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Power to the People

PUBLISHED: 13:42 12 February 2011

The award winners with the Mayor

The award winners with the Mayor

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Congratulations to all winners

It’s always great to hear who has won at Havering Sports Council’s annual awards night, but it’s about more than just the winners.

I’ve said before I believe Havering is blessed with some great sporting talent, in a variety of events and of all ages, and some of those individuals, teams and clubs were acknowledged at Upminster Golf Club after the regular nomination and judging process.

Seb Adams is starting to make a real name for himself when it comes to indoor rowing with his school, Royal Liberty, and who knows, maybe one day he could follow in the wake of former Bower Park pupil Mark Hunter and compete at an Olympic Games – and maybe even win a gold medal!!

Aimee Sell has been on our radar for a while now given her progression on the karate mat and, although that particular martial art is not an Olympic sport currently, it might be in future if the IOC bend to pressure from the karate fraternity.

Britain, of course, won a host of medals at the 2008 Games at the velodrome and local cyclist Kevin Gill walked off with Havering’s Competitor of the Year prize.

Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club kept their impressive record going by adding the club of the year prize to previous titles, while Irene Brennan claimed the Volunteer of the Year award for her services to that sport.

Talking of service, take a bow Ronald Engstrom after claiming the Doug Riden Lifetime Achievement award for his work in swimming. More than 40 years of dedicated support and assistance make him a worthy winner of that prestigious category, withot taking anything away from the other finalists.

Finally, I myself am a keen supporter of schools sport and am delighted to see categories for Primary and Secondary School Team of the Year included these days.

The girls of Hall Mead must have been jumping for joy after landing their award for excellent work on the trampolines and Clockhouse, similarly, were worthy recipients for their achievements in athletics.

So, all in all, another impressive night to round off more impressive sporting achievements in 2010. And here’s to the next 12 months – don’t forget to nominate those you may think worthy of recognition next time.

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