With 30 nominations, the Seaford Youth Sports Awards highlighted the amazing young sporting talent to be found in the community.
Ten different sports were represented with exceptional young people being nominated for each of five different categories.
Sports vouchers worth £50, £20, £10 and stunning trophies were given to the first, second and third places as well as £200 to the winning club representative, to be used to promote youth sport within that club.
All nominees received a boxed medal – Highly Commended – as they were all seen as winners because of the inspiring written testimonials from their nominators.
The theme for the evening was ‘Anything is Possible’ and all of the young sporting stars are well on the way to proving that. They received congratulations from Alex Mills Barton, who sails in Seaford and has sailed for Great Britain and competed at World Championship level, and also Sadie Mason who lives in Seaford and has recently been awarded the MBE for her contributions to sport having played basketball for England and managed the national women’s basketball team since 2011.
The Martello Rotary Club of Seaford hosted the evening at Seaford Head School and invited its President Dave Winsor to present the prize for the Young Sports Volunteer of the Year which went to Toby Jacques for trampolining. The runner-up was Isaac Wiley for karate and in third place was Mollie Woodward for trampolining.
Pete Leeming, who donated all the trophies and medals, presented the prize for the Person Showing Excellent Commitment to their Sport which went to Joel Funnell for golf. The runner-up was Emily Towner for football and third place went to Oliver Woolmer for karate.
Lynton Golds, headteacher of Seaford Head School, presented the prize for The Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year to Charlie Sorrell for golf. The runner-up was Mai Wiley for trampolining and there were two third places which went to Joseph Wilcox for karate and Amelia Fletcher for running.
Chris Field, personal trainer, presented the prize for the Young Sports Team of the Year. The top prize went to the Up’n’Downs Trampoline Team.
The last prize was for the Young Sportsperson of the Year and was presented by Duncan Kerr, Managing Director of Wave Leisure which was one of the major sponsors for the event. First place went to Elise van Heuvelen for tennis. The runner-up was Zak Hearsey for cricket and there were two third places which went to Ryan Brown for trampolining and Luke Wetherfield for karate.
Seaford Martello Rotary Club hosted the event because it wanted to celebrate the sporting achievements of local young people who can sometimes receive less than good press. Event organiser Linda Young said, “This new venture highlighted that there is a wealth of talent out there and with everyone’s encouragement we would like to run the event again and perhaps receive nominations from not only the current participating clubs but also other sports which were not represented this time.”