Gazette Sports Personality of the Year 2013 - Who do you think should win?

Basingstoke Gazette: Last year's winner, hockey star Alex Danson, with the Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award. Buy this photo Last year's winner, hockey star Alex Danson, with the Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award.

TODAY we reveal the 10 north Hampshire stars in the frame for the 2013 Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award.

The winner will be picked from the shortlist below by a judging panel – but you can play your part in the process by putting the case for your favourite in the comment box below this article.

Alternatively, send a Tweet to @BasGazette, using #GSPOTY.

The final result will be announced at the Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards 2013, which will be held at the Apollo Hotel, in Basingstoke, on Friday, February 28.

The judges will make their final decision on February 20, so you need to have your say by then to strengthen the case for your choice.

There is plenty of competition, from a wide range of local stars and the shortlisted sportspeople, in alphabetical order, are:

Sam Argent

Basingstoke Gazette:

Footballer Argent had an exceptional year with Whitchurch United and Hartley Wintney.

His goals fired Whitchurch to promotion to the Wessex League Premier Division in the spring – and he was then a key figure as Hartley reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Dan Coombs

Basingstoke Gazette:

Cricket star Coombs enjoyed a memorable year with Basingstoke and North Hants, captaining the club to the Southern League Division Two title at the first attempt.

He averaged 45.05 with the bat, making four 50s and one century, and also took 13 wickets with his medium pace bowling.

Alex Danson

Basingstoke Gazette:

Hockey ace Danson followed up her bronze medal at the London Olympics by helping club side Reading to an unprecedented treble.

The 28-year-old also excelled on international duty, scoring the winning penalty flick as England beat the Netherlands to reach the EuroHockey final for the first time in 22 years.

Adam Davies

Basingstoke Gazette:

Basingstoke RFC fly-half Davies was his side’s key player as they won promotion to National League Three London last season.

The 22-year-old, who is also studying to become a doctor, starred as Basingstoke produced some excellent rugby to finish second in London One South before winning a promotion play-off.

Matt Goddard

Basingstoke Gazette:

Odiham boxer Goddard maintained his unbeaten record in 2013, winning all three of his fights.

The 23-year-old lightweight was especially impressive in his final bout of the year, knocking out Slovakian Julius Rasael in the opening round to make it six wins out of six in his fledgling career.

Jim Macey

Basingstoke Gazette:

Whitchurch United manager Macey had an exceptional year, leading his team to promotion to the Wessex League Premier Division.

The Jam Boys have excelled at the higher level, while they knocked Eastleigh out of the Hampshire Senior Cup on route to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Jean Maton

Basingstoke Gazette:

Powerlifer Maton recovered from the disappointment of missing out on a gold medal at the British Championships by dominating at European and world level.

The 50-year-old won four gold medals at the European Champion-ships, a feat she equalled at the Worlds later in the year.

Charlotte Purdue

Basingstoke Gazette:

The Hook runner sat out much of 2013 through injury but came back with a bang, finishing third at the Great South Run.

She went on to finish second at the British trials before claiming a bronze medal in the under-23 race at the European Cross Country Championships.

Justin Rose

Basingstoke Gazette:

2013 was a career-defining year for Hook golfer Rose, who climbed to new heights by winning his first major championship, the US Open.

The 33-year-old was incredibly consistent all season, reaching a career-high third in the world rankings, finishing 10th on the American tour and third on the European Tour.

Dean Skinns

Basingstoke Gazette:

The Basingstoke-born netminder returned to his hometown club in the summer.

He put in a string of fine displays for the Basingstoke Bison at the end of the year, recording three shut-outs and going more than 130 minutes without conceding a goal in December.

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10:40am Thu 30 Jan 14

Insperion says...

