Active Harlow Awards

Active Harlow Awards Logo

The Active Harlow Awards celebrate and recognise local sporting talent in the Harlow area. 

The event last took place in 2019 and was a big success with over 150 people attending and five-time gold medal-winning Paralympian Noel Thatcher MBE presenting the awards.

For this year’s awards, the Sports Personality of the Year, Community Club of the Year and Unsung Hero shortlisted finalists went to a public vote to decide the winners and runners-up.

The winners of the other 7 categories were decided by a panel, with members from the council and the local community.


Runners Up


Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity


Changing Lives in Harlow CIC

Harlow parkrun

Paringdon Pirates Walking Football Club


Coach of the Year

Luke Shipwright (Harlow Jiu-Jitsu Club)

Vincent Lawrence (Harlow Athletic Club)

Richard Chiassaro (Harlow Wheelchair Racing Squad)


Community Club of the Year


Harlow Hawks Basketball Club

Harlow Running and Tri Club

Harlow Jiu-Jitsu


The Inclusive Communities Award


Griffin Bowls Club

Paringdon Pirates Walking Football Club

(( BOUNCE ))


Education Champion of the Year


Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery  Pemberley Academy


Sports Personality of the Year


Daniel Adams (bowls)

Shemar Boldiszar (athletics)

Steven Mitchinson (bowls)


Unsung Hero


Martin Gladwin (Harlow Town Cricket Club)

Shab Niaz (Harlow Basketball Club)

John Gillespie (Harlow parkrun and Harlow junior parkrun)


Young Sports Personality of the Year


Alessandro Rioda (Harlow Penguins Swimming Club)

Curtis and Sophia Elton (ice skating)

Danny Raymond (athletics)


Young Volunteer


Lucy Gallagher (Harlow Penguins Swimming Club)

Thomas Penketh (Harlow Junior Parkrun)

Cara Thornton (Harlow Penguins Swimming Club)


Active Workplace of the Year


Pemberley Academy

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