THE BEST sporting talent in the borough – from Olympians to volunteers – has been honored at the Rugby Sports Awards.
The awards ceremony at Benn Hall celebrated the best sporting achievements of 2021, while honoring the coaches and volunteers who contribute to the prosperity of grassroots sport in the borough of Rugby.
Rugby Canoe Club’s Kimberley Woods received the Sportswoman of the Year award, marking a remarkable year in which she reached the women’s K-1 slalom final at the Tokyo Olympics before claiming gold in the K-1 team event at Canoe Slalom World Championships in Slovakia.
The Sportsman of the Year award went to Graeme Mooney, who in 2021 won first place at the World Crossbow Shooting Association World Championships and won gold at the National Crossbow Championships.
Rugby Swimming Club’s Hannah Secher has been named Coach of the Year after guiding the club’s artistic swimmers to gold in the Swim England Artistic Swimming Combo Cup.
Forced to hold training sessions via Zoom, the club’s 13-15 year olds won gold in cup divisions one and two, with the 12-and-under winning bronze in division one and the 15-18 years. alumni winning bronze in division two.
Gymnast Luke Marsh received the Young Sportsman of the Year award after helping the British team win gold at the Wohnen Junior Trophy in Germany – where Luke also won individual bronze on pommel horse – while winning individual silver in the all-around under-17. – international route between Great Britain, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Draycote Water Sailing Club were crowned Club of the Year, while Rugby Town FC Under-18s won Young Team of the Year after reaching the third round of the FA Youth Cup – the most far that a local club has ever reached in the prestigious competition.
The Unsung Hero Award went to Old Laurentians RFC stalwart Arwel Jones for his excellent work behind the scenes at the club, and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Harry Sayers of the Draycote Water Sailing Club.
Harry was a founding member of the sailing club in 1969 and served as commodore and president of the club during his half-century of volunteering.
In 2021, Harry was presented with a Lifetime Commitment Award at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Annual Volunteer Awards by HRH The Princess Royal, Chair of the RYA.
Tom Kittendorf, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing at Rugby Borough Council, said: “The Sports Awards celebrate the whole of the rugby sporting community, from top Olympic athletes to volunteers whose passion and dedication enable grassroots clubs operate, offering residents of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sporting activities.
“This year’s awards ceremony was a welcome opportunity to come together after the challenges of the pandemic, and again we had much to celebrate.”
Rugby Borough Council organizes the annual Rugby Sports Awards with the support of the GLL Sport Foundation, which provides funding to talented young athletes from across the country. GLL, a charitable social enterprise, operates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Center on behalf of the council.
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