Gazette Sports Personality of the Year 2013
The 10 Sports Personalities nominated for the 2013 award a very strong but I believe that the 2013 award should go to Jim Macey.
Jim Joined Whitchurch United Football Club in 2011 when the club was struggling to attract players and supporters to the Longmeadow Ground. Jim sat with the then football club committee and they agreed what their ambitions were for the club and that it would take a lot of hard work and commitment.
The club could not have chosen a better candidate to be there first team manager and ambassador. As manager Jim spent the first year consolidating the team and introducing a style of football that would go on to be admired by his peers in both the Sydenham’s Wessex League further afield. In his second year he had success in the FA Cup. In 2013 He achieved what was felt to be unachievable, promotion to the Sydenham’s Wessex Premier League, in addition to this his team won three consecutive team of the month awards.
Jim’s passion for football is second to none to say he eats sleeps and lives the sport is an understatement. Through his passion he has built a squad of players that have had success in the FA Cup over the last 3 seasons, they have won numerous accolades in cup competitions as well as being recognized by the Sydenham’s Wessex League as team of the month on several occasions during 2013.
Jim Macey is a manager and sports personality who looks to encourage and drive youth development in football. He is a strong believer in getting it right on and of the pitch which has helped players he has coached and managed to go forward to higher levels and above all enjoy the game.
Jim is a man that does not blow his own trumpet but if he was to win this award I know he would somehow turn it around saying it is the players, volunteers, committee and supporters award not his, but really it is Jim Macey who stands out as the sport personality of 2013
Gazette Sports Personality of the Year 2013 The 10 Sports Personalities nominated for the 2013 award a very strong but I believe that the 2013 award should go to Jim Macey. Jim Joined Whitchurch United Football Club in 2011 when the club was struggling to attract players and supporters to the Longmeadow Ground. Jim sat with the then football club committee and they agreed what their ambitions were for the club and that it would take a lot of hard work and commitment. The club could not have chosen a better candidate to be there first team manager and ambassador. As manager Jim spent the first year consolidating the team and introducing a style of football that would go on to be admired by his peers in both the Sydenham’s Wessex League further afield. In his second year he had success in the FA Cup. In 2013 He achieved what was felt to be unachievable, promotion to the Sydenham’s Wessex Premier League, in addition to this his team won three consecutive team of the month awards. Jim’s passion for football is second to none to say he eats sleeps and lives the sport is an understatement. Through his passion he has built a squad of players that have had success in the FA Cup over the last 3 seasons, they have won numerous accolades in cup competitions as well as being recognized by the Sydenham’s Wessex League as team of the month on several occasions during 2013. Jim Macey is a manager and sports personality who looks to encourage and drive youth development in football. He is a strong believer in getting it right on and of the pitch which has helped players he has coached and managed to go forward to higher levels and above all enjoy the game. Jim is a man that does not blow his own trumpet but if he was to win this award I know he would somehow turn it around saying it is the players, volunteers, committee and supporters award not his, but really it is Jim Macey who stands out as the sport personality of 2013 Insperion
  • Score: 8

10:42am Thu 30 Jan 14

smpretty says...

Dan Coombs, great captain
Dan Coombs, great captain smpretty
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

blakemorec says...

Dean skinns should win. He has had a fantastic season so far and was instrumental in the 8-3 win yesterday. He has shown huge commitment playing through injury and it's about time someone from the local ice hockey team got some recognition.
Dean skinns should win. He has had a fantastic season so far and was instrumental in the 8-3 win yesterday. He has shown huge commitment playing through injury and it's about time someone from the local ice hockey team got some recognition. blakemorec
  • Score: 11

2:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

alibrown100 says...

Jim Macey for Gazette sports personality of the year.
Great manager, highly involved in youth players progression and has generally done brilliantly as the first team manager, getting Whitchurch into the Wessex Premier league along with winning a few trophies on the way (with more to come) and having a couple of good FA cup and Vase runs. He has built an excellent team of players, coaches, fans, volunteers who have all exceeded expectations for Whitchurch Utd football club.
Jim Macey for Gazette sports personality of the year. Great manager, highly involved in youth players progression and has generally done brilliantly as the first team manager, getting Whitchurch into the Wessex Premier league along with winning a few trophies on the way (with more to come) and having a couple of good FA cup and Vase runs. He has built an excellent team of players, coaches, fans, volunteers who have all exceeded expectations for Whitchurch Utd football club. alibrown100
  • Score: 6

10:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bstoker says...

Sam Argent,
The sheer grit and determination of this young man to succeed far out ways succeeding...for 10 years at Southampton football academy being taught during his school years and eventually earning him self a 3 year professional contract..he still works tirelessly to gain that all important senior professional career and never gives up playing at any level of football club that allow him to train and play to his full potential.His goal scoring record this current and last season has shown his ability to prove himself as a striker after many years as a right back position.A well deserved case for earning sports personality of the year
Sam Argent, The sheer grit and determination of this young man to succeed far out ways succeeding...for 10 years at Southampton football academy being taught during his school years and eventually earning him self a 3 year professional contract..he still works tirelessly to gain that all important senior professional career and never gives up playing at any level of football club that allow him to train and play to his full potential.His goal scoring record this current and last season has shown his ability to prove himself as a striker after many years as a right back position.A well deserved case for earning sports personality of the year bstoker
  • Score: 0

10:43am Mon 3 Feb 14

Fernando9 says...

