingham Borough Council

Morning and lunchtime Yoga involved 25 staff weekly. Workplace Health Football on Mondays and Thursdays was played by staff aged 22 to 60 years old. 5 football teams competed in a 'Mini World Cup'. 8 enthusiastic walkers were led by a trained walk leader every Thursday lunchtime.

Active Primary School Award

Geoffrey Field Junior School

A variety of sports were taught within the curriculum including lacrosse and street dance. On 'University Afternoons' pupils chose sessions from Boxercise, netball, ballroom dancing and other activities. 11 extra curricula sports clubs were run.

St Michael's School

Sport and physical activity were used a tool for whole school improvement. 85% of pupils attended an extra-curricular club that provided a sporting or physical opportunity.

Hawkedon Primary School

All 21 classes had 2 PE lessons a week. 46 extra-curricular clubs offered 1.5 hours of sport for all abilities. Junior coaches helped out. The school linked with Bracknell Bee's Ice Hockey, Reading Football Club, Wokingham Cricket, Reading Gymnastics Academy, and, Strictly Street and Performing Arts.

Active Secondary School Award

Eden Girls School

Whole-school 'Active Movement' has improved student and staff physical activity. Active lessons include standing questioning, punctuation walks, science experiments and a pedometer challenge. PE lessons and a wide range of extracurricular clubs are popular with students of all abilities.

Kennet School

Students were offered 17 inclusive sporting activities. As hosts of the annual Kennet Games, all local primary and secondary special educational needs schools were invited to compete. SEN pupils were encouraged to complete "Couch to 5K".

Park House School

A totally inclusive approach to sport and physical activity ensured pupils of all abilities got the opportunity to be active on a regular basis. Pupil feedback was used to set up extra-curricular clubs to boost participation like girl's only running, goal ball club, and students' only fitness.

Sports Personality of the Year

Francesca Williams

Fran was part of the Wasps squad that lifted the 2018 Netball Superleague trophy. She captained the England U21 squad that won bronze at the World Youth Championships in Botswana, and went on to dominate the Netball Europe championships, winning the gold medal.

Carl Lofthouse

Newbury jet-ski racer Carl, won the P1 AquaX 300 AM Euro Tour. More than 70 leading riders battled for titles at venues across Europe over six months. Carl took the crown after winning nine of the 12 races. This added to his AM 300 UK titles

Ranvir Sandhu

An Olympic freestyle wrestler and coach at Slough Wrestling Club, Ranvir was British Junior Champion in 2011 and 2012 plus carried the Olympic Torch during the 2012 relay. This year, the 23 year old, became British Champion at 65kg.

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