British Wheelchair Basketball will tonight launch their very first awards ceremony in recognition of outstanding achievement across the voluntary club sector.
Seven award categories have been announced with an emphasis on those with a strong volunteer base and positive engagement with young people.
The celebration dinner will be held as part of the Annual British Wheelchair Basketball National Conference on Saturday August 29th and take place at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships being held at the University of Worcester Arena.
The awards are sponsored by the Richard Langhorn Trust, established in 1994 in memory of the Harlequins Player who tragically died aged 29 years old.
Charlie Bethel, CEO of British Wheelchair Basketball said:
“We have witnessed tremendous growth across our clubs since the Paralympics in 2012. They are the backbone of the sport and we felt that it was the right time to celebrate great achievement across our sport as well as sharing best practice.”
The awards shortlist include:
Junior of the year
Macauley Tomlinson (Swindon Shock)
Gregg Warburton (Owls)
David Bautista (Brixton Ballers)
Frankie Jones (Mid Wales Meteors)
Fran Smith (Caernarfon Celts)
Volunteer of the Year
Ben Humphrey (Swindon Shock)
Rukiyah Khatun (Brixton Ballers)
Thomas Seaborne (Cardiff Celts)
Official of the Year
Digital Innovators of the Year
Thames Valley Kings & Cardiff Celts
Club of the year
RGK Tees Valley Titans
Service to Wheelchair Basketball
Steve Spilka (Hereward Heat)
Jason Kennedy (Knights)
Paul Bounden (Exeter Otters)
Austin Kentebe (Brixton Ballers)