Jim Macey to win, a fantastic manager and a great person. Knows how to get the best out of his players and has made some players progress to heights they never thought would be possible. Although the other candidates are strong, Jim has had a fantastic year achieving awards and promotion with a side who were never considered to have a chance at the beginning of the season. I have played for Jim for many years now and he has always been destined to achieve in football management, so if you are looking for a sports personality he is the perfect fit.
Jim Macey to win, a fantastic manager and a great person. Knows how to get the best out of his players and has made some players progress to heights they never thought would be possible. Although the other candidates are strong, Jim has had a fantastic year achieving awards and promotion with a side who were never considered to have a chance at the beginning of the season. I have played for Jim for many years now and he has always been destined to achieve in football management, so if you are looking for a sports personality he is the perfect fit. Fernando9
  • Score: 3

10:46am Mon 3 Feb 14

TheFootballGospel says...

Why not Ben Dillon, Hartley Wintney FC manager??? If we’re clearly including local football managers, how can he be overlooked? The only reason Hartley have been able to attract players of Sams quality is because of Ben. Ben took over early in the 2012-2013 season when Hartley were rock bottom of the Combined Counties Premier Division with a miserly 3 points from their opening 8 games. (If you can’t do the math, that’s 3 of a possible 24 points). Throughout the course of the season Ben & his backroom staff reshaped the entire club and gradually managed to attract a better calibre of player than those who at the club he inherited. A season that was effectively written off when he took over... taking it to the wire, on the final day of last season Ben managed to keep Hartley in the premier division.
This season, with a core of last season’s squad combined with some impressive new additions, Ben led Hartley Wintney to their most impressive FA cup run ever. (Again to put this in perspective, in 117 previous attempts since the clubs inception, the club had never reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA cup). This competition alone has netted the club circa £40,000 in competition winnings, which for a village team like Hartley is a small fortune.
I imagine you could count the number of pro/semi pro football managers under 25 in this country on one hand, yet the Gazette have for some strange reason overlooked Ben? #VOTEDILLON
Why not Ben Dillon, Hartley Wintney FC manager??? If we’re clearly including local football managers, how can he be overlooked? The only reason Hartley have been able to attract players of Sams quality is because of Ben. Ben took over early in the 2012-2013 season when Hartley were rock bottom of the Combined Counties Premier Division with a miserly 3 points from their opening 8 games. (If you can’t do the math, that’s 3 of a possible 24 points). Throughout the course of the season Ben & his backroom staff reshaped the entire club and gradually managed to attract a better calibre of player than those who at the club he inherited. A season that was effectively written off when he took over... taking it to the wire, on the final day of last season Ben managed to keep Hartley in the premier division. This season, with a core of last season’s squad combined with some impressive new additions, Ben led Hartley Wintney to their most impressive FA cup run ever. (Again to put this in perspective, in 117 previous attempts since the clubs inception, the club had never reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA cup). This competition alone has netted the club circa £40,000 in competition winnings, which for a village team like Hartley is a small fortune. I imagine you could count the number of pro/semi pro football managers under 25 in this country on one hand, yet the Gazette have for some strange reason overlooked Ben? #VOTEDILLON TheFootballGospel
  • Score: -10

8:23pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Walks86 says...

Jim Macey for the award ... The commitment shown by Jim to get Whitchurch United where they are is second to none. Jim doesn't get any rewards and doesnt expect anything back for the effort he puts in, he does it for the love of the game. All the players have huge respect for Jim. Jim has created a team in the last few years that are a very good side at wessex premier level with no money to throw at players to bring them in, Jim has created a side with great team spirit and it shows with all the teams losing so many players because money disappears or whatever reason but Whitchurch have kept a nucleus of players who enjoy playing football for Jim. Whitchurch wouldnt be anywhere close to where they are now without Jim Macey. Jim deserves an award and acknowledgement for what he has achieved with Whitchurch Football Club and this award is perfect. All the best Jim Macey
Jim Macey for the award ... The commitment shown by Jim to get Whitchurch United where they are is second to none. Jim doesn't get any rewards and doesnt expect anything back for the effort he puts in, he does it for the love of the game. All the players have huge respect for Jim. Jim has created a team in the last few years that are a very good side at wessex premier level with no money to throw at players to bring them in, Jim has created a side with great team spirit and it shows with all the teams losing so many players because money disappears or whatever reason but Whitchurch have kept a nucleus of players who enjoy playing football for Jim. Whitchurch wouldnt be anywhere close to where they are now without Jim Macey. Jim deserves an award and acknowledgement for what he has achieved with Whitchurch Football Club and this award is perfect. All the best Jim Macey Walks86
  • Score: 2

11:40pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pearsonwhu says...

