Meet the winners of 2018’s Active Harlow Sports Awards

Members of Harlow’s sporting community were honoured at the event at the Civic Centre, which is organised by Active Harlow supported and funded by Harlow Council.  The event was also supported by Active Essex and Phoenix Resource Centre who were the production partner.  Decathlon Harlow provided the prizes and Paringdon Sports and Social Club contributed to the goody bags. Harlow College hospitality students from Skylight restaurant provided canapes and hospitality.

The Sports Awards celebrate local sporting talent in Harlow and recognise the contributions made by the people that make sport and physical activity happen.

The full list of winners, runners-up and finalists is below:

Unsung Hero

Winner: Nicola Arnold (Harlow Penguins)

Runners-up: Tara Whittle (Nordic Walking); Roy Stevens (Harlow Running Club)

Finalists: Emma Hastings (Northbrooks FC) ; Kaylee Holgate (Barracuda Swimming Club)

Young Volunteer

Winner: Isobelle Morris (Harlow Penguins)

Runners-up: Thomas Penketh (Harlow junior parkrun)

Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity

Winner: Little Scrummers

Runners-up: Tara Whittle; Dave Gordon (St. Mark’s West Essex Catholic School)

Finalists: MGM Clinics; Harlow parkrun; Changing Lives; Pemberley Academy; Harlow junior parkrun

Community Club of the Year

Winner: Harlow Judo Club

Runners-up: Harlow Tri Club; Frontiers Youth FC

Finalists: Little Scrummers; Northbrooks FC

Coach of the Year

Winner: Mick Ellis (Harlow Judo Club)

Runners-up: Garry Leach (Flight Trampoline Club); Luke Shipwright (Harlow Jiu-Jitsu Club)

Finalists: David Stacey (School Games Organiser); Tom Kavanagh (Little Scrummers); Paul Eynon (Harlow Rugby Club); Rebecca Conway (PE Teacher, Passmores Academy)

Education Champion of the Year

Winner: Pemberley Academy

Runners-up: Abbotsweld Primary School; Passmores Academy Sports Leaders

Finalists: Church Langley Primary School

Young Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Sheri-Anne Smith (Equestrian and Cheerleading)

Runners-up: Kai Boggon (Triathlon); Owen Lambert (Judo)

Finalists: Daniel Mckenzie (Bowls); Curtis and Sophia Elton (Ice Skating)

Disability Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Richard Chiassaro (Wheelchair Racing)

Richard broke the T54 World Record for 800m earlier this year and was co-captain for Team GB at World Para Athletics European Championships. Richard also won a bronze medal at London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships and improved his own 400m European Record. Earlier in the year he represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. As well as competing Richard coaches his own wheelchair racing squad and supports the High Rollers Wheelchair Basketball Club.

Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Jo Harten (Netball)

Jo competed for England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia where she scored a dramatic last second goal to claim victory against Jamaica in the semi-final. She went on to play an important role in a thrilling final against Australia where the team won a gold medal. Jo is part of the England Netball Team who won Team of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards and is also nominated for BT Sport Team of the Year.

Runners-up: Steven Mitchinson (Bowls); Richard Chiassaro; Gail Nicholls (Triathlon)

Services to Inclusive Sport

Winner: Barracuda Swimming Club

Runners-up: Tara Whittle (Nordic Walking)

Active in the Workplace

Winner: HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd

Runners-up: Christopher Tuckett (Princes Alexandra Hospital, Physiotherapist); Harlow Council

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