Could three Sussex Sports Awards be on way to Chichester?

Lois Peake is one of the Chichester-area award nominees
Lois Peake is one of the Chichester-area award nominees

The shortlist for the 13th annual Sussex Sports Awards has been announced and it features three Observer area nominees.

The black tie event, to be held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on Friday, November 27, will celebrate the achievements of Sussex sports stars and welcome a special guest, London 2012 heptathlete Louise Hazel with regular host BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike.

Hazel will be on hand to inspire the audience and young athletes with her tales and anecdotes as she worked her way up to claim international recognition.

Nominees from Chichester include Lois Peake of North Mundham Table Tennis Club, shortlisted for the Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year award.

Aged just 18, this year Peake became the first person from Sussex in more than 40 years to represent England at full international level at table tennis.

Having previously represented her country at school and junior levels, she has travelled across the UK for training – including a week in China. She recently played for England in Russia and is due to play in the Commonwealth Championships in India in November.

Chichester clubs have a long history of producing top sporting talent and this year is no different.

Meanwhile, Chichester District Council has been shortlisted for the Workplace Challenge award. This year the council have delivered a number of successful workplace health initiatives.

A team of voluntary workplace health activators have been recruited covering all council departments. Each activator is expected to generate formal and informal opportunities for physical activity participation, raise awareness of national/local health and wellbeing campaigns (eg Reaching Rio), and be an ambassador for good health within their service.

Open activity sessions have been set up for all staff, including a lunchtime running club, pre-work gym sessions, and regular competitive football/basketball/badminton fixtures against other local organisations. A staff choir, yoga and pilates sessions are also available.

Jess Breach has also been shortlisted for the University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year award. Breach has played rugby since she was seven, initially as part of a boys’ team on Sundays at Chichester Rugby Club.

Over the past five years she has been in the London and south-east divisional squad both in the 15 and seven-a-side squads. For the past four years she has been in a talent development group – a national selection of the most promising 24 players in the country.

She took part in trials and was successfully selected for the first under-18 England women’s sevens squad to take part in the FIRA European Championships. Breach was 16 at the time, there were 12 countries competing in Sweden and she played every game scoring nine tries and England won every game and were crowned European champions.

Sadie Mason, Active Sussex chief executive, said: “Chichester clubs have a long history of producing top sporting talent and this year is no different.

“In 2014 the region had no less than ten nominees and this success has been carried on into 2015 as we get set to celebrate the achievements made by clubs, sports stars, coaches, and volunteers across the area.

“I would like to congratulate all of those who have been shortlisted and wish all nominees the best of luck ahead of what promises to be another memorable Sussex Sports Awards.”

The full shortlist...

The Grand Hotel Club of the Year

Brighton Table Tennis Club

Westerleigh Judokwai Hastings & Rother Special Olympics GB

Wickers Gymnastics Club

Coach of the Year

Ben Lewis

Kim Stenning

Jim Colston

University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

Fred Bridges

Jordan Okonta

Holly Tadman

Sport England Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Alison Groves

Paul Everest

Pat Dartnell

Primary School of the Year

Summerlea Community Primary School

Orchards Junior School

Thomas A Becket Junior School

Sportivate Project of the Year

Sportivate Brighton and Hove Hockey Hot Stars

Community Basketball Innovation Project

Eastbourne Handball Club

Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

Daphne Belt

Lois Peake

Zara Williams

Team of the Year

Bexhill Giants Basketball Club

SCLGA Sussex Ladies Golf First Team

Worthing Swimming Club Mens Water Polo Team

BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award

David Buckett

David Fickeweiler

Margaret Tuppen

Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

Gary Vidgeon

Nik Bedwell

Sarah Harding

Workplace Challenge Award

Expand Executive Search LLP

1st Central Insurance

Chichester District Council

University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year

Jessica Breach

Amber Anning

Larissa Partridge

Juice 107.2 Young Team of the Year

Hurst College 1st XI Cricket Team

Sussex U16 Judo Team

Killabeez (Streetfunk)

Young Volunteer of the Year

Dan Cannons

Toby Jaques

Mia Bailey

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