Active Surrey Award trophies

Active Surrey Award winners for 2019

See who won and read what some of their nominators had to say about the reasons why the people listed below have been voted the 'best of the best' in Surrey.

Saputo Dairy UK Active Community Project of the Year

Cranleigh Friday Night Project

The project thrives on the ability to drop in and out of sessions allowing participants the freedom to try a range of experiences with their peers. The Friday Night Project provides young people with a safe space instead of being out on the street, allowing healthier choices to be made with many deciding to partake in physical activity over other sedentary activities.

Surrey Playing Fields Volunteer of the Year

Graham Sampson

Graham has been involved in providing a fulfilling and rewarding rugby experience to many children in the Minis section of Guildfordians RFC for around 15 years. Graham is currently the Head Coach of the Guildfordians under 10s section. What makes Graham’s commitment to this group particularly special is that his own boys have long since grown up and left the club, yet Graham's passion and commitment to children and rugby sees him continue to deliver rugby training to this day.

In addition to coaching, Graham plays a very active role in the club, modest to the core, Graham rarely takes personal credit for the exceptional hard work he puts in. Graham’s commitment to the children of Guildfordians RFC is unwavering, his enthusiasm is infectious and without him, we wouldn’t have the happy, disciplined and fulfilled rugby players and coaches we have in our age group.

Advance Performance Young Sports Personality of the Year

Lottie Woad

Lottie Woad is a fifteen year old Junior Member at Farnham Golf Club in The Sands, having been at the Club since she was eight years old. She is now a very accomplished player who has enjoyed a hugely successful last twelve months, on the County, National and International stage.

Her 2019 season got off to an excellent start in April when she became the youngest ever winner of the Surrey Women’s County Championship. This result crowned a period in which Lottie has dominated women and girls golf in Surrey, winning most of the important County titles, and unbeaten in any county scratch event since early 2018.

This period of success has culminated in Lottie’s selection for the 2019/20 England National Girls (U18) Squad, the youngest of just eight girls picked from across the country.

Freedome Leisure Coach / Instructor of the Year

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson has been an active coach at Camberley RFC for many years however her passion and drive has seen the reinstatement of the Camberley Cocktails, Camberley RFC Women Squad. Kim’s tireless work has seen the Ladies ranging from 18 to 46 working together to build an active development team. Kim encourages every single player to do their best and learn at their personal ability. Kim is a volunteer and every week she turns up to training fully prepared for the 2 hour session.

Surrey County Council Inclusive Sports Award

Sophia Warner

Sophia is a Paralympian and a huge lover of sport. Sophia has cerebral palsy and was the first person with a disability to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. 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.

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!!

BBC Surrey Sports Personality of the Year

Josh Casey

He is a highly personable and competent player, whose consistency, game after game, is remarkable, considering he is a part-time player who also holds down a day job.

Josh has been an exemplary example of how to behave and conduct yourself when representing Woking (& Woking FC). He has shown incredible commitment and determination to work full time and continually perform for the club and provide the perfect example for the younger generation.

Josh is captain of Woking FC, a great leader of our local football team, led Woking FC to promotion his dedication to work ethic is second to none and a great sportsman for youngsters to look up to.

Specsavers Outstanding Service to Sport Award

David Smith

In 1994 David Smith, Head Coach, established Sporting Ring Amateur Boxing Club, this year is our 25th year anniversary. Over the 25 years David has matched over 2,500 bouts, ensuring safe and competitive boxing. For the past seven years David has run boxing training for Disability Initiative two mornings a week, enabling people to join in and participate, aiding strength, coordination and confidence.

David is a central figure in Surrey Boxing, his network with other England Boxing clubs and officials is second to none. He makes all his sessions varied and fun for the children. We have now been recognised by Surrey Sported and will be taking Sporting Ring ABC into our community working with local schools.

Create Development Active School Innovation of the Year

Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School

Last Year at Long Ditton St Mary’s we aimed to provide as many opportunities as possible as well as engage all children and staff. We provided an extra hour of additional PE each week, which offered an inclusive setting, for those who were considered less active and less experienced in the fundamental skills. We signed up to the PALSS pledge and committed ourselves to active playtimes, Active Homework had a physical activity focus. Regular Brain Breaks saw the children performing dance routines, short circuit sequences, yoga poses and much more and we made links with our local community clubs.