Judo Champ Named Sports Personality of the Year

Ricky Lee Turner from the Docklands Dragons Judo Club was named the Canary Wharf Group Sports Personality of the Year at an awards dinner at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf yesterday evening.
20 year old Turner won a string of titles in 2008, including the under 100kg categories at the British, Ireland and Belgium Open Championships. He was recently picked for the England under 23 squad for a pan-European tournament in Croatia.
Turner won the major prize at the annual awards, which were established by Canary Wharf Group to recognise the outstanding contribution to sport by young people and their leaders in Tower Hamlets and Thames Gateway.
The Awards were presented by former West Ham and England Football star Tony Cottee, who urged the assembly of talented sportspeople to work as hard as possible at improving their ability:
“My advice is to practice, practice, practice. Sport is fantastic; it’s so much better than Gameboys and computer games. Just get out and play your sport.”
Howard Dawber, Strategic Advisor at Canary Wharf Group, echoed the sentiments:
“I am continually impressed by the level of talent we have in the Tower Hamlets and Thames Gateway area. Especially with the Olympics around the corner, it makes sense to support these talented, hard-working sportspeople as much as possible because when they succeed, they inspire others in the community to emulate them.”
The Awards ceremony was attended by the Mayor of London Borough of Tower Hamlets and representatives from a range of organisations that work with Canary Wharf Group on its sports initiatives, including the David Beckham Academy, West Ham United FC and Dagenham and Redbridge FC.
Britain’s Got Talent hopefuls Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch also wowed the audience with an acrobatic array of football skills.

The 2008 winners are:

Sports Personality of the Year – Ricky Lee Turner from Docklands Dragons Judo Club.

Special Achievement Award – Anwar Uddin, Captain, Dagenham and Redbridge FC

Junior Team of the Year – Kaizen Ryu National Squad – This karate squad has had an exceptional year, including 12 gold medals at the Malympex World Championships

Senior Team of the Year – Tower Hamlets Women FC – The club has excelled in cup competitions in the past year, qualifying for the first round of the FA cup and being just one win away from meeting Charlton Athletic in the quarter finals of the London County Cup

Group of the Year – Millwall Park Sports Development Project. This project has established a range of beneficial sporting initiatives in the past year, including the Millwall Park Sports Mentoring Programme and the Saturday Multi-Sports School, drawing as many as 400 local children for individual sessions.

Notes to Editor:

Images of the award winners are available on request
About Canary Wharf Group plc

The prime business function of CWG is the building and leasing of Grade A office and retail space at its 97 acre estate in East London (“the Estate”). Over the last twenty years it has constructed more office space in London than any other property group totalling over 14 million sq. ft of commercial space. The development now comprises 33 office buildings and over 200 shops, bars and restaurants within four retail malls. It also has a conference and banqueting centres, two Docklands Light Railway stations, a Jubilee line station, car parks and approximately 20 acres of landscaped open spaces.

CWG owns completed properties amounting to approximately 7.9 million sq ft. CWG also owns and controls the retail space (approximately 740,000 sq ft), Wintergardens (40,000 sq ft) and public parking, (approx. 1.5m sq ft) as well as the roads (totalling 6.8 km) and parks and open spaces on the Estate (totalling 382,900 sq ft) in addition to land held for future development. It is through this ownership and the management of the entire 97 acre Estate that CWG controls the integrity of the Estate which enhances the value of the whole.