CLUBS and individuals from Milton Keynes took many of the top honours at this week’s Bucks & MK Sports Awards.
Eights awards were up for grabs at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre and stars from the London 2012 Olympics were in abundance, including gold medallists Sophie Christianson (Paralympic Dressage), Gemma Collis (Paralympic Fencing) and Bobby White (Handball captain) together with award sponsors and key leaders from local government, business, education and sport.
The event is organised each year by Bucks Sport – the Government established sports organisation committed to making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes an active and successful county before, during and after the Games.
The theme for the event was the ‘power of sport’, with award winning journalist and BBC presenter Shaun Peel joining badminton legend Gail Emms as host for the evening, bringing alive the many success stories of local sporting achievement. Details of the winners from Milton Keynes are as follows.
Coach of the Year, sponsored by MK Dons Sport & Education Trust, was won by Ronni Sunderland.
Ronni is a UEFA B Licence coach who formed Milton Keynes City Ladies Football Club. His sessions cater for all abilities, and his innovative and inspirational coaching has resulted in the ladies’ team winning two titles in their first season together.
Ronni’s commitment to nurturing and developing players has inspired a team of ladies of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities to come together and achieve great success.
Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by the five lady Mayors of Amersham, Aylesbury, Chesham, Marlow and Milton Keynes, was won by Katie Spaughton.
Katie is an equestrian leader responsible for introducing endurance long distance riding to Milton Keynes Pony Club. At just 14, she coaches adults and children, raises funds, gives talks in the community to raise awareness of riding, and is an elite rider herself. She was also an Olympic torch bearer.
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Community Impact Bucks, was won by Martin Lawrence.
Martin set up the David Lloyd Redway Runners in early 2011, and in 18 months the club has attracted 374 members, 90 of which are new to running.
Martin has worked tirelessly to support grassroots running, providing sessions led by trained leaders and creating a great social atmosphere, making running enjoyable for all.
School of the Year, sponsored by Buckinghamshire County Council and Milton Keynes Council, was won by Two Mile Ash School.
In 2012, Two Mile Ash School won a national award for excellence in primary physical education, achieved the Youth Sport Trust Gold Kitemark award, qualified for every County School Games competition, and has seen a huge increase in extra sport provision.
Some 40 extracurricular clubs are offered each term at Two Mile Ash, 100 per cent of pupils take part in two hours PE every week, and 33 school/club links are in place, providing great opportunities for students.
Club of the Year, sponsored by BP Collin LLP, was won by David Lloyd Redway Runners,
Members of the friendly and sociable running club have been engaging in partnership programmes, while leaders have been trained to cater of seven sessions a week, for all abilities.
Members set up running groups for local businesses and support local events voluntarily to give back their love of running to the community.
Bucks Sport chairman Roger Fennemore said: “It’s my firm belief that sport has a unique role to play in shaping individuals and communities, changing lives and improving the wellbeing and quality of life, for so many people of all ages in this county.
“This event was our chance to recognise the valuable contribution of all those who deliver sport at a local level.”