AWARDS NIGHT: Skater hockey coach wins accolade

Witney Gazette: Some of the winners at the Chipping Norton awards (from left): Dave Edwards (18 & over sportsperson of the year), Roberta Javie (Chipping Norton Bowls Club), Matilda Donaghy (Under 11 sportsperson), Carole Thornhill (Chipping Norton Bowls Club), Some of the winners at the Chipping Norton awards (from left): Dave Edwards (18 & over sportsperson of the year), Roberta Javie (Chipping Norton Bowls Club), Matilda Donaghy (Under 11 sportsperson), Carole Thornhill (Chipping Norton Bowls Club),

Chipping Norton skater hockey club coach Dave Edwards was among the winners at the town’s annual sports awards.

Around 200 people attended the fifth annual ceremony at the town hall, with Mayor Mike Tysoe guest of honour.

Edwards, 32, won the over 18 sportsperson award after setting up the street hockey team in 2009 to promote minority sports to young people.

And he now has the largest under 14 team in Britain, as well as three playing for the national team.

Edwards, from Woodstock, said: “I was really pleased with the award because I’ve put a lot of effort into it.”

Alice Powell got a special award for her achievements in motorsport.

Chipping Norton School’s under 12 rugby team won the under 18 team award after triumphing in district and county competitions last season.

Pupil Tom Martin, 16, also won the sportsperson award for ages 11 to 17.

OTHER WINNERS Olympic Legacy: 1 Higher Energy Trampoline Club coaching team; 2 W Ford (shooting); 3 Chippy Trixsters Skater Hockey Club.

Under 11 Sportsperson: M Donaghy (athletics).

Ages 11-17 Sportsperson: T Martin (eventing).

Over 18 Sportsperson: D Edwards (street hockey).

Under 18 Team Award: Chipping Norton School under 12 Rugby Team.

Over 18 Team Award: The Ten’s Team, Chipping Norton Bowls Club.

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