Sports Achiever Of The Month Awards

Sports Achiever Of The Month Awards


2016 February

Under 18: Barbara De Koning, Ousedale School

Barbara excels at cross country but has a talent for multi-sports including swimming, netball and football.

  • Following her XC race at the beginning of the month, she got preselected into the inter-counties in March that is said to be one of the most amazing XC events of the season. Last weekend Barbara had the 4th match of the Chiltern XC League. She smashed it, became club champion with a gold medal and finished 2nd in her league.
  • Following the XC race last Saturday in Luton, she had swim counties at Aylesbury on Sunday where she left with two beautiful trophies. She started with a 400m IM in the morning, knocking off 14sec and finished 3rd in the county. Later on she swam 400m free with a big PB and became a finalist in this event as well.
  • In the  Bucks Schools XC race Barbara became second in the year 8 & 9 race and got preselected to the English Schools XC Championships . She was said that she would be the second runner in the pin which is great as it will be a single line one. She is very happy with her result and looks forward to taking part in the English Schools.
  • Also, just last Saturday, she ran in the South of England XC race at Parliament Hill. It is said to be the most amazing but toughest XC course. She finished 36th out of 268 runners, which is a great improvement compared to last year when she was 84th.

Not only does Barbara compete in cross country and swimming to a high level she represents Ousedale school in netball and football an cross country. During February

  • she played in the netball team match that they won against year 9 girls at Oakgrove
  • she played in the football team match that they drew 1-1 and she managed to score the Ousedale goal.


2016 January

Under 18: Naana Oppon, Milton Keynes Gymnastics Club

2015 Elite/FIG British Champion 9 – 10

Youngest ever member to be selected for the world cup in Loule in 2015 and was the Under 13 Champion

Great Britain National Squad Member for 2015 / 16,  She hopes to become world and European champion in her age group in 2016.

Over 18:  Emma Goodwin, Bletchley Powerlifting Club

Emma has recently competed in

  • the East Midlands Novice Open Championships
  • the British Classic Powerlifting championships.
  • the All England Powerlifting Championships

Emma has only been powerlifting for 18 months when she entered the East Midlands novice competition which she won.

She now has British and All England Status and has been asked to lift at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Canada as well as the four nation’s competition.

She lifts in the 52kg class – 105kg in the Squat,  67.5kg in the Bench Press and 150kg in the Deadlift.

2015 December

Over 18:  Rachel Gibbons, Marshal Milton Keynes Athletics Club

– South of England Championships 1st Pole Vault,
– London Inter-Club Challenge 3rd Pole Vault 4.05m (Club Record)
– Southern Athletic League 1st High Jump at 1.73m
personal best and 2nd in the club all time rankings
– 1st Long Jump 5.58m – personal best and 4th in the club all time rankings.   – Inter County Championships 6th in Pole Vault

Rachel has been a member of the athletics club for 15 years and during that time has won Southern, National and Inter-County titles. She beat a higher-ranked athletes to take the South of England South of England Senior Title.

All this despite serious injury which she fought to get back to the top of her sport. She is very inspiring.

2015 November

No Nominations

2015 October

Under 18: Joe Amer,   Abbey Hill Golf Club

Joe won the American Golf Junior Championships he scored 49 Stableford points at the Championships held in Lincolnshire and came through qualifying at Thurrock Park before claiming the national title.

Abbey Hill Golf Club are extremely proud of Joe’s success to get to the final was outstanding and then go on to win is a phenomenal accomplishment.

Over 18: Carley Devereux-JonesWolverton Town Bowls Club

Carly’s achievements this year include

a) winning the Bucks U-25 Ladies Singles competition

b)  Skip ( Captain) of Wolverton Town ladies team that finished 3rd in the Bucks County Competition “The Burnham Plate”,

en route to this position the ladies beat Olney twice, Scots Bowls Club, Stony Stratford, Princes Risborough and Burnham.  Carly was also a member of the Wolverton Town team that won the Bletchley and District Mixed Bowls League, beating North Crawley in the Final and she also won the Bowls Club’s own internal “ Fixed Jack competition.

2015 Sept

Under 14 Ice Hockey Team, Milton Keynes Junior Ice Hockey Club (MK Storm)

Congratulations to the MK Storm under 14 ice hockey team for winning the Southern B league and gaining promotion to the A league this season!

