All About Aimee - Awards
I've been very fortunate to receive a number of awards in the past few years which have recognised and rewarded some of my achievements.
Sports Star Award - May 2006
May 2006 saw me receive the ‘Sports Star Award’ from the UK Sports Development Company as someone who had achieved outstanding results in sport after overcoming adversity. Some serious determination and refusal to be beaten led the UKSDC to award me with their first ever award which came as a complete surprise to me and who was presented with a certificate and trophy at my school at the time, Brentwood Preparatory.
Jack Petchey Achievers Award - November 2006
I received the ‘Jack Petchey Achievers Award’ in November 2006 following my National and International successes in Karate. I was nominated by my club, Shuhari-Kai, and was presented with my certificate and medal by a member of the Jack Petchey Foundation at the clubs annual Christmas competition and awards ceremony.
Havering Talented 30 Awards
The ‘Havering Talented 30’ award was presented to me in July 2009 following my nomination from my school. Chosen as one of the borough’s 30 top talented youngsters in the fields of the arts, music, literature and sports, I received the award for my achievements in the sport of Karate.
July 2010 saw me once again presented with the ‘Havering Talented 30’ award for Karate after my school nominated me following my latest exploits in Karate and being selected to represent England in both the Junior World and Junior European Karate Championships where I claimed a European Bronze in team Kata.
July 2011 and I completed a hatrick of ‘Havering Talented 30’ awards. I won an amazing silver medal the Junior Europeans in 2011 and was once again nominated by my school, for which I was extremely grateful. I felt very proud to claim this award three times in succession.
For the fourth year in succession I was presented with the Havering Talented 30 award scheme held at Havering College once again in July 2012. This is quite a formal occasion where each individual has a short announcement presenting their achievements before being called to receive their award. The awards recognises talented youth in the areas of Art, Drama, Dance, Music and Sport and as such there are a number of talented award winners who get the opportunity to perform in the intervals between the awards which makes for a very special evening. I was awarded for my excellence in sport, specifically in Karate, more than a hobby, a real passion for the sport. I was chosen with my fellow winner and teammate Emma to perform a Kata demonstration to the audience. We conjured up a montage of team and individual moves which was great fun, and looked awesome.
So for what was probably the last time I qualify for the award, I had my final Havering Talented 30 Awards Presentation evening on Monday 15th July. It was held at a different venue to previous years and was more like a small theatre. I was asked to perform a Kata during one of the presentation intervals which worked out exactly a the half-way point. I was changed in my Gi, already prepared for the display where I performed Paiku Kata. Once I had finished I quickly got changed in time to receive my own award; a cheque for £200 and a certificate to commemorate the top 30 talented students in Havering.
2010 Havering Female Junior Sports Competitor of the Year
In February 2011, I won the Havering Sports Council’s prestigious ‘Havering Female Junior Sports Competitor’ of the year award for 2010 for my sporting achievements in Karate throughout the year. The function was staged in the presence of Her Worshipful The Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Pam Light, and attended by other local dignitaries and sponsors' representatives. A truly great award.
London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer
In 2012, I was awarded the honour of being one of the 8,000 London 2012
Olympic Torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame on its journey from Athens
to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London. Nominated in 2011 the process
for selection took nine months, finally being publically confirmed in March
2012 with mass announcements for all confirmed torchbearers in both press
and TV. My relay leg was within my home London Borough, Havering, and I was
chosen as Havering’s featured Torchbearer which resulted in being featured
in Havering’s Romford Recorder and the London Evening Standard papers. 2012,
what a special year.
Mars Refuel Drink Fund - July 2012
The MARS Refuel Drink Fund was set up to help individuals and clubs play their chosen sport for longer. Applicants for support such as equipment, coaching, pitch time and travel expenses can be made online at www.marsrefuel.com which is exactly what I did. In July 2012 I was contacted by the Mars Refuel Drink Fund team who confirmed I had won their bronze award with a donation of £250. Thank you Mars!
Barking Abbey Senior Female Competitor of the Year 2012
At the Barking Abbey Ishinryu Christmas party and annual awards ceremony I was awarded the Senior Female Competitor of the Year. I had worked hard over the year competing in many of the WKF Karate1 Premier League events against the worlds best culminating in competing in Team Kata at the WKF Senior World Championships. Bring on 2013.
Ticky Donovan's Open Summer Course 2013
- Best Female Student
21-24th June 2013 saw the annual Ishinryu Open Summer course hosted by Sensei Ticky Donovan OBE 9th Dan. The course took place at Seawick Holiday Park, near Clacton and boasted a host of top instructors including Jonathan Mottram, Greg Francis, Dave Hazard, Lee Smith and even Bruce Hyland all the way from Australia. It was a tough but fun weekend training hard and helping with the summer camp gradings. The final morning of the course saw Sensei Ticky Donovan hand out course diplomas and announce the male and female students of the course. I was chosen by Sensei Donovan and the senior instructors for the female student of the course award, a great honour after training with so many other talented and hard-working students. I was presented with a trophy and asked to perform a Kata in front of the course participants. Iy was a great course and I was very proud to receive the award.