Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council
Previous Winners ...
2018 - Liz Ferioli (Kickboxing) 2017 - Daisy Coleman (Powerboating) 2016 - Leonora Mackinon (Fencing) 2015 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate) 2014 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate) 2013 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate) 2012 - Leonora Mackinon (Fencing) 2011 - Kate Robson (Triathlon) 2010 - Michelle Lloyd (Triathlon) 2009 - Liane Herbert (Beach Volleyball) 2008 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2007 - Danielle Bird (Football) 2006 - Caroline Slimin (Biathlon) 2005 - Caroline Ayres (Basketball) 2004 - Jenny Earle (Judo & Field Athletics) 2003 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2002 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2001 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2000 - Joan MacPherson (Discus) 1999 - Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting) 1998 - Tracy Joseph (Athletics) 1997 - Jenny Earle (Field Athletics) 1996 - Melissa Cannings (Kickboxing) 1995 - Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting) 1994 - Linda Keough (Athletics)
Nominees for 2019 are -
Gemma Bigg – Biathle, Triathle and Athletics
Gemma competed for Great Britain in the Biathle and Triathle Europeans becoming European Champion in Triathle and 2nd in Biathle. Also teaming up with her brother to become European Champions in the Triathle mixed team relay and 2nd in the Biathle mixed team relay. She is British Biathle Champion 2019 and qualified for the World Championships.
Catriona Coveney – Modern Biathle/Biathlon and Triathle/Triathlon
In her 50th year, Cat moved up an age group this year and competed at national level, achieving podium positions at all the qualifying competitions, securing her place in the GB Biathle and Triathle teams for both the European and World Champs in Germany and America. Cat concluded the season coming 3rd at the British Biathlon Champs.
Elizabeth Ferioli – Kickboxing
Despite giving birth in 2019, Liz achieved great results. She is ranked 1st in the world for Ladies vets +65kg Light contact category and 3rd in the world in the Ladies vets -65kg light contact category. She is also ranked 4th in Ladies vets Points +65kg and 10th in Ladies -65kg category. Liz won a silver at the WAKO World Championships in Turkey Gold & Bronze at the Flanders open Belgium. Liz became Ladies Grand champion at the Super League +65kg light con division and won many golds at smaller tournament during the year.
Clare Griffiths – Hockey
Clare joined Basingstoke Hockey Club in 2016 and since then the team has managed to meet and surpass their objectives with 2 promotions in 3 years. In 2019, for first time in the club’s history, the Ladies 1XI were promoted and granted National League status. Clare always provides the team with the skill, level headedness and determination that makes her such a key member of the squad, that if missing, creates a visible impact in the team’s performance. Clare is also Over 40 Home Nations and European Cup Champion as well as European Masters Gold Medallist (Army).
Jitka Hall - Basingstoke School Martial Arts
2019 started with the IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon where Jitka placed 2nd. Next was the IBJJF Masters European Championships in Barcelona where she placed 1st and then the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Czech Republic where she was 3rd. Jitka became English and National Champion during 2019. Other titles included London Cup and All Stars London and European Pro events. As part of her extra training she competes in running and swimming in Biathle and this year she qualified for the European Championships, and was 3rd placed female overall at the Basingstoke Half Marathon
Tracey Hare – Triathlon
In June 2019, Tracey represented Great Britain and competed in the European Multisport Aquathlon in Romania where she finished 3rd in her age group and was awarded a bronze medal. Tracey has already qualified for the Great Britain Team for the Sprint Triathlon World Championship at Edmonton in August 2020 and the European Multi Sport Aquathlon at Austria in June 2020. Tracey achieved personal best times in all three disciplines and gained podium positions at all races entered during 2019.
Kaitlin Lafferty – Tumbling Gymnastics
Having progressed into the senior arena in 2019, Kaitlin’s main aim for the year was to be selected for the World Championships in Tokyo. Following good results at qualifications and events throughout the year, she was selected as the youngest to join the 4 strong senior women’s team for the Tokyo event in November. They won the team gold medal which hasn’t been done by Team GB for 16 years, and Kaitlin is now one of the top four female tumbling gymnasts in the UK.
Leonora Mackinnon - Fencing
Leonora started the year with an ankle injury, missing half of the year. Since her full recovery she achieved a 16th place finish at the Dubai World Cup which qualified her for the PanAmerican/World Championships and PanAmerican Games. She recently achieved a career best result of 6th place at the Tallinn World Cup and is now in pole position for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
Sue Pett – Hockey
Sue represented England O65’s for the second year running in 2019. She was part of the inaugural O65’s team set up in 2017 and in2018 the team won Gold at the World Cup. The team remains undefeated in the two seasons that Sue has played, no other Masters team has achieved this. They even beat O60’s Masters Team at an International level. Prior to this she played for the LX invitational England Team. She continues to inspire players and is an avid volunteer at the club and is also known for baking for her team!
Nicole Rogers – Bowls
Nicole achieved her dream of qualifying for the World Senior Championships on TV by being ranked 2nd in the European Senior Ladies rankings. Last season, Nicole became the World under 25 Ladies Champion, and achieved a Bronze medal this season. Outdoors, Nicole qualified for Nationals in a record 7 different events and was nominated for Junior Bowler of the Year.
Aimee Slimin - Show jumping
2019 saw Aimee build up a partnership with a new horse and they moved through the British Show Jumping Levels, qualifying for Regional finals at British Novice Level and the finals of the National Amateur Championships where they achieved a top 15 finish in the final class of the week. Aimee is now well on her way to qualifying for the Regional Discovery Finals for 2020 and is just starting to jump at Newcomers level. In 2019 she also qualified for two National Championship events and gained 105 British Show Jumping Points.
Heather Statham – Lawn Bowls
Playing in her fourth outdoor season, 2019 saw Heather represent Hampshire Bowls / Oakley Bowling Club in an unprecedented five national championships and the Amy Rose U31 team. She successfully, with her pairs partner (Nicole Rogers) reached the semi-finals of the Ladies U25 pairs. The two were also Hampshire Ladies and Junior Pairs champions and runner-up in the Ladies Triples and Junior Singles.
Jessica Sutton – Modern Pentathlon
2019 was Jessica’s first year as a junior at Team Bath and she achieved Laser run European individual and mixed relay Silver medallist. She was also selected for the Worlds but was unfortunately unavailable. Jessica also achieved a podium place in the open women’s competitions.
Fleur Turner – Swimming
Fleur represented Hampshire for Inter Counties and helped Hampshire come 2nd in the South. She competed in 11 races including at Regional Long Course where she won 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle. 2019 saw Fleur training for her 1st Marathon, which meant going into Nationals where she wasn’t expecting too much. However to win the 50, 100 and 200 Free, for the 2nd year running on all 3 events, was amazing.
Alfie Wright – Strongwoman
Alfie consistently trains 5/6 days a week, and has achieved a huge amount in a year. Coming out of Para powerlifting and winning both the British and World title in the women’s seated category for disabled strongwoman and then taking a world record in a seated axel deadlift of 200kg and setting a British standard in Seated log press of 46kg. Alfie also won European events in 2019.