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Senior Sportsmen & Women

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Ladies Winner for 2012 - Leonora Mackinnon (Fencing) 

Two very strong sets of candidates are currently being reviewed before a selection are invited to this years Sport Awards at the Apollo Hotel in March

Senior Sportswomen Finalists 2016

Lindsey Andrews (Karate)

Lindsey again beat competitors from all around the world in 2016 and won the World title for a 3rd time individually cementing her status as the UK #1 for Ladies veterans Kata. The World Union of Karate-do Federation World Championships in Dublin was the biggest Karate competition worldwide in 2016 with a total of 2274 competitors from 74 different national groups. She ran several national courses as well as teaching the England Karate team.

Daisy Coleman (Powerboat Racing)

As National Champion in 2016, Daisy now has aspirations to win the P1 USA Championship. She has been selected as part of Team Britannica who will attempt to break the world record for circumnavigation of the Globe in a Powerboat!   A 2016 highlight was to race with Veronica Olderin from Sweden in P1 USA and come 5th. She also won golds in the P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix, P1 Scottish Grand Prix and P1 Final Grand Prix.

Farah Fonseca (Strong Woman)

Farah began her first year competing by placing 4th in the England Qualifiers in March 2016 and then went on to win the title of England’s Strongest Woman. In the GB Competition she came 3rd and is looking forward to competing again in March 2017 at the Arnold Schwarzenegger competition in Ohio.

Lizzie Godfrey (Swimming)

Lizzie had a successful 2016 season, narrowly missing out on 2 medals at the European Masters Championship at the London Olympic Pool, coming 4th twice. She then went on to become National Champion in the 35-40 age group. Lizzie is ranked number 1 in a number of events in her age group and is the fastest backstroker in the Basingstoke Bluefins Club!

Tracey Hare (Triathlon)

In May 2016, Tracey competed, and placed first, in the World Triathlon Sprint Age Group Qualifier. She also qualified to compete in the International Triathlon Union World Championships in Cozumel Mexico. Tracey joined the Great Britain Triathlon Team in September 2016 and competed in the age group Sprint where she finished 9th in the world out of 55 and was the 2nd British female which gained her automatic qualification to the 2017 World Championships in Rotterdam.

Katie Metalli (Rowing)

Katie is ranked 5th in the world over 30 minutes indoor time trial and was a semi-finalist at the Henley Womens Regatta Academic 8+, 10th at the Ghent International regatta 4x sculling and a semi-finalist in the 4-sweep. She qualified for the GB Rowing trials and came 34th in the BUCS Small Boats head and won silver in the British Universities Championship. Katie trains in a high performing environment and is always willing to help and support fellow competitors.

Leonora McKinnon (Fencing)

In 2016, Leonora qualifies for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games although she was actually aiming for the 2020 Olympics. During the qualification season she beat the world number 1, had a top 32 finish and was a member of the team who won gold at the PanAm championships. She took a break from university to be able to train full time spending a lot of time abroad to train under the top coach, Daniel Levavasseur and is a member of his exclusive international team. Her ranking is 1st Canadian senior, 1st British Senior and 46th FIE Senior World.

Fleur Parker (Swimming)

Fleur has set 6 personal bests throughout the year and won 3 National Gold medals, a Bronze European Medal and a number of other Silver and Bronze medals at various competitions during the year. Fleur is the Masters Rep for Bluefins and was selected to swim in the National Arena League with the main Bluefins performance team.

Nicole Rogers (Bowls)

After reaching the semi-finals of the Ladies u25 singles Nicole was selected for the World u25 Championships held in December 2016. She also saw her first international call up for England in the mixed u18 test series indoors and outdoors, as well as the Ladies u25 team. Nicole also managed to win all the test series she played in and qualified for the Grand Final of the semi-professional singles circuit after becoming the highest ranked female and 33rd on the ranking list. She was also awarded a Senior England Regional trial and an England u25 full trial.

Zoe Sadler (Swimming)

Zoe came 1st in Butterfly at the British Long Distance Swimming Association Championships in May and swam 5 events in the ASA Masters Nationals where she placed 4th in the 200m backstroke. In March 2016, Zoe was elected as Honorary Recorder of the British Long Distance Swimming Association. She took 8 minutes off here 5k time, and also passed her level 2 Judge Course in order to become a mentor judge.


Senior & Masters Sportsmen Finalists 2016

Bryan Andrews (Karate)

Bryan has been training for 36 years and has won English, British and European titles. 2016 was the first time that he gained an individual medal at World level. The World Union of Karate-do Federation World Championships in Dublin had 2274 competitors from 74 different national groups to win his Gold medal and become world champion. He trained hard for four months prior to the competition working with members of the England squad from Shin Gi Tai to hone his skills.

Andy Blow (Athletics)

Andy won bronze for the 100m hurdles at the England Championships and silver at the South of England Championships. He is ranked 12th in the UK for senior men hurdles and also broke the Basingstoke 100m hurdle Club Record.   Andy changed training programme in 2016, and his speed, strength and power improved. He is a role model for younger athletes and fills in as coach when required.

