Following a very successful year, Chris Sheen has just been elected Male Sports Personality of the year by Colchester & District Sports Council Team. The award is for Outstanding Achievement in 2000 and was open to men from the Colchester area participating in all sports
The nomination listing Chris's achievements was as follows:
Chris specialises in the variation of Croquet known as Golf Croquet and has achieved some notable successes at National and International level in 2000.
The inaugural British Open Singles and Doubles Golf Croquet Championships were held in June. Chris won the Doubles event (partnered by Derek Old of Tyneside), and was a semi-finalist in the Singles.
July saw the finals of the National Golf Croquet Championships, attended by winners of qualifying heats throughout the country. Chris again won the Doubles event (this time partnered by his brother Roderick), and again reached the semi-finals in the Singles.
In August he captained the Essex team to victory in the Inter-Counties championship, winning every one of his individual games.
In September he won the Italian Open Golf Croquet Championship in Milan, against a strong international field.
He was invited to play in the World Championships in Cairo in October, and finished in a creditable 17th position out of a field of 64 competitors.
Chris is Treasurer of Colchester Croquet Club and gives unstintingly of his time in that capacity. In addition to excelling at the Golf Croquet variation of the game, he is also no mean talent at Association Croquet, having one of the lowest handicaps in the club.
The award will be presented at Colchester Town Hall on 29th January.