Friday 10th March saw the 30th East Staffordshire Sports Scholarship Awards take place, at the Hilton Hotel St George Park. During the evening 52 elite performers across 19 different sports from within East Staffordshire were awarded with a Sports Scholarship for their outstanding achievements during 2016. All recipients have achieved regional standard or above in their Sport. All the Scholarship Award winners received a grant and a free training pass for all East Staffordshire Borough Council Leisure facilities.
Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, said: “East Staffordshire boasts a wealth of sporting talent and the annual awards provides the ideal opportunity to celebrate the various individuals, teams and clubs achievements over the last twelve months. And what a fantastic twelve months for local sports people it has been! We never imagined that East Staffs, and Uttoxeter in particular, would have been put on the sporting map in such a big way, thanks to Adam Peaty.
“The grants distributed amounted to over £8,000, and this was only made possible due to the continued support of the following sponsors; East Staffordshire Borough Council, East Staffordshire Sports Council, Hilton Hotel at St Georges Park, Consolidated Charities of Burton upon Trent, Trent Trophies & Reddoor Studios”.
The evening also saw the Hilton Hotel Sports Person of the Year Awarded to Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist from Uttoxeter, Adam Peaty. Adam is the current world record holder over 100m Breaststroke and was the first male to win an Olympic Gold in the pool since 1988.
Also receiving awards on the night were;
Ugis Rozins who scored 11 goals for St Georges Knights in the National Power chair Football League – Consolidated Charities of Burton upon Trent Disabled Performer of the Year;
Alex Dolman who volunteers at Burton Hockey Club Academy – Young Volunteer of the Year;
Burton Amateur Swimming Club Gala Squad, who had a record breaking 2016, winning 9 Galas throughout the year – ‘Ted Smith’ Junior Team of the Year in pursuit of excellence;
Shania Hayles, Birmingham City Ladies and England Colleges Striker – Junior Sports Person of the Year;
Pete Bunting, Volunteer and Coach co-ordinator at Burton Rugby Club – East Staffordshire Sports Council Administrator of the Year;
Ian Gates and Simon Ward, Joint Head Coaches of Burton Amateur Swimming Club – Consolidated Charities of Burton upon Trent Sports Coach of the Year;
St Georges Knights Powerchair Football Team who currently sit top of the National League – Senior Team of the Year;
Steve Gardner who has run Burton powerhouse Gym for the past 30 years, coaching numerous champions at all levels – ‘Vic Roebuck’ Memorial Trophy for Sports Unsung Hero.