Another special year celebrated by JSAD

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FOOTBALLER and ten pin bowler Shane Crocker scooped the sports personality of the year award at the 2019 Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled Awards.

A line-up of prize-winners at the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled’s annual awards at the Hotel Ambassadeur on Saturday Picture: JSAD

Crocker, who has played in many sports in the Island took the title with a host of other names from disabled sport honoured for their dedication and achievements.

The personality winner has captained the football A team in two successful tournaments in the UK, and has passed his level one coaching qualification run by the JFA.

He is a regular at tenpin bowling, and is a valued member of the LD swimming team, while also taking part in the 26x1 marathon relay and has raised money for the association by attending the promotion events held at the St Catherine’s Try-a-Tri and also at the B&Q awareness day.

He was presented with his award at an event at the Hotel Ambassadeur on Saturday by Melissa Alves, the 2018 award winner.

The Cliff Batchelor Memorial Trophy for LD Sportsperson of the Year went to Nicola Fuller for getting involved in as many sports as she can.

She was awarded the trophy, named after Cliff Batchelor who was a big supporter of the association, by Norma Batchelor.

Jack Brown was the recipient of the Graeme Pitman Memorial Trophy for Endeavour, which is given to those who overcome great difficulty.

A member of Jersey Wheelers basketball team, despite his battles Jack tries his hand at indoor and outdoor sports.


He was unable to attend the presentation dinner, so Alan Ronxin, wheelchair sports manager, received the award on his behalf from Roisin Pitman.

The Chairman’s Award for outstanding service went to Yana Vibert, who joined the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club in 2006 as an assistant coach and graduated to being head coach in 2014.

In addition Yana has served for the Special Olympics GB squad as head coach for both the European and World Games.

Chairman Paul Patterson, MBE, presented Yana with her award.


Jersey Special Gym Club’s Nicola Kirkland scooped the Patrons Award for Coach of the Year.

She has assisted with many teams over the years with many of her efforts and work going unseen.

She was presented with her trophy by the visiting Roger Bara and Robert Le Brocq of Patrons of JSAD.

The Heather Jones Memorial Trophy for the Jersey LD Footballer of the Year went to Lewis Nowell, who has been a valued member of the footballing side for four years.

A popular player, he trains well and has been on several trips and was described by organisers as ‘always a credit to the club and family.’

Mark Jones presented Lewis with his trophy.

JSAD’s very own Trudi Gallichan was the winner of the Howard Walker Memorial trophy for an unsung hero in disability sport.

Her service, particularly as a marathon controller, has been invaluable for the association, and she was presented with the award by Alan Ronxin, who was a nominee for the award along with Alan English, Angie Nicholson and Simon Larbalestier.

Improved swimmer of the year honours went to Malcolm Mottie, who was presented with his award by Jeannine Carey.

The Vernon Tomes Memorial Trophy for JSAD team of the year went to Jersey Special Gym World Games Team.

The team performed well at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi earlier this year.

The four special gymnasts involved were Jessica Vieira, Aaron Bonnar, Matthew Kirkland and Caileigh Quail.

Vice chairman of JSAD Paul Deffains presented the team with the award, with Jersey Wheelers and the LD Football A team also nominated.

The Sir James Knott Trust Trophy for Jersey LD tenpin bowling player of the year was won by Ian Le Maistre.

Ian rarely misses session and has been a member of the side since the sport began six years ago.

Linda Dukes and Karen Spence were on hand to present the award.

And Darren Renouf was the recipient of the Tim Collins Memorial Trophy for the wheelchair sports person of the year.

He rarely misses a week at the basketball to play and support the Wheelers, and off court he has been described as a charming person who says he always enjoys his basketball.

He was given his award from Priscilla Ferrier and Aaron Labey from Lady Taverners.

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