Following the refurbishment of the ice rink they returned to PIanet Ice in November 2014 and went from strength to strength.

A team of mixed ability who demonstrated considerable team spirit, determination and enthusiasm throughout the season.

Their commitment and effort enabled them to win the league undefeated, despite some challenging games.

A huge well done to the team, manager and coach for a fantastic achievement.

2015 August

No Nominations

2015 July

Under 18: James Kettle,  Shenley Junior Squash Club

James competed in the English under 11  championships in Sheffields Hallamshire Squash Club against the best young squash players in the country. it was his first national level event and he managed to win 4 of his 6 matches, beating the 11th and 19th ranked players along the way to a 25th place finish.

2015 June

Under 18: Jack Leahy, Sport MK Gymnastics Club

Winner of the 2015 Tumbling World Cup (11-12yr) @ St Petersburg, Russia

Jack has just returned from this competition where he was the only GB tumbler in the final against the Russians…  and he won !!!

2015 May

Super One Rotax Series

Under 18:  Joe Turney, KR Sport Kart Club

Winner Round 2 of the 2015 British Kart Championships. This was Joe’s first Championship win and follows 2014 when he was ranked #10 in the UK.


2015 March 

No nominations were submitted


2015 February

Junior U18 Award:     Isobel Blake Hurworth
                        Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics

Isobel completed at the London Indoor Games on Sunday 25th January in the U13 girls 60m hurdles and 200m. It was her first time completing indoors and first time ever in the 60m hurdles. She gave a splendid performance to come 2nd in her heat in the hurdles in 11.03 seconds to qualify for the final, where she came a very close 4th. Later in the day she ran an amazing 200m to knock 2 seconds off her personal best in the 200m to finish in 30.75 seconds, finishing 1st in her heat.

Team Award:  Bucks County U17 Badminton Team – Winners of the Rio Tophy, Invitation Event.

Bucks sent a very young team to Yorkshire to compete in the Rio Tournament which is run by Yorkshire Badminton Association and is by invite only.

On the Saturday the team played Hertfordshire wining 14-1;  they then went on to play Warwickshire and beat them 13-2. The last match on Saturday was against Lancashire and they won this 12-2.

Sunday the finals day: the first match was against Lothian and Bucks who they beat 12-3, their last match to finish 1st was against Yorkshire Rio who nearly always win – this time Bucks won comfortably 9-6.

This is the first time Bucks have won this trophy. Well done to the players and team  the team managers.


2015 January
Senior:    Ben Aldred, Freestyle Kayak/Canoeist,
                    Milton Keynes Canoe Club

NATIONAL: Retained the GB Kayak Freestyle Squirt Boat Championship at Holmpierepoint, Nottingham
INTERNATIONAL :  : Ben represented GB in the European Canoe Association Freestyle Kayak Championships at Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.
In his event Squirt Boating, he achieved 3rd position, so being awarded the Bronze Medal.There were teams from 14 countries competing in 7 events. The GB Team brought home a total of 5 medals including Ben’s.
Ben is also competing in Men’s K1 Freestyle. He took 8th position in the qualifying event for the 2014 GB Team. He has been listed as a Reserve Paddler for International Competition.

Canoe Freestyle explained –

Junior :   Kimberlee Aldred, Freestyle Kayak/Canoeist,
                   Milton Keynes Canoe Club

NATIONAL: Retained the GB Kayak Freestyle K1 Junior Ladies Championship Title at Holmpierepoint, Nottingham. After coming 1st in all of a series of 6 events at different venues.
Kim also retained her National Young Gun Championship for the 5th year running
INTERNATIONAL :  Kim represented GB in the European Canoe Association Freestyle Kayak Championships  Championships at Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.
In her event, K1 Junior Ladies, she achieved 2nd position, so being awarded the Silver Medal. After her heat, Kim was in 4th place. She improved to 2nd place in the Final event
There were teams from 14 countries competing in 7 events. The GB Team brought home a total of 5 medals including Kim’s.
Kim’s school Walton High also made it possible for Kim to be awarded the Sport BTECH Extended Diploma for completing all units to Distinction. D of E volunteering and supporting the PE Department throughout the year 12, 2013.
Kim has been accepted at Bedford University to study Sports Management at degree level.

