2018 Everybody Junior Award Winners Announced!
Children aged 5-11 years old were recognised at the annual Everybody Junior Awards on Saturday 24th November at Wilmslow Leisure Centre; for their inspirational efforts and contributions to local sporting success.
The venue was transformed into a glitzy award ceremony complete with a dance floor that welcomed over 100 guests and entertainment from Sylk Dance Academy
This year, nearly 100 nominations were received over 7 award categories including; Junior Member of the Year, Everybody Swim Rising Star, Junior Achiever of the Year, Everybody Family of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year 9-11 years, Junior Sports Personality of the Year 5-8 years and Junior Helper of the Year.
Sponsors of this years awards, Premier Sport, Lovis Forensic Investigation, Holmes Chapel Parish Council and XN Leisure along with Everybody Trustee’s presented the winners with a trophy and certificate, whilst all finalists received a medal.
Kerry Shea, director at Everybody Sport and Recreation commented, “The Junior Awards were our biggest yet, with children and their families all having a fabulous fun-filled afternoon of awards followed by face painting, smoothie bikes and speed bounce.”
She continued, “ The Junior Awards was a hugely humbling experience for all of us involved, and something that we really look forward to every year. Well done to all the finalists and winners!”
And the finalists and winners are…
Everybody Swim Rising Star Award
A swimmer participating in the Everybody Swim programme who always listens to instructions, is enthusiastic to achieve, and gifted in the water. They also support other learners in the group and the swimming teacher too.
- Tallulah Woods, age 5, Hankelow
- Izzy Serventi, age 9, Wynbury, Nantwich
- Jack Harmer, age 10, Macclesfield
- Zak Newton, aged 9, Crewe
Winner: Emily Smart, age 9, Haslington
Despite being diagnosed with severe dyslexia and Irlems syndrome Emily has overcome so much to get to where she is now. Before starting swimming she was petrified of water and needed encouragement to take part. Through sheer determination and hard work, Emily has excelled showing a great passion for the sport. Now she is swimming twice a week and is looking forward to joining her local squad. Today her confidence is greater than ever, in and out of the pool.
Junior Achiever of the year
Someone who has made remarkable achievements in a sport or several sports within the past 12 months
- Isabella Serventi, age 9, Wynbunbury, Nantwich
- Heidi Woods, age 8, Hankelow, Audlem
- Arthur Elliott, age 9, Alsager
- Herbie James, Age 11, Congleton
- Emma Lyons, age 11, Hawarden
Winner: Daisy-Mae Poolford, aged 7, Biddulph
From the age of 4, Daisy-Mae has attended Sandbach Gymnastics rising through the ranks to gain a place in the squad. In March, she took part in a North-West competition coming away with 1st place on the floor and the vault. While she is an accomplished gymnast, her true love lies in mixed martial arts. After securing silver at the Brazilian Ju Jitsu World Junior Championships, Daisy-Mae has entered the European Championships where she’s got her eye on the gold medal.
An Everybody member who has shown great dedication to keeping healthy and active within the last 12 months
- Bella McKinney, age 5, Nantwich
- Madison Phillips, aged 12, Wilmslow
- Harrison Bate, aged 9, Crewe
Winner: Jake Alex Coombs, age 6, Crewe
Jake was diagnosed at the age of 3 with a speech impairment and now requires glasses to help correct his vision. Through the Everybody Active8 and Activity Hub sessions, Jake now takes part in various forms of exercise. Even though he finds it hard to be understood sometimes, it certainly doesn’t hold him back!
In April this year Jake joined the alpha swimming course. At that point he would never go into the pool without armbands. In just over 6 months he’s completed the alpha course and is about to complete stage 3 of our “Learn to Swim”; now his armbands are a thing of the past!
