North Hampshire sportspeople win five county awards

Alice Weaving receives her award.

Alice Weaving receives her award.

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

BASINGSTOKE and Deane won five awards at the annual Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards held at St Mary’s Stadium last Wednesday.

The event was presented by Kris Temple from BBC South Today and Basingstoke had 12 nominations amongst the 18 awards.

Their five winners were Kierra Barker, Lindsey Andrews, Andrea Merritt, Anne Bidmead and Alice Weaving.

Basingstoke and Mid Hants athlete Barker scooped the Junior Sportswoman of the Year prize.

Barker said: “I was rather shocked when I received the message to inform me that I had won the award.

“Not being able to attend, due to recent constant illness, was a massive disappointment. I am truly grateful to receive this award, not only for myself as an athlete but also for my coaches, who have put in countless hours of coaching and who have been a great support in helping me achieve all my success to date.

Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy’s Andrews was delighted to collect the Master Sportsperson of the Year.

Andrews said: “This has capped a very successful year for me.”

Queen Mary’s College student Weaving, whose main sporting interest is football, won the Junior Volunteer of the Year.

“Volunteering is fun,” she said. “You see progression made by children and their enjoyment.

“I’ve gained so much from volunteering, including a job with Hampshire FA, which I wouldn’t have got without my volunteering roles.”

Basingstoke final two winners saw them complete the double in the coaching category, as swimming coach Andrea Merritt won the Participation Coach of the Year, while Gymnastics coach Anne Bidmead took the Performance Coach of the Year award.

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