Active Surrey Awards

In partnership with Active Surrey, Mole Valley District Council was on a mission to find those people who make a difference in local sport - whether they're a volunteer who turns out in all weathers, an inspiring coach or an individual, school or project who've had a fantastic year.

Congratulations all winners of the Mole Valley Active Surrey Awards 2019:

Specsavers Young Sports Personality of the Year

This award is for an individual (aged 18 years or under at the time of their achievement) who has:

  1. Made significant progress in the field of sport
  2. Had significant impact on sport in Surrey and been an inspiration to others
  3. Exceeded expectations in their sporting performance or made significant difference to a team

Nominees:

  • Felix Vaughan
  • Max Jones

Winner: Felix Vaughan

Felix is an outstanding runner who has represented not only the school but Surrey at National level in both Cross Country and Athletics. He was ranked number one in the UK last year for 1500m running a time of 4:07. He has also won the British Championships held in Bedford. He is currently in the top 41 of the all time British 1500 metre runners for Under 15. He is set to compete in the English Schools Cross Country in March and also compete in the British Inter Counties where he will be running for Surrey.

Active Surrey Coach, Leader or Instructor of the Year

This award is for an individual who has:

  1. Made a positive impact by increasing participation and/or inspiring & encouraging others to improve in their sport/activity
  2. Enabled personal or team achievement
  3. Evidence of personal development in the last 12 months
  4. A professional approach with excellent dedication (please include if the coach is a paid or volunteer coach and the number of hours spent coaching/instructing per week)

Winner: Brian Love

Dorking Lawn Tennis & Squash Club are nominating their Head Coach - Brian Love - for this award Brian has been with The Club for 18 years in which time he has transformed coaching standards across all aspects of tennis at The Club per se. Perhaps best to start with the youngest members of DLTSC - future champions in the making! • He has created amazing links to local junior schools where he has local tournaments for them and has brought the sport to schools where tennis is often not in the timetable. This year under his coaching junior member Izzy Barlow won the Surrey Tennis U14s Junior Trophy & came runner up in the U16s final! • The Junior Teams were also coached to Surrey League success and he coached The Surrey Youth Team to achieving the Bronze Medal • Summer saw yet again Brian organising and overseeing the greatly attended and successful Junior Summer Camps, bringing tennis to more juniors during the school holidays. • The afterschool Friday junior club night is very popular with the juniors; it is run by Brian and between 40 and 50 children attend on regular basis, with numbers growing Turning to Adults • Brian has coached a number of players to County/National standard but by his own admission is still looking for 'The Golden Nugget'! He runs Cardio Tennis sessions to encourage and promote healthy living for not only Adults but also Juniors. A recent programme is for 'Rusty Rackets and Beginners' to encourage lapsed or new players onto the courts He is also closely linked to tennis coaching at The Grange - the centre for adults with learning difficulties and coaches a number of the adults on a regular basis. Amongst all of this Brian still finds time to fit in a couple of Tennis Holiday's abroad each year with keen Club members. Brian gives much of his time on a voluntary (non remuneration) basis to both Adults and Juniors and generates a fun and informative weekly newsletter to keep all players updated on club news and events Brian is a true inspiration not only to the game of tennis but also to all members - Adult and Junior - of The DLTSC

Inclusive Sports Award

This award is for an individual who has:

  1. Made a significant impact on disability sport and been an inspiration to others
  2. Devoted continuous time and resources to the development of disability sport
  3. Overcome barriers to excel in sport
  4. Been a role model / mentor for disabled people

Winner: Sophia Warner

Sophia is not only a wonderful mother, but a Paralympian and a huge lover of sport. As an elite athlete Sophia was very fortunate to be given access to a whole world of sporting opportunities. But as any everyday person with a disability looking to do sports events for fun I've found it a real struggle. Sophia has cerebral palsy and was the first person with a disability to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. Even as an elite athlete Sophia found it hard to keep up and had to ask other participants for help with her wetsuit and to get Sophia's bike down from the high rack. Sophia has also taken part in fun runs where the roads have reopened and organisers have started clearing up before she had a chance to finish. Sophia set up Superhero Series in order to create an event that would give everyday people with disabilities the opportunity to excel on their own platform, rather than being an 'add on' to an able bodied sporting event. Sophia approached various Corporations, Paralympians and Charities who she had worked, competed and had become friends with over the years, asking for their support in bringing the event to life. One of Sophia's priorities is to offer mass-participation events where Superheroes can use any type of equipment (or gadgets and gizmos as we like to call them) they need to complete the course, from adaptive bikes and powerchairs to race runners and baby buggies. Sophia also loves the idea of creating a series where people with all kinds of disabilities can feel confident that they'll come together with like-minded individuals and, crucially, feel in the majority rather than the minority. Channel 4, a leader and champion in broadcasting the Paralympics, decided in the first year to bring Superhero Series to the wider disabled community by broadcasting an hour's highlights program and continues to do so into its 3rd year. I truly believe that Sophia has and continues to make disability sport more accessible. The drive and determination is evident with more and more participants getting involved with each event. Superhero Series and the community that supports it, is the only mass inclusive participation sport in the world at present and with the amazing corporations like Disney/Marvel lending its support, is set to encourage more and more people with disability to become sporting champions in their own right!!