Everybody Family Of The Year
A family who show immense dedication to remaining healthy and active together within the past 12 months
- Laura Woods– 39 years, Paul Woods– 40 years, Isabella Woods – 9 years, Heidi Woods – 8 years and Tallulah Woods – 5 years. Hanelow, Audlem, Cheshire.
- Rebecca, Gregory – aged 9 and Matilda Wilson – aged 11, Wilmslow
- Jared, Joanne and Rosie Lucas – Age 12, Crewe
- Deborah Kinley & Macauley Smith
Winner: Rebecca Singleton, Andrew, Lincoln (aged 4) and Verity (aged 1) Stafford from Sandbach
The Stafford Family were nominated due to the tremendous efforts to improve their quality of life. Four year old Lincoln has a genetic disorder that affects his muscles and ability to be physical. As such, the whole family have made the decision to keep active and stay healthy. They swim, walk and do aqua therapy. Through their numerous sport and leisure activities they have also helped raise money for charity.
Junior Helper Of The Year
A young person who has shown dedication to helping others in a sport, health or wellbeing setting regularly within the past 12 months.
- Sophie Cherrington, aged 9 from Crewe
Winner: Rubylee Rogerson, aged 11, Crewe
Rubylee has become a huge part of LS Gymnastics Club in Crewe where she shares her love of gymnastics with students and coaches alike. Having taken a break from the sport she was desperate to teach and help others learn the sport. Now she’s coaching 3 days a week; always professional, on time and with a huge smile on her face.
Junior Superstar Award
Winner: Arthur Elliot, aged 9 from Alsager
When Arthur won Everybody Junior Achiever of the Year in 2017 he was asked what his next challenge would be. Since then he’s not stopped challenging himself. Arthur set himself the task of completing a marathon in a week, running 6 kilometres a day! With an aim of raising £500, his last run coincided with the London Marathon. He smashed his goal raising a whopping £2,342.50 for his chosen charities! Since then he has gone on to be accepted into the Crewe and Nantwich Athletics Club where he finished 4th in the Under 11 North Staffordshire cross country league.
Junior Sports Personality 5-8 years
Someone aged 5-8 years who has competed at a local, regional or national level in a sport or several sports within the past 12 months
- Lily-Mae Walmsley-Smith, aged 8 from Macclesfield
- Molly Aston-O’Donovan, aged 7 from Nantwich
Winner: Heidi Woods, age 8, Hankelow, Audlem
Promoting a healthy active lifestyle is a huge part of Heidi’s anti-bullying work at school. She grows her own vegetables, loves to cook and even bake’s. Heidi’s catalogue of sporting achievements just keeps on growing. She’s competed in two duathlons a triathlon and numerous track events. she has rapidly advanced in her skiing, taught herself to do full front landed somersaults on the trampoline and is always on the lookout for her next challenge.
Junior Sports Personality Of The Year 9-11 years
Someone aged 9-11 years who has competed at a local, regional or national level in a sport or several sports in the past 12 months
- Imogen Stalgis, aged 11, Willaston Nantwich
- Isabella Serventi, age 9, Wynbunbury, Nantwich
- Chloe Mason, age 11, Nantwich
- Jack Harmer, age 10, Macclesfield
Winner: Mia Brookes, age 11, Sandbach
Mia has been nominated for her massive dedication to Snowboarding. In September, Mia and her cycling friend Ewan raised nearly £2,000.00 for a male suicide prevention charity. She even took part in her first triathlon this year completing the course by cycling with a puncture.
Mia is a huge inspiration to everyone for her commitment to sport. Mia, who is just 11, has been selected to be part of Great Britain’s snowboard team, training alongside some of our recent Olympians, Katie Ormerod and Billy Morgan. If that’s not impressive enough Mia also ranked number 1 in the worlds under 15’s. With so many incredible achievements to her name, it’s no surprise that she wants to represent the UK in future Olympics
For more information about the Everybody Junior Awards visit: www.everybody.org.uk
Notes to Editor
Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.
Name: Jade Griffin
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