Rising Star Commendations 2018

January 17, 2018


Congratulations to each of the following young athletes for being nominated for a Sport Newcastle Rising Star award. There were 40 nominations.


On this occasion the following young athletes were unsuccessful but we want to recognise their amazing achievements in their chosen sport.


Gregory Abibu Bukasa    Athletics/rugby        Samuel Aiston      Squash/football/rugby/athletics

Maria Athina                  Sailing                    Jenna Banks         Karate

Jack Bell                       Fencing                    Rosie Belshaw      Golf

Martin Bland                 Trampoline               Poppy Chennells   Fencing

Megan Darwood            Swimming/netball     Emma Dixon        Triathlon

Will Dixon                     Triathlon                  Kay Errington       Pony club tetrathlon

Charlotte Graham          Badminton               Holly Hardy          Golf

Henry Joynson              Golf                         Olivia Katory        Swimming/athletics/triathlon

Alfie Kelly                     Swimming                Anna O'Brien       Swimming

Matthew Oswell             Cricket                     Ekaterina Price    Swimming

Emilia Robson               Fencing                    Jamie Setch         Rowing                     

Zak Shahid                   Basketball                Jamie Tinnion       Badminton

Cameron Taylor Thorn    Archery                   Themba Yabantu   Basketball               

Ryan Zhao                    Swimming



We know sporting success does not come easily. To achieve such high levels of performance requires dedication, hard work and determination. To be nominated by a teacher or coach shows just how highly these individuals are rated.


Their success is also a credit to the support provided by their family, coaches and teachers, so we would like to congratulate them too.


We wish everyone on this list every success in your chosen sport and hope that many of you are nominated again in the future when you’ve gone that step further along your sporting journey.                       


Details of this year's Rising Stars will appear after the Awards Dinner on 5th March 2018.


Mike Booth, chair, Sport Newcastle Awards Committee


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