Team Aldred

SportMK_Kim and Ben_Silver_Bronze Medal

              Kim with her European Championship Silver Medal.       Ben with his European Championship Bronze Medal.
and their supporters,
Dad – Andy, Mum – Tracy and sister Charlee.



October – U18, Jack Bryant –
Sailer Jack Bryant has been named Milton Keynes Sport Achiever of the Month following his brilliant results on the water.

The 14-year-old, who competes for Emberton Park Sailing Club, is the second member of the team to win the award in the last year.

An active sailer at his local club since taking to the water when he was just four, Jack is part of the Milton Keynes & Bucks Youth Sailing Association, a team who took part in a week-long National Schools Sailing Association Regatta in Weymouth where he came 14th out of 70 boats.

Recently, Jack also took part in “Barts Bash” at his club, a record-breaking race held simultaneously by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

He won at club level, 809 in the global Topper Fleet and ranked 15,450 worldwide – a fantastic achievement from all 30,729 sailors in all types of dinghy’s and yachts worldwide that competed.

EPSC Commodore Luke Fisher said: “We are a family – focused sailing club and very proud of Jack.

“This is a well-deserved award not only because of Jack’s sporting achievements, but also for his encouragement to new members, often staying on the water longer to offer ways to improve their sailing skills.

“He also constantly asks other experienced members for advice on how to improve his own performance.

“He’s an excellent example for the young sailors at our club and for young sports people in general”.


SEPTEMBER – Under 18, JOE ELFARSI – Shenley Junior Squash

Over 18 ,  SAMANTHA HAND – Ladies American Football

Samantha was selected to play for GB Ladies V Sweden in September and GB won the match.  As there is no ladies American Football Team in MK Samantha plays for the Derby Braves.  She has successfully completed a law degree at Derby University and returned to MK  and now works for law firm Hewittsons.  She will continue to play for Derby


AUGUST – LOUISE JONES – 14 years old. MK Springers, Tumbling.
On July 5th Louise competed in the NDP National Tumbling Championships at Telford. She completed Level 2 for 13+ and came away with a GOLD MEDAL. Louise is the 1st British Champion at MK Springers.


JULY – KAYNE STANWAY, age 9.  Ski MK Race Team.
Kayne was the over-all winner of the U10 category in the National GBR Race Series – a series of 6 indoor races held in Castleford, Glasgow, and Manchester, organised by the Home National Governing Ski Bodies. In achieving overall series winner , Kayne won 5 of 6 races, coming 2nd in the other one. He also won Gold Medal at the Scotch Indoor Championships.

June – Max Murhy, age 14. City of MK Swim Club

Max won 100, 200, 400, and 1500 freestyle at the South East RegionChampionships, 2014, for 14 year olds.


May – Devon Byrne, Marshall MK Athletic Club.
Devon achieved 24-25th in the Senior & U23 Women’s National Heptathlon


March – Team of the Quarter
Kyla Howton 14, Poppy Gibbs 14, Tionne Cumberbach 14,
Sophie Fretwell 14, Bex Whatmore 20
Have competed in Hawaii, USA and are travelling to Toronto, Canada.


February -Laura Zialor, Marshal MK Athletics Club
Events – High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, & Pole Vault

Laura Zailor

She won Gold in the South of England AA Indoor Champs at Lee Valley on the 18-1-14 with a jump of 11.45m, a new PB,  followed by a 1st at the London Indoor Games at the same venue on the 1-2-14.
Subsequently she has continued to have a great year which I will list for your information.:-
England Age Group Indoor Champs @ Sheffield , 2-3-14
–  Silver Medal jumping 11.67m, a new PB
English Schools Champs @ Birmingham, 11.7.14
–   4th with a jump of 11.42m
South England AA U15/17 Outdoor Champs @ Crystal Palace, 16-8-14
 –   Silver Medal jumping 11.49m, a new outdoor PB
England Athletics U15/17 National Champs @ Bedford
 –   Bronze Medal jumping 11.88m a new PB. Date-31-8-14
Furthermore, this has been achieved in a particularly busy academic year for Laura, who took her GCSE’s in May/June and due to her dedication achieved a fantastic set of results.  So many reasons to be very proud.


January – LISA CURTIN, Junior Badminton
Lisa has won U11 Home Counties Gold awards
and County Awards whilst a 9 year old.

January– JEMMA STANTON, Junior Squash




DECEMBER- JOE ALFRASI Junior Sqash with Shenley JSC
Winner of the boys under 17 County Squash championships
Third in the Regional under 19 Squash Championships

                        Junior Squash with Shenley JSC
Runner up in the Bucks County U19 Boys Squash Championships


NOVEMBER- ADAM FISHER Junior Sailor with Emberton Park Sailing Club
Adam has recently changed class of boat moving from a Topper to a Laser (Radial).
Adam won the Junior Sailing trophy at the North West Norfolk Sailing Association Regatta Week in August, sailing there for the first time single handedly. Achieving a fantastic 5th place overall in the Handicap Fleet (mixed ages) which resulted in this 1st position. 12 races for the week were scheduled which started with some challenging wind conditions at Hunstanton and Kings Lynn these died to nothing when Wells and Brancaster had to be postponed picking up at the end of the week for Blakeney and many decided not to sail for the last races at Snettisham as the water was really choppy.

Adam’s success was promoted at school and this resulted in a nice piece  in the local Beds Times and Citizen too. See:

At club level Adam sails against both adults & juniors in handicap fleet. Hi achievements this year:
1st Fleet Trophy (Lasers)
1st Winter pursuit
3rd IYY – Youth of the Year
3rd Hot Cross Bun race
4th Early morning winter series
4th Missenden Trophy
4th Easter Egg

Adam was part of the MKYBSA team who took part in the NSSA Regatta in July he came 54th out of 90 boats that took part throughout the week in his Laser Radial an extremely competitive fleet.
Adam has a good rapour with the adults and is very encouraging to the new and younger members of the club both on and off the water.
More info.:


Freestyle Kayak K1 Junior Lady

DETAILS OF ACHIEVEMENT-  When representing GB in the 2013 World Kayak Freestyle Championships at Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina, USA, KIM came 3rd in the Junior Lady K1 event, and was awarded the Bronze Medal.
Kim was placed 3rd from 10 entries in the Heats and maintained her 3rd place in the Final of the K1 Junior Lady Freestyle event.
Kim retained her GB Championship 1st place position when scoring 430 points , a PB, at the 2013 event held at Holmepierepoint, Notts, 28 / 29 Sept..

You can find Kim’s blog for 2013 on,-


 September.- FEE TENG LIEW  Junior Ladt Aged 14  Badminton

She was winner of the U15 Doubles in Quads (4 Nations) in Ireland representing England U15 while still an U14 player in May 2013.
In 1st week of September, played U17Gold*. In the Singles she got to the Semi and in the Doubles and Mixed then got to the Quarters.
Late September she played U15 Gold* and won all 3 events
September.-  BEN ALDRED    Men’s Kayak Freestyle Squirt Boat
Ben represented GB in the 2013 World Freestyle Championships at Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina, USA where he came 5th in the Squirt Boat Event. Ben achieved 6th place in his heats and improved to 5th in the Semi-Final. Ben maitained 5th place in the Squirt Freestyle Final.

At the end of September Ben retained his GB Freestyle Squirt Boat Championship when he performed a Personal Best of 1110.0 points in the 2013 GB Championship event at Holmepierepoint, Notts.
Ben is also the 2012-2014 European Champion for his event having won the title at Lienz, Austria.
Isabelle has just won the 2013 British BMX Championships held at Birmingham 24/25 August. ‘Izzy’ raced in the 17-29,   24in Female Championship as a ‘wild card’ entry. It was the first time she had ever raced on a 24in BMX and the bike was borrowed.  She beat last year’s World and British Champion, Ria Goodman, to take the title.

Izzi Ferrada 2

“Izzy Ferrada had to borrow a bike for the British BMX Championships last weekend and it certainly brought her luck as she took the title.The 17-year-old from Great Linford was a ‘wild card’ entry in the 17-29 Female Championship for 24in BMX bikes, but that didn’t hold her back when the racing began.
Despite being the youngest rider and racing one of these bikes for the first time, Izzy won and became British champion.
“I can’t believe I’ve won,” Izzy said immediately after crossing the line.
“I’ve just beaten last year’s British and World Champion as well as thetop national riders. I just wasn’t expecting this!”
The Championships held at Perry Park, Birmingham, over the Bank Holiday weekend attracted over 1,000 entries from all over the country and included the newly crowned BMX World Champion Liam Phillips.
Milton Keynes BMX Racing Club were well represented, although Izzy was the only one to come away with a National title.”
–  from the MK Citizen web site –

AUGUST  2013.-   Oliver Lines –   Swimming
Immense dedication to the sport resulting is winning a gold medal and a bronze medal as the ASA National Age Group swimming championships in July 2013. Oliver has gone from strength to strength and thoroughly deserves being National Champion and we look forward to the future.


July 2013.-   Martyn Howard.       Trampolining
On May 11th  Martyn competed in a national competition in the men’s O`19 age group where he took  1st place


JULY  2013.-  Paige Barnes
Paige Barnes U15 Athlete Hammer/Discus/Shot

Paige is Marshall Milton Keynes U15 Champion in Throwing Events.
She had Best Performance in Hammer with a record throw of 39.20m, winning Gold Medal.
She also won Gold Medal in U15 Discus with a throw of 23.96m at the Buckinghamshire Championships plus the Bronze Medal in the U15 Shot with a throw of 7.78m.



Slated Row School BOCCIA TEAM     

Winners of the Central Region Boccia Championships in Sheffield and have entered into the National Championships in Sheffield.



Toby Lachan MK BMX U12    

Toby was the Overall Winner of the 10-11 Boys event in the BMX Winter Championships 2012-2013



Bucks U17 County Badminton Team.

Bucks attended the ICC held at Nottingham University (4 days) along with 39 other teams. Competition was strong but Bucks battled well and got through to the final Sunday and they played Yorkshire, they always win, and the final score was 5-5 with Bucks winning by 17 points.



Henry Clark & Ted Brown, Powerlifting.

Both qualified for the Drug Free Unequipped Powerlifting Championships.

Ted lifted in the morning and finished with 4 New World Records over the three disciplines.

Henry followed and finished with a dead-lift  of 150kgs and won the British Title.


Ted Brown, Britain’s Oldest Powerlifter

Since he began powerlifting in 1970, Ted has won 27 British titles in the age groups ranging from 50 plus, right up to the 80 plus category.

Ted said: ‘Obviously It does get harder as you get older which means you lift in your appropriate age group.

‘I have had back injuries in the past but not for the last 10 years.

‘Friends at the gym look at me as an example hoping they will be training when they reach 80 plus.’

However, despite his healthy lifestyle, 11 years ago Ted underwent a triple heart bypass.

He said: ‘I don’t drink or smoke, none of the stuff they say you shouldn’t do. I couldn’t believe it when they told me I needed surgery.

‘I have no health problems at the moment, though, apart from being extremely deaf, which is hereditary.’

Ted Brown_Power Lifting

Read more at and see his photo at MailOnline

This guy’s physique is outstanding in his photo at the article. His low-fat-percentage body looks much better than the bodies of most 50 year old men. The article is from 2011. He’s 82 now and just benched more than his body weight.


February Winner: Herman Fung, Badminton.

Herman Fung

Herman was honoured in the National Awards, 2012 at Birmingham ceremony, 0803 2013
The inaugural National Badminton Awards ceremony took place today at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham celebrating the fantastic achievements of players, coaches, volunteers and clubs who have made an outstanding contribution to badminton in the past 12 months.
The Awards, organised by BADMINTON England in conjunction with our exclusive partner Wedlake Bell LLP and many noteworthy partners who chose to sponsor a particular award, were presented to seven winners, who undoubtedly deserved their awards after an outstanding year on the local club and community badminton front.
Earlier in the year, nominations were welcomed from schools, clubs and individuals to sing the praises of some of the unsung heroes of the sport and reflect on contributions to badminton throughout 2012.
BADMINTON England were inundated with some truly inspiring and outstanding stories of work, often at a voluntary level, in the sport and it highlights the importance of the many individuals who do so much for badminton.
As unveiled back last month, the award winners, chosen by an awards panel from all nominations received, for 2013 are:

National Coach of the Year –
Sponsored by Marketing Birmingham

Winner: Herman Fung

Herman has been coaching badminton for over 20 years and is currently head coach for Hackney Mix-Ability Badminton Academy in London which was supported by Hackney 2012 London Paralympic Unit. Since 2007, he has been working with WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport in the United Kingdom aiming to help people with disabilities improve quality of life.

