Thursday 20 November 2014 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Group launches 2015 Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Canary Wharf Group has today launched its annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards celebrating the top sporting talent in neighbouring East London communities.

The Group is seeking nominations from members of the public for local athletes, sports clubs and administrators who deserve credit for their achievements in the previous 12 months. The fourteenth annual Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 5 February 2015 at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, and will be attended by special sporting guests along with a host of local dignitaries. Entries close on Friday 19 December 2014 and cash prizes and trophies will be awarded in each of the following categories:

• The Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year
• Senior Sports Team of the Year
• Junior Sports Team of the Year
• Sports Group of the Year
• The Voluntary Sports Commitment Award

The ceremony’s premier award will go to the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year whose previous winners have included Olympic Athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton, from Bow, and Tyesha Mattis, from Newham, who won the 2014 award for her achievements in gymnastics. Applications will be considered from Tower Hamlets and the boroughs surrounding it, including Hackney, Newham, Greenwich and Barking & Dagenham.

Zakir Khan, Head of Community Affairs at Canary Wharf Group, says: “When we organised the very first Sports Personality of the Year Awards fourteen years ago we wanted to recognise the success and achievements of local people in their chosen sports, and this remains the case today.

It has been so exciting to see some of the early recipients to go on and become household names; I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this year’s nominees.”

Local sports people, clubs and administrators interested in submitting a nomination can visit or contact the Community Affairs Team on 020 7418 2448 for further details.


For more information, please contact Canary Wharf Group press office on 020 7418 2000

Notes to Editors

Previous winners of the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Award

2013 Tyesha Mattis – Gymnastics
2012 Scarlett Mew Jensen – Diving
2011 Ashley Facey Thompson – Table Tennis
2010 Lucas Taylor – Tennis
2009 Nathan Hanson – Athletics
2008 Ricky Lee Turner – Judo
2007 Soyfur Rahman – Taekwondo
2006 Sally Hoang – Table Tennis
2005 Perri Shakes Drayton – Athletics
2004 Aaron Edwards – Cheerleading
2003 Halil Zorba – Weightlifting
2002 Dervis Konuralph – Swimming
2001 Symone Belle – Athletics

About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focussed on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high quality retail, residential and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16m sq. ft. of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are now occupied by over 100,000 people.

Canary Wharf Group’s tenants, clients and occupiers include some of the world’s leading business organisations from the media, legal, accounting, financial services, IT, energy and transport sectors. Canary Wharf Group has also developed and successfully let over 300 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.

In addition to development on the Canary Wharf Estate, the Group is also involved with projects across London.
The Pan Peninsula and Drapers Gardens developments have been successfully completed and construction continues on 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) in the City of London which nearly fully let. The Group is also in a joint venture with Qatari Diar for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank.