SPORT IN BRIEF: Closing date approaching for London sports awards

News Shopper: SPORT IN BRIEF: Closing date approaching for London sports awards SPORT IN BRIEF: Closing date approaching for London sports awards

AWARDS: Nominations for the London awards for sport and physical activity are due to close on Friday.

The awards celebrate clubs, organisers, coaches and volunteers that contribute towards sport and physical activity in their communities.

Categories open for nomination are: outstanding voluntary contribution, inspirational performance of the year, volunteer of the year, young volunteer of the year, coach of the year, inclusive champion of the year, club of the year, education partner of the year, community sport project of the year, community physical activity project of the year.

If you know a club, organisation or individual that deserves to be recognised, go to londonsportsawards.org to nominate.

News Shopper: Sabrina Sinha (right) receives her medal from Tom Daley

ATHLETICS: Bromley High School Year 10 pupil Sabrina Sinha capped a memorable season by winning the London mini marathon and British Athletics road championships.

She was presented with her trophy by Tom Daley after completing the 5km race in 16m31s, narrowly missing out on the course record and 12 seconds ahead of her closest pursuer.

News Shopper: Charlton Park's first team celebrate

RUGBY: Charlton Park RFC enjoy one of the best ever seasons in its 120 year history as both the first and second teams won their respective leagues.

The firsts, captained by Kent county prop Terry Read, beat Medway 43-22 to put the final stamp on the league championship they had already achieved two games previously.

They finished the season nine points ahead of second-placed Maidstone and are promoted into London League One.

Charlton Park’s second string also won their league by a wide margin as both teams lost only one game each throughout the season.

Tennis: Wickham Park Tennis Club will be throwing open its doors again this May Bank Holiday weekend for its annual open sessions.

The club is offering three free lessons for juniors aged between four and 18 and also three free lessons for adults.

In addition to this, anyone that turns up on the day can claim a special 20 percent discount on their membership.

The event takes place between 12pm and 3pm on May 3, May 4 and May 5 at Wickham Park TC, 228-230 Pickhurst Rise, West Wickham, BR4 0AU.

Manager Rob Sheath and his team of qualified coaches will help with your game whether you are a complete beginner or you just want to brush up your skills.

For more information, call Rob Sheath on 020 8658 9028.

BASKETBALL: Lewisham Thunder U18 men’s basketball team maintained their perfect record in the national league by beating Bucks Hornets at home in Sunday’s play-off quarter-final.

The visitors edged the first quarter by a single point but Lewisham took control of the game with an 8-0 run in the second period to take the lead.

News Shopper: Lewisham Thunder U18s

They stayed ahead and finally saw off the challenge from Bucks Hornets with a 9-0 run in the last two minutes of the game to secure a second final four appearance in two years.

Thunder were led by England U18 international Kavell-Bigby Williams, who weighed in with 16 points, and an inspired performance from Hafeez Abdul, who added 13 points.

Lewisham Thunder, the champions in 2012, will now look to extend their unbeaten run in the semi-final against last year's winners Manchester Magic.

The season’s play-off finals will take place in Sheffield on May 4 and Lewisham will be the only side representing the capital in the U18 men’s category.

CANOEING: Bromley’s Peter Li joined up with Sutton Yeung from Kingston to completed the gruelling 125-mile Devizes to Westminster international race in 26hr28m, negotiating 77 portages in the process.

Starting out at 8.32am on Easter Saturday, the duo finished under Westminster Bridge at 11.00am the next day, supported by a team of friends and family who fed them as they ran around multiple locks.

News Shopper: The duo during the epic race. Picture by Phil Caisley

The race was initiated in 1948 when a bunch of friends decided that it would be a good idea to do.

Fast forward to 2014 and the contest is now a lot more organised with multiple categories and a choice for adults of either a straight through race or broken down over four days, which is imposed on juniors.

Due to the extreme physical and mental pressures of the race, about 30 percent of participants fail to finish and are either retired or disqualified for being unable to reach specific locations within strict timeframes, the main one being the change in the tide direction beyond Teddington Lock.

News Shopper: The pair are joined post-race by their support crew. Picture by Barbara Yeung.

Li said: “After finishing the race both myself and Sutton were agreed this was something we would not like to repeat.

“However, after a few days of recovery and further reflection, we are not too sure now!”

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