Part of his work involves promoting wheelchair badminton for WheelPower’s annual Inter Spinal Unit Games and National Junior Games for newly paralysed adults and junior.


January      Bucks U11  Sportshall Athletics Team became County
                          Champions for the South of England


On Sunday 13th January 24 young athletes from Buckinghamshire travelled to Sussex for the South of England U11 Sportshall Youth Championships – 20 of the 24 were members of MMKAC.

After 4 hours of competition the boys won the Bronze Medal and the Girls won the Gold Medal, making the Bucks Team Overall Champions.

This is the first time in many years that Bucks have won.

The MMKAC Athletic Members won places firstly through their results in the Club Championships in November, then the CountyChampionships in December. The youngsters then attended 3 Training Camps before travelling to the championships.

The competition consisted of 10 Counties from the South of England.

What a tremendous achievement.


January    The Team of the Quarter
   Buck’s 65 Badminton Masters.    
   The Master Inter-County Challenge 2012 / 2013 . Champions.

The Bucks over 65 Team  that became Champions over the weekend of 12 / 13 January, 2013.
This consisted of the following players.-
John and Ruth Jefferies, Pam Tranter, Tony Collins, Dave Rai,
Val Messenger, Sheila Tubby
These are four players from Milton Keynes and three players from High Wycombe,  representing Bucks in the competition.

They beat Wiltshire 3 – 0, then Devon 2 – 1, and Essex 2 -1, on the Saturday.

They then managed a 2 -1 win over Gloucester and finally with tight games a 3 – 0 win over Dorset. Result  CHAMPIONS



December   Mollie Chapman, age 13.       Badminton

Mollie Chapman_saotm Dec 12Molly represented England in the Danish Cup  in October. This was the first time she had represented her country.

Day 1.- Molly won both her singles and doubles matches.
Day 2.- Molly won one and lost won match.
England came third overall and Molly won a Bronze Medal.

Other Achievements.-
U13 Kent – Gold in Singles & Doubles, Silver in Mixed Doubles.
U13 Nottingham – Gold in Doubles & Mixed, bronze in Singles.
U13 Wycombe – Gold in Singles, Doubles, & Mixed.

What a fantastic season developing for Molly


October      Matthew Brushwood   & Sam Brister     Youth Sailing

SMK Sports Achiever Team of the Quarter – October  2012

Bucks Youth Sailing.- Sam Brister & Matthew Brushwood

Mathew Brushwood_Sam Brister_SAOTM_Oct 13

 These two boys were entered in the Schools National Championship Sailing on the sea at Weymouth – the same course as the Olympics were to use 2 weeks later.

On the Wednesday a knockout race is held between the 26 Counties, competing with 2  members from each club being nominated. They had to sail in heats in Topper Xenon, a 2 man boat and they do not normally sail together. The conditions on the sea that day were rough and testing. The boys competed in all the knockout races to qualify for the final. They had to swap boats throughout the event, not using the same boat each time as there were only 4 dinghies available for all the competitors. The final races consisted of the top four teams with Matt and Sam outright winners and bringing home the massive trophy.

It was a huge achievement considering they do not normally sail together or on the sea in such conditions


October      Emma Joyce        Swimming

SMK Sports Achiever of the Month – October 2012

Emma Joyce Open-water Swimmer

 Emma Joyce_SAOTM_Oct 13

Emma Joyce (17) of City of Milton Keynes Swim Club ended her Open Water season with first place at the BrogboroughLake. 177 swimmers took part in a I mile swim for both wetsuit and non-wetsuit competitors. They set off in one wave. Emma finished FIRST Junior Lady in a time of 16 mins 18 seconds.  She finished 6th overall, but with the water temperature this was with the water temperature at a very chilly 14 degrees. Emma was the first non-wetsuit swimmer to complete the course.

Emma also took part in her first Olympic Distance 10k (6.2 mile) open Water swim at BrayLake, Windsor, on Saturday, 8 September. The swim started at 6.15am as the sun rose and 2 hours 14 minutes later emerged from the lake. She had swum strongly throughout the race and was the first non-wetsuit competitor home. She was the first lady home, being only headed by three male swimmers.

