Borough Celebrates its Sporting Heroes

Published Friday, 22 November 2019

The Hinckley and Bosworth Sports and Health Alliance Awards celebrated the very best in local sporting achievement at their recent sports awards, held at Hinckley Rugby Club.

Presenting the prizes were Michael Kapur OBE HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire and the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Councillor Mrs Lynda Hodgkins. The Lord Lieutenant spoke about his role and the history of the office while congratulating every one. 

The award winners were:

  • Adult Sports person of the year – Mike Twelves – A national record holder in both individual and team pursuit races at the World Cycling Championships. Mike also holds nine national titles on both road and track cycling competitions. The success has been an 18 month project for Mike who spends hours at the Derby velodrome perfecting his technique.
  • Junior Sports person of the year – Megan Havers – Number 1 in Archery GB national rankings for her age group. Megan has retained numerous titles and broken four national records this season.
  • Junior disabled sports person of the year – Ben Scott – The current European, British, English, Welsh and Midlands Champion for U14 Heavyweight in Taekwondo. Since starting taekwondo Ben has developed his independence and also helps to train younger martial art students.
  • Club of the Year – Hinckley Breeze – A women’s cycling club launched in January 2019, which already has 143 members aged 16 – 82. So far in 2019 they have completed 80 Breeze rides, covering 1727 miles with 267 riders taking part.
  • Team of the Year – FC Burbage Thundercats have gone from strength to strength this year; having won numerous tournaments in the 2019 year including winning the ESF 2019 national tournament at Skegness, as a result of beating 27 other teams they were invited to play at the FA national training centre, St Georges Park, Burton on Trent.  Their respect and sportsmanship for each other, coaches, parents and the teams they play was highlighted by the judges.  
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year – The Adult Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Matthew Chilvers, Caroline Foreman and Dawn Haagensen as the judging panel thought they were all excellent in their own volunteering fields. Matthew supports delivery of tennis at Desford and in the summer delivered coaching in a Sketchley Priory School in Hinckley. Caroline is a member of Hinckley Breeze who works tirelessly to get women involved and enjoying cycling and Dawn launched park rugby at Hinckley Rugby Club, which has now been initiated at two different locations in the borough. In addition Dawn also supports the delivery of walking rugby on a voluntary basis.
  • Junior Volunteer of the Year – Sarah White and Mytchel Briars – Sarah loves swimming so began volunteering at a special needs swimming group at Bosworth Academy. Sarah coaches groups of swimmers with learning and physical difficulties and individual sessions with visually impaired swimmers. Mytchel Briars has volunteered at Hinckley Town Tennis Club for the last three years, and this year completed a Tennis Leaders course in which he volunteered for 45 hours as opposed to the 10 required. Alongside this he assisted umpiring of the club championships for the younger groups.
  • Coach of the Year – Martin Lynch – Martin was appointed Head Coach of Hinckley Swimming Club. Martin is poolside almost every day and most weekends to support his team of coaches and their swimmers. This year the club have had more swimmers than ever before qualify for the county and regional championships and won many Interclub Galas. This year Hinckley Hornets also won every round of the Diddy local League and then went on to win the League final for the first time in their history.
  • Lifetime Achievement – John has been a part of Hinckley Town Tennis Club since 1987 and undertaken numerous roles throughout his time, such as chairman and clubman and coach. Peter also voluntarily coaches four times a week for inclusive tennis mornings and organises and runs free tennis sessions for special need children in the summer.
  • Active Lifestyle Award - Peter Grundy – After recently recovering from a triple heart bypass, Peter was referred to Sport in Desford to improve his physical activity levels. Initially Peter only attended once a week but having familiarised himself with the surroundings and adjusted his medications he now attends multiple times a week and has seen huge improvements in his overall health and well-being.
  • Active Business Award –MYS2DIO – The dance studio based at George Street, Hinckley is open to all levels of dancers from beginner to the more experienced. Providing a safe and friendly environment for students to enjoy dancing and improve, help and support their mental and physical well-being.
  • School of the Year – Sketchley Hill Primary School – At Sketchley Hill Primary School every member of staff who teaches pupils aged between 7 – 11 years old is now involved in sports coaching. As a result they have seen a 62% increase in pupils enrolling on an extra-curricular sport. They have also introduced ‘Virtual PE’ & ‘Sports Stars’ initiatives.
  • Unsung Hero Award – Tony Jones – Tony has been a member of Barwell-based Cedars Judo club for the last 40 years and is now a senior coach at the club. Having represented the country at national level Tony now spends his time coaching at the grass roots level. When the club’s original facility closed, Tony helped source a new venue. Tony also helps hosts various events and tournaments at the club and has witnessed the club become one of the largest in the East Midlands.

Graeme Chilvers, Health and Recreation Manager for Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council said:

 It was a pleasure to recognise the amazing talent we have across our Borough.  Yet again, judges have had the most difficult task picking winners in each category.  The sheer number of worthy nominees is inspirational and they all deserve our warmest congratulations and appreciation.