The superb sporting achievements of talented local people were recognised at the seventh annual Eastleigh Sports Awards held in the prestigious ballroom at the four-star hotel, Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.
The ceremony provided the opportunity to celebrate individual excellence, team achievement, as well as recognising those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support local talent and provide opportunities for residents to lead an active lifestyle across the borough.
The awards evening was organised by Eastleigh’s Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA). Lou Gittens, Chair of the Eastleigh SPAA, and ex-Saint Francis Benali, the Alliance’s Official Ambassador officially opened the event, which was compered by former Hampshire cricketer and BBC Radio Solent presenter, Kevan James. Guests were also treated to inspirational talk from Paralympic double gold medalist in Boccia, David Smith MBE.
Lou Gittens, Chair of Eastleigh SPAA said ‘It’s fantastic event to celebrate such a wide range of sporting talent in the borough.
‘We have so many talented sports people together with so many superb volunteers, officials and coaches. Without them we would not be able to produce such fantastic stars in the borough.’
The winners of this year’s Eastleigh Sports Awards are;
Junior Sportsperson: Serena Vincent (Athletics)
Senior Sportsperson: Vicky Betts (Badminton)
Disability Sportsperson: Dave Smith MBE (Boccia)
Team of the Year: Southampton Mustangs (Baseball)
Coach of the Year: Dave Callaway (Athletics)
Official of the Year: Colin Miles (Football)
Club of the Year: Eastleigh Rugby
Club Volunteer of the Year: Shirley Smith (Rugby)
Service to Sport: Derik Brooks (Football)
Project of the year: Cycles4all
Outstanding Personal Achievement Award: Ethan Edgar, Jenny Warner, John Bloomfield and Kate Steels-Fryatt