Emma had also swum in the Southend, Pier to Pier, race where she came 2nd.


September     TEAM OF THE QUARTER – ROWING Doubles

Tim Grossey &         Ben Klewpatinond

SMK Sports Achiever Team of the Quarter – August  2012

Tim Grossey_Ben Klewpatinond 1_SAOTM_Sept 12


Tim and Benn won Gold in the Coxless Pairs at the Henley Masters Regatta, July 2012. They also won Silver at the National Masters Championships, May 2012.

Tim Grossey_Ben Klewpatinond 2_SAOTM_Sept 12

The are members of MK Rowing Club which was established in 1995.

This was a tremendous achievement from within a relatively newly formed club and has helped to put MKRC on the map.





Lil’s soccer career has progressed through

Newport Pagnell, Rushdon & Diamonds & Luton Town Academies, MK Dons & Leicester Ladies Teams and joined the England Under 19 Training Camp August, 2012, for a trial. She is a creative mid-fielder now established in a Senior Ladies Team.
( See article ‘ Leicester City Women’)

 MK Dons Ladies star Lil Stanton has joined Northern Premier League side Leicester City.

The talented starlet was invited to an England U-19 camp back in August and is expected to be named in the squad for the next International camp which is due to be announced shortly.

Ladies Manager John Dyer had nothing but kind words to say about Lil and wished her the best of luck with the Leicestershire side.

Speaking to, he said: “Lil is an exceptional talent and everyone is sad to see her go. She was very much part of my plans for the future and our own push for higher level football.

“Saying that, when a team from a higher division comes in for young players such as Lil, I can completely understand her decision to go on and make a name for herself.

“I wish her the best of luck and we will hopefully see her in an International shirt in the future.

The door will always be open to her to come back, however, if the move doesn’t work out.”

Lil’s departure and with a number of key players absent through injury, the Ladies have decided to open their doors to new female players to join their ranks and will be holding open training sessions on the first Tuesday of every month.

For further details of the opening training sessions e-mail Charlene Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lil is an exceptional talent and everyone is sad to see her go.

John Dyer

Posted: Mon 01 Oct 2012   Author:



Lewis won the Bronze Medal for the Discuss Event, Athletics  (member of MMKAC), at the UK School Games at the Olympic Park recently. This was an Olympic Trial Event.

Lewis achievements to date include:
  • English schools gold medal for U15 shot putt,
  • England AAA’s championships gold medal for U15 shot putt,
  • South of England championships gold for U15 shot putt,
  • South of England Bronze for U15 Discus,
  • South of England championships silver for U17 shot putt,
  • UK schools Games(held at Olympic stadium) bronze medal for discus,
  • At the UK school games on the 9th May, he finished 3rd with only 60cm between 3rd, 2nd and 1st place.
Lewis trains Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, some Friday’s and Sunday’s for up to 4 hours a day both on the track at Stantonbury and at the Gym at Stantonbury campus Leisure Center.




Ben’s achievement of winning the Gold medal for Men’s K1 Squirt Boating in the European Freestyle Championships in Lienz, Austria, at the end of June gave him recognition as the SMK over 18 Sports Achiever of the Month





June            Leah Williamson       Ladies Football

Leah Williamson 2_SAOTM_June 12Leah Williamson 1_SAOTM_June 12Leah was selected by the English FA as one of the first U15’s in the country to play up with the U17’s for both her club, Arsenal, and for England. She represented her country in the European qualifiers, being the youngest player across all for international squads, Belgium, Iceland, Switzerland, & England, to play all 3 matches.

Leah also won Arsenal Ladies Centre of Excellence Player of the Year for the 2nd year. This is based on Attitude on and of the pitch, Commitment, Level of Fitness, and Modesty. Only then comes technical ability on the pitch.

On the 6th of May 2012, she played in the Arsenal U17 squad in theU17 cup final, where they finished 2nd after extra time and sudden death penalties.

She has shown to be an outstanding sports woman and continues to represent the school alongside her training and football commitments.


June            Team of the Quarter – Bucks Schools U13 Badminton Team


 Bucks Under 13s_SAOTM_June 12

Achievement.- Bucks U13’s have won all their Shires matches which put them into the FINALS against 8 other Counties. This was split into 2 groups. They then played in a Final winning 16 – 4.  This is a brilliant achievement as 3 of the children were still at under 11’s.

