And finally some really, really good news. After the most difficult year in the JSAD's history, including the cancellation of the 2020 Awards weekend, it's now been confirmed that the 2021 event will go ahead in next November.
Paul Deffains and his team on the Awards Sub-committee have secured the date of Saturday 13th November 2021 at the Hotel Ambassadeur. Put that date in your diary, because it's going to be a night to remember. We have all got a whole year to catch up, so everything is going to be twice as good, twice as emotional, and twice as unforgettable as normal.
If that's possible..........
The very difficult decision to cancel what is arguably the most looked-forward-to event of the year, the 2020 Annual Awards Dinner, has been announced by the JSAD, due to the continuing
uncertainties resulting from the global health emergency of Covid-19.
All the 2019 winners will retain their trophies and awards until the 2021 event, which is hoped will take place as scheduled in November 2021.
The awards sub-committee worked tirelessly to see if there was anyway this year's event could take place, together with the annual dinner celebrations, but unfortunately it turned out to be an impossible task.
It's obviously a very sad announcement for all concerned, but the JSAD make it quite clear that their policy on Covid-19 remains - "Safe - not Sorry".
But all is not quite yet lost - the awards sub-committee invite you all to make suggestions for one-off awards in 2020, in recognition for outstanding work during the pandemic by a member, coach, volunteer or group. Much has been going on behind the scenes, and this effort needs to be recognised in some way.
Let your sport know who you think deserves one of these awards, and more information will be supplied at the next stage of the process. Keep those suggestions coming in!
Click on the links to the left for full details of all 2019 winners.
Once again there was a very successful Disability Sports Awareness Week, the most successful so far with over 500 students taking part in the
Wheelchair Basketball Outreach programme. Indeed, the resumption of Monday night training has seen no fewer than five new players joining as a result.
Click on the links to the left for full details of all 2018 winners.
Like last year, there was no Disability Games, but there was once again a very successful Disability Sports Awareness Week. Indeed, it has been descibed
as one of the most successful events this Association has ever run.
The Outreach team introduced 432 students from seven schools to Wheelchair Basketball. It all ran like clockwork thanks to Gordon, Lance, Mel, James B, Pete and Danny.
The Good Moves folks who helped us with the movement of chairs around the various locations need a pat on the back too. Many thanks also to Stonehage Fleming for their very kind support of
In spite of the disappointment of not being able to welcome The Shrewsbury Tennis Club to Jersey due to travel disruptions our intrepid wheelchair tennis team dusted themselves down and staged a training session. I am sure we will see Shrewsbury Tennis Club members in Jersey in the future.
A small but active group took part in a number of different sports and craft activities of LD Multi Sports at Maufant. It was great to go back to this wonderful facility and see what a great job Jeannine and the team have done with the store and indeed for maintaining multi sports as a very positive sporting option for our members with a learning difficulty.
Unlike previous years, there was no Disability Games this year, but instead, the first ever Disability Sports Awareness Day was held earlier in the day at various venues around Jersey.
Below, you can see some of the activities that were being enjoyed at Bel Royal School.
The highlight of the 2016 Games was the visit of the world-famous Sheffield Steelers wheelchair basketball team, who took on the might of a Jersey Wheelers select, and beat them 44-16.
Below you can see some of the terrific action.
There were a smaller amount of competitive sports at these games, with no visiting teams this time, therefore many of the sports were participation-based.
But the annual climax to the Wheelchair Basketball Challenge saw RBC Maples taking the title from last years champions, Jersey Wheelers.
In Bowls, the overall winner was Elizabeth Morel, with Pierre Brochard earning the most improved
male, and Emma Buxton the most improved female.
Badminton's most improved played award went to Cassie Leuwenburg.
A great weekend of disability sport, and well done to everyone who took part.
Here are the results of the competitive events and awards:
JSAD GAMES PERSONALITY: Pam Bird (Bournemouth)
STONEHAGE WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Jersey Wheelers 30 - 20 JEC Bright Sparks
Wheelers also won the Andrew Davis memorial Fair Play Trophy
3rd/4th place play-off
RBC Maples 28 - 16 JBBA All Stars
Top scorer of Challenge: Natalie Walker
2nd: Jersey 1
3rd: Jersey Ladies
Bridgend 2 - 1 Jersey
Best Player: Kerry Baker (Bridgend)
Best Sportsman: Sam Cross (Jersey)
Winner: Peter Robinson (Coventry)
Runner-up: Paddy O'Connor (Jersey)
Most improved male: Shaun Clark (Jersey)
Most improved female: Katie Hoy (Bournemouth)
Most improved male: Shane Crocker (Jersey)
Most improved female: Helen Chamberlain (Coventry)
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE
5, Le Clos des Chenolles
Tel (01534) 872855