Sports Personality of the Year

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook is England’s four-time Ashes winner and record run-scorer.

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    Alastair Cook, England’s four-time ashes winner and record run-scorer, broke his news of retirement in 2018. Alastair, scored 12,472 runs at an average of 45, including 33 centuries during his illustrious career. He achieved a world record streak of a 159 test matches in a row (from his 161 matches). In his final test, after a tough summer for the opening batsman in the England v India series, he scored 71 in the first innings and signed off in style with 147 in his final knock. Graham Gooch, his old mentor and former England and Essex captain, said: “Alastair has been the rock of England’s batting for the last 12 years since he made his debut – and while we are all sad to see him retire, we must rejoice in what he has done for his country. He is a genuine legend of English cricket.”

 

Hannah Stodel

Hannah Stodel

Born missing her right lower arm, Hannah went on to become a 3x World Champion and 4x Paralympian.

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    Born missing her right lower arm, Hannah went on to become a 3x World Champion and 4x Paralympian. This year saw Hannah launch her campaign, to become the first disabled sailor to compete in the Vendee Globe. This is the world’s most challenging, round the world yacht race, in which individuals race without assistance from a team and are not allowed to return to shore until they have successful circumnavigated the globe and returned to cross the finish line. Growing up on the East coast of the UK, learning to sail became a way to cope with bullying around her disability and provided a sense of freedom with a ‘can do’ attitude. Most of all it taught a strong independence that has defined the rest of her professional sailing career.

 

Jo Harten

Jo Harten

Jo Harten plays Netball for England as Goal Shooter or Goal Attack and currently has 81 caps for her country.

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    Jo Harten plays Netball for England as Goal Shooter or Goal Attack and currently has 81 caps for her country. Jo has won several medals for England and was selected to play again in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She scored a dramatic last second winner, in the semi-final against Jamaica and played a key role in England’s victory against Australia in the final.

 

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Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

Freya Ambassador

Freya Levy

Having internationally medaled in 3 different sports, Freya has her eyes set on the 6 nations in Paris next year.

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    Freya is a current member of the UK and England wheelchair rugby 7s team, scoring her first international try at her debut against France. Alongside being part of the GB women’s para ice hockey team and gaining bronze at this years Para Ice Hockey World Cup in the Czech republic. Freya also has 2 silvers and a gold at the U25 European women’s wheelchair basketball Championship. Off court, Freya  works for Panathlon Challenge, a sporting charity engaging over 17,500 disabled children in sporting activities and campaigns in parliament for access to sporting facilities and sporting opportunities for disabled people.

 

Hannah Stodel

Hannah Stodel

Born missing her right lower arm, Hannah went on to become a 3x World Champion and 4x Paralympian.

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    Born missing her right lower arm, Hannah went on to become a 3x World Champion and 4x Paralympian. This year saw Hannah launch her campaign, to become the first disabled sailor to compete in the Vendee Globe. This is the worlds most challenging, round the world yacht race, in which individuals race without assistance from a team and are not allowed to return to shore until they have successful circumnavigated the globe and returned to cross the finish line. Growing up on the Eat coast of the UK, learning to sail became a way to cope with bullying around her disability and provided a sense of freedom with a ‘can do’ attitude. Most of all it taught a strong independence that has defined the rest of her professional sailing career.

 

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Richard Chiassaro

This year Richard broke the World Record in the T54 800m wheelchair race, becoming the first person below 1:31 seconds.

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    Richard is known not only for his sporting excellence, but also for his dedication to others in the community through the development of his own wheelchair racing squad and the support for a new wheelchair basketball team. He is also an exemplary Essex All Together ambassador. This year Richard broke the World Record in the T54 800m wheelchair race, becoming the first person below 1:31 seconds. He also further broke his own European record in the T54 400m and now holds the British Record for the T54 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m and the European Record for the 400m, 800m and 1500m. Richard is also inspiring the next generation of Paralympians this his mentoring.

 

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Unsung Hero

Adrian Marsh

Adrian Marsh

Adrian is the current chairman of Plantation Youth Football Team, he has been involved in the club since it was formed in 1983.

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    Adrian is the current chairman of Plantation Youth Football Team, he has been involved in the club since it was formed in 1983, as a player and managed at least one team per season almost every year since 1984, as well as being a committee member throughout that time.  Adrian has been club chairman since 2001 and is currently secretary and child welfare officer as well as managing three youth teams this season. He is a dedicated manager and coach, as well as a qualified referee and encourages younger players to continue in the sport as they get older. His contribution to the club is immeasurable, using all his free time and energy to progress the club.

 

Nicola Arnold

Nicola Arnold

Nicola has been involved with the Harlow Penguins, swimming club, for over 35 years, originally joining as a swimmer herself.

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    Nicola has been involved with the Harlow Penguins, swimming club, for over 35 years, originally joining as a swimmer herself. She now teaches and coaches various squads and will be accompanying young swimmers on their first overseas camp. She is supportive of the youngest swimmers and equally respected by the seniors, due to her knowledge, experience and skills. Nicola is the team manager and backbone of the club.

 

Richard Kheder

Richard Kheder

Richard is a black belt in Karate, a qualified referee and has supported his club for over 35 years.

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    Richard is a black belt in Karate and a qualified referee. Despite ongoing health issues for himself and his family Richard has gone on to pass his 4th Dan grading, this year. Richard assists with teaching, coaching and mentoring students while refereeing and judging tournaments. He is a Mental Health Champion and encourages others to find a sport or activity that can help people overcome their struggles. Every club needs a Richard – and he has supported us for over 35 years.

 

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