Two weeks later they won the Team Challenge – again with 3 children U13. although this was more closely fought. Bucks dug in deep and came out on top , taking away medals and a huge trophy.

This is the first known time that this ‘double’ has been won.



On Monday 7th May 2012 Ben competed in the ASA SE Region Youth Championships and became Regional Champion in two of the toughest swimming events, the 1500m freestyle and the 400m Individual Medley, beating the best swimmers in the South East of England. The 1500m Freestyle was a new 17 years Regional Record beating the old 2007 Record by an amazing 8 seconds.

On the same day Ben was also part of the winning 4x200m Freestyle relay team who finished 3,69 seconds ahead of the second place team.

On the Saturday Ben also became The Regional Champion in the 200m Butterfly adding this to his National Qualifying Times.



Press Release-Summary

Richard Parrott (Milton Keynes) and Matt Short (London) competed in the 2012 Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon completing the 125 mile course in am impressive 21hrs 46mins 18secs passing under Westminster Bridge Finish line to become the 1st boat home and secure 1st place in the Open Canadian Canoe class, 1hr 22min ahead of the 2nd place canoe,  and 12th place overall out of 111 finishers. The pair were going so well that when the legendry Steve Redgrave had to retire from the race he was an hour behind Richard and Matt. Over 60 crews were forced to retire from one of the worlds toughest canoe races.

Richard is raising money of the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a target of £4000. Donations via:

Their attempt started at Devises, Wiltshire at 8:48am on Sat 7th April. Despite the gruelling task ahead they equalled their best time to Newbury and consistently paddled ahead of their forecast schedule. They overtook their last opposition at Maidenhead and raced the last 50 miles from the front never being caught by the faster kayaks behind them.

Richard Parrott 45 is a director of a MK based Property Investment Company, Secklow Properties, and started canoeing 18 months ago after nearly 20 years racing Dragon Boats to International level. Richard is aiming for selection for the GB Squad for the Outrigger World Championships in Canada in August. Matt Short 29 works in London as an event organizer for a Blood Cancer Charity and only started canoeing a year ago after supporting a friend on 2011 Devizes to Westminster Race. Matt is also now seeking selection for the Great Britain Dragon Boat Team to compete at the European Championship in Nottingham in August.


Richard was presented with the 2012 Men’s over 18  Sports Achiever Award at the 2013 AGM by the Mayor Catriona Morris, Tony Billson, Hockey Foundation Trust, and Bobby White, GB Handball Captain. 

Richard and his Out-Rigger Canoe Team were asked to consider the Mayor’s Challenge to cross the English Channel April 2013
His reply.-
We have our own boat which is fine for such a crossing as her parent boat did race the Channel 18 years ago. However your right, every craft doing the short crossing must have a pilot escort and being the end of April we don’t have enough time to manage the logistics of getting a pilot, 2 training camps and raising the cash to pay for it, all in a year when we are taking on the Allwave Cup in Italy, the Round Liberty Island Race New York, The Porquerollaise Toulon (65km) and The Queen Lill’uokailani (36miles) in Hawaii and a couple of our paddlers are also planning to take on the Moloki it is perhaps a step to far.

I myself am away during the Channel build up period racing solo across the Pailolo Channel (26 miles) so whilst the crew is generally up to scratch we have not started our ocean paddling yet this year with the 1st trip not planned for a couple of weeks. We would want at least 4 days on the sea to sharpen up our skill set before taking on a crossing.
It would have been really good fun to take on such a challenge with the rowing club. Perhaps if the taste of the sea becomes an aquired one we can do the 2014 Eddystone Challenge (we missed it last year as the sea was gusting force 7 in plymouth. This year the Milford Haven Marathon Row is on 22 June and we do hope to make that one with those not heading to New York. If you wanted to organise a joint trip that could be fun and we can see which is 1st to Haverfordwest – Canoe or Rowing Boat
We do wish you all the best with the crossing and with a number of friends who have raced the Channel we know it is an experience not to be missed and are very jealous. Do let us know if you have any other adventures planned.
All our best and let us know how it goes.
Richard Parrott
Paddlesports Racers Association


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