Sprinter Named Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year

Nathan Hanson from Hackney has been named the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year at an Awards ceremony at the East Wintergarden last week.

Hanson, 14, is the national U15 champion in the 100m and 200m sprints, and received the congratulations of West Ham United and England striker Carlton Cole and TV football personality Mickey Ambrose, along with dignitaries from across East London in attendance on the night.

Hanson is a member of the Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets Athletics Club, and has his sights set on higher honours: “I’ve been sprinting since I was 12 and now I’m 14, so it hasn’t been long. My dream is to become an international sprinter and compete at the Olympics,” he told reporters after winning the award.

Mimi Tran from Canary Wharf Group plc said: “We have some really good sporting talent in East London, and Nathan was the cream of the crop this year. It’s important that we recognise and encourage our sports people, especially with the Olympics moving closer,” she said.

Other winners on the evening included the Morpeth Girls Under 16 team, which was named Junior team of the year, Bethnal Green United Football Club, which was named the senior team of the year and the Osmani Trust, which was named the Group of the Year.

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

CWG is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London which includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million sq ft of office and retail space in London – more than any other company.

Canary Wharf is home to some of the world’s leading business organisations from the financial services, media, legal, accounting, energy and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants including many of Britain’s leading brands.

At 30 June 2009 the weighted average unexpired lease term for the investment property portfolio was approximately 16.9 years, including 25 Bank Street let to Lehman Brothers Limited, or 14.7 years assuming the exercise of outstanding break options. Of the square footage under lease, 65.9% does not expire or cannot be terminated by tenants during the next ten years.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2009, CWG commenced work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and has continued work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. The opening by KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings of new office buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010 will also bring thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.

CWG was named one of the Sunday Times Best 60 Green Companies in the UK in 2009