The Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards 2023

The local sports scene sparkled at the 2023 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards, held last night at Newport's Medina Theatre. The event honoured the Island's sporting stars, with high emotions and pride palpable among those present.

The hall was packed with a large crowd of guests, including the shortlisted nominees, their proud families, team-mates and enthusiastic supporters, all coming together to celebrate outstanding sporting achievements by Islanders.

The task of narrowing down the winners from the impressive list of nominees fell to an independent panel of judges - a significant challenge given the high calibre of entries across the board.

The awards spanned a wide variety of categories, recognising remarkable achievements from youngsters involved in school sports and rising stars to those making waves on local, national and international stages. The ceremony also shone a light on the unsung heroes - the volunteers whose dedication underpins the success of clubs, schools, and sports at both junior and adult levels. Their dedication to nurturing the spirit of sport on the Island received the applause it truly deserved.

Presenting the awards were ITN politics correspondents, Romilly Weeks, who grew up on the Island, and veteran local journalist, Lucy Morgan.

The Isle of Wight Sports Foundation chairman, Claire Beasley, said: “Welcome to a wonderful evening celebrating sport with 28 awards. Thanks to our sponsors, adjudicating panel, and High Sheriff. Thanks to you for attending and enjoy the evening.”

Congratulations to the 2023 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards Winners!

Junior Boys

Harrison Hendy

Harrison Hendy, 14, from Arreton, achieved a remarkable third place on the European Youth Tour in Holland and won the British Schools Hill Climb event, among many other cycling achievements.

Club Official

David Beckingham

David, of Newport, has dedicated more than 30 years to volunteering as a swimming judge on the Island and across Great Britain. His nominator says without his support, swimmers on the Island and across the nation would not be able to compete.

Intermediate Girls

Matilda Moore (Pip Pibey Collecting)

Matilda Moore, 16, from Cowes, has been selected for the Northern Ireland Under 17 Short Squad and will be competing at the European Netball Championships this month. She has also been selected by mainland club Swans, Millfield School, Ryde School and Island clubs.

Disability Senior Men

Zac Lacey (Abi Lacey collecting)

Zac Lacey, 23, won gold at the DSISO European Champs winning Gold in the 200 fly, Silver in 100 fly at the Global Games in Vichy and also retained two titles at the British Downs Syndrome Championships.

Junior Teams

Shanklin & Sandown Rowing Club 14 Girls Quad

Layla Katirewa, Ella Haydon, Immy Burfitt and Izzy Bounds went out in all weathers and were able to beat crews from all along the South Coast in the end-of-season championships at Folkestone for the second year running.

Island Games Outstanding Sports Team Achievement

Island Games Shooting Team

The amazingly successful 15-person shooting team took part in just 29 of the 43 shooting events at the Island Games. However they still managed a fantastic performance in winning 23 medals.

Disability Senior Women

Laura Curwood

Triathlete Laura Curwood (30) finished second in the 2023 London Excel Triathlon in her age category and also won the Para Super Sprint class at the Arctic One Para Triathlon Festival.

Joint Junior Girls

Ellora Jones and Alice Critchison

Ellora Jones, 10, from Newport, is with the Legacy Gymnastics Academy Jones and is part of the elite women’s artistic gymnastics squad. She has performed consistently well throughout 2023 and secured an all-round first at Basingstoke.

Alice Critchison, 10, is from Niton. During 2023 Alice and her ponies accumulated over 229kms and made her way up the ranking to be placed in the top three junior riders in the country.

Senior Women

Pip Smith

Pip Smith, of Calbourne, achieved her lifetime dream for all equestrians, winning the Supreme Championship in the Mountain and Moorland Section of the Horse of the Year show held in Birmingham.

Making a Difference

Gemma Cowley

Gemma Cowley, of Cranmore, is chairman of Isle of Wight Netball and has made a big difference to the sport, including introducing walking netball sessions, Bee Netball and club netball, which has seen an increase in membership and participation.

Club Volunteer

Pauline Proud

Pauline, of Wootton, has represented Bowls IOW for more than 40 years and continues to work as a volunteer on the executive committee to promote the game and encourage others. She is a former national champion and a life member of Bowls Isle of Wight.

Service to Sport

Dave Ball

David, of Newport, is a legend in Island rugby and is only now, in his eighties, stepping down from his role as a coach to generations of pupils at Ryde School. He has also coached Island senior teams and in Hampshire.

Lifetime Achievement

Harry Kirby

Isle of Wight Hockey Club legend Harry is still involved with the club at the age of 80, having been part of the set up for 50 years. His nominator says that even now he is always there to encourage senior and junior players from the sidelines.

Island Games Outstanding Individual Achievement

Kevin Chant

Kevin Chant won individual and team gold in the Men’s Road Time Trial at the 2023 International Island Games, becoming the first IW rider to win an individual medal at the games since 2011, and also helping to secure the team gold medal

Outstanding Commitment

Trevor Davies

Trevor Davies of Newport has dedicated the last 45 years to teaching generations of children to swim. He is one of the remaining founder members of Seaclose Swimming Club, which was set up back in 1978.

