Bucks sport stars honoured

PUBLISHED: 00:16 26 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:57 20 February 2013

Bucks sport stars honoured

Bucks sport stars honoured

People who have made an outstanding contribution gathered at Horwood House in Buckinghamshire for nine prestigious Bucks Sport Awards presented by Zac Purchase MBE, Olympic gold medallist for the lightweight rowing doubles.

Guests included Samantha Quek (England & Great Britain hockey), Naomi Riches (Paralympic rower) and Craig Gibbons (GB Swimmer), together with award sponsors and key leaders from local government, business, education and sport. The theme was the power of sport, with award winning journalist and presenter Nadine Dereza joining Zac as hosts for the evening.

The awards:

Coach of the Year, sponsored by MK Dons Sport & Education Trust: Bret King from Bourne End, who led Marlow Rowing Clubs Junior Girls Rowing Team to gold and silver victory at this years national championships.

Young Leader of the Year, sponsored by Sports Leaders UK: Ellen Richmond, from Gerrards Cross, who volunteers both at school and in the community and has been team leader to the Clan U14 NETBALL teams.

Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Nexus: Julia Wilson from Beaconsfield, the face of Gerrards Cross Hockey Club.

School of the Year, sponsored by Bucks County Council: The Stoke Poges School where the Ofsted Report shows it provides outstanding provision in sport.

Club of the Year, sponsored by Community Impact Bucks: City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club, which this year achieved both swim 21 and Clubmark accreditations.

Sports Project of the Year, sponsored by Bucks New University: Bucks Hornet Basketball Academy (based in Aylesbury), as a Clubmark 3 Club for 16+ basketball players

Workplace of the Year, sponsored by Buckinghamshire Business First: Aylesbury Vale District Council for creating opportunities, ranging from Zumba classes to setting up a popular bowls league at Vale Park.

Community Champion, sponsored by Nexus: Sam Amend from Marlow, for inspiring people of all ages, sizes and abilities to enjoy running.

Unsung Hero, sponsored by Buckinghamshire Ambassadors: Valerie Symon from Woburn Sands, former PE Teacher and volunteer, who continues to keep young people in Milton Keynes active.

Bucks Sports Chairman, Professor Peter Thomas MBE, said: "It is 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 in the county of Buckinghamshire."

See www.buckssport.org for more.

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