Christchurch sports men and women success0
The success and dedication of young Christchurch sports men and women has been celebrated at the annual Christchurch and District Sports Council Sports Achievement Awards, held at East Dorset Indoor Bowls Club.
This year there were over 50 winners in total, with awards presented on the night by the Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr John Lofts, for success across a diverse range of sports such as sailing, gymnastics, judo, rowing, athletics, swimming, football and hockey. Awards were divided into categories, with 18 bronze awards for county standard success in sporting competitions, 11 silver awards for national standard success and 11 gold awards for international standard success.
The gold award winners were Joanne Arnell and Simon Mussell (sailing), Bethany Cooper and Alexander Peek (surf lifesaving), Joel Roberts (volleyball), David Williams (judo), Emilia-Mae Lynk (gymnastics), Sasha Ward (dance), Spencer Wilks (swimming), Charlie Roberts (water polo) and Matt Aldridge (rowing).
There were also two new categories this year with six Dedication to Sport awards and seven John Moss Sports Coaches awards. The coaching awards category was created in memory of the late John Moss, president of the Sports Council from 1997 to 2012.