Legends Werner and Stevens honoured for Pinewood dedicationBy David Wright
February 14, 2013
Two Pinewood legends were honoured at the inaugural Berkshire Inspiration and Participation sports awards organised by Get Berkshire Active.
‘Mr Judo’ Don Werner and former boxing champion Les Stevens from the Starr boxing club received lifetime achievement awards.
Both have given their respective sports incredible service over many decades and they were warmly applauded by a packed room at the Berkshire Conference Centre at Madejski Stadium last Friday.
Werner has been coaching for 52 years, during which Pinewood have become one of the most successful judo clubs in the country, with members gaining individual and team awards all over the world.
Since 1968, they have secured at least one title at every Junior National Championship, with the latest medal haul standing at an impressive 54 gold medals, 41 silver and 56 bronze.
Stevens, meanwhile, has been involved with Pinewood Starr ABC for 30 years and seen more than 70 champions emerge from the club.
His commitment to each individual boxer is second to none.
He always encourages his boxers to aim high and builds their confidence and he never misses a training session in spite of also running his own business.
Stevens is also working hard behind the scenes to help the club move forward towards their planning application for a potential new gym.
To complete a memorable occasion for the Crowthorne complex, Pinewood’s tumbling squad were voted the junior team of the year.
More than 240 people including 100 nominees and winners were joined by a host of Olympians, all with a connection to Berkshire, at last Friday’s awards dinner.