Sporting Success Celebrated

The East Hampshire Sports Awards 2016 were recently presented at a special evening held at the Old Thorn Manor Hotel. More than 300 sportsmen and women from across the region congregated to recognise sporting  achievements and the commitment of the people who make success possible, like coaches and officials. Two College students received individual awards, Terry Brigdale, previously at Eggar's School, won Junior Sportsman of the Year for his karate success and Tia Ruel, previously at Treloar's School, was runner-up in the Junior Disability Sportsperson of the Year category for her involvement in boccia. Jonathan Berg, previously at Bohunt School, received an award as part of Liphook scout archery club for junior team of the year. In addition talented College alumnus, Brad Taylor was joint winner of the Senior Sportsman of the Year Award for his success in Captaining the England U19 Cricket team.

On being announced the winner of his category, Terry said: 'I'm extremely pleased with winning the award and I would like to thank the Alton Lions Club for their support and funding which really made it possible for me to achieve as much as I did over the last year and for the support from the Sports Department at College who have helped me juggle both aspects of my life and keep up-to-date with all my work whilst training.'

Darren Della Maestra, PE/ Sport Lead at Alton College attended the evening along with fellow PE teachers Claire Hawes and Dean Gillatt, said, 'I am really pleased that Terry's hard work and successes have been recognised.  Terry has recently stepped up into the adult ranks and is showing that he can cope at this new level.  Terry is extremely modest about his achievements and manages his studies along side the gruelling training and competitive schedule incredibly well.  He is an all-round great lad - well done to him.  I really hope that the IOC agree to karate being entered as an Olympic sport in Tokyo 2020 - Terry could well be there!  It is fantastic that the long-standing tradition of excellent athletes coming through Alton College is continuing with the vast majority studying sport courses with us.  We are very experienced at guiding and supporting young elite athletes including others in the past like Brad Taylor (England U19 cricket captain) and David Smith (GB Olympian - Boccia) who are all Alton college sports alumni.' 

Guest speaker at the event was Roger Black MBE, one of Britain’s most successful athletes, who spoke about his sporting career. The evening was presented by Fred Dinenage MBE, ITV Meridian Tonight stalwart and long-time supporter of the event.

The winners of the East Hampshire Sports Awards will now be entered for the Hampshire Sports Awards, which take place in March 2016.

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