Tessa wins gold at new SJA awards
Olympic medal winner Tessa Sanderson CBE
became the first recipient of The Difference Award
from St John Ambulance on 18 March at a glittering fundraising
event in London's Mercers' Hall.
Mayor Boris Johnson presented the
award, which recognises Tessa's work in the capital to
make a difference to young people through the
Newham 2012 Sports Academy and her own charitable foundation.
I wouldn't be in this position though without the hard work and dedication of the young people involved in the sports academy. They're my inspiration and I am confident they'll be the award and medal winners of the future.
Tessa Sanderson CBE
The Difference award winner
St John Ambulance has launched The Difference Awards to
recognise an individual each year who has had a positive
influence on the lives of others.
This year's inaugural award winner, Tessa Sanderson, is best
known for her role in six Olympic Games from 1976-1996 and winning
the Gold medal for javelin in 1984. Through the Newham 2012 Sports
Academy Tessa sources new talent and gives
opportunities to gifted young athletes unable to afford
the specialist sports attention they require to excel.
The award presentation took place at The Difference Dinner,
attended by London's high society. The event also raised funds for
St John Ambulance's RISE project where 16 to 25-year-olds
teach first aid and leadership skills to their
peers in East London.
A worthy recipient
Mayor Boris Johnson explained why Tessa was a worthy recipient
of the award: ‘Tessa's dedication to young people is a real credit
to her. She has made a fantastic difference in her local community
and throughout the capital. She is an inspiration
and for this reason I'm very pleased to give her The Difference
Award on behalf of St John Ambulance.'
Tessa Sanderson spoke of her pleasure in receiving the award:
‘I'm absolutely delighted to be the first recipient of The
Difference Award – it's a real honour. I wouldn't be in this
position though without the hard work and dedication of the young
people involved in the sports academy. They're my inspiration and I
am confident they'll be the award and medal winners of the
Guests attending the sell-out event enjoyed a sumptuous meal,
entertainment from up-and-coming dynamic violinist Analiza Ching as
well as taking part in auctions with prizes including private opera
boxes and luxury holidays. The event was on target to raise over
£30,000 for St John Ambulance's RISE project.