British Wheelchair Basketball presented its first ever club awards celebration dinner this evening, held as part of the National Club Awards, hosted at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships at the University of Worcester Arena.
Eight award categories were announced with an emphasis on recognising clubs with a strong volunteer base and positive engagement with young people.
The awards are sponsored by the Richard Langhorn Trust, established in 1994 in memory of the Harlequins Player who tragically died aged 29 years old.
Jo Richard, Development Director of British Wheelchair Basketball said:
“The awards are a great showcase of what the talented club volunteers achieve day to day for British Wheelchair Basketball. There were some tough decisions to be made and all of the clubs shortlisted tonight have made a significant contribution to growing the sport.”
Malcolm Tarkenter, Chairman of British Wheelchair Basketball said:
“The atmosphere this evening was electric. Without the blood, sweat and tears of volunteers, wheelchair basketball would not have been able to fulfill it’s ambitious growth post 2012.”
The winners were:
Junior of the year
Gregg Warburton (Owls)
Frankie Jones (Mid Wales Meteors)
Volunteer of the Year
Ben Humphrey (Swindon Shock)
Thomas Seaborne (Cardiff Celts)
Official of the Year
Digital Innovators of the Year
Thames Valley Kings & Cardiff Celts
Club of the year
Tees Valley Titans
Service to Wheelchair Basketball
Steve Spilka (Hereward Heat)