A CHARITY Peel Achievers evening to celebrate local success is to take place next month.
During the evening, which will be held at Peel Golf Club, a special Peel Achievers award presentation will be made to Zoe Lambie, 18, from Peel, in recognition of her outstanding performance at last year’s Special Olympics European Games in Poland.
Ray Harmer, chairman of Peel Commissioners, said: ‘Zoe has won gold in the Special Olympics so she absolutely deserves this award 100 per cent.
‘An achiever is someone who comes through difficulties and she has. It is fabulous that she has achieved so much.
‘She has pushed the boundaries and we need to celebrate that success. We are very proud she is from Peel and she has put the town on the map.’
During the Special Olympics European Games in Warsaw, Poland, Zoe, who was competing in her first major competition, excelled and won a gold medal in her division in the women’s singles badminton event, but had to beat her close friend and rival Katie Saunders.
Both players put on a great display and it was apparent that they each wanted to win despite being pals. In the doubles, Katie and Zoe teamed up to win the silver medal in great style.
Zoe’s dad Rob Lambie said: ‘She’s only been playing badminton properly really for about a year or 18 months. We introduced her to it four/five/six years ago and she didn’t click with it but came back to it.’ He said she took part in athletics, but then went back to badminton.
‘She went from athletics to badminton and it snowballed from there,’ added Mr Lambie.
He thanked Zoe’s coaches for making her success at the games possible.
Zoe is to represent the Isle of Man in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in June in Athens, playing badminton.
The Peel Achievers presentation to be held on Thursday, March 24, from 8pm, will also see the town’s Kelvin Dawson awarded a community award for his charity work, particularly in relation to his support for the Tommy Clucas Memorial Fund.
The Western Partnership, that suggested he receive this award, is made up of representatives from Peel and Michael commissioners, the western police, Peel Clothworkers’ School, charities including the Children’s Centre, as well as Peel MHK Tim Crookall.
The winners of the 2010 Peel Online photography competition will be presented with their winnings on the night too. Jackie O’Halloran, lead member for recreation on Peel Commissioners, judged the competition entries for 2010. A photo by John Bennett, of Peel, of Fenella beach with dramatic skies and setting sun, was awarded the £50 top prize. Second prize went to Tony Faragher, of Peel, for his image Easter Day in the Bay, and Peter McEvoy, of Peel, picked up third prize for his photograph of sheep on Peel Hill against a backdrop of Fenella beach and the castle.
The charity evening will also see the commissioners’ chairman hold an auction of items and a prize raffle.
The proceeds from the night will be divided between two charities: the Peel branch of the RNLI and Western Live at Home.
The evening will include a buffet and live music, tickets are priced £12 and are available from the Town Hall in Derby Road, Peel. Phone 842341 or call into the Town Hall to buy tickets.
Peel Achievers presentations have been held previously, but the decision was taken this year to make the presentation at a public charity event.
‘It’s a celebration, that’s why it’s good everyone in Peel is invited and celebrate their success,’ said Mr Harmer.