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Oxfordshire Sports Awards winners 2010

Josh McEachran
Josh McEachran has signed a contract with Chelsea FC

Active Inspiration Award

Jeanette Cardy (Winner)

Jeanette represented Great Britain in the Biathlon in 2003 and 2004 before being diagnosed with ME. It left her housebound for over a year. Over the next four years she fought hard to get herself back to fitness. She's now set up her own fitness company. Earlier this year she also won an aquathlon race at Dorney Lake this year.

Katie Gregory

Despite previously having problems in her personal life Katie, a mum of three, is a volunteer with the High Energy Trampoline Club in west Oxfordshire. With new found confidence she's become the club's Welfare Officer, First Aider and is training to become a coach. That's helped Katie get a job as a School Sports Co-ordinator at Chipping Norton School.

Sally McEwan

Sally has suffered for many years from serious spinal problems which needed surgery and a long rehabilitation. She says Nordic Walking has made her "much more mobile and upright". She has used it to not just improve her overall mobility and fitness but has also to lose weight. She has also joined the Henley and Goring Ramblers as she continues to embrace more walking.

Club of the Year

Abingdon Squash & Racquetball Club

The Club's 1st team won the Oxfordshire League this summer. Member Joe Brooke played for England Under 15s, whilst Brian Phillips won the Over 70s World Masters Championship. Junior membership at the club has increased by 50% this year.

Windrush Valley Boxing Club

The boxing club has had an increase in membership of 60% over the past 12 months thanks to outreach work and women's only classes. Boxer Jasmine Yeates won gold at Amateur England National Championships in June. It's only the 4th boxing club in the UK to achieve Club Mark status.

Horspath Cricket Club (Winner)

Horspath won the Cherwell 1st Division and three other divisions this year.

The 1st Eleven side is unbeaten since its 2nd match at the beginning of the 2009 season - that's a run of 33 matches.

Overall the club this year won divisions 1,6,7 and 10 in the Cherwell League. Members are as likely to be found supporting the other teams as playing, with twice as many social members as there are players as the club attracts the community around it.

Coach of the Year

Andy Taylor

Andy works as a golf coach at Oxford Cherwell Valley College - the first of his type in the area. He's also worked with Cherwell District Council to develop an adult programme designed to introduce and enable anyone to get into the game. One of his 9 year old students won the British Junior Golf Tour Grand Final at Heythrop Park this year whilst another student Cara Gainer came second in the county girls' championship.

Rachel Luxton

Rachel's drive and passion has been a big part of making the City of Oxford Rowing Club's Women's 1st Tier Squad one of the most successful in the country. Working along with Tom Chapman Rachel coached the squad to win 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze at the Belgium Championships. They also won Gold, Silver and Bronze at the British Championships in Scotland.

Chris Wilder (Winner)

Chris Wilder took over at the Kassam Stadium on 21 December 2008. Oxford United are the only football league club who had one of the major pieces of silverware to lose their football league status. After five years in the Conference, Chris guided them to the Conference playoffs in his first full season in charge.

United saw off Rushden & Diamonds in the semi final and then reclaimed their place back in the football league with a famous win at Wembley. 33,000 fans travelled to Wembley for the game. Wilder has seen his United side win more than half of the 102 games he's been in charge of since arriving at the Kassam Stadium.

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Danny Robbins

Danny lost both his legs in 2003 and took up wheelchair tennis in 2006. He's now ranked 34th in the world. Danny won the North East tournament earlier this year in Sunderland. He continues to try and develop and is determined to make his way up the world rankings for quad players.

Sam Davies

Sam plays with the combined Tottenham & Arsenal Visually Impaired football team. He's also attended trials for the England team and has been recommended to one of the 12 regional centres of excellence. Sam's determined to progress in football and trains with a smile on his face at all times.

Andy Gardiner (Winner)

Andy, a former greengrocer, has broken into the Great Britain Disability Shooting Squad. He obtained a top 50 ranking in the world and is on the Great Britain world class programme to develop him towards competing at the London 2012 Paralympics.

He represented Great Britain at the first ever World Cup event in the country at Stoke Mandeville last month. He was also part of the three man team which won bronze, Britain's first ever medal, at the Spanish Open in Alicante. Andy's long term aim is to be a shooting coach and provide disabled children and adults with the opportunity to try a sport which he says saved his life.

