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Sportsperson of the Year

Sportsperson of the Year - Sponsored by University of Kent Sport

UoK Sport logoAwarded in recognition of a sportsperson, aged 18 years or more, who has exhibited the highest level of skill, performance, dedication and commitment to their sport during the judging period.

This category is open to individuals aged 18 years or older on 1 January 2016.


Gold - Maddie Hinch - HockeySportsperson of the Year 2016 Maddie Hinch

Penalty queen Maddie started hockey after being told by a PE teacher that the way she threw herself around during rounders was better suited to goalkeeping.  

Since then she’s made a name for herself between the sticks.  She was nominated for 2015 FIH Goalkeeper of the Year and played a key role in England’s EuroHockey Championships victory, when she was shootout hero against the Netherlands.  

It was the Dutch she again thwarted in the Rio 2016 Olympic final, saving all four penalty shuffles and helping Team GB to an historic Olympic gold. 

Maddie, who has more than 100 caps for England and GB, has been the backbone to Holcombe Ladies’ successes in recent seasons.


Silver - Kat Driscoll - Trampolining

Since the London 2012 Olympics Kat has reached the top eight in every World and European Championships, including three World Championship golds, World Games Gold, one European Games Silver.  She represented Team GB at the inaugaral European Games, winning Silver, and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where she finished in 6th place and became the first GB trampolinist to compete in two Olympic Games.  She has represented her country more times that any other trampolinist and celebrates her 20th season next year.


Bronze - Simon Negus – Taekwondo Poomsae

Simon is two-time gold medallist at the Taekwondo Poomsae Commonwelath Championships and has won the national title the last five years in a row.  In 2015 he won gold in several European opens and bronze at the European Championships and in 2016 he finished fifth at the under 50 World Championships.  Simon’s efforts are all self-funded and when he’s not competing he’s coaching others in taekwondo and taekwondo poomsae.