Under 18 Female Sports Performer of the Year

The joint winners of the Under 18 Female Sport Performer of the Year Award 2016 are Abbygael Harris and Bethan Rees

Abbygeal Harris - Badminton

Abbygael HarrisAbbygeal competes most weekend on the domestic Junior tournament circuit or for Staffordshire Senior County First Team, she also trains or plays most weeknights. Once a week Abbygeal trains at the Badminton England Elite Performance Centre in Derby.

2016 has been a great year for Abbygeal she is ranked 2nd in the Girl's singles group and 2nd in the Mixed Doubles group in the England National Rankings. 2016 has seen her represent Staffordshire at Senior Level, helping the team secure promotion. In March she won the U15 English National Championsip Singles and during the year received an England Call up.

By the end of 2016 Abbygeal has been selected to play in the Senior Welsh International Tournament in Cardiff.

Bethan Rees - Athletics

Beth_ReesBethan had an amazing 2016 finishing top of the UK rankings for the fourth consecutive year. She has represented Wales at senior level and been Welsh captain at U18, represented English schools, captained England North West at U17 and, best of all represented GB U20's.

In May Bethan competed against the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill and she won a series of competitions in June. July started with a bang as she threw over 50 metres, only the second time this has been achieved by a British girl.

Competing against Senior Internationals she took home a Silver Medal, Beth also managed to step up an ages group to win the Welsh U20 Championships.

Beth has now received word from Welsh Athletics that she has been moved up into the Commonwealth Games Support Programme.

Category Finalists

Connie Mae Cartwright - Karate

At just eight years old Connie Mae is the youngest competitor in the Ryu Shotokan Karate Team. In 2016 she became the UK and US Open Champion, in addition she has medalled at the British Four Nations and the British International Championships.

Connie Mae is ranked 2nd in the British 7-10 category. She is also attracting attention from England selectors even though she is still not able to compete until she turns 14. Robert Bingham the Karate National Coach quoted 'Connie is the future of English Karate.'

Hannah Golding - Golf  

Hannah is a Junior golfer at Brocton Hall Gold Club and at just 13 years old she already holds a ladies handicap of 9. Early in 2016 at the age of 12 Hannah was invited to England golf to attend an assessment, she has also been invited to be a Young Ambassador for the sport.

Hannah played in the North of England U14 Open Championship, finishing in 5th place. She also qualified for and played in the English Girls Open. At club level Hannah won the England Golf Gold Medal for the third time, in addition to this she won the Brocton Ladies 36 hole Gross Championship. The youngest player ever to have done so.

Amy Pye - Athletics

Amy ended the 2015 season with a Bronze Medal in the National Indoor Championship. 2016 saw Amy take on the 300 metres and the 80 metres, competing over the two different distances had additional challenges.

In the first races of the season Amy achieved personal bests seeing her ranked 2nd in the 300m and 3rd in the 80m. Amy entered into both races at the National Championships where she came away with a Silver medal and a new P.B in the 300m and a Bronze Medal in the 80m race.

Holly Stodgell - Orienteering  

Holly is 13 years old and a member of the Welsh and the West Midlands Elite Junior squads, she is also a member of Walton Chasers Orienteering Club. 2016 was a difficult year for Holly as she overcame Severs Disease, showing great determination and resilience.

Holly won the Welsh Championships in March and placed 12th in the Northern Championships and 5th in the British Middle Championships in July. October saw Holly take the West Midland Gold as part of her club's Under 18 team.

Performances over the 2016 season aided Holly in her selection for the England and Wales Team for the World Schools Orienteering Championships next year.  

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