The JSAD were very well represented in the 2017 "Pride of Jersey" finals at St. John's Manor, with Alex Hilton, Yana Vibert and Alex Buesnel all presented with trophies in their various categories.
Another JSAD legend, Jeannine Carey, was also nominated, although she didn't make finals day. But the JSAD think they are all winners!
Below you can read all about the four nominations.
“Incredible” and “Inspirational” are two words used to descibe JSAD coach Jeannine Carey, who has supported the association for over 25 years,
During that time, she has served as vice chairman for a number of years.
She was nominated in the category “Inspirational” by her two daughters Zoe and Josie, who said: “She has changed so many lives over her years of helping the charity.”
They added:“She has been an incredible role model for us, and is a walking hero!”
Also nominated for a “Pride of Jersey” award is the current JSAD Sportsperson of the Year, Alex Hilton.
He is up for the Fundraiser/Volunteer of the Year, after his exploits in the Five Island Cycle Challenge.
He was nominated, among several others, by Chantelle-Emma Harvey, who said “This was such a huge success for him and showed others that anything is possible, if you just put your mind to it."
Alex posted on FaceBook: "It's not just an honour for me, but for all disabled islanders out there, as I did what I set out to do for you lot."
For the second time, Jersey Special Gymnastic Club’s head coach Yana Vibert has been nominated for Inspirational Leader of the Year In the 2017 Pride of Jersey awards.
Yana has held her position in the club for the last three years, and was GB head coach at the World Games in Los Angeles
in 2015. Also that year, she was voted the JSAD Coach of the Year at its annual award ceremony.
Husband Phil, who has nominated her this year, says: ”She is a true ambassador for the sport, and is endlessly dedicated to her gymnasts.”
Last, but most certainly not least, a Young Achiever of the Year nomination for maybe the man of the moment in disability sport, Alex Buesnel.
His latest exploits can be found here.
Parents Gary and Sharon Buesnel say: “Alex illustrates what can be achieved with determination, commitment, and hard work, even if you have a disability.”
Sol Bressat, swimming for Jersey Tigers, won three para-swimming gold medals at the 2017 Swim England National Summer Meet in Sheffield.
The 22-year-old’s success started with winning the MC 200m IM, almost half a second ahead of the silver medallist.
But his other two triumphs were somewhat closer! There was gold in the MC 200m Free, Soll winning by just 0.19 seconds. He said afterwards: “I was so nervous. Getting that PB was a really good achievement. I’ve been training really hard.”
He added: “I just moved clubs last year and I’m really enjoying swimming. I hope to go to the Paralympics in Tokyo.”
His third title came in the MC 100m Butterfly, and that was even closer. In fact, it was almost a dead-heat, with Sol clinching gold by just one hundreth of a second!
JSAD chairman Paul Patterson was full of praise for Sol’s achievements. “Sol has overcome so many major issues to get to the level he has - a very dedicated young fellow. We really do have some special athletes and by their example, they inspire others.”
You can find out more details of the whole event,
including all the results, by clicking here.
There will be several activities on offer throughout the day at various venues (see below) and everyone is welcome, as Paul explains. “Whether it be someone looking to give a sport or activity a try, or someone looking to do some voluntary charity work, they are all extremely welcome.”
In a year littered with awards, Alex Hilton has now another one on his mantelpiece - The Jersey Sports Council's Achievement in Disability Sport.
Having been, in his own words, inspired by the work of JSAD, Alex – who has a learning disability – is a man that takes part in many sports, which include football, cycling, sailing and running.
In 2016 – and entirely off his own bat – Alex decided to raise funds for the JSAD by challenging himself to cycle around Five Channel Islands in one day. Details of that success can be found here.
JSAD Chairman Paul Patterson said of Alex: "He's a great ambassador for disability sport and a man both inspired by JSAD and a man inspiring others with a disability to have a go at sport."
Alex was named JSAD Sports Personality of the Year in November 2016, and he also scooped the Heather Jones Memorial Award for LD Footballer of the Year at the same occasion.
The very first Five Islands Cycle Challenge, created and riden by Alex Hilton, has raised £6,156.10, it has been announced.
This amount will be split exactly in half between Wetwheels and the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled.
"May I thank you all once again for all your support," said Alex. "It kept me going when times were tough, and without you, I would not have been able to do it."
And he added: "Looking forward to sitting down and planning the next one."
For full details of the challenge, click on the link on the left hand side.
British Gymnastics has appointed Alex as one of only four ambassadors for Disability Gymnastics.
The idea is to showcase the opportunities that exist for everyone in the sport, and British Gymnastics says Alex will enable them to do just that.
To find out more about this prestigeous award, go to British Gymnastics.
And you can read about Alex winning his ninth consecutive British Open title here.
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE