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Sportsperson of the Year
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 - Hockey
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
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
Silver - Kat Driscoll -
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