Male Sports Performer of the Year

The winner of Male Sports Performer of the Year 2016 Award is Tom Derbyshire

Tom Derbyshire - Swimming

Tom DerbyshireTom has been a leading member of Stafford Apex for a number of years and has now matured into a swimmer of tremendous potential. In Hungary in 2016 he became Junior European Champion, swimming for Great Britain in the 1500 Metre Freestyle event. Tom also took home a Silver Medal in the 800 metres.

Following his success Tom was recognised at the Sportaid 40th Anniversary Sports Ball which is a National event recognising sporting success in Great Britain. Tom also came in the top three in the 'One to Watch' awards for upcoming sportsmen and sportswomen.

Tom is now studying at Bath University, training besides Rio Olympians and seeking to take his swimming career to the next levels.

Category Finalists

Matthew Downes - Golf

Matthew is a member of Ingestre Park Golf Club, in 2016 at the age of 19 he was crowned Staffordshire Men's Amateur Golf Champion over 36 holes. Matthew has been involved in a number of national events, placing 29th out of 131 in the West of England Amateur Championship. 

He also played in England's biggest event, the Brabazon Trophy where he tied for first place. He has had five Golf Scholarship offers in the United States, however he has remained loyal to the UK and now studies at Plymouth University.

Ian Marsden - Para Canoeing  

2016 started well for Ian, the World Championships were in May and they combined the second round qualification for Rio. Ian took it one race at a time and narrowly missed out on a podium finish by less than half a second.

June was the final Paralympics selection stage, Ian gained selection and became British Champion in the process. Training for Rio started now, Ian set the fastest qualifying time in the heats. In the Final it was close between the top three finalists with only 5 millimetres separating the top three.

Ian took a Bronze Medal away from the Paralympic games.

Robert Wharne - Snooker, Pool and Billiards

Rob has been successful in Snooker, Pool and Billiards for a number of years, winning numerous awards. This year he won the Stafford Sunday Pool League Singles title for the seventh time in a row.

He has represented England at Pool for the last three years and in 2016 he became the National Amateur Champion for the second time. Rob also won the West Midlands Handicap Singles title in May, he has earned the total respect and support of the local snooker and pool communities.

Contact
Tel: 01785 619565
Email: sportsdevelopment@staffordbc.gov.uk
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