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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Paul Patterson MBE