Junior Sports Team of the Year

Aston Rowant Cricket Club

From the small village at the foot of the Chilterns Aston Rowant made it to the last four of the National Under 15s Championships - that's out of nearly 1800 clubs across England. They became the first ever Oxfordshire side to reach the national finals after winning the Oxfordshire and Regional titles against much bigger and better funded sides.

City of Oxford Junior Coxed Four

2010 has been an unbeaten year for the squad of Holly, Chloe, Sian and Floss. From local regattas to national championships, including racing against some senior crews. In the Henley Womens Regatta the girls achieved a new course record and defeated the US National Scholastic Champions in the final. This was followed by becoming clear winners at the British Rowing Championships, earning not only Gold medals but also selection to represent England at the Home International Regatta.

Oxford School of Gymnastics (Winner)

Fran, Freya and Rebecca from the club won the British Acrobatic Gymnastics Championship in the 11 to 16 year old age group and also won the selection event for the world championships in Poland in July. However, they were dealt a cruel blow when Rebecca picked up an elbow injury shortly before the competition. Despite a late replacement in Becky the new trio went on to win the silver medal at the World Championships.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year

John Paul
John Paul was selected for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Katie Richardson

Katie won her 4th consecutive British Solo Ice Dance Championship title in July competing against older ice dancers. She's the first ever female skater to win 4 consecutive titles. In 2011 Katie is looking to step up to senior level and attempt to win the outright British Solo Ice Dance title

Hollie Roberts

Hollie won three gold medals at the World Karate Championships in Brazil in July. She was called into team events at the last moment after the England captain was injured. Despite facing the home side in the final's deciding rubber she won gold for Great Britain. She has also won five other golds this year. Hollie is also helps teach karate twice a week to students aged four to 50.

John Paul (Winner)

Track cyclist John moved up into the 16 to 18 age group this year. Despite facing older competition he won the National Junior Sprint title. He also won the National Senior Sprint League Series.

His selection for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi made him the youngest ever cyclist to be selected for Scotland. He was unlucky to just miss out on a medal in the Team Sprint event. John Paul is on the Olympic Development Programme and is determined to follow in the slipstream of his idol Sir Chris Hoy in becoming Olympic Champion one day.

Junior Unsung Hero

Sarah Osland

Sarah is the youngest volunteer coach at Abingdon Vale Swimming Club. In September she took on the role of Mini Squad coach helping to develop the youngest or newest members of the squad. She inspires members throughout the club and also lifeguards as well as continuing to study for her A Levels.

Ross Calvert

Ross provides the important link between Thame Hockey Club and Lord Williams' School taking an after school club every week. Already holds his level 1 coaching certificate and is due to work towards his level 2 despite his A2 exams this year.

Ethan Peel (Winner)

Ethan is the youngest cricket umpire in Britain. From the age of 14 Ethan has umpired many county and club cricket matches. He hit the national headlines in September after taking charge of Tiddington versus Nomads. His BTEC qualification in cricket umpiring from the International Institute of Cricket Umpires and Scorers took two years to study for.

Ethan is also a fully qualified rugby referee and the youngest member of the Oxford Society of Rugby Referees. In 2010 alone has spent more than 100 hours umpiring and refereeing.

Sports Team of the Year

City of Oxford Rowing Club (Women's Tier 1 Squad)

The Squad won 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze at the Belgium International Championships in Ghent. The pair won the British championship, whilst the eight won silver and the coxed four won bronze. As a result the pair were selected to represent England at the Home Counties International and won. The squad fit in eight sessions a week around their full time work or studies.

Falcon Rowing Club

They are a quartet of Oxford mums who only took up rowing in November 2008. They fit in training round their jobs and family commitments and pride themselves on technical excellence. Through this they won the Novice event at the British Rowing Masters National championships in June.

Oxford United Football Club (Winner)

The side won promotion back to the Football League after five seasons in the conference in May with a 3-1 win over York in the Playoff Final at Wembley attended by 33,000 fans. A similar number lined the streets of Oxford to see the homecoming parade as the team wound their way through the streets on open top buses to celebrate their return to the upper echelons of football.

