Friday 12 February 2016 – Media Release
Table Tennis Player Crowned Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Canary Wharf Group is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year, 16-year old Tin Tin Ho whose impressive table tennis achievements have wowed the judges.
Tin Tin was crowned at a ceremony at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden last night, amid fierce competition from a remarkable array of nominees. Three local sporting groups were also recognised for their achievements during 2015. These were cheerleading team Ascension Eagles Serenity, Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club and the Bangladesh Football Association.
At the 2015 Table Tennis National Championships, Tin Tin won three gold medals in the Under 21 singles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and won a silver medal in the Women’s Singles, narrowly missing out on the ‘grand slam’.
Tin Tin kept a 100% record in the team event at the European Youth Championships in Bratislava, ranked in the last 32 (Singles) and last 16 (Girls Doubles) at the French Youth Open, won the Junior and Senior Middlesex Team gold at the County Premier, won gold at the ESTTA London East (Singles) and in February, at the Czech Youth Open, she won silver (Girls Doubles).
Canary Wharf Group’s Head of Community Affairs, Zakir Khan said: “Congratulations to all the fantastic nominees and winners of this year’s Canary Wharf Sports Awards. These awards give well deserved recognition to the achievements of local people in their chosen sports.
Special congratulations to Tin Tin Ho , our Sports Personality of the Year 2015. Some of our previous winners have gone on to represent their country in their chosen sport and we hope Tin Tin will do the same.”
This is the fifteenth annual Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Awards and Canary Wharf Group is proud to have invested in sport in the surrounding area of London for over 20 years as part of its commitment to fostering social and economic development.
The awards encourage sporting excellence and participation in this area of London. The event was attended by over 300 local sports people and administrators as well as a range of local dignitaries, including Tower Hamlets Deputy Speaker of the Council Rajib Ahmed and ex-England cricketer and winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Mark Ramprakash.
Winners on the evening were:
- Sports Personality of the Year: Tin Tin Ho, Table Tennis
- Junior Team of the Year: Ascension Eagles Serenity
Ascension Eagles Serenity is the AEC’s special needs team consisting of six young people with a range of disabilities who train together once a week. In July 2015 the team members competed in a National Cheerleading Championship event, excelling beyond all expectations to come away National Champions.
- Senior Team of the Year: Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club
The winners are all members of the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club Masters rowing squad, the team competed at the World Masters Championships held in Belgium where between them and their partners they won a total of three gold medals.
- Group Achievement Award: Bangladesh Football Association
Bangladesh Football Association (BFA) delivers 11 different sports projects and engages over 3,000 people, bringing social and community benefits. As well as sports projects, the group also delivered an FA Level 1 and FA Referee coaching course to train the next generation of coaches and referees for the game. It has given many local young people the opportunity to move into paid employment.
For further information, please contact:
Muhinur Choudhury, Programme Manager
Canary Wharf Group
+44 (0) 020 7537 6474
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.