Joanna Brown Trust Award 2015
The Joanna Brown Trust Award is jointly funded by Sport Islington, a voluntary organisation funded by Islington Council, and the Joanna Brown Trust, which is a registered charity set up in memory of a sports enthusiast from Highbury who tragically died five years ago. The award supports Islington athletes with £2000 towards training costs. This year the Joanna Brown Trust has chosen to support two Sport Islington athletes, gymnast Tomique Gibson and boxer Cherrelle Brown.
In May 2015 Tomique Gibson, aged 14, was crowned British champion at the national finals for National Grade 1 when she competed against the rest of the country. Tomique was first on vault, bars and floor. Her performance also assisted the London team to gold.
Holloway School student Tomique’s achievement is all the more remarkable as she had suffered a fracture to both elbows in 2014. However, after her success in May the delayed response of injury and the pressures of being an elite athlete started to take its toll. Tomique worked through this with her training team and slowly but surely Tomique was back to her usual hardworking self, ready for her next competition.
In October Tomique competed at a regional competition where she performed new skills on every piece or apparatus. Tomique became regional champion and received gold overall. Additionally she won gold on vault, bars, beam and floor. As a result Tomique was selected to represent London in a friendly international the following week.
Tomique trains five to six times a week. Her goal for the near future is to make it into the England squad.
Coach Michelle Guiseris says, “Tomique is a pleasure to coach. She has great determination to achieve and is not afraid of the hard work that it takes to get there either.”
The Joanna Brown Trust also chose to grant an exceptional award to support 64kg
boxer Cherrelle Brown. Cherrelle, 29, has had an exceptional season. She was selected for the England senior female team, won 20 out of 22 fights and the best boxer award boxing against Denmark. Cherrelle won the National Elite championships title and the England GBTri-nations championships.
Cherrelle is a member of Islington Boxing Club. Her long term goal is to join the Great Britain boxing squad and win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.