Primary Sporting School

The Bay CE Primary School

Intermediate Boys

Harvey Abbott

Harvey Abbott, 15, of Sandown, finished with a bronze medal at the Kickboxing European Championships, after he was selected following victory at the British Championships. He also achieved other victories during 2023.


Shannon Betts

Shannon Betts of Newport, is the head coach at Legacy Elite Gymnastics Academy. Her high standards of coaching have seen multiple squad members reach both the south regional grades and south regional classic challenge finals this year - a first for IW gymnastics.

Senior Men

Dominic Marsh

Dominic Marsh, 22, of Lake, achieved several bronze medals at kickboxing World Cup events in Turkey, Austria and Italy and was selected for the GB team for the World Championships in 2023. He has also started entering boxing matches and is an inspirational coach.

Masters Women

Emily Fry

Emily Fry, 40, of Newport, won gold in the long jump and silver in the 100m at the British Masters Athletics Championships. She also won gold at the Southern Vets Championships and competed in the Island Games, finishing sixth.

Masters Men

Daniel Eckersley

Dan Eckersley, 37, of Cowes, took gold in the European Masters Athletics Championships 3,000m Steeplechase, Gold in the British Masters Championships, and was narrowly beaten to second place in the open Island Games 3,000m event.

The Ray & Rosemary Scovell Trust Community Award

Ian Broadsmith

Ian Broadsmith is well known across the Island for the the effort and enthusiasm he has for basketball. He was nominated for the time he gives to children of all ages to provide the opportunity for them to play basketball and improve their skills.

Intermediate Team

Shanklin & Sandown Rowing Club J-16 Double

Carter Horrix and Louis Sheasby had a very successful 2016 season, including winning gold at the Inter-Regional Championships. They have now been accepted onto the Great Britain J-16 Pathway,

Secondary Sporting School

St Georges School

Senior Team

Shanklin Bowling Club Mens A Team & Ryde Marina ladies


Disability Team

 IW Cricket Board Disability Super 9’s

The full list of nominations:

Junior Boys: William Bradley, Remy Deegan, Aleksander Giezma-Pipe, Will Haines, Harrison Hendy, Oliver Mayo, Archibald Pearson. Junior Girls: Emily Bunn, Alice Critchison, Kasia Mae Delaney, Olivia Johnson, Ellora Jones, Mollie Sheath, Alice Wroath-Hickley. Coach: Shannon Betts, Martin Blackman, Steve Hobday, Tom McInnes. Intermediate Boys: Harvey Abbott, Freddie Giezma-Pipe. Intermediate Girls: Lucy Collins, Poppy Grace Cullen, Amelia Wroath-Hickley, Naomi Holdsworth, Matilda Moore. Club Official: David Beckingham, Joe Cave, Steve Dines, Dave Everson , Rod Gardiner, Ray Ridett. Primary Sporting Schools: Binstead Primary School, Carisbrooke Primary School, Newchurch Primary School, Niton Primary School, Priory School of our Lady of Walsingham, The Bay CE Primary School. Secondary Sporting Schools: Cowes Enterprise College, Priory School of our Lady of Walsingham, St George’s School. Island Games Outstanding Sports Team Achievement: Island Games Shooting Team Island Games Outstanding Individual Achievement: Kevin Chant Senior Men: Dan Bishop, Dominic Marsh, Nick Percy. Senior Women: Jennie Cartwright, Pip Smith. Club volunteer: David Cassell, Melanie Collins, Arielle Elton-Walters, Fiona Graham, Ross Hammond, Katherine Leather, Pauline Proud, Bob Wickham and Keith Williams. Disability Seniors: Zac Lacey, Laura Curwood. Making a Difference: Gemma Cowley, Quest Sailing Team, Sarah Marie Tyrell-Jones. Masters Men: Dan Eckersley  Masters Women: Jenny Ball, Emily Fry, Kim Holmes Junior Teams: Arreton Rebels, Gurnard Sailing Club Tera Squad, Sandown-Shanklin Rowing Club Under 14 Girls Quad, Nettlestone Primary Under-11 girls football team. Intermediate Team: Sandown Shanklin Rowing Club J16 Double, Ryde Rowing Club under-16 squad, Island Games Swimming Team. Senior teams. Island Games Women’s Half Marathon Team, Isle of Wight men’s football team, Kev Sampson, Gareth Crofts and Richard Russell, Ryde Marina Ladies’ Bowls, Shanklin Bowls Club Men’s A Team. Disability Team: Isle of Wight Cricket Board Disability Super 9’s Junior International: Boe Howell International: Liz Dunlop, Jan Fletcher, Henry McLuckie, Brandon Robinson-Thompson Lifetime Achievement: Harry Kirby Service to Sport: David Ball