Harlow Sports Awards

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The aim of Active Harlow Sport Awards is to celebrate and recognise local sporting talent and achievements in the Harlow area. The awards are nominated by members of the public and funded by Active Harlow and Active Essex.

Harlow Sports Awards 2016

Harlow’s sporting community gathered in the town’s Civic Centre on 3 October 2016 to celebrate local sporting talent and recognise the contributions made by the people that make sport and physical activity happen in Harlow.

Over 60 nominations were received and the standard of nominations really demonstrated the contributions that many volunteers put into the Harlow Community in order to provide positive opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity.

The award ceremony was led by the Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Edna Stevens, and the awards were presented by international footballer Casey Stoney MBE. Casey plays football for Arsenal Ladies and has over 100 caps for England. She played for England in last year’s World Cup and has also been England captain and captained the Team GB Ladies Football Team during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Essex TV and Your Harlow filmed sections of the event and the Harlow This Girl Can Essex Ambassadors were also in attendance to mark the start of Women In Sport Week.

Winners and runners up - 2016 Sports Awards

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Categories - Winners and Runner-ups

Unsung Hero A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This person deserves recognition for their hard work and determination to the development of their club. They have a keen interest in the local community and sport or physical activity.


  • Alan Brooking, Harlow Rugby Club (winner).
  • Catherine Penketh, Harlow junior parkrun (runner-up).
  • Colin Mortimer, Harlow Rugby Club.
  • Patricia O’Mara, netball.

Young Volunteer of the Year - A young volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. A dedicated individual who deserves recognition for their contribution to their local club.​

  • Saul Lintonbon-Baker, Harlow Junior parkrun, Hub + Spoke, Tri-sport Epping.

Changing lives through sport through an outstanding project - An organisation, group, individual or project that has been developed, delivered or contributed to an expanding, successful project and has had a positive impact on the lives of Harlow residents.​


  • Paringdon Community Leisure, Walking Football and Doorstep Sports Club.
  • Harlow parkrun (runner-up).
  • Andy Smith, Mark Hall Sports Centre.
  • Hub + Spoke, Cycling development (winner).
  • Catherine Penketh, Harlow junior parkrun.

Community Club of the Year - A local club who has development or performed well in the last year at a district, county, regional and international level.​


  • Illuminate Allstars, Cheerleading (runner-up).
  • Kazen Kai Martial Arts.
  • Rouge Returns FC (winner).
  • Griffin Bowls Club.

Coach of the Year - A coach who is committed to providing the highest standard of coaching. ​


  • David Stacey, Church Langley Community Primary School (winner).
  • Ryan Lambert, Kazen Kai Martial Arts.
  • John Stow, Athletics.
  • Christine Street, Netball (runner-up).
  • Martin Stringer, Harlow Penguins, Swimming.

School, College or University of the Year - A school, college or university who provides high quality physical education to their pupils. A wide range of extracurricular activities will be offered and to have keen key links to club for the development after they finish school.​


  • Church Langley Community Primary School (winner).
  • Charles Kao UTC (runner-up).

Young Sports Personality of the Year - An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year either on a regional, national or international level.


  • Canaan Solomon, Athletics (runner-up).
  • Lewis Harknett, Athletics.
  • Bethany Harryman, Athletics. (winner).
  • Daniel McKenzie, Cycling.
  • Maxwell Chinn, Athletics.
  • Kai Boggon, Triathlon.

Inspirational Nominee of the year

  • Daniel McKenzie, Cycling.

Disabled Sports Personality of the Year - Somebody who has made a significant impact to sport and physical activity in the last year at an international and national level.

  • Richard Chiassaro, Wheelchair Athlete.

Sports Personality of the Year - Somebody who has made an impact to sport and physical activity in the last year at a national or international level.​


  • Ryan Lambert, Kazen Kai Martial Arts (winner).
  • Steven Mitchinson, Bowls (runner-up).

The best nominations will now be forwarded to the Active Essex Sports Awards. The closing date for the Active Essex Sports Awards was Sunday 16 October 2016.