The very first winner of the JSAD Sports Personality, back in 1994, was history-maker Martin Boleat, and 28 years later, he's still winning awards!
Martin has been a member of JSAD since its creation in 1985 and is therefore one of our longest serving sportsmen.
Martin has rarely missed any JSAD event, be it regular Gateway sessions, swimming, football, ISSF Games, 26x1 marathon relay and all manner of one-off events.
He has continued to attend Gateway Club every week and helped others with learning how to shoot in basketball and has also developed a keen passion for table cricket recently. Martin is such a joy to talk to each week and will help with anything he can, even if this means handing out medals to runners in the freezing rain! Martin is truly deserving of this award.
Ryan Jones has picked up the LD Sportsperson award, only the third person to do so.
He has been a valuable member of JSAD for many years and is involved in many of our activities, including football, tenpin bowling, and the JSAD 26x1 marathon relay.
He always encourages others to do their best and is especially supportive of his sister, who also has learning disabilities.
Ryan is a fantastic sportsman, with such great perseverance and is so deserving of this award.
A brand new award for 2018, in memory of Cliff Batchelor, who was a wonderful supporter of the aims of the JSAD for many years, particularly for members with learning disabilities.
It was his family's wish that his name will live on in the form of this award, reflecting Cliff's tenacity, compassion and humour.
And the very first winner is former JSAD Sports Personality of the Year Warwick Miller.
He's been a stalwart in a number of sports for many years. Warwick has always been very enthusiastic about taking part in sport, and is often seen helping and supporting his fellow sportsmen and women.
It's true to say that he remains an inspiration to all at the JSAD and a most worthy first recipient of this award.
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE
5, Le Clos des Chenolles
Tel (01534) 872855