Lucas Taylor, the number one ranked tennis player in the UK at under 13 level, has won the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Award.

13 year-old Taylor was presented the award at a glittering ceremony at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden last night by Perri Shakes-Drayton, herself a previous winner of the Award in 2005 and an East London-based hopeful for the Great Britain athletics team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Shakes-Drayton, who recently won two Bronze medals at the European Athletics Championships, offered strong encouragement to the assembly of young sports people, telling them to “find a sport that you love and put all your efforts into it.”

Taylor hails from Tower Hamlets and trains in Hackney. He received the prize in front of a number of local dignitaries who passed on their congratulations, including the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman.

The evening marked the tenth anniversary of Canary Wharf Sports Awards and the twentieth anniversary of Canary Wharf Group’s support of the community.

Taylor is a past winner of the British Junior Under 12 Singles and Doubles Championships and juggles his school work with high level tournaments around the UK and Europe; in the past year he has played in Finland, Slovakia, Iceland, Spain and Ireland.

John Garwood, Group Company Secretary at Canary Wharf Group plc, said:

“Canary Wharf Group supports local sport as it is one of the best ways to help the local community integrate and develop. Sport unites people of all ages and backgrounds; it teaches people to achieve success and how to persevere.”

“I suggest people take a good look at tonight’s winners, as they could soon be achieving great things on the national and international stage,” he said

The Canary Wharf Sports Awards encourage sporting excellence and participation around East London. Awards presented on the evening included:

– Sports Personality of the Year, Lucas Taylor, Tennis

– Junior Team of the Year: Shiners FC, Football

– Senior Team of the Year: Morpeth School, Table Tennis

– Group Achievement Award: Tower Hamlets Schools Gymnastics and Dance Display Team, Gymnastics and dance


About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers are found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. and