Vote for Luton Sports Personality of 2016
David Burrell: Coach for Luton AC, coaching athletes at grassroots, county, national and international level. He coaches Jamie Potton-Burrell, unbeaten whilst competing for Luton AC and Thames Valley Hunters (British League Div 1) whilst Joanna Blair, Javelin Thrower, won the English and British Championships, winning twice in international competition, now 7th on the all time ranking list. He coaches County champions in shot, hammer, javelin and discus.
Jennie Reed: Red Devils netball team coach, umpire and player, her input helped the team become; Divisional Cup Winners, League Winners, Cup Winners, Versatility Winners, Most Goals Scored Trophy. 2016: Awarded Long Service Award from Luton Dunstable District League, and has dedicated over 51 years to netball and the league. Started umpiring and playing age 15, passing higher coaching, umpiring levels through the years. She has helped many youngsters, and adults, develop their game.
Michael Malone: Bedford FC and Kempston Rovers value his in depth performance analysis and coaching, which maximises individual and team performances, skills which led to coaching youth players as well; all whilst studying for a BSc degree. Luton Town 1st team also benifited from his talents for match analysis. Organising a tournament raised £1500 for MacMillan Cancer Support and he supports PAN disability sessions. His commitment and talent are impressive.
Helen Morris: A valued member of Stopsley Striders for 30 years, always the first at club nights to set up, and support any new or inexperienced runners. No longer competing, she still runs twice weekly to help beginners and make all feel welcome. She organises monthly socials. Her knowledge of running and the club is unrivalled.
Amber Lewsey: National League hockey goalkeeper, age 16, regularly coaching goalkeepers in Luton, from youth teams to seniors. Her experience, knowledge and coaching qualities are impressive in someone so young, and her inspired coaching has generated interest, helping participation grow, while she also competes in Premier League hockey for Slough, with all the training commitment that entails.
Courtenay Harding: a highly motivated young leader, and Chairman of Bedford FA Youth Council and involved with the Futures Football Programme, volunteering over 300 hours in 2016, when she was also project manager for Youth Coaching. She delivered the Young Coach Mentor schemes, supporting the development of 20 young coaches. She is a great role model and inspires others.
Pat Geddes: An active member and player at Leighton Buzzard Netball Club for over 30 years, undertaking many club roles, mainly as Treasurer and now as Chairman, overseeing the management of finances, training, umpires and social events. She is Match Secretary for 53 teams in the Luton and Dunstable Netball League, collating and updating website tables and results, and organises the competitions for the 53 teams which enter the Leighton Buzzard Junior Tournament.
Joanna Blair: a Luton AC javelin thrower unbeaten by any British athlete in 2016. She won the British Championships, beating the previous British and 2008 Olympic Bronze medallist and now ranked 7th in GB of all time throwers. She is County champion of Bedfordshire and Inter County champion. She won 2 England internationals and the International Throw meeting in Portugal.
Kerry Large: Invited to represent her country in the paratriathlon, with only 3 months training, and starting a new event, Kerry has surpassed all expectations in 2016. She won silver at her first event in the World Series competitions, then another silver and bronze. In the World Paratriathlon Final in Rotterdam she came 5th and finished as the first British athlete. 3rdin the National Paratriathlon Champs.
Safa Ghafar: Captain of Beech Hill Primary cricket team, she led her team to victory in the Luton Schools Inter Cricket League and Sainsbury's School Games in Luton. Scoring 24 runs in the final over secured victory. She leads by example with her passion for sport, inspiring others to play. She helps coach younger pupils at Beech Hill. Now playing for LTICC as U11 Captain, she is a phenomenal talent, with great ability and prospects for the future.
Jordan Homann: In 2016, while 16, she was selected for England U18s. Played for England U16s through 2016, in the Six Nations Tournament, and versus Holland, Scotland and Belgium. Scored for her club 1st X1, winning promotion to the National Hockey League, and for club U16s to win silver in the National Final. With amazing tenacity and commitment, which includes the many hours training for country, club, college, plus college work. She volunteers to coach younger club players.