Dispite tough competetion , i dont think anyone deserves it as much as the Whitchurch United manager Jim Macey. To get 'little old' Whitchurch promoted when they werent even considered to be around the top 2 is a acheievement in its self , let alone the way they went about it to get there. It took an amazing unbeaten run whilst winning 3 club of the month awards in a row. The manager installed a winning momentum and confidence into the players which rubbed off on the pitch. Passion , desire and winning is what the bloke is about. All it takes is too look at the clubs results and the league table this season to see how far he has brought Whitchurch , not only on the pitch , but off it bringing in some top players and top coaching staff. IMO no other manager will achieve what he has done so far, all the success he has had hes never gloated or took the credit for, when infact he should. Some might say hes done the unthinkable . All the best Jim Macey
Dispite tough competetion , i dont think anyone deserves it as much as the Whitchurch United manager Jim Macey. To get 'little old' Whitchurch promoted when they werent even considered to be around the top 2 is a acheievement in its self , let alone the way they went about it to get there. It took an amazing unbeaten run whilst winning 3 club of the month awards in a row. The manager installed a winning momentum and confidence into the players which rubbed off on the pitch. Passion , desire and winning is what the bloke is about. All it takes is too look at the clubs results and the league table this season to see how far he has brought Whitchurch , not only on the pitch , but off it bringing in some top players and top coaching staff. IMO no other manager will achieve what he has done so far, all the success he has had hes never gloated or took the credit for, when infact he should. Some might say hes done the unthinkable . All the best Jim Macey pearsonwhu
  • Score: 1

9:28am Tue 4 Feb 14

BunsenHoneydew says...

It's got to be Dean Skinns. 4 shutouts this season so far (double that of his closest competitor), in what is probably the most competitive year for the EPL. One of the lowest goals per game despite having the highest ice time of any net minder in the league. His skill really shines during penalties, and he's been unstoppable. On top of all that, he's a **** nice bloke as well!
It's got to be Dean Skinns. 4 shutouts this season so far (double that of his closest competitor), in what is probably the most competitive year for the EPL. One of the lowest goals per game despite having the highest ice time of any net minder in the league. His skill really shines during penalties, and he's been unstoppable. On top of all that, he's a **** nice bloke as well! BunsenHoneydew
  • Score: 8

10:25am Tue 4 Feb 14

Pete.C says...

Dean Skinns has been awesome for the Bison this season, his solid netminding has put the Bison in a great position to challenge for the EPL title.

We are currently joint top of the League and in a Commanding position in the EPL Cup Semi-Final with a 5 goal lead.
Dean Skinns has been awesome for the Bison this season, his solid netminding has put the Bison in a great position to challenge for the EPL title. We are currently joint top of the League and in a Commanding position in the EPL Cup Semi-Final with a 5 goal lead. Pete.C
  • Score: 5

10:28am Tue 4 Feb 14

SandiB54 says...

Dean Skinns to win! He's committed, reliable, professional and always gives 100% to his team and the fans.
Dean Skinns to win! He's committed, reliable, professional and always gives 100% to his team and the fans. SandiB54
  • Score: 7

12:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

gary.blakemore@ntlworld.com says...

Dean Skinns to winas a dedicated ice hockey net minder who puts himself literally on the line at every game (shrugging off the battering he receives from a small round puck travelling at tremendous speeds).With 4 shut outs so far this season (which is exceptional achievement ice hockey) .
Dean Skinns to winas a dedicated ice hockey net minder who puts himself literally on the line at every game (shrugging off the battering he receives from a small round puck travelling at tremendous speeds).With 4 shut outs so far this season (which is exceptional achievement ice hockey) . gary.blakemore@ntlworld.com
  • Score: 6

10:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Fernando9 says...

