Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Spectacular Sports Awards

The fourth annual Thanet Sports Awards took place Wednesday 21 November and celebrated the very best of Thanet’s sporting community.

Taking place at Margate’s Winter Gardens, the awards were attended by taekwondo star and Olympic gold medallist at London 2012, Jade Jones.

Thanet District Council organised the awards in collaboration with the Thanet Sports Network, in a celebration of ‘all things sport’ achieved at a local level. Family, friends, sports coaches, teachers and sports professionals were asked to nominate individuals and teams from the whole range of sports in the district, covering all age groups.

Academy FM breakfast DJ Johnny Lewis hosted the evening’s proceedings, which saw winners – and those highly commended – acknowledged in 14 separate categories, including Coach of the Year and Club of the Year.

Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Iris Johnston, said: “Once again the Thanet Sports Awards proved to be an amazing success and I’m thrilled for all those involved.

“The Thanet Sports Awards have shown the extraordinary range of talent and enthusiasm that exists within the area, and I’m absolutely delighted for everyone involved. These awards represent the very best in our community and we should all feel very proud of such an achievement.”

She added: “I’d like to pay particular thanks to our special guest, Olympic gold medallist, Jade Jones for her inspirational answers given in the Q&A part of the evening. Her enthusiasm, motivation and tenacity conveyed in her words captivated everyone in the audience, and I’m sure her words inspired all who were present.”

Jade Jones said: “It was a really good evening. I couldn’t believe the amount of talent that exists within Thanet and I was so impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm.”
Orbit Housing sponsored two of the categories – ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Unsung Hero’. Karen Campbell, Orbit’s Community Investment Officer, said: Orbit is proud to sponsor the Thanet Sports Awards, we believe that focusing on the positive aspects of our residents and their communities bring balance to negative stereotyping.”

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