Canary Wharf Group is delighted to announce the winner of the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Award, Karissa Ho, who at only nine years old impressed the judges with her success in Karate.
Karissa beat off strong competition from a remarkable array of nominees at a ceremony held at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden on Tuesday 9 April in front of over 250 local sports people, administrators and local dignitaries to receive her trophy from international cricketer Monty Panesar.
On winning the award Karissa’s Mum Sally said: “Karissa was a little overwhelmed when they announced her as the winner as she didn’t expect it and just wanted to thank everybody”
Karissa started Goju Ryu Karate training aged five, and has now competed in 19 national and four international competitions. During this time she has achieved 14 gold, 12 silver and four bronze medals. The end of 2018 year saw Karissa reach a peak by winning double gold at the Seiwakai International in London, she then went on to represent Great Britain at the Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai World Championships in Akita.
Three local sporting groups were also recognised for their achievements last year, these were Karissa’s own club Ko Yudansha Karate, Vallance Disability Football Team and the London Cricket League.
Canary Wharf Group’s Managing Director and Company Secretary, John Garwood added: “Congratulations to all the fantastic nominees and winners at this year’s Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Awards. This event is a highlight of our year and I am always blown away by the talent and dedication of the nominees and the volunteers who support them”.
This is the eighteenth annual Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year Awards and Canary Wharf Group is proud to have invested in sport and talented athletes in the surrounding area of London for nearly 30 years as part of its commitment to the local community.
The awards were supported and atteded by a number of local dignitaries, including Nick Bitel, CEO London Marathon and Chair, Sport England; Speaker of Tower Hamlets, Cllr Ayas Miah; Stephen Thompson MBE, MD Dagenham & Redbridge FC; Metropolitan Police central east Commander Sue Williams; Borough Commander for Tower Hamlets, Leslie Morgan OBE DL and sporting legend and arguably one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket, Devon Malcolm.
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