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The competition to find this year’s Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year is over, 16-year old Tin Tin Ho’s table tennis achievements helped her to achieve the top award.
Tin Tin was crowned Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year at a ceremony at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden , amid considerable competition from a wide range of nominees. Three local sporting groups were also recognised for their 2015 achievements. These were; cheerleading team Ascension Eagles Serenity, Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club and the Bangladesh Football Association.
Tin Tin Ho,
At the 2015 Table Tennis National Championships, Tin Tin won three gold medals in the Under 21 singles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and won a silver medal in the Women’s Singles, narrowly missing out on the ‘grand slam’.
Tin Tin kept a 100% record in the team event at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava; ranked in the last 32 (Singles) and last 16 (Girls Doubles) at the French Youth Open. She won the Junior and Senior Middlesex Team gold at the County Premier, won gold at the ESTTA London East, Tin Tin (Singles) and in February at the Czech Youth Open, she won silver (Girls Doubles).
This is the fifteenth annual Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Awards which encourage sporting excellence and participation in this area of London. The event was attended by over 300 local sports people and administrators as well as a range of local dignitaries, including Tower Hamlets Deputy Speaker of the Council Rajib Ahmed and ex-England cricketer and winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Mark Ramprakash.
Winners on the evening were:
Sports Personality of the Year: Tin Tin Ho, Table Tennis
Junior Team of the Year: Ascension Eagles Serenity
Ascension Eagles Serenity is AEC’s special needs team consisting of six young people with a range of disabilities who train together once a week. In July 2015 the team members competed in a National Cheerleading Championship event, excelling beyond all expectations to come away National Champions.
Senior Team of the Year: Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club
The winners are all members of the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club Masters rowing squad. The team competed at the World Masters Championships held in Belgium where between them and their partners they won a total of three gold medals.
Group Achievement Award: Bangladesh Football Association
Bangladesh Football Association (BFA) delivers 11 different sports projects and engages over 3,000 people, bringing social and community benefits. As well as sports projects, the group also delivered an FA Level 1 and FA Referee coaching course to train the next generation of coaches and referees for the game. It has given many local young people the opportunity to move into paid employment.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and all that took part in the competition.