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Orbit South resident wins award and meets Olympic Gold medallist at Thanet Sports Awards 2012

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Orbit South resident wins award and meets Olympic Gold medallist at Thanet Sports Awards 2012

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Orbit South resident Marion Eavy, won one of the PRIDE achievement awards at the fourth annual Thanet Sports Awards, which took place on Wednesday 21 November.

Guest star at the ceremony, which was hosted by Academy FM DJ Johnny Lewis, was Jade Jones – Taekwondo sensation and Team GB’s youngest Olympic gold medallist at London 2012.

This being the Olympic Year, there was an extra award ‘Inspiring a Generation’ based on the five Olympic Values – for people who have worked in the community and overcome difficulties either personally or due to other barriers. One of the winners in this category was Orbit South resident Marion Eavy, who, although suffering with epilepsy and cancer, works tirelessly for the Margate Jetsetters (majorettes). She was nominated by her daughter who is very proud of her. She plans to continue supporting the young women and attend competitions despite being about to commence chemotherapy.

The award ceremony is organised by the Thanet Sports Network which includes local agencies, schools and county clubs supporting and delivering sports activities in Thanet. As a significant partner of the Network, Orbit South sponsored ‘Team of the Year’ - awarded to a team that has shown success and/or progression, plus a team ethic, which was won by the Thanet Swim Club – and ‘Unsung Hero’ which recognises those working behind the scenes to make it easy for coaches and players to take part in sport and which was won by Bob Saddington of Margate Youth FC.

Offering the chance to celebrate ‘all things sport’ in Thanet, family, friends, sports coaches, teachers and sports professionals nominated individuals and teams from the whole range of sports on offer in the district across all age groups.

Karen Campbell, Orbit South Community Investment Officer, who sits on the judging panel said, “The standard of nominees is very high every year and we are extremely proud that, from a small event, it has grown into a prestigious awards ceremony. Orbit South are very pleased to support the talent and efforts of all participants, but we are particularly proud of Marion’s achievement this year.”

Other award categories included:

Coach of the Year

Club of the Year

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Long Service Award

Sportsman of the Year

Sportswomen of the Year

Young Sportsperson of the Year

Young Team of the Year

Primary Sports School of the Year

Secondary Sports School of the Year

Sports Teacher of the Year Award

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