Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council
Previous Senior Winners of the Senior Sportsmen Award
2016 & 2017 - Owen Richardson (Athletics), 2015 - Kevin McAuslan-Crine (Karate), 2014 - Mark Nevola (Karate), 2013 - Kristof Willerton (Gymnastics), 2012 - Sam Goodall (Powerlifting), 2011 - Sam Goodall (Powerlifting), 2010 - Robert Tobin (Athletics), 2009 - George Carter (Powerlifting), 2008 - Andy Bonner (Powerlifting), 2007 - Tom Rees (Rugby), 2006 - Andy Bonner (Powerlifting), 2005 - Robert Tobin (Athletics), 2004 - Peter Bedford (Powerlifting), 2003 - Robert Tobin (Athletics), 2002 - Andy Bonner (Powerlifting), 2001 - Steven Cross (Martial Arts), 2000 - Ben Candy (Modern Pentathlon),1999 - Ben Candy (Modern Pentathlon), 1998 - Phil Tulba (Athletics), 1997 - Dean Francis (Boxing), 1996 - James Norfolk (Cycling), 1995 - James Norfolk (Cycling), 1994 - Rafer Joseph (Athletics)
Nominations for the 2019 Award
Alex Bigg – Biathle, Triathle and Athletics
Alex is part of the Biathle and Triathle GB team. He qualified to compete in the Biathle and Triathle championships in Cheltenham and Leweston where he came first in the Triathle and 2nd in the Biathle. Alex then competed in Madeira in the Biathle and Triathle European Championships and came 8th in the Biathle, 4th in the Triathle, 2nd in the mix Biathle relay and 1st in the Triathle relay. In Athletics he achieved PB’s in 200m, 400m, 400mh, 800m, 1500m, mile, 5k, 10k and half marathon.
Terry Brigdale – Karate
Terry’s 2019 goals were to medal in the EKF’s and WIKF Global cup. He surpassed both by becoming the highest scoring fighter in the whole of England; winning 2 Golds and a Bronze and then Gold at the Global Cup. Terry is the main senior on the team so everyone looks to him for a good example. He always takes time to help the junior members of the squad by assisting in training sessions and coaching at competitions. As a trained chiropractor Terry gives up a lot of his free time to help keep the fighters in working order.
Liam Hignett – Tennis
Exceptional performances for Liam in 2019 include; LTA Team Tennis National League representing Winchester R&F: won 8/12 in total, 5/6 singles wins contributing to the team finishing 3rd in the South West division, one spot off qualifying for the national finals and being part of Solent Cup Champions with Warsash TC. Liam also won his first National Singles Title at LTA British Tour Exeter, beating an ATP ranked player in the final. Liam qualified into the British Masters and is top 8 in the British Tour leaderboard.
Rob Payne – Kickboxing
Rob was selected for the WAKO GB squad to compete in the World Championships in Turkey where he won the Gold medal and is Now World champion. He is the current WAKO European Champion and won The WAKO British Championships -64 kg division. Rob also Won, and placed, in many regional and national tournaments during the year.
Harry Richardson - Athletics
Harry is a member of BMHAC and 2019 saw him run a PB of 1:52.48 to rank him 25th in the UK age rankings for 800m. He is currently studying at Loughborough University and is part of the Elite Athlete Program there under the coaching of George Gandy (former head of endurance at British Athletics). Summer 2019 saw Harry run for his County and Region and make the semis at the National Championships.
Bradley Sutton – Modern Pentathlon
Bradley is a Podium potential athlete training and studying at the National Training centre for Pentathlon GB. He is ranked UK 3rd, and is competing at both junior and senior level. He is part of the Tokyo Olympic squad as a training partner for the senior men’s team, with his own target being the Paris 2024 Olympics. Bradley is a European relay medallist and World Championship finalist.
Spencer Turner – Swimming
In 2019 Spencer set his first individual British Record in the 100 Freestyle competing at the Regional Championships where he won Gold. He then went on to win National Titles for 50 and 200 freestyle in Sheffield. Outside of the pool Spencer competed in Ironman Lanzarote in one of the toughest conditions the competition had ever known.