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Local Sporting Heroes Celebrated

Poole's top sports people have been celebrated at an annual awards ceremony held at Poole Grammar School.

The prestigious Poole’s Sports Awards mark the sporting achievements of individuals or teams, and recognises the dedication or long service to a club or sport.

The achievements and scope of this year's awards were impressive, including presentations for a wide variety of sports such as netball, cross country running, windsurfing, karate, football, boccia and table cricket.

Gina Wilcox receiving the Freddie Rowe Sports Cup from Poole's Mayor, Cllr Philip Eades and Cllr Judy Butt
Gina Wilcox receiving the Freddie Rowe Sports Cup from Poole's Mayor, Cllr Philip Eades and Cllr Judy Butt.

The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Philip Eades, presented 40 nominees, both individuals and Poole-based school teams and clubs, with Certificates of Commendation. He said: "I am delighted to be part of this event and to celebrate the sporting achievements of so many local people. The range of sports represented at these awards is truly inspiring."

The awards were sponsored by Borough of Poole’s leisure partners, Everyone Active, who introduced a new category, the ‘Everyone Active Sports Award’ for two of the nominees, whose sporting success deserved additional recognition. Georgia Hall, who is the current Ladies British Amateur Golf Champion and Giles Kuzyk, who is world champion in sailing at just 16 years of age.

The final presentation of the evening, the Freddie Rowe Sports Cup, was awarded to Gina Wilcox, for her outstanding contribution to sport and in particular to swimming. 

Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "We have had another fantastic year for sports and I'm proud to say that the Olympic legacy in Poole is going from strength to strength. We hope these awards will encourage more people to take up sports, whether individually or as part of a team or club. Who knows, we may see these people receiving sporting awards in the future."

The awards are run by Poole Sports Council, in partnership with Borough of Poole’s Culture and Community Learning.