Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 Shortlists Announce

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the shortlists for their 2017 Sports Awards.

The shortlists for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 have been revealed.

The awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Following a fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, dozens of nominations were received, up nearly a third on last year.

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards will celebrate the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on 23 October, where the winners will be announced.

This year’s shortlists for a range of individual, team and club awards are:

Camberley Theatre Young Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley RFC U14 Squad
  • Chobham Cricket Club U11
  • Surrey Heath Wasps Netball Team

Eagle Radio Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI
  • Camberley Bowling Club
  • Chobham Community Rugby

Specsavers Sports Club of the Year

  • Bagshot Tennis Club
  • Windle Valley Runners
  • Chobham RFC

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Though part of the Wolverhampton diaspora, I still follow the Wolves

Football, yes, I know it’s not to the interest of every reader here.  I am part of the Wolverhampton diaspora. I retain a sense of place – an affection for the place that schooled me, and where I earned a living for many years.

That affection is made true when I look at the football results for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Imagine, please, my pleasure in viewing the Championship league table today.

Success for first Surrey Heath ‘beginners’ triathlon’

Surrey Heath Borough Council report on the Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley

More than 50 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley in the first ever Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley at the Arena Leisure Centre on Sunday (10 September).

GO-TRI is an introduction to triathlon aimed specifically at beginners, and provides a platform for those looking to improve their fitness or get involved in the sport.

With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley featured a 200m swim in the Arena swimming pool, an 8km cycle through the flat and flowing roads of Camberley before finishing with a 2km run around London Road Recreation Ground.

Available places for the event filled up quickly following its launch in July, and those taking part made the most of the cool, dry weather during the race to post some impressive times.

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Hoorey for Froomey

Yesterday in Madrid Chris Froome won the Vuelta a España – aka the Tour of Spain cycle race, after three gruelling weeks of mountain climbs.

It’s truly an extraordinary achievement. Not only did Chris Froome win the Tour of France cycle race in August, he’s the first person to win the the Vuelta when it follows the Tour of France. The only other two winners of both grand cycle tours in a year were when the Vuelta preceded the Tour of France by many months.

This year is the first I’ve consistently watched the Vuelta highlights every evening on ITV4. While the Tour de France has days rolling through lovely flat French countryside, this year’s Vuelta, especially, consisted of successive brutal mountain stages.

Saying, well done Chris Froome, doesn’t say enough about his enormous achievement. Got to be this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Nominate your person for Surrey Heath Sports Awards

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce opening of nomination for their 2017 Sports Awards

It’s been another fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, and nominations are now open for the annual borough Sports Awards.

It’s the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Nominations for a range of individual, team and club awards are open now – award categories include:

  • Young Sports Team of the Year
  • Sports Team of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Disability Sport Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to Sport

The deadline for nominations is 31 August, with the winners announced at a ceremony held at Camberley Theatre on 23 October.

Last year’s winners included Team GB rugby sevens star Phil Burgess as Sports Personality of the Year, and Club of the Year Swifts Juniors Badminton Club.

All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically entered into the Surrey Sports Awards. Last year, two Surrey Heath winners – Pedro Lemos (Coach of the Year) and Penny Froude (Disability Sports Award) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.

For more information, including award criteria and to make a nomination, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/sportsawardsThe nomination form is quick and easy to complete.

Le Tour Day 21: Froooomeeey Day

Yesterday’s time trial in Marseille, stage 20 of the Tour de France, all but determined the final race positions.

I’d predicted Chris Froome as both the stage winner and to beat his challengers. Only half correct. Froome crossed the line in third place, just six seconds behind the winner, though soundly beating his challengers. It’s surprising to realise that Chris Froome has not won a stage on this years tour.

My final predictions,

  • Chris Froome to win the tour – stating the blindingly obvious
  • Who’ll win the final prestigious sprint to end the tour? The winner needs a committed team to deliver him to close to the finish. Team Lotto Soudal are that for team mate and sprinter, Andre Greipel.

Le Tour Day 20: My thoughts

Take a bow Tim. At long last a prediction of mine becomes fact. Yesterday’s stage 19 of the Tour de France was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen.

It was a quiet ride for the main protagonists, and the jersey holders, resulting in no changes to to the leaders positions. Meanwhile the breakaway group split with nine riders remaining for the last 10 kilometres or so, and that became a thrilling tactical battle. With Edvald Boasson Hagen in this group of nine  the motivation to cross the line first was his two second places in earlier stages, and that his team hadn’t had a stage win.

My thoughts for stage 20,

  • Stage 20 is a time trial, a discipline in which Chris Froome excels. Though with a lead of less than 30 seconds over his two main rivals, he can’t afford any mistakes. Froome’s advantage is that he’s the last to set off in the time trail, and will know what he has to do to win.
  • Chris Froome doesn’t have to win the stage, he just has to beat Bardet, Uran, and Aru.
  • I think Froome will try hard to win the stage.
  • Will he do it and win the tour? Yes, he will.