Ollie Wellum, who won two awards this year, is the latest recipient to win the Wheelchair Sportman of the Year accolade.
Ollie is a member of the Jersey Wheelers Basketball Team and has really improved over the past couple of years from learning how to control the wheelchair to scoring baskets.
Ollie is a valued member of the Wheelers. He has quite a lot of physical difficulties to overcome in order to play basketball and his “never give up” approach is inspiring to those around him.
James Brady has taken this year's Wheelchair Sportsperson of the Year
James has played wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis for a good number of years now and his commitment is second to none.
At wheelchair tennis the way he moves around the court and gets to the ball always is outstanding and must be seen to be believed.
He turns up every week to attend both sports and if we have to cancel a session you can see the disappointment in his face. James also helps at the Schools Outreach week which again he has done for many years.
James has really stepped up in terms of leadership over the past 12 months. Like many other JSAD sports, wheelchair basketball has had some struggles with restarting service post lock downs and the ongoing COVID issues. James has been encouraging others to participate and acting as a true team captain. A true wheelchair sports person.
Darren Renouf has retained his Wheelchair Sportsperson of the year award, having also picked up the 2019 title.
Since wheelchair basketball resumed a few months ago, Darren has never missed a session, and always tries his absolute hardest to do his best.
His shooting skills have also improved in the last few months.
He is a dedicated sportsman and is always there to support others in whatever sport he takes part in. Darren was presented with his award by Alan Ronxin, Wheelchair Sports Manager.
Well done to Darren Renouf, who rarely misses a week at Wheelchair Basketball to play and support the Jersey Wheelers, even when he's not feeling at his best.
He always gives his best as a steady player, but would admit that he is never going to be a top scorer, so when he does, the smile on his face is fantastic.
Off court, Darren is a charming person, always has a smile on his face, never loses his cool, and is always willing to help his teammates.
Adam Cartwright is the winner of this award for 2018, after continuing to shine on the wheelchair basketball courts.
He pitches in to help coaching and organising teams in training, as well as being a key player with RBC Maples.
Adam is highly enthusiastic and supportive of wheelchair basketball.
He wasn't able to attend the awards night, so team-mate Simon Larbalestier collected the award, which was presented by Leanda Guy from the Lady Taverners.
Melissa Alves is the 2017 Wheelchair Sports Person of the Year.
She is a true ambassador for disabled sport in Jersey. She never lets her disabiity get in the way of what she wants to do, whether it be her athletics, wheelchair basketball, or even flying!
She trains every weekend along the front, and is a committed member of the Jersey Wheelers, and also the Marathon team.
She was presented with her trophy by Lance Kiddie, who is the JSAD's Wheelchair Basketball Schools Outreach Co-ordinator.
Jack Brown is the new Wheelchair Sportsperson of the Year.
He has been attending regular wheelchair basketball sessions for over a year now and has shone out as far as we are concerned.
Jack, now 17 years old, suffered a rare medical condition at a very young age and it has left him with very restricted movement. In spite of this he has battled on and we are all seeing his strength and enjoyment of sport grow, week after week.
He is a great ambassador for the JSAD, and in his own quiet way encourages and inspires others. Jack is a member of the Jersey Wheelers.
Jack was presented with his trophy at the Merton Hotel on Saturday 19 November by Simon Bonner from the visiting Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Congratulations to Samantha Walker, winner of the 2015 award.
Sam has been playing wheelchair basketball since she was very young, and although now still only 14, she has developed into a very fine player.
She has a great eye for the ball, and for the game, and she instills into her Jersey Wheelers team a greater level of confidence. She chose to spend her 14th birthday evening training and helping the Wheelers, rather than having a birthday party!
She finished the season with 52 points, giving her equal second position in the scoring charts in 2015.
Harry Newton is the winner of the 2014 Wheelchair Sportsperson of the Year award.
Harry, aged just 13, is one of the younger players of the Jersey Wheelers. He's improved so much in the past year, with his wheelchair basketball skills improving substantially.
He has moved from just managing to hit the base of the basketball net to actually scoring baskets and there has also been a huge improvement in his defending and ball skills.
Alan Ronxin, Wheelchair Sports manager says: "When Harry scores a basket, the smile on his face make me think yes, this is why I help with the JSAD”.
A much deserved winner.
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