Malvern Triumphs at County Sports Awards

A trio of sporting stars from Malvern District were crowned winners at the annual Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Awards 2015.

The awards took place at Worcester Warriors Sixways Stadium on Wednesday 4 November 2015. They were hosted by Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire to celebrate and recognise people across the two counties for their achievements and/or dedication over the last 12 months.

Badminton player Barbara Gibson was named Senior Female Sports Person of the Year, while members of Barnards Green U11/U12 Cricket Team took the Junior Team of the Year title. Completing the winning line up from Malvern District was Peter Barker, of Upton Rowing Club, who won the Volunteer of the Year award.

There were also seven runners up from the district, including Manor Park’s Jane Poynder for the Unsung Hero award and American Football Team, Malvern Mammoths, for the Community Project of the Year award.

All nominees for the Junior Team of the Year award were from Malvern, including Dyson Perrins’ Rugby Squad and Malvern Cycle Sport Juniors, guaranteeing at least one winner from the evening.

All of the winners and runners up were nominated by Malvern Hills District Council after their success at the Malvern Hills District Community Sports Awards in July this year.

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are extremely proud to have so many talented athletes and dedicated sporting participants within Malvern Hills. It is a fantastic achievement for both the winners and runners up to be recognised at both district and county level - congratulations to them all.”

Barbara Gibson, winner of the Senior Female Sports Person of the Year award, said:  “It feels wonderful to win the award, so near the end of my career really. I hope to encourage lots more women from the Malvern area to take up Badminton and keep healthy like me. I will keep playing until I can’t play anymore and hope this inspires others.”

“It was a wonderful evening, with great company and lots of talented individuals all in one room. It’s an honour be part of and win at my age!”

Peter Barker, winner of the Volunteer of the Year award, said:  “I am delighted to win this award, there are a lot of things going on in British rowing at the moment to make rowing a more inclusive sport, and I’ve been working other like-minded people in other regions to develop recreational rowing, so people can get into the recreational side of rowing and it’s not all about the competitiveness but more about the fun. Allowing people to do the sport for fun and this award recognises the work the club is doing.”

The event was attended by more than 250 amateur and professional sports people, local businesses and dignitaries with Badminton Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms MBE as guest speaker.

A complete list of winners and runners up from the evening is available to view on the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire website.