Plenty of local successes at South Glos sports awards

Dylan Cordukes (left) - Young Sportsperson of the Year

Members of Bradley Stoke clubs featured prominently amongst the winners of this year’s South  Gloucestershire Sports Awards, presented recently at the BAWA club in Filton.

National cycling champion Dylan Cordukes (pictured above, left) picked up the Young Sportsman of the Year award, while judo coach Pete Douglas was honoured with the Sports Coach of the Year award.

There was also success for Bradley Stoke Special Needs Judo Club, which picked up a Team Award and saw member Harry Wood win a Disability Sportsperson of the Year award.

Another Disability Sportsperson of the Year award was won up by Little Stoke’s Adam Osborne, who trains at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

After taking up track cycling just two and a half years ago, Bradley Stoke Community School student Dylan Cordukes (14) picked up the coveted white jersey at the National Youth Championships in Manchester marking him out as the under 14s British Champion for track cycling. The competition involved a 1,500 metre pursuit, sprint races and a time trial which he won by less than 200th of a second. His aspirations are to cycle in the 2020 Olympics or take part in the Tour de France.

Pete Douglas, who recently achieved the prestigious 5th Dan grade as an individual fighter, was honoured for his coaching activities at Bradley Stoke Judo Club.

Pete Douglas - Coach of the Year

Adam Osborne (22) takes to the water at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre with the development training squad, which offers swimming sessions for people with learning difficulties.

Adam’s mum, Sharon Langley, thanked the Council and award sponsors Airbus for organising the awards.

Adam Osborne (2nd left) - Young Disability Sportsperson of the Year

Sharon said:

“I very much wanted to thank you and your colleagues at Airbus for the awards event. We had no idea what the evening would be like but we all so very much enjoyed it. To see our son Adam smiling so broadly and to be proud of what he has achieved with his swimming, made the past couple of years so much more worthwhile.”

“We know that he is making changes for other people with learning difficulties but to be rewarded alongside his sport peers, that is just wonderful. Paul [husband] and I shall remember the awards night for a very long time to come.”

Yate’s Harry Wood (15) attends a weekly special needs judo class held in Bradley Stoke. After joining the club in 2004 he progressed really well and earlier this year he attended the British Special Needs Open Championship in Scotland and came home with a bronze medal.

Photo 1 (L-R): Dylan Cordukes (Young Sportsperson of the Year), Jess Hopton (Young Sportsperson of the Year) and Siobahn Chamberlain (Sportswoman of the Year).

Photo 2: Pete Douglas pictured with members of Bradley Stoke Judo Club.

Photo 3: Adam Osborne (2nd left), pictured with (L-R) BBC sports reporter Geoff Twentyman, swimming instructor Diane Roberts and Cllr Mike Drew (Chair of South Gloucestershire Council).

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