Robert Barnes: An expert sailor and runner, his dedication to running particularly is truly remarkable. He came 3rd in the St Peters Way 45 mile race, 6th in the 86 mile Ridgeway Challnege. His most recent great achievement was completing the Three Peaks Yacht Race, a team event, sailing Barmouth to Fort William, running up Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, coming 6th overall, running the equivalent of 3 marathons in 3 days.
Kwesi Edubatey: at Luton Allstars FC, overseeing administration for 28 teams, 46 coaches, 869 members. Gives 24 hours per week volunteering, whilst working full time. Dedicated and passionate with great organisational and leadership skills, under him the club has “grown” by 8 teams. Qualified referee and coach, & selected to be on the County FH Coaches Development Group, he has formed 2 new girls teams and overseen his club Charter Standard Development Status.
Nasem Khan: Member of the Luton, Dunstable & District Netball committee as Secretary, organising umpire training days, scoring workshops, mentoring new umpires, & arranging umpires for Cup and finals games. She is a player, Level 2 coach and umpires for any local team plus regional competitions. She leads Back to Netball sessions, getting people back into sport with her enthusiasm and dedication, as well as being part of a group that coaches 6 local teams.
Bryn Owen: LTHC Level 2 hockey Coach for the mens & ladies senior development teams twice weekly, & after school clubs, bringing children to hockey. As 1st X1 captain he played, dealt with matches & training, & organised a Summer League for over 100 players. Umpiring weekly, often twice in a weekend. Modest, witty, an inspiration, particularly when treated for cancer late in 2016. Whenever well enough, he continues supporting the teams & other coaches.
Ella Dagnall: Luton Town HC 1st XI team captain, conscientious and caring especially for younger players, and coach to the Under 8 juniors. Chosen as Ladies Club Captain, coping with any problems in the ladies section. Also Membership Secretary, collating payments and database for club and NGB. She organised social events eg Ladies Night and Xmas party, and umpiring at weekends. Tirelessly working for the club and still finding time to raise money with the Help for Heroes hockey team.
Elaine Yeatman: Treasurer of the Luton & Dunstable Netball League, whilst also helping organise tournaments, club competitions and compiling all the league fixtures. She is very proactive with fund raising and works very hard to secure sponsorship to keep the league viable. She spends many hours umpiring, managing the Black Pearl Netball Club, spending time and expertise to develop netball, and is known for her friendly, warm attitude.
Chloe Baxter: Sports Project Officer managing the recreational sport programme ‘Get into Sport’ at Bedfordshire Uni. From May, already organised 10+ taster sessions, and 60+ different weekly sport sessions. 420 staff and students registered for the programme in the first 7 months, thanks to her promotional work & great sessions. Set up wheelchair basketball, table tennis & archery. Over 1000 people attended taster days and thousands more attended weekly sessions.
Mohammed Mahed: 19 years old, he dedicates his life to making a difference to ASR FC Elite, to the development of adult and youth players. He has qualified as an FA sports coach and Sports Leader, coaches children and adults, referees youth football matches and is Secretary at the football club, which entails a great deal of organisation and paperwork. A young man striving for change, who also
raises funds for charities.
"Luton Sports Network was launched in July 2007. The group can be traced
back to the Luton Sports Council that existed for many years in Luton
prior to that. In whatever form it has done excellent work on behalf of
the voluntary sports clubs and continues to serve them today. In 2014,
the Luton Sports Network became part of Active Luton but retains its
role as the independent role as the voice and advocate for voluntary
sport in the town. Its new board brings together key partners and
stakeholders from health, education and the community that share a
common desire to improve the provision of sport in the borough to
deliver Luton Sports Network's Action Plan. "
The purpose of the Luton Sports Network is:
By working with local partners affiliated to the Luton Sports Network our role in the community is: