3 February 2012

Table Tennis Star wins top Canary Wharf Sports Award

Ashley Facey Thompson, who at only 16 has been picked to represent Great Britain in table tennis at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, has won the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Facey Thompson, who attends Morpeth School in Bethnal Green, was presented with the trophy last night at the Canary Wharf Sports Awards ceremony at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu, West Ham United’s Joey O’Brien, MPs and celebrity builder Tommy Walsh were among the East London dignitaries in attendance on the evening to encourage the assembly of talented East End youngsters to reach their sporting potential.

Facey Thompson is the number one ranked disabled table tennis player in the country, having represented the Great Britain senior men’s team since he was 14. Last year he won two gold medals and one silver medial at the National Disability Table Tennis Championships and led the Great Britain team to gold at both the Italian and German Opens.

Facey Thompson hails from Tower Hamlets and is coached by Grant Solder. Morpeth School is famous for producing many of the very best table tennis players in the country, of which Facey Thompson is the cream of the latest crop.

The list of winners on the evening included:

Sports Personality of the Year, Ashley Facey Thompson, Table Tennis
Junior Team of the Year: Westward Boys Football Club Under 13 B Team, who won both the London and Essex County Cups in 2011, in addition to the Waltham Forest League
Senior Team of the Year: Ralph Humphrey and Bob Milligan from the Poplar Blackwall and District Rowing Club, who have been unbeaten in all international and domestic masters rowing competitions in 2011, winning the World Masters title in Poland, the Britain Masters and the Henley Masters Veterans titles
Group Achievement Award: Newark Youth London, a pan Tower Hamlets youth and sports club which recruited 200 new members in 2011, and set up multiple new women’s exercise groups, football teams and after school clubs.

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

“If people have drive and focus, then remarkable things can happen, and this year’s winners are testament to that. There is no doubt East London has some of the world’s best sporting talent which will be on display at London 2012; however it is important to inspire and nurture the next generation.” he said.

The eleventh annual Canary Wharf Sports Awards were organised by Canary Wharf Group, which for over 20 years has invested in sport to foster social and economic development in the local area. The awards encourage sporting excellence and participation around East London.


For further information, please contact:

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075

Rosie Kempson/Caroline Parrish
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411

Notes to Editor:

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

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

Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world.

Following the recent announcement to build a new headquarters for European Medicines Agency at 25 Churchill Place, the Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years.

The Group is currently constructing the Canary Wharf Crossrail station ahead of schedule and on budget, which is ready to receive the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in Summer 2012.

Canary Wharf Group also has joint ventures outside Canary Wharf at 20 Fenchurch Street (with Land Securities) and the Shell Centre (with Qatari Diar). Twitter: @yourcanarywharf

Canary Wharf Group is backing Tower Hamlets’ bid to become the UK’s next city, as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.