The 2017 Active Westminster Awards took place on Friday 1st December at Lord’s Cricket Ground, to recognise those who change lives through their dedication and contribution to physical activity, leisure and sport.
The ceremony featured performances from The Blend Choir, Step Change Studios, (an organisation providing engaging opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance), and also singer and ActiveWestminster Team member, Yiannis Chrysanthou. Now in its eighth year, the ceremony also saw the launch of ActiveWestminister’s new strategy that aims to encourage residents to make use of all Westminster has to offer to lead active lives.
Cllr David Harvey, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community commented: “The ActiveWestminster Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the people and organisations whose inspiring work in physical activity, leisure and sports, makes a real difference to the community.
“The services they provide and their remarkable dedication has an untold impact on the quality of life of people in our city. It is important to recognise their outstanding contribution.
“I am proud that sports and leisure in Westminster continues to go from strength to strength as we help residents to live healthy, active lives.”
The ceremony was hosted by Sky Sports presenter David Garrido and featured local Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallists, Constantine Louloudis MBE and Ashley McKenzie. Guy Lavender, the new Chief Executive and Secretary of the Marylebone Cricket Club was also on in attendance to welcome everyone to the venue.
Congratulations to everyone who was a winner and to all our finalists.
Active Place Or Space Award
Winner: Paddington Recreation Ground: A facility loved by many local residents with over 1.3 million people using it for either passive or physical recreation.
Little Venice Sports Centre
The Forest School
Active School Award
Winner: George Eliot Primary School - Successfully achieved its Healthy School target to increase the amount of children reporting that they enjoy being physically active. The school has organised training to staff on delivering active playtimes.
St Vincent's Catholic Primary School
St Mary's of the Angels
Active Club Award
Winner: Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club - Recognised for reaching all ages to get them actively involved in the sport, including initiatives such as ‘back to hockey’ for new joiners or beginners.
Active Inclusive Award
Winner: Community Club Westminster- A pan disability multi-sport session accessible to all deaf and disabled people and cater for a wide range of special needs.
Safe Haven Basketball Club
The Mariam Sabir Active Volunteer Award
Winner: Mariam Sabir - A 19 year old degree student that sadly passed away earlier this year. Mariam was a volunteer to disabled children and despite her youthful age, was a role model to other participants and coaches. It was decided to rename the Active Volunteer award after Mariam.
Health, Wellbeing and Community Project Award
Winner: Open Age Positively Physical Project - Helping to improve mental, physical, social, emotional health and wellbeing of older people in Westminster.
Mozart Community Champions
The London Sports Trust and Westminster & Wandsworth Mind
Champion of the Future Award
Winner: Tin-Tin Ho - England’s number one ranked table tennis player, who made her first debut at the age of 11.
London Youth Games Award
Winner: Westminster Boating Base - Recognised for the commitment and wealth of experience shown by the coaches. During the competition, the club took along a mixed ability team who for most it was their first race and regatta.
Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club
Westminster Volleyball Club
Active Coach Award
Winner: Alex Smart, Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club – Has been instrumental in growing the club from 10 children to over 350 in less than five years.
Outstanding Contribution to Physical Activity Sport and Leisure Award
Winner: Master Ali, Koryo Taekwondo Academy - Has run the Koryo Taekwondo Academy for over 20 years which caters to a wide range of abilities from 4 years plus as well as coaching across other venues.