Wednesday night saw the Poole Sports Awards celebrating individual and team sporting success during 2019.
Twenty-six individuals and six teams received Certificates of Commendation for outstanding success, achievement and dedication in their sports including cricket, volleyball, bowls, taekwondo, swimming and hockey. The most prestigious award – the Freddie Rowe Sports Cup – was awarded to Jill and her late husband Stuart Bailey, who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2018, for their many years of success and contribution to the Royal Life Saving Society in Poole and across the UK.
Hosted by Sport Poole and supported by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Recreation & Sports team, the awards were given out by her Worshipful Mayor of Poole, Councillor Marion Le Poidevin. The event was once again held at Magna Academy and sponsored for a seventh year by Everyone Active Leisure Centres.
Award winner, Brett Townsend, shared: “It was a fantastic evening being presented with a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding success and achievement in tennis across Poole at this year’s Sports Awards evening.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Vikki Slade, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award. The dedication and commitment they have shown to their sport and to the wider sporting community is a real inspiration to us all. Their success has not come overnight and, in many cases, nominees will have overcome challenges along the way. We should also acknowledge and thank those people who work with the athletes, as coaches, volunteers, sponsors and supporters to help reach their goals.”