Disability Karate Instructor Honoured

Disability Karate Instructor Honoured

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#1 Jun 27, 2013
On Wednesday 12th June in a presentation at Oxford Community Sports Arena, Washinkai Karate Instructor Ray Sweeney was awarded the Robin Pierce-Boby Cup for the Person Contributing Most to Sport in 2012/13. The award was given in recognition of Ray’s highly successful Kickstart 100 project which aimed to introduce 100 disabled athletes to karate by the end of 2013 and his work as Chairman of Special Olympics Oxfordshire. Ray was presented with a grant to further the spread of karate for people with disabilities by Lord Mayor of Oxford and Councillor Dee Sinclair who stated that the decision to make the award was unanimous.

Margaret Stevens said that Oxford City Council Sports Department were very proud of Kickstart 100, which was one of the most outstandingly successful projects ever undertaken.

After the presentation Ray made a speech describing how the project had come to be so successful in such a very short time frame.

Ray said, "It's been such an amazing week for me, I am so proud of my family and my club in Spain".

Last weekend Ray’s two sons gained their Black belts and Ray’s wife achieved her 3rd Dan alongside Instructor Sarah Lakin. Conor Scott, Lawrence Phillips and Taylor Brown all successfully obtained Shodan, not to mention the 46 athletes who graded for colour belts.

The week concluded with Ray becoming appointed to Oxfordshire Disability Sport Steering Committee; the small group of ten people whose work helps to direct the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, developing new ideas and activities to promote and support countywide sport and guides Oxfordshire County Council’s disability sport policy.

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