Gymnast Tyesha Mattis wins Canary Wharf's top sports award

By Rob Virtue on January 31, 2014 2:32 PM |

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A hopeful for Rio 2016 scooped the top prize at the Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year awards on Thursday.

Tyesha Mattis, 14, a member of East London Gymnastics Club, had a fantastic 2013 including captaining the GB team at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival in Sydney and leading them to silver.

The tournament saw Tyesha win gold on vault and bronze on beam and bars.

Also in 2013 she performed the "double-double" move - a double twisting double backward somersault - to become the first Brit to pull it off in international competition.

"I didn't expect to get the award tonight so I'm really happy," she said. "It's been my best year capped off with the double double.

"The Olympics are in my mind but this year the focus is on the Euros."

John Garwood, Group Company Secretary at Canary Wharf Group plc, said: "Tonight we also recognise the excellence of some particularly gifted individuals and teams who we hope can be a true beacon for young sports people across East London.

"Obviously, special congratulations to Tyesha Mattis for becoming the Sports Personality of the Year; we will follow her gymnastic career with much interest."

The other winners were:

• Junior Team of the Year: Ascension Eagles Prophecy

• Senior Team of the Year: FC Bartlett

• Group Achievement Award: Tower Hamlets BMX Club

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