Olympics stars Gemma Gibbons and Zoe Smith given awards by Greenwich Council

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OLYMPIC stars Gemma Gibbons and Zoe Smith joined other community heroes at Greenwich borough's first civic awards ceremony.

Greenwich Council's awards, made up of 10 categories, recognised people, organisations and businesses who have benefited the borough in the past year.

Winners included weightlifter Zoe Smith - named young acheiver of the year - and silver medal judo star Gemma Gibbons for contribution to culture, sports and arts.

Greenwich Park's manager Derrick Spurr was also recognised for his work converting the park for last summer's Games.

Elsewhere, Gerald Peters was given a lifetime acheivement award for his work at St Thomas More Secondary School and Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Greenwich Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Richard Wood was awarded for public service while Fit Creative bagged a business and innovation prize for their Get Greenwich app.

Volunteers Carol Kendall from Charlton Park Riding for the Disabled Association, Carole Homan from Belmarsh Prison and Wendy Scott, who works at the Middle Park Community Centre, were also givena  rousing reception.

Full list of winners

Volunteer of the Year - Carol Kendall - for work with Charlton Park Riding for the Disabled Association and Maryon Wilson Animal Park.
Volunteer of the Year - Carole Homan - for undertaking several voluntary roles simultaneously including work at Belmarsh Prison and the Samaritans.
Volunteer of the Year - Wendy Scott - for dedication to her voluntary role at Middle Park Community Centre.
Commended - the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice nominees – Janet Gander, Judith Franklin and Jean Ashenden.

Young Achiever of the Year U 18 - Tirath Singh Rathnour - for sporting success and voluntary coaching work.
Young Achiever of the Year Over 18 - Zoe Smith - for sporting success and work as an inspirational ambassador for Royal Greenwich and Greenwich Starting Blocks.

Good Neighbour Award - Linda Porter - for her voluntary role at the Ruddstreet and Buttmarsh Close Tenants and Residents Association.

Contribution to the Community - Major Gerry Porter MBE, RA - for dedication and commitment to ensuring the Army and the Royal Artillery Barracks are at the heart of the community.
Contribution to the Community - Harold Marchant - for work with the graffiti removal group of West Greenwich.
Contribution to the Community - Lee Abbot - for hard work, commitment and determination in establishing the Turning Pages Community Centre.
Commended – Janet Green – For her work with Greenwich Association for Disabled People.

Business & Innovation Award - Chris Thompson - for a pivotal role in setting up the Digital Peninsula and bringing Ravensbourne to Greenwich.
Business & Innovation Award - Fit Creative – for the creating the Get Greenwich app and support for local businesses.
Commended - The Old Cottage Coffee Shop.

Contribution to Public Service in the Royal Borough - Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Greenwich Borough Commander - for strong and visible leadership of the Metropolitan Police Service within the Borough.
Commended - 38th Woolwich Scout Group.

Contribution to Culture, Sports and the Arts - Gemma Gibbons - for work as an  Ambassador for Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust and her outstanding performance at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Commended - Mark Newell, Brendan Keaney of Greenwich Dance Agency and Bradley Hemmings of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival.

Contribution to  a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Royal Borough - Derrick Spurr - for his work on the conversion of Greenwich Park into an Olympic venue for the 2012 Games; and  your dedication in making the Royal Park a welcoming place for local residents, throughout your career as Greenwich Park Manager.
Commended - Riverwood Project.

Contribution to Economic Prosperity - Sail Greenwich Ltd - in particular for the successful delivery of Sail Royal Greenwich during the 2012 Olympic games, which achieved a lasting legacy and boost to the local economy.

Lifetime Achievement Award - Gerald Peters - for dedicated service to voluntary work and in support of the local community, in relation to Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice and St. Thomas More Secondary School.

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