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Senior Sportswomen

Copy of Leonora Mackinnon

Ladies Winner for 2012 - Leonora Mackinnon (Fencing) 

Note that 'NATS' indicates a member of a National Sports Squad

Senior & Veteran Sportswomen 2017 Nominations .... 2018 Nominations to be added soon !

Gemma Bigg (Biathle and Marathon) NATS

Gemma competed in the Biathle Europeans for Great Britain coming 4th senior woman in her first international event. She then went on to become British Modern Triathlon Senior Champion and Second Senior woman in the British Modern Biathlon Championships.  Gemma also competed her fourth Marathon becoming ranked 10th in the u23 category in the UK in 3:28.54. She only started competing in Biathle, Modern Biathlon and Modern Triathlon since September 2016 so exceeded all expectations in 2017.

Charlotte Chalwin (Athletics)

Charlotte competed for Hampshire in the Southern Inter-Countries Championships and in the BUCS Cross Country Championships in Sheffield she achieved 48th place. She also ran the National Cross Country Championship in Nottingham and placed 63rd. Charlotte finished 3rd at the Cross de Bolbec in Normandy and also achieved the qualifying time for BUCS 10k. She also competed in Parkrun and improved her PB from 19:03 to 18:16.

Tanisha Clayton (Sprint Kayaking) NATS

In 2017, Tanisha competed in her first International representing GB in the K4 at the U23 Europeans where she placed 8th. At the U23 National Regatta she placed 3rd in the 200m after making every A final. She hit her targets all year through hard work and determination and achieved all goals set. Tanisha motivates others in her training group with her positive energy, and future targets include gaining more international experience.

Daisy Coleman (Powerboat Racing)

Daisy and her brother qualified for the inaugural P1 India World Championship in Mumbai. Televised live globally on ESPN for the first time in powerboat racing history they raced against some of the world’s best powerboat racers. They qualified with the quickest lap time across the field and then won every round to be crowned World Champions. On returning to the UK they successfully defended their national title and remain K P1 National Champions.

Cat Coveney (Modern Triathlon/Biathlon/Biathle/Triathle) VET

Cat entered the National Triathle and Biathle Championships having taught herself to shoot over the previous winter. She won the Masters age group at both events which qualified her to compete at the European Championships in July where she came 4th in the Biathle and 2nd in the Triathle for GB. Cat also competed in the British Modern Biathlon Championships where she placed 7th and she is ranked 3rd in the GB Biathle series.

Mair Edwards (Athletics) NATS

Mair is a member of both Team GB and the England squad. She was an integral member of the England team that broke the world record for the U18 ISF Swedish Medley Relay at the World Schools Cup in France, and individually won 200m Gold at the same event. She represented Great Britain at the European u20 Championships in Italy, and won bronze in the 4x400m. Mair ended the season ranked UK No. 4 u20 for 200m and No. 8 for 400m, having also broken club records for u20 100m, 200m and 300m.

Elizabeth Ferioli (Kickboxing) NATS

Liz was selected for the WAKO GB squad to compete in the World Championships in Hungary at Light Continuous Fighting where she gained a Bronze and represented GB in the points section of the World Championships where she reached the quarter finals. Liz won The WAKO British Championships Light con division in 2017, and is ranked 3rd in the WAKO world-series ranking

Farah Fonseca (Strong Woman)

Farah became England’s Strongest Woman for the second year running and Britain’s Strongest Woman 2017. She was also invited to World’s Strongest Woman and was extremely proud to be on the world’s stage. Farah managed to pull a 180kg deadlift at England’s and now has a double body weight squat – at 120kg. She was also a finalist at the Inspire Awards for ‘Young Business Person of the Year’.

Lizzie Godfrey (Swimming) VET

Lizzie was part of the team that broke 2 European and 6 British records and achieved a World Championship Bronze medal. She was also National Champion in both long and short course in all backstroke and medley events and claimed 4th at the World Masters Championships. In 2017 she achieved two lifetime bests in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly and faster splits in the freestyle relays.

Jitka Hall (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) VET

Jitka won the both the English and National Championships in 2017 along with many other wins including London Cup Champion and Bournemouth Champion.   Jitka went into 2017 without winning any major competitions so to win two national titles exceeded all expectations. She ranked 1st for her age rank and weight and is a role model for younger competitors.