The reason Jim Macey has been nominated is because he achieved what he did with hardly any budget, he attracted players like Sam Argent without having to throw loads of money at him and he also achieved a promotion and 2 cup finals in one season. Whitchurch went 14 games unbeaten and won 13 in a row. Jim got Whitchurch to the highest level they have been in their 110 year history. This season so far Whitchurch are performing well above expectations and are 6th in the league, also they have beat Eastliegh town of the Confernece South in the Hampshire cup and ran Basingstoke very close. This makes him a stand out performer and he should be getting the reward that he deserves.
The reason Jim Macey has been nominated is because he achieved what he did with hardly any budget, he attracted players like Sam Argent without having to throw loads of money at him and he also achieved a promotion and 2 cup finals in one season. Whitchurch went 14 games unbeaten and won 13 in a row. Jim got Whitchurch to the highest level they have been in their 110 year history. This season so far Whitchurch are performing well above expectations and are 6th in the league, also they have beat Eastliegh town of the Confernece South in the Hampshire cup and ran Basingstoke very close. This makes him a stand out performer and he should be getting the reward that he deserves. Fernando9
  • Score: 4

3:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

N J B says...

Vote for Jean Maton
Vote for Jean Maton N J B
  • Score: 0

10:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

TPayne68 says...

Would absolutely love Jim Macey to win this award. Not only is he a top bloke, but a fantastic football manager with excellent man management skills. Jim has such a passion for football and is totally dedicated to taking his team to achieve every success they can. He coached my son when he was a young boy, who then went on to be picked for league academy football. Josh went on to become a professional footballer and throughout his training Jim was always there to encourage him and be there for him through the good and the hard times. In my opinion, Jim thoroughly deserves Sports Personality of the Year!
Would absolutely love Jim Macey to win this award. Not only is he a top bloke, but a fantastic football manager with excellent man management skills. Jim has such a passion for football and is totally dedicated to taking his team to achieve every success they can. He coached my son when he was a young boy, who then went on to be picked for league academy football. Josh went on to become a professional footballer and throughout his training Jim was always there to encourage him and be there for him through the good and the hard times. In my opinion, Jim thoroughly deserves Sports Personality of the Year! TPayne68
  • Score: 1

11:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

krutled1 says...

It's been said by many already, but to echo the views and voices of others, what Jim Macey had achieved in his time at Whitchurch United is brilliant! He'll say it wasn't him, but those around him that helped achieve such success. Not only has he got a great team on the pitch, but he's also worked to get backroom staff and supporters that help around the clock and have gel to creat a 'well oiled team'! With a great FA Cup run, promotion and sitting where Whitchurch are now in the table (despite the rain!) is to name but a few of Jim's achievements in his time at the club! It's tough completion by my vote goes to Jim Macey!
It's been said by many already, but to echo the views and voices of others, what Jim Macey had achieved in his time at Whitchurch United is brilliant! He'll say it wasn't him, but those around him that helped achieve such success. Not only has he got a great team on the pitch, but he's also worked to get backroom staff and supporters that help around the clock and have gel to creat a 'well oiled team'! With a great FA Cup run, promotion and sitting where Whitchurch are now in the table (despite the rain!) is to name but a few of Jim's achievements in his time at the club! It's tough completion by my vote goes to Jim Macey! krutled1
  • Score: 1

6:00am Sat 15 Feb 14

Andy.walsh says...

Dean Skinns deserves to win this achievement. By his excellent net minding skills he helped the bison into the final of the EPL cup and second in the league. He is a true sports man. Focused, dedicated, gives 110% every game and professional and to top it off the nicest guy you will meet. Dean is a true sports personality of the year. Thanks Dean for a great season so far.
Dean Skinns deserves to win this achievement. By his excellent net minding skills he helped the bison into the final of the EPL cup and second in the league. He is a true sports man. Focused, dedicated, gives 110% every game and professional and to top it off the nicest guy you will meet. Dean is a true sports personality of the year. Thanks Dean for a great season so far. Andy.walsh
  • Score: 6

8:37am Sat 15 Feb 14

Rachel1601 says...

Dean Skinns!! Fantastic net minder for Basingstoke Bisons
Dean Skinns!! Fantastic net minder for Basingstoke Bisons Rachel1601
  • Score: 6

12:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jo.bold says...

Dean Skinns is a fantastic net minder giving his all every single game. He has a great passion for his sport and is a great role model for kids. Dean is a great team player and we have loved watching him this season. He definitely deserves this win!
Dean Skinns is a fantastic net minder giving his all every single game. He has a great passion for his sport and is a great role model for kids. Dean is a great team player and we have loved watching him this season. He definitely deserves this win! Jo.bold
  • Score: 6

12:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ChandlerLou says...

