Dedicated and talented young sports lovers and artists packed the Desborough Suite in Maidenhead Town Hall last night.
They were there for the 11th annual presentation evening of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's bursary awards for sports and the arts. The Celebration of Leisure and Cultural Achievement 2012 was sponsored by the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust and the borough.
'Star quality' guests included British equestrian Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen and Windsor based author and historian David Bullock, a police community support officer whose work with the homeless won him a national award.
The Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner and Louis Baylis Trustee Peter Murcott were among the guests.
During the evening 48 bursaries were presented to young sportsmen, seven to coaches and 17 to young artists.
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The pupils at St Mary's School in Cookham Road, Maidenhead, live in Courthouse Road. Ben is a determined chap who broke his leg last December but fought back to win two silver and two bronze medals at the Bracknell swimming gala. Poppy, eight, belongs to the Phoenix Gym Club and hopes to have a major future in gymnastics, after coming third in the Berkshire qualifiers this season.
Elliott Thorne, 12, knows what he wants in life. Elliott, of Queensway, Maidenhead set two athletics records when he came first in the Bracknell AA Championships. He also came first in Tring and Dacorum Pentathlon and the Kingston U13's inter county championships. He has been unbeaten this season in high jump, long jump and hurdles events.He is a pupil at Furze Platt Senior School.
Lauren Gillard, 18, has won a bursary for her work as a gymnastics coach.The former Newlands School pupil hopes to open her own gym in the Royal Borough.She coaches 11 hours a week and recently took nine girls aged seven to 12 to competitions in Jersey and Devon where they received 49 medals.
Nicholas Rowe, 10, knew what he wanted to do at a young age. Nicholas goes to St Edmund Campion School in Altwood Road and is a keen and successful young tennis and badminton player. He has competed a number of competitions and has his eyes on a sporting career.
Sam Brett, 19, is already playing gigs round the area. He is grateful to the teacher at Desborough School who three and half years ago helped him make his own EP record and hopes to make a second soon. Now Sam is studying music performance at Reading College. He has supported Scottish singer songwriter Nina Nesbitt and appeared at the 02 venue in Islington. He intends to keep going until he has made his mark.
A special community award was made to Sarfraz Khan after he won gold at the Berkshire Youth Pool Championships in March. The ambitious 18-year-old went on to represent Berkshire in the South East Pool championships at Chichester in April where he won bronze. He is a member of the Youth Centre in Marlow Road.
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