Tracey Hare (Triathlon) VET / NATS

Tracey began 2017 competing at the British Triathlon championship where she achieved a bronze medal. Throughout the year she competed in many competitions and In September she joined the Great Britain Age Group Triathlon Team and competed at the ITU World Championship in Rotterdam where she finished 7th out of 77 competitors.

Shelley Ludford (Judo) NATS

Shelley won silver in junior and bronze in senior at the British Judo Championships. She competed in competitions in Europe where she achieved two 5th places and a bronze medal and is a member of the British Judo – Pathway 2020. . Shelley trains full time at the British Judo Centre of Excellence in Walsall. 2017 saw Shelley meet all her performance goals and she also attended a sports aid event where she showed judo throws to a kid’s summer camp.

Leonora Mackinnon (Fencing) NATS

2017 saw Leonora continue to improve her results in major competitions, despite only part-time training in order to complete her degree. She got her best Senior World Championship results, 45th, and won two satellites as well as achieving four top 64 finishes at World Cups. Leonora is also the University Champion for both the UK and Canada and is part of the Canadian National Team.

Kate Metalli (Rowing)

Kate was part of the only Oxford Brookes Boat Club Crew to get to the Henley Women’s final. Qualifying for Henley women’s regatta final in a record time and losing to a crew who broke the all-time course record by 15 seconds. Kate also won bronze at Ghent International Regatta, which was her first international medal, against a strong set of women’s crews. She achieved a PB in her 2000m test and the squad were ranked 4th women’s 8s at Metropolitan regatta.

Mandi Miles (Karate/Tai Chi) Disability, VET

Mandi competed in the World Union of Karate Do Federations European Championships in Romania, where she achieved a Gold Medal in Kata. At the same event, she was part of the opening ceremony, with Lindsey Andrews, showcasing Adapted Karate and able bodied Karate side by side with no compromise and no discrimination.  At one of her ‘warm up’ events in the Spring, Mandi won a Gold medal and a Silver medal for her Kata.

Fleur Parker (Swimming) VET

Fleur was a member of the ‘dream team’ that set 2 European records in the 4x100m and 4x200m Freestyle in 2017. The team won bronze at the World Masters Championships in Budapest and placed 4th in the Medley relay. She broke many PB’s during the year, including going 60 seconds for 100 free individually. Fleur had numerous successes both at County, Regional and National level throughout the year and is a positive role model for younger swimmers.

Beverley Rodgers (Powerlifting) VET

Beverley won the British Masters Classic Championship and All England Championship in 2017 along with numerous international medals following travels to Belarus and South Africa. She set new PB’s in all lifts, placing 6th overall in the World Classic Powerlifting Championships and 2nd overall in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships whilst representing Team GB.   Beverley also holds the British Benchpress record.

Nicole Rogers (Bowls) NATS

In 2017, Nicole broke into the top 10 of the Senior Ladies European rankings and was selected as one of 2 girls to compete at the World under 25 Championships where she came joint 7th. Nicole also managed to retain her place in the England under 25 team which retained the British Isles series and she reached her first National semi-final in the Champion of Champions competitions where she had to beat 2 senior internationals.

Alfie Wright (Bench Press) Disability

Alfie is the 62+ Category British Champion and English Champion. She continuously shows dedication and commitment to her sport and gives 110% in every session. Being disabled inspires Alfie to be achieve more every single day and the improvements she has made in the year are outstanding. Alfie is an inspiration to many and had multiple wins in 2017 despite juggling a busy family and work schedule.

Previous Winners of the Senior Sportswoman Award .....

2019 -  2018 - 
2017 - 2016 - Leonora Mackinon (Fencing)
2015 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate) 2014 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate)
2013 - Lindsey Andrews (Karate) 2012 - Leonora Mackinon (Fencing)
2011 - Kate Robson (Triathlon) 2010 - Michelle Lloyd (Triathlon)
2009 - Liane Herbert (Beach Volleyball) 2008 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting)
2007 - Danielle Bird (Football) 2006 - Caroline Slimin (Biathlon)
2005 - Caroline Ayres (Basketball) 2004 - Jenny Earle (Judo & Field Athletics)
2003 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2002 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting)
2001 - Jean Maton (Powerlifting) 2000 - Joan MacPherson (Discus)
1999 - Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting) 1998 - Tracy Joseph (Athletics)
1997 -  Jenny Earle (Field Athletics) 1996 - Melissa Cannings (Kickboxing)
1995 - Jean Wheeler (Powerlifting) 1994 - Linda Keough (Athletics)

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 at 3 Dragonfly Drive, Lychpit, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8RU

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.

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