It was an evening of celebration at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel last night (Wednesday 23rd October) as Corby’s local sporting stars were recognised at Corby Borough Council’s annual Sports Awards.
The results were announced and the 2019 winners are:
Primary Sports School of the Year 2019- St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery - St Patrick’s are the first (and only) school in Corby to achieve the Platinum School Games Mark, recognition of their consistent high quality provision and whole-school commitment to PE, school sport and wider provision physical activity. The school has 100% of their pupils participating in intra and inter-school competition, offers booster sessions for pupils less able in physical education and a range of non-traditional clubs and activities. St Patrick’s staff are also getting active, competing in the workplace challenge and making sure that all staff and pupils mental and physical wellbeing are cared for and developed.
Secondary Sports School of the Year 2019- Brooke Weston Academy - Brooke Weston have attended 12 COTSSP inter-school competitions in addition to competing in district sports calendars for boys and girls in athletics, football, cricket, rugby, netball, basketball and hockey in years 7 to 11. The schools intra-school programme allows 100% of pupils to participate in competitive sport. The schools leadership programme offers a wealth of in and out of school opportunities, with large events such as the TATA Kids of Steel and Corby Town Sports giving leaders the opportunity to shine in club settings and provide a pathway into coaching and volunteering in the community. The curriculum is ever developing to meet student needs, and staff are working with local clubs such as Northampton Saints to improve quality of teaching and pathway into sustained community sporting participation.
Young Volunteer of the Year 2019- Molly Cunningham - Molly is passionate about football, playing for Hellenic Football Club as well as Corby Town too. As well as this, Molly helps coach a younger team and also helped support a football camp that was ran in the summer. As well as this, her passion for football goes beyond the pitch as she helps raise money for the club where she raised £150 from her own cake sale.Molly strives to create a fun and safe environment for the younger children who looks up to her as she encourages boys and girls to return to training each week.
Community Champion of the Year 2019 - Matt Robey - Matt is a very important asset where he is part of a team of run leaders at Corby Running Marvels as well as the Event Director for Corby Parkrun. Matt is very enthusiastic for the sport as well as the local community and volunteers his time on a Saturday morning as well as midweek evenings so that others can achieve their goals. Since taking over Matt has rebranded Corby Running Marvels and in his care, goes from strength to strength.
Get Active 2019- Vikki Fairhurst - Vikki has worked on improving her health and wellbeing as a result she has managed to lose 10 stone. She has joined the gym and now attends 5-6 times a week. Vikki has used the incentive to get healthier to care for her disabled son who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and confined to a wheelchair. Vikki wanted to get fit and healthy to meet his care needs. She gave up smoking and has said that the weight loss and physical activity helps with mental health.
Community Club of the Year 2019 – Corby Gymnastics Academy - Corby Gymnastics Academy has had a very successful year as their members have won many awards and got to many finals. As well as this, they still have County, Regional and National competitions to look forward to this year. Corby Gymnastics Academy creates a good environment full of dedicated coaches to help improve the Gymnasts’ skills.
Community Organisation/ Group of the Year 2019 – Corby Parkrun - Corby Parkrun has continued to rise throughout the year has they have gained lots more members from the previous year. In fact in the last year Corby Parkrun have had over 2100 unique runners and 249 volunteers giving up their time to help the community. Corby Parkrun is a community full of people of all abilities and ages that help people adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Disabled Sports Achiever 2019 – Ryan Walden - Ryan is a member of the NRG Disability club and has Cerebral Palsy but doesn’t let this affect him from taking part in Sports. Ryan loves to get involved with any Sport and gives his best at it. Over the last year Ryan has achieved lots of things like scoring in Basketball and hitting a ball with a racket, things he has regularly struggled with.
Community Activator 2019 – Henry Arthur – Henry wears many hats when it comes to Table Tennis across Corby and Northamptonshire. Henry works as a volunteer and paid basis. Henry is head coach at Corby Town Table Tennis Centre and works with a mixture of senior and junior players each week. He develops player from complete beginner to high level local league standards also assisting with the running of the Cadet and Junior Teams at National Leagues. Henry also works at Corby Smash Table Tennis. Henry works with a number of players on a one-one basis and he also attends multiple schools across Corby. As part of his coach role. His commitment to the sport and community is admirable.
Young Sportsperson of the Year 2019 – Jessica Nelson - Jessica is a member of Rutland Sailing Club and has been competing at a high level for many years. However over the last year she has had a lot of success where she part of the Nations Cup team to win at the European championships and the Welsh National Youth Ladies Champions of 2019. Jessica can be working and training for up to 6 hours on the water in the winter through all conditions shows her determination and focus to succeed.
Long Time Contribution to Sport 2019- Charles King - As a child Charles is very dedicated to athletics and joined the sport at 12 years old and is a former Dorset County Cross country champion. Another passion of his is Aquatics and he has been a qualified Swimming Coach for over 20 years, both teaching and coaching in Corby. He has coached thousands and thousands of children of all ages at the old Corby swimming pool and the new International pool. As a level 2 qualified Diving Instructor he has helped 100’s of children and young people to achieve their ASA diving levels as well as helping them, with confidence in everyday life. Charles also gives up his free time to support the local Corby Steel Diving Club in internal competitions. He is helping the town and club to build a strong and inclusive Diving Club by teaching and getting new members to join.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said:
‘I am very proud each year to recognise and celebrate all of our local sportspeople who contribute and achieve so much in your chosen field. Sport is important to Corby and it always amazes me to meet so many new and inspiring nominees each year.
Well done to all of our nominees, whether they walked away with a trophy or not, they are ALL winners and should be extremely proud.’
The 2019 Corby Sports Awards were very generously sponsored by Rockingham Forest Best Western Hotel, Corby Sports Forum, Ace Furniture, M.R Industrial Services, Northamptonshire Sport and Cambridge Weight Plan.