It’s a Roy story on Havering’s big night
PUBLISHED: 07:30 13 February 2015
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Cricketing stalwart claims Sports Council’s lifetime achievement award
Roy Smith had joked about the Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement award being ‘one for old people’ but he was delighted to receive it at the Havering Sports Council’s annual prize giving ceremony.
The cricketing stalwart, preparing for his second season in charge of Hornchurch after a lengthy career with Ardleigh Green, was named as the winner ahead of Debbie Webb and Larry Ralph and said: “It seems a bit early, but it’s nice to be recognised!
“It depends on the sport you play and it’s all about the passion. If you do pretty well at sport, the awards are a bonus.
“Some people play sport for a pasttime, but others are passionate about it. You’ve got to try and stay fit, keep your fingers crossed and have a bit of luck with injuries.
“Some people have bad luck with injuries, but if I stay in good nick I might be able to play until my late forties.”
Smith, who spent 26 years with Ardleigh Green and led them to an Essex Premier Division title and cup double, revealed his worst sporting injury had been a hamstring problem.
“It was about two years ago and I think it kept me out for one game!” he joked.
“You have to field in the slips, but it’s good if you can just be out there using your experience.”
Smith had won the competitor of the year prize around a decade earlier and admitted it was good to be back at the showpiece event.
He added: “It was a good night. There was a good turnout and it was well organised.
“Some of the things the youngsters there had achieved was impressive. If they keep going, with the same amount of enthusiasm, they could go all the way.
“But you can have all the talent. You need to be passionate to get to that next level.”
Young athlete Max Law defended his junior male competitor prize, after another stunning year in javelin and discus, and Havering also took the club of the year honours ahead of Havering Tri and Harold Hill Bowls Club.
Havering Tri spokesman Paul Collins said: “The club is still in its infancy as it has been running for less than two years.
“But two members were awarded silver and bronze in their Ironman age groups, which was a great achievement, and the club is proud supporters of Mind Havering and Saint Francis Hospice.”
Hannah Humphreys won the junior female competitors prize for her achievements in football and cricket and heads out to the United Arab Emirates with the Essex under-19 squad this weekend to compete in the MCC’s Arch Trophy.
She said: “My personal goals are to go out and hopefully get some personal bests while playing a high standard of cricket and grow as a team while doing so.
“Winning the trophy would be a dream come true!”
Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren beat Havering athletes Michelle Hughes and Thomas Pitkin to the competitor of the year prize, after adding European Championship medals and a world record to her CV last year, while Romford & Gidea Park Rugby Club’s Rob Petrie won volunteer of the year ahead of Havering athletics coaches Sam Harrison and John Duncan.
The school sports team awards, meanwhile, went to Coopers Coborn’s athletics squad, who pipped their own biathlon team and Marshalls Park’s year 11 netballers, and Ardleigh Green’s athletes, who saw off Hylands boccia and para swim squad and the Rise Park football team.
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