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News release


Allerdale Sports Awards recognises local sporting talent

Thursday 9 November 2017

The talent and dedication of local athletes, sports teams, volunteers and coaches were celebrated on Friday 3 November at the annual Allerdale Sports Awards.

This year’s ceremony was held at the new leisure centre in Workington for the first time, with former member of Team GB and taekwondo champion Henry Cookey as special guest speaker, along with Karate World Champion and Allerdale local Lauren Crawford.

Organised by Allerdale Borough Council, the awards recognise the outstanding talents, commitments, successes and sporting excellence of teams and individuals throughout Allerdale who are involved in sport. 

The coveted Sports Person of the year was awarded to British Mountain Running Champion Carl Bell, who has made some significant achievements this year. Carl finished fourth in the Donard Challenge race in Ireland, third in Scotland’s Stuc A Chroin race and sixth at the Tebay Fell race before going on to win the Maesgwm Muddle race in Wales. 

Athlete Oliver Dustin collected the Junior Sports Person Award for his fantastic performances in 2017. He has