Sportsman of the Year

Jason Plato

Jason won the British Touring Car Championship for the second time this season after winning back in 2001. He's been one of the leading British drivers for the past 13 years winning the British Racing Drivers Club Silver Star award a record breaking five times. He reached a career 60th win in British Touring Cars this season equalling the all time record set by Andy Rouse.

Sam Jones

Sam started the year playing for Chinnor but has since signed a professional contract with Wasps. He's captained the wasps 2nd team and played on Wasps' preseason tour in France and against Munster and Edinburgh. Sam has also represented England at Under 19 level and secured a place in the Under 20 side.

Josh McEachran (Winner)

Josh was a member of the England U17 side that won the European U17 Championships in May. They won 2-1 coming from behind with the equaliser coming from an in swinging corner delivered by Josh. In July he signed his first professional contract with Chelsea FC where he has been since he was 8 years old. He has also become part of the England Under 19 squad.

Josh entered the record books with his debut for Chelsea in the opening game of this year's Champions League against MSK Zilina. He became the first player born after the UEFA Champions League started on the 25 November 1992 to take part in the competition. Since his Chelsea debut back in September Josh's dedication and his commitment to training is reflected in the high esteem that Josh is held under by Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Sportswoman of the Year

Deta Hedman
Deta Hedman beat Phil 'The Power' Taylor at an exhibition match in Oxford

Niki Sole

Skier Niki is ranked number 3 in the UK and joint number 1 junior. She won the British Junior title in Meribel in April. The former Chipping Norton school pupil is the daughter of two ski instructors. She also finished third overall in the seniors championship. The 20 year old is now trying to raise enough funding to be able to compete and secure a place in the British Winter Olympics squad in 2014.

Sophie Whitworth

Sophie won the 2010 World triathlon title in her age group in Budapest in September. She was the only member of the Great Britain squad to win double gold, backing up her win with a World aquathlon age group title as well, finishing 7th overall. She also won the British and European titles this year and won her age group at the World Iron man title two weeks ago in Florida.

Deta Hedman (Winner)

Oxfordshire darts player Deta is the world ranked number 1. She was voted the British Darts Organisation Personality of the Year. She even beat Phil 'The Power' Taylor this year at an exhibition match in Oxford with a 13 dart finish.

Deta won the Dutch Open, the Finnish Open, Antwerp Open, British Pentathlon, English Masters, British Classic, Swedish Open and English classic this year. The 51 year old has played for Oxfordshire since 2009 inspiring both the county's men's and ladies' players.

Deta has retired from the sport twice due to work commitments but is still playing and is more determined than ever to win the World Championships at Lakeside next year. Her current world ranking of 1856 points puts her 712 points ahead of her nearest rival, the Russian Irina Armstrong.

Unsung Hero

Jaypee Wentzel

Jaypee founded Thame Hockey Club in March 2008. By September the club had entered men's and ladies' teams into local leagues. 2010 saw the men's side promoted to Division 5. The ladies' side have started a 2nd Eleven and they now have 45 junior players registered for this new season. Jaypee continues to coach all levels of the club throughout the week.

Sue O'Leary

Sue is the backbone of Abingdon Vale Swimming Club. She steps into any role necessary at the swimming club. She's always poolside three to four nights a week and inspires everyone at the club with her 100% dedication. She's also social secretary arranging a club awards night and encouraging new members to help out.

Ann Setch (Winner)

After the training venue for Witney Boxing Club was badly damaged in the Summer floods of 2007, Ann stepped in to help find a new centre for the club. Along with her husband Steven, who is head coach, they organised grant applications and fundraising to secure a new base at Carterton Football Club which officially opened in March this year as Windrush Valley Amateur Boxing Club. Ann also helps out in several roles but is responsible for the club achieving its Club Mark status.

When the new training centre was officially opened by David Cameron in March it marked the conclusion of two and a half years of stress and hard work, the burden of which had been carried by Ann. Her hard work and dedication means that the club has good local community links with a thriving membership. It is only the fourth boxing club in England to achieve the Club Mark status which is down to Ann. Ann is the club's welfare officer, secretary and self-appointed match maker and now Oxfordshire's Unsung Hero of the Year for 2010.




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