The Active Awards, now in its eighth year, is a chance to celebrate local residents who have changed lives through their outstanding contribution to physical activity sport and leisure.
The shortlist includes a range of organisations and outstanding residents from across the borough. Olympic gold medallist Constantine Louloudis, MBE and Commonwealth gold medallist Ashley McKenzie have been named as special guests for the upcoming annual ActiveWestminster Awards on Friday 1st December. Nominees are invited to an awards ceremony that will see the return of Sky Sports Presenter David Garrido, who will host the awards, taking place at the world-famous Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted.
Active Place or Space
· Little Venice sports centre – A community hub designed and programmed to offer the widest possible range of physical activity to the widest range of participants.
· Paddington Recreation Ground – The ‘Rec’ is the leading facility for physical activity for many local residents with over 1.3 million people using it for either passive or physical recreation.
· The Forest School – A natural space in the heart of the community, providing a wetland habitat, wild flower meadow and they even allow children to build camp fires.
· George Eliot – As a part of the school’s Healthy School targets to increase the amount of children reporting that they enjoy being physically active, they successfully arranged for there to be training on delivering active playtimes and training for teaching staff.
Gateway Academy – Achieved a gold award by increasing the amount of daily and weekly exercise the children do in school and ensured that children do a daily mile, running the perimeter of the playground.
· St Mary’s of Angels – This primary school continues to provide high quality physical activities to encourage each child to be healthy and active. They do this by delivering activities such as the daily mile.
· St Vincent’s – in 2016 this school has provided at least 2 hours of PE and school sports each week and has achieved a Healthy School award.
· Arsenal Kicks – The programme operates out of the Westminster Sports Academy on Harrow Road and has been providing twice weekly football activity session free of charge for young people aged 8-19 for the last 10 years.
· Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club – They encourage all ages from youth to the veterans to get actively involved in the sport, including initiatives such as ‘back to hockey’ for new joiners or beginners.
· Pro-Touch Soccer Academy– On a weekly basis they engage with over 400 BAME children and young people from deprived, disadvantaged, and socially excluded backgrounds, creating a pathway into elite and professional football.
· Community Club Westminster – A pan disability multi-sport session accessible to all deaf and disabled people and cater for a wide range of special needs.
· Rashmi Becker – A Westminster based professional and resident, passionate about inclusive dance and the benefits of dance to health and wellbeing.
· Safe Haven Basketball Club – Currently the only club that offers basketball to learning disabled young people in Westminster.
· Alfrena Barbe – Having been a volunteering for over five years for the residents of Mozart and Queens Park, She hand holds residents taking them to services and a wide range of events and activities.
· Mariam Sabir – A 19 year old pre-medical degree student that sadly passed away earlier this year. Mariam was a volunteer to disabled children and despite her youthful age, was a role model to other participants and coaches.
· Simon Lloyd– An athletics volunteer who continually contributes his time to the mini marathon as well as setting up programmes for young people with learning difficulties
· Ulviyya Taghizade – She volunteers across a range of different programmes including MEND, Active Mums Club and Dance to Music and Karate. She also gives up her time to fundraise for charities such as Cancer Research.
Health and Wellbeing
· Mozart Community Champions (Hakima Moktefi) – Volunteers that connect friends, families and neighbours with local services, and spread important messages about health and wellbeing.
· Open Age Positively Physical Project – Helping to improve mental, physical, social, emotional health and wellbeing of older people in Westminster.
· The London’s Sports Trust & Westminster & Wandsworth Mind – Partnering together to deliver ‘Get Fit Stay Active’, an adult physical activity programme for people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Champion of the Future
· Awa Ndiaye– She is a 16 year old outstanding athletics prospect over both 60m and 100m which was evidenced in 2017 as she is now the 4th fastest ranked sprinter in the country for age group, including running 12 seconds for the 100m.
· Melita Emanuel-Carr– She is a coach for the London Youth Games female squad for Westminster, A recent graduate who studied at the University of Illinois in Chicago, whilst on a four year scholarship programme to play for the highest level of women’s basketball in America. And Upon her arrival to the UK, she was selected to represent Great Britain’s senior team, competing to qualify for the 2019 European Championship.
· Tin-Tin Ho – The 19 year old is now England’s number one ranked table tennis player, who made her first debut at the age of 11. Her long-term focus is to qualify for an Olympic games, and winning another medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
London Youth Games
· Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club – A hard working club that encourages training and team bonding to a high level. After their success at the London Youth Games, new players at the club were inspired to get involved. The number of players who tried out for the 2017 team has doubled.
· Westminster Boating Base – The selfless commitment, outstanding knowledge and wealth of experience shown by the coaches at Westminster Boating Base is recognised by many. During the competition, a race the WBB took along a mixed ability team and whilst some were more experienced sailors, for most it was their first race and regatta.
· Westminster Volleyball Club – An indoor volleyball club that provide girls aged 9-19 the opportunity to play and train in Westminster and compete at national level.
· Alex Smart – Coach to Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club juniors, which has seen growth from just 10 children to over 350 in less than five years.
· Michael Brown – Athletics coach at Paddington Rec and pivotal in launching the playground to podium athletics camp.
· Neil Lockyear – Health coach who has made an enormous difference to many people’s lives through cardiac exercise rehabilitation.
· Tony Blair – Football coach to children from 9-16 years and mentor to other coaches to ensure the continual development and sustainability of the club.
· Pippa Viles – Sailing coach in all weather conditions who ensures everyone no matter what age or ability has the opportunity to enjoy sailing.
· Chrissie Mullings-Lewis– She has delivered exercise and lifestyle advice through her role as an inspirational trainer for over 30 years. She also works hard to encourage people to raise money by participating in physical challenges.
· Master Ali Saraei – He has run the Koryo Taekwondo Academy for over 20 years which caters to a wide range of abilities from 4 years plus as well as coaching across other venues.
· Ross Mackenzie – He has dedicated his time and passion into improving the lives of young people through Physical Education. As the sports leader in his school, Ross offers all 400 children equal opportunities to enjoy physical activity.
Last modified: November 30, 2017