Morris Dick (Swimming)

Morris is the oldest swimmer in the Bluefins Masters Age Group (70-74). In 2016, he won 15 gold medals and achieved two British Team Records for mens 280+ year group and 240+ year group. Morris is the British, Scottish and Welsh Champion and won a silver medal in London at the Europeans.

Olly Espinasse (Swimming)

In 2016, Olly placed 15th in the Great Britain Masters Decathlon Competition and was part of the Basingtoke Bluefins team that set a British and European Record for the Mixed 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay at the National Championships in Sheffield. The current standings puts them ranked 1st in the World with Olly recording the fastest time split within the team and entire event. Olly also raced all 16 events at this year’s Hampshire County Championships, winning 10 events, and medalling in the other 6.

Jim Feighery-Murphy (Karate)

Jim met his 2016 goals when he helped the Su-Ha-Ri Men’s team win the WIKF British title and most impressively the WIKF Men’s team win the EKF All Styles title for the 2nd year running. He always gives 100% when training and is an inspiration to others. Jim broke his arm the week before Europeans yet still wanted to fight in the men’s team with one arm as he didn’t want to let the team down – they went on to retain their title.

Stuart Mogg (Ice Hockey)

In 2016, Stuart signed for Basingstoke Bison for the 5th consecutive year as a semi-pro ice hockey utility player. He can play in any position and received the 2016 Coaches Player of the Season and achieved good goal stats during the season. Stuart is also part of the Southampton Spitfires Team and has been selected to represent the GB University Team for the 28th Wintergame in January 2017 in Kazkhstan.

Owen Richardson (Athletics)

Owen is a member of the Great Britain and England Squads. He is ranked UK No. 1 in 300m No. 2 in 400m for the u20 age group. 2016 highlights were winning Gold for England in the 400m and running for Great Britain in the Manchester International, winning bronze against elite international athletes. He was also invited to run in the senior British Championships and placed 5th in the 400m, against the UKs top athletes.

Bradley Sutton (Modern Pentathlon)

Bradley is a member of the Modern Pentathlon World Class Programme and is Ranked UK No 2. He won both the National Pentathlon and National Tetrathlon and was second in the National Triathlon. Bradley is part of the Modern Pentathlon Team GB National Junior Squad and trains with some of the UK’s top Olympians across Modern Pentathlon.

Spencer Turner (Swimming and Modern Biathlon)

Spencer won gold at the British Modern Biathlon Championships and one gold and two silvers at the National Masters Championships. In the British Masters Long Course, Spencer achieved one gold and one bronze and at the National Short Course Masters he retained the 200m Freestyle gold. In addition to competing in Biathlon/Aquathon, Spencer is a voluntary swim coach at Wessex Wyvern MPC where he is a positive role model for the club.


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in partnership with the Local Sports Council provide a grant scheme to assist sportsmen and women in their efforts to achieve full National, International and Olympic honours. Grants are available to provided assistance with travelling and coaching expenses, qualifications, equipment and clothing requirements.

Applications for grant aid are welcome annually between 1st September and 6th December annually with applicants being at least County Standard or equivalent within their sport and priority will be given to those performing at the higher National and International levels. Applications must be fully supported by the coach and club of the applicant and also include any other additional information that would support the grant application e.g. Press Releases.

Grant Aid Application forms are available on request from the Borough Council (01256 845685) Forms should then be sent by post or emailed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), to the Local Sports Council Secretary - Sue Hillyard, 3 Dragonfly Drive, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8RU (01256 811478).

Applicants for Grant Aid are automatically considered for the Basingstoke & Deane Annual Sports Awards and for scholarship support from the Basingstoke Sports Trust or Aquadrome.

 Previous Senior Winners


Senior Ladies

Senior Men


 Lindsey Andrews (Karate) Kevin McAuslan-Crine (Karate)


 Lindsey Andrews (Karate)  Mark Nevola (Karate)


Lindsey Andrews (Karate)

Kristof Willerton (Gymnastics)


Leonora Mackinon (Fencing) 

 Sam Goodall (Powerlifting)


Kate Robson (Triathlon)

Sam Goodall (Powerlifting)


Michelle Lloyd (Triathlon)

Robert Tobin (Athletics)


Liane Herbert (Beach Volleyball)

George Carter (Powerlifting)


Jean Maton (Powerlifting)

Andy Bonner (Powerlifting)


Danielle Bird (Football)

Tom Rees (Rugby)


Caroline Slimin (Biathlon)

Andy Bonner (Powerlifting)


Caroline Ayres (Basketball)

Robert Tobin (Athletics)


Jenny Earle (Judo & Field Athletics)

Peter Bedford (Powerlifting)


Jean Maton (Powerlifting)

Robert Tobin (Athletics)


Jean Maton (Powerlifting)

Andy Bonner (Powerlifting


Jean Maton (Powerlifting)

Steven Cross (Martial Arts)


Joan MacPherson (Discus)

Ben Candy (Modern Pentathlon)


Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting)

Ben Candy (Modern Pentathlon)


Tracy Joseph (Athletics)

Phil Tulba (Athletics)


Jenny Earle (Field Athletics)

Dean Francis (Boxing)


Melissa Cannings (Kickboxing)

James Norfolk (Cycling)


Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting)

James Norfolk (Cycling)


Linda Keough (Athletics)

Rafer Joseph (Athletics)

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