Annual Sports Awards 2017
Lucock Rides his way to the Top of the Sports Awards
The Annual West Midlands Police Sports Awards took place on Friday 17th March 2017 at Tally Ho. The awards dinner remains an incredibly important occasion to the Club as it formally recognises the dedication and hard work of many of the club members. Yet again there were many outstanding performances from individuals and teams, reflecting the high achievements from so many West Midlands police officers and staff members. After some wonderful food from the team at Tally Ho, the club was also joined by ex-premiership referee Jeff Winter who delivered an excellent speaker session.
After many years of competing together, winning 5 out of 7 National Doubles titles, Ian Ferguson and Leigh Bradford were awarded a Special Recognition Award for dedication to table tennis.
After 30 years of exemplary services, Kim Humphreys of the ladies basketball section was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Retired officer Keith Sadler was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to veterans cricket, retiring from playing cricket and giving up the duties as secretary.
The prestigious Paul Leopold Award, given to the Sports Administrator of the Year was awarded to Libby Moss of the equestrian section. As section secretary, Libby dedicated so much of her personal time to ensure the section continued to thrive. Success for the equestrian section continued as Susanne Codd, Diana Humphries, Emma Walker, Danni Nicholson and Lisa Hansford were awarded the Sydney Smith trophy for improvement in their chosen sport.
The coveted Team Trophy was yet again awarded to a team who had produced exceptional accolades. Thanks to Claire Thorn, Nigel Gaskin, Sara Gamble and Ryan Long the Aquatics section won a number of medals in the pool, including National titles, European titles and Masters Titles. The West Midlands Ladies Lifesaving team were also on good form for their championships. Liane Andrews, Abbi Jones, Naomi Holder and Claire Thorn retained the national title for the fourth year in a row. Carl Smith and Nick Burrows were once again selected to represent the PSUK National Water Polo team. The section somehow manages to increase their successes year on year.
The final trophy of the night was the Holbrook Trophy, recognising the Sports Personality of the Year. It is presented to an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty in achieving success and showing incredible commitment to their sport and to the Club. There were two outstanding nominations for Claire Thorn and John Lucock who represent aquatics and cycling respectively. Both had excelled in their chosen sport but after achieving impressive results in time trials, road racing and becoming a police champion, the award went to John Lucock.
As a special surprise, after becoming the only British police athlete to be inducted into the World Police and Fire Hall of Fame, Claire Thorn was awarded a special award for this outstanding achievement.
The club offers its gratitude to all of those who continue to support West midlands Police Sport.
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