Awards Dinner a Resounding Success!
Disability Sport Yorkshire
Annual Awards Dinner 2016 – A Celebration of Disability Sport
On Friday 11 March 2016 at the Centenary Pavilion in Leeds, Disability Sport Yorkshire held its annual awards dinner recognising and celebrating the sporting achievements of people with disabilities from across Yorkshire. The event was hosted by DSY President David Oxley CBE, a tireless campaigner of disability sport and the work of Disability Sport Yorkshire.
DSY received a record number of nominations from all over the region for awards in twelve different categories from Young Achiever to Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year – also recognising the School and Team of the Year, high achieving coaches, hard working volunteers and others who have provided sterling service to disability sport during the past year.
This prestigious event celebrated talented disabled sportspeople both at local and national level, including regional stars with exceptional performance on the international stage.
‘Through our work with the county sports partnerships, sports governing bodies and with schools, clubs and community groups DSY has been able to promote, support and develop sustainable activity for people of all abilities’ says Chief Executive Kevan Halliday-Brown. ‘The Annual Awards Dinner is an acknowledgement of the high achievement of so many – not just as successful athletes but also those who have worked hard to increase opportunities and participation by disabled people’.
Nominations for the 2016 DSY Awards recognised amazing achievement – often against the odds – and celebrate those who compete, as well as those that help to ensure that there are inclusive opportunities available in sport from beginner to elite level, for everyone.
Young Achiever (boy) – Lewis Eccles from Mexborough, South Yorkshire
Young Achiever (girl) – Izzy Palmer from Leeds
Disability Action Yorkshire Team of the Year – York Disability Tennis Network
Governing Body Award – Sheffield Hallamshire & West Riding County FAs
Tony Stones School of the Year – Kingsmill Special School, Driffield
Baroness Masham Wheelchair Performer Award – Kizzy Blue Wade
Kizzy is a sports-mad 11 year old who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral
palsy and is a full-time wheelchair-user. Never letting her disability define
her, Kizzy is involved with powerchair football, swimming, wheelchair
basketball, wheelchair racing and sit skiing. Kizzy has already been selected
for the U16 international powerchair football camp and is a real star of
Mattioli Woods Coach of the Year – Andrew Crockett from Wiggington, York
Volunteer of the Year – Daryl Jones
Although he has significant health issues himself, Daryl set
up an umbrella organisation for Humberside and East Yorkshire
to support disability sports without them having to focus all their
time and energy in fundraising.
Aspire-Igen Outstanding Local Authority – Leeds City Council
Leeds City runs a comprehensive disability sports programme which is
one of the largest in the country. Covering all sports for all ages and
impairment groups, the Sport and Active Lifestyle service facilitates and
coordinates the programme and helps to fund the sessions. LCC runs ten
adult social care centres across the city and the programme has enabled close
links and improved opportunities for their users.
Gary Hayton Memorial Trophy – David Duce from Doncaster
Leeds Rhinos’ Foundation Service to Sport – Andrew Watts from Driffield
Andrew coached inclusive sport to 2,267 pupils
He introduced inclusive sports models to 615 school staff & 83 coaches
He has worked with 75 schools and advises 35 more on a regular basis
He has formed 18 extra-curricular inclusive sports clubs
Delivered sports coach training in over 20 different inclusive sports
Sportswoman of the Year: Hannah Cockroft MBE. Yorkshire’s Hannah has had a phenomenal year winning the 100m, 400m and 800m world titles at T34 wheelchair racing at the IPC World Championships in Doha.
Sportsman of the Year: Alexander Thompson. Alex, from Sheffield was diagnosed with Jacob’s Syndrome as a baby and battles with communication and motor skills, dyspraxia, visual and hearing impairments. Despite this, he achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, achieved a Cricket Coaching Level 1 Award, athletics and basketball officials awards – and is a Boccia referee to boot!