County awards for West Oxfordshire sports stars
Triathlete Graham Kiff and freestyle kickboxer Imogen Shayler, both from Witney, each won gold at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2008.
Mr Kiff, 40, who is the current Blind World Triathlon Champion, scooped first prize in the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year category at the awards ceremony on Friday night (November 7th) at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.
Wood Green school pupil Miss Shayler, 15, who is the current European Grand Champion, European Champion and World Champion continuous 2006-8, was named Young Sportsperson of the Year.
The awards are organised by the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership (OSP) to recognise the tremendous amount of sporting talent in the county.
Judges said they were impressed by the “dedication” of Mr Kiff, who in the past year has gone from not exercising to training six days a week and becoming world class in his field. They praised Miss Shayler’s “commitment” and congratulated her on a string of successes in the past 12 months.
Both Mr Kiff and Miss Shayler were nominated by West Oxfordshire District Council., which is a member of the OSP. They each received Achievement Awards (Mr Kiff £250 and Miss Shayler £220) last year from the Council as part of a grants scheme to support the development of sportspeople in West Oxfordshire.
Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health, said: “Both Graham and Imogen are deserving winners and I would like to congratulate them on behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council. The Council is proud to support sports performers such as Graham and Imogen. They are superb role models and wonderful ambassadors for West Oxfordshire.”
Cllr Biles also congratulated four other West Oxfordshire sportspeople who were shortlisted for the award finals. They were: Eleanor Hubbert (Disabled Sportsperson of the Year); Tom Butler (Extreme Sportsperson of the Year); Jack Taylor (Junior Sportsperson of the Year); Elizabeth House (Unsung Hero).
There were 12 award categories. For a full list of winners, visit www.oxfordshiresport.org
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