Wandsworth celebrates its sporting success at annual awards ceremony


Aaron McKibbin won Sports Person of the Year after winning a bronze medal at London 2012.


A Paralympic bronze medallist was named Sports Person of the Year in the Active Wandsworth Awards last week.

Table tennis player Aaron McKibbin represented Team GB at London 2012, winning a bronze medal in the class 6-8 competition.

The 21-year-old, who narrowly beat BMX under 16 World Champion Quillan Izidore into second place, was one of 18 people whose success was celebrated at the ceremony.

The ceremony, at Wandsworth’s Civic Suite, was attended by more than 200 people, with the awards being handed out by three time Olympian Winston Gordon.

Athlete Saskia Millard won the Sports Person of the Year (13 and under) category after a successful track and cross country season.

All Star Coaching was recognised as the Sports Club of the Year, Herne Hill Harriers Girls under 13 cross county team was named the Team of the Year, and Kiyo Jason won the Coach of the Year award for his achievements in developing and extending girls cricket development at Spencer Cricket Club.

Sid Khan, from Earlsfield Boxing Club, was named winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport award for spending 15 years developing the club and dedicating endless hours to coach young people – which this year has produced three national champions.

As well as a number of other awards, eight volunteers were given a Voluntary Services to Sport award for their dedication to grass roots sport.

Wandsworth’s leisure spokesman, Councillor Jonathan Cook, said: “Last year was one of the most exciting and successful years for sport we have had in a long time.

“Whether a Paralympic medallist, a sports star in the making or a dedicated volunteer, all of the Active Wandsworth winners fully deserve to be recognised for their efforts.

“They have set a high benchmark for the year ahead – and I for one am looking forward to seeing what new sporting success stories the borough can produce.”

As well as celebrating the winners, the audience was treated to performances from the Games Maker Choir and winners of the 2012 Young Performer of the Year competition, The Individuals.

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