Dean Skinns! Not only is Ice hockey the most watched and supported sport in Basingstoke but Dean Skinns has an incredible reputation throughout the country. Truly inspiring net minder that has been a huge asset to the Basingstoke Bison! Along with his dad watching and supporting his every move Deano is a very good role model and a pleasure to meet and speak to!
Would love to see him with the Sports Personality award!
Dean Skinns! Not only is Ice hockey the most watched and supported sport in Basingstoke but Dean Skinns has an incredible reputation throughout the country. Truly inspiring net minder that has been a huge asset to the Basingstoke Bison! Along with his dad watching and supporting his every move Deano is a very good role model and a pleasure to meet and speak to! Would love to see him with the Sports Personality award! ChandlerLou
  • Score: 6

10:37pm Sun 16 Feb 14

BisonMoose says...

As an avid fan of the Bison, It's an obvious choice to say that my vote, goes to Dean Skinns.

Dean's form this season has been great and his stellar performances between the pipes have helped the Bison to the top of the EPL and have given the team a superb chance of winning a championship trophy.
He has already posted 4 shut-outs this season and with 10 games left, there is no reason why he can't add to that total.

As a Basingstoke 'born & bred' lad, he is a perfect choice for this award.
Best of Luck Dean !!
As an avid fan of the Bison, It's an obvious choice to say that my vote, goes to Dean Skinns. Dean's form this season has been great and his stellar performances between the pipes have helped the Bison to the top of the EPL and have given the team a superb chance of winning a championship trophy. He has already posted 4 shut-outs this season and with 10 games left, there is no reason why he can't add to that total. As a Basingstoke 'born & bred' lad, he is a perfect choice for this award. Best of Luck Dean !! BisonMoose
  • Score: 4

10:56pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Summer Nickless says...

Dean skinns should win he is a great goalie for the bison
Dean skinns should win he is a great goalie for the bison Summer Nickless
  • Score: 5

11:04am Wed 19 Feb 14

Ailsa Cordner says...

Dean Skinns without a doubt he has been immense in net for Bison this season....
Dean Skinns without a doubt he has been immense in net for Bison this season.... Ailsa Cordner
  • Score: 4

12:18am Thu 20 Feb 14

IceHockeyGreat says...

Dean Skinns is totally dedicted to his role as Bison net-minder. He has played every minute of every game this season, he has made some tremdous saves and his record on shut-outs is quite exceptional. He has played when suffering form injuries that would have put most players out of the game. Ice hockey is a fast and exciting sport which is usually overlooked in terms of recognition and awards, it is time the sport and this exceptional player in particular gets the rewards he deserves.
Dean Skinns is totally dedicted to his role as Bison net-minder. He has played every minute of every game this season, he has made some tremdous saves and his record on shut-outs is quite exceptional. He has played when suffering form injuries that would have put most players out of the game. Ice hockey is a fast and exciting sport which is usually overlooked in terms of recognition and awards, it is time the sport and this exceptional player in particular gets the rewards he deserves. IceHockeyGreat
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

mynameissunshine says...

Dean Skinns for sure! My favourite Bison player :-)
Dean Skinns for sure! My favourite Bison player :-) mynameissunshine
  • Score: 2

5:49am Wed 26 Feb 14

m4speedway says...

Basingstoke gazette sports personality of the year deserves to be awarded to Dean Skinns of the Basingstoke Bison. He is a true Basingstoke born and breed player who loves playing for Basingstoke Bison and the club means everything to him. He has had an outstanding season so far with an average of 3 goals per game and is the leading goalie in the EPL achieving 4 shutouts so far this season. He has played every single home and away game even when picking up injuries during a game. His focus and dedication is second to none and he always helps the young up and coming goalies. Off the ice Dean is a really nice, genuine and humble guy and is a big favourite with the young supporters and will happily spend time talking to the fans after the games. He is a real ambassador for the sport on and of the ice and no one deserves to win this award more than Dean.
Basingstoke gazette sports personality of the year deserves to be awarded to Dean Skinns of the Basingstoke Bison. He is a true Basingstoke born and breed player who loves playing for Basingstoke Bison and the club means everything to him. He has had an outstanding season so far with an average of 3 goals per game and is the leading goalie in the EPL achieving 4 shutouts so far this season. He has played every single home and away game even when picking up injuries during a game. His focus and dedication is second to none and he always helps the young up and coming goalies. Off the ice Dean is a really nice, genuine and humble guy and is a big favourite with the young supporters and will happily spend time talking to the fans after the games. He is a real ambassador for the sport on and of the ice and no one deserves to win this award more than Dean. m4speedway
  • Score: 1

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