Outstanding Service to Sport

This award is for an individual who has:

  1. Contributed significantly to sport over a minimum of 5 years
  2. Demonstrated continued enthusiasm and devoted time and resources to enable others to take part (please include the range and number of people helped and any personal sacrifices made)
  3. Increased participation and enjoyment of sport and made a positive impact in their local community

Nominees:

  • Lesley Taylor
  • Andy Major
  • James Penfold
  • Carolyn Stowell
  • Sophia Warner
  • John O'Malley
  • Mrs Nicola Brett

Winner: Sophia Warner

Sophia Warner Sophia is not only a wonderful mother, but a Paralympian and a huge lover of sport. As an elite athlete Sophia was very fortunate to be given access to a whole world of sporting opportunities. But as any everyday person with a disability looking to do sports events for fun I've found it a real struggle. Sophia has cerebral palsy and was the first person with a disability to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. Even as an elite athlete Sophia found it hard to keep up and had to ask other participants for help with her wetsuit and to get Sophia's bike down from the high rack. Sophia has also taken part in fun runs where the roads have reopened and organisers have started clearing up before she had a chance to finish. Sophia set up Superhero Series in order to create an event that would give everyday people with disabilities the opportunity to excel on their own platform, rather than being an 'add on' to an able bodied sporting event. Sophia approached various Corporations, Paralympians and Charities who she had worked, competed and had become friends with over the years, asking for their support in bringing the event to life. One of Sophia's priorities is to offer mass-participation events where Superheroes can use any type of equipment (or gadgets and gizmos as we like to call them) they need to complete the course, from adaptive bikes and powerchairs to race runners and baby buggies. Sophia also loves the idea of creating a series where people with all kinds of disabilities can feel confident that they'll come together with like-minded individuals and, crucially, feel in the majority rather than the minority. Channel 4, a leader and champion in broadcasting the Paralympics, decided in the first year to bring Superhero Series to the wider disabled community by broadcasting an hour's highlights program and continues to do so into its 3rd year. I truly believe that Sophia has and continues to make disability sport more accessible. The drive and determination is evident with more and more participants getting involved with each event. Superhero Series and the community that supports it, is the only mass inclusive participation sport in the world at present and with the amazing corporations like Disney/Marvel lending its support, is set to encourage more and more people with disability to become sporting champions in their own right!!

Volunteer of the Year

This award is for an administrator, coach, official, or general who has:

  1. Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to a sport or club
  2. Made a tremendous impact on a club or organisation through volunteering
  3. Shown a commitment to personal development, team working and supporting the development of other volunteers

Nominees:

  • Lesley Taylor (2)
  • Natasha Baker (2)
  • Michelle Taylor
  • Ryan Turner

Winner: Natasha Baker

1. Tasha has been volunteering as a Hike Club leader with girls ALIVE since it started back in 2017. Sadly Tasha was diagnosed with breast cancer almost a year ago and her reaction to this horrific news has been incredible. Throughout her treatment Tasha has continued her role of volunteer, guiding our Girls ALIVE hikers on 4 to 5 mile walks each week. She has inspired so many women in our community to get out and get active, in all weathers, regardless of how she is feeling, this incredible lady is on hand to encourage our walkers to get up Box Hill! --our Hike Club has almost doubled in size because of her welcoming character, her enthusiasm, positivity and can do attitude Tasha also recently completed a 10 km run at the local Dorking Tens event in Brockham to celebrate the end of her chemo treatment. That day we saw her complete the 10km was the end of what has been an emotional, physical and challenging journey for her, we are so, so proud of all that she has overcome. It's fair to say that Tasha alone continues to inspire the whole community of Brockham to get active, and this award would mean so much to her and her girls ALIVE Crew if she won.

2. Natasha is a wonderful volunteer! She gives freely of her time to organise group hikes to get women exercising for their mental, physical and social wellbeing. She is brilliant at involving everyone, with her friendly, warm nature, making hike club wonderfully sociable, accessible and inclusive. She would be an extremely worthy recipient of some recognition.

Active Community Project of the Year

This award is for a project that can:

  1. Evidence a sustainable increase in activity levels of Surrey residents
  2. Show innovation to help participants overcome barriers
  3. Have had a broader impact beyond activity levels (physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social/community development, economic development)

Nominees:

  • Girls ALIVE (9)
  • Mary Frances Trust (2)
  • Dyscover

Winner: Girls ALIVE

1. girls ALIVE is the most inclusive, encouraging and joyful organisation imaginable! Dozens of members benefit from the support of a team of volunteers, all inspired, encouraged and motivated by Eleanor and Phil; founders of girls ALIVE. The ethos is that everyone is welcome and nobody is left behind. We are encouraged to believe in ourselves and to take on challenges at the appropriate level for each of us. Through the girls ALIVE run, ride, offroad, hike, swim groups and more, a merry band of empowered women are feeling the physical, mental and social benefits of physical exercise. From beginners embarking on couch to 5k programmes, to those undertaking marathons, 100 mile rides and channel swims, there is a place for all 'girls' in girls ALIVE.

2. Tasha has led girls ALIVE hike club every Wednesday since it started at least two years ago. She is committed, enthusiastic and kind. She has had a very difficult year fighting breast cancer but has still managed to organise and attend the majority of hike club sessions and she is an inspiration to us all with her positive attitude. She missed out on out 3 Peaks Challenge due to her illness but put her own feelings aside and supported and encouraged us to achieve this. We have hiked in the heat, the rain and snow and Tasha motivates us every step of the way.

3. Girls ALIVE is now in its 3rd year and this community project based in Brockham keeps growing and growing. Aimed at getting more women in to fitness, Founders Eleanor and Philippa set-up this initiative to break down barriers and make sports more accessible to women and girls of all ages. Run entirely by volunteers, Girls ALIVE run 4 cycling groups, a mountain bike group, run clubs, a hike club and a swimming club. Most girls ALIVE members who are relatively new fitness are completing challenges beyond their expectations - Ride London, English Channel Swims, 3 Peak Challenges, Marathons and 5k runs, you name it they are achieving it! These women are becoming role models for the next generation, inspiring their own daughters to get out and get active. We want to roll this project out in to other communities and by winning this award and being recognised for the work that we are doing would be the icing on the girls ALIVE cake!

4. I was introduced to this wonderful group of ladies last year and they have encouraged me to get into cycling, and go from being able to do 10 miles to completing the Ride London 100 Miles in a few months. girls ALIVE ladies are inspirational and supportive on a sporting and personal life level. I have got my mojo back since joining girls ALIVE and feel like my old self ... which has been somewhat buried since having children 9 years ago. I feel like I have been given my freedom back :-).

5. Girls Alive is an amazing sorority. Ladies coming together to empower each other to achieve dreams we'd never considered possible. In 2019 we've had members complete marathons, Ride London, swim the channel, complete the National Three Peaks Challenge, mountain bike, learn to paddle board and generally be awesome in whatever' sporting activity they've chosen. The club is free, all ladies welcome and there's such a positive, welcoming vibe that it's hard to imagine life without Girls Alive now!

6. An excellent active group that runs all year in all weather conditions

7. Girls Alive is such an amazing community - having enjoyed being a participant of run club and also done stand up paddle boarding I was overwhelmed with the support of the group when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Nov 2018. Being part of this group is like having a big virtual cuddle and it was this support that helped me get through my recover from major surgery and my chemo journey. Inspiring, kind, thoughtful, encouraging, inclusive and welcoming is how I'd describe the group. And we love a challenge - inspiring each other to try new things or dip our toes into fresh waters. There's an amazing ethos in our community and a lot of funds have been raised for charities close to our hearts. We are thankful for the hard work and dedication shown by Philippa and Eleanor our founders!!

8. Girls Alive organise great free events to improve the health of all women regardless of age or current health. It is an all inclusive non judgemental area for improvement.

9. As a working mum that lost round herself on gardening leave I was encouraged into the girls alive tribe to further my fitness and find a new community of local mums. This group puts community before fitness, creates an environment where pushing your boundaries and taking on new challenges becomes not only exciting bit.

Active School Innovations of the Year

This award will recognise a school (Key Stage 1-2) that has shown exceptional commitment, creativity and innovation to PE, school sport and/or physical activity over the past academic year, enabling pupils, particularly those who need it most, to be more active, more often. Successful schools will have a demonstrated tracked record in delivering at least one of the following:

  1. A creative approach to engaging children and young people, including the less active, in PE, school sport and physical activity.
  2. The integration of physical activity and healthy lifestyles across the whole school day and the promotion of the benefits of daily physical activity.
  3. Using sport and physical activity as a tool to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people (including mental health).
  4. An increase in the proportion of young people from under-represented groups taking part in regular physical activity.
  5. Delivering programmes to encourage young people and their families to be active together

Winner: Charlwood Village Primary School

Mrs Dodd and Mrs Whenham have worked really hard to implement more active travel to school. They do this using the Eco Leaders to promote using sustainable travel to school. Through the 'Walk to School' weeks each half-term and the 'Shop to School Shuffle'. As a result pupils are using more sustainable ways of travelling to school. The 'Shop to School Shuffle' has also been a great introduction for our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils travelling independently to school in preparation for secondary school.

Congratulations to Philippa Curphey who has won a voucher from Bishop Sports of £100 in our random prize draw which all the nominators were entered into.