On Thursday 30th April, the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation celebrated its third annual Youth Awards Presentation and Fundraising Dinner. The event was a run away success with some fantastic guests, such as West Ham FC Manager, Sam Allardyce, Ex-England Cricketer, Graham Gooch and Badminton World Champion Gold Medalist and Olympic Medalist, Gail Emms. But the real stars of the night were the award winners, selected from some of Tower Hamlets’ finest young athletes.

Olivia Female athlete of the yearThe achievements of the young people celebrated impressed all the guests, with professional and internationally competing athletes as well as those who are just embarking on their sporting career with very exciting futures ahead. Scarlett Mew-Jenson, winner of our Diving Performer of the Year category, is aged just 13 but is already representing her country, and borough, in the full GB team, while our overall Female performer of the year, Olivia Piechota is also performing on an international stage in her chosen sport, Judo, and is currently the top ranked British Judoku in her age bracket to name just two of the fantastic role models for young women and girls in Tower Hamlets sport.

Our young male athletes also boasted fantastic achievements; Denzel Akhigbe, our Male Para-Athlete of the Year winner won the gold medal in the standing long jump at the 2014 London Youth Games with a very impressive 2.43m jump. Jodi Jones, our Male Athlete of the Year is making his name as a professional footballer for Dagenham and Redbridge, for whom he signed for in 2013 and where he became the Club’s youngest ever Football League player just weeks after his 17th birthday.

 

Kai - Runner Up Male Performer of the YEarThis year, Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation introduced three new awards; Outstanding Contribution to Tower Hamlets Sport, which was awarded to Alf Vickers for the valuable work he has done with up and coming talent in the borough for a number of years, and Most Improved Performer for both male and female performers of Primary School age, which were awarded to Edward Fall from St Mary & St Michael’s Primary School and Fabbihah Yasmin-Ali from Marion Richardson; two young athletes with identifiable talent and very promising careers ahead of them. This new award was sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Curriers, alongside our Coach of the Year Award. It is with the generous support of our sponsors that the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation are able to reach so many young people in the borough, and the Foundation would like to extend its thanks to all those who supported the evening. Awards were also sponsored by Chaucer, Hampden and the Worshipful Company of Coopers while many other generous supporters attended the Fundraising Dinner that followed the event.

Chris Dunne, the Chair of Trustees for the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation, spoke about how the young people being celebrated at the Awards Presentation should be proud to not only act as role models to other young people in the borough, but also as living proof that young people everywhere are capable of fantastic achievements when given opportunities like those offered by the Foundation and highlighted that to overlook such clear examples of engaged and focused young people is to do them a huge disservice.

Sonali Shah & Panel Guests

Award Winner
Performer of the Year 2014 Athletics Michelle Mamadu
Performer of the Year 2014 Badminton Ujjol Ahmed
Performer of the Year 2014 Basketball Kailum Nicholas
Performer of the Year 2014 Canoe/Kayak Will Walker
Performer of the Year 2014 Cricket Mahi Mahfazul
Performer of the Year 2014 Cycling Theo Modell
Performer of the Year 2014 Dance Huda Jama
Performer of the Year 2014 Diving Scarlett Mew-Jenson
Performer of the Year 2014 Football Jodi Jones
Performer of the Year 2014 Hockey George Fall
Performer of the Year 2014 Judo Olivia Pietchota
Performer of the Year 2014 Karate Nicholas Lee
Performer of the Year 2014 Rowing Nomeda Laukyte
Performer of the Year 2014 Rugby Union Mzi Khafula
Performer of the Year 2014 Sailing Leila Moore
Performer of the Year 2014 Swimming Kai Ogden
Performer of the Year 2014 Table Tennis Anthony Lynch
Performer of the Year 2014 Tennis Zahid Sufian
Performer of the Year 2014 Volleyball Noelle Guenem
Performer of the Year 2014 Waterpolo Sakib Imroz
Performer of the Year 2014 Weightlifting Taslima Begum
School Sports Team of the Year Morpeth Table Tennis Team
School Sports Team of the Year Runner Up Bishop Intermediate Athletics Club
Sport Club of the Year Stepney Green Badminton Club
Coach of the Year Rich Kite
Coach of the Year Runner Up Roger Lilleystone
PETA of the Year Kamrul Islam
PETA of the Year Runner Up Ismaeel Haqq
PETA of the Year Runner Up Masud Ahmed
PETA of the Year Runner Up Khadra Ahmed
Outstanding Service to Sport Award Alf Vickers
Para Athlete of the Year Male Denzel Akhigbe
Para Athlete of the Year Female Mahbuba Khanom
Most Improved Performer of the Year Male Edward Fall
Most Improved Performer of the Year Female Fabbihah Yasmin-Ali
Athlete of the Year Male Jodi Jones
Athlete of the Year Male – Runner Up Kai Ogden
Athlete of the Year Female Olivia Pietchota
Athlete of the Year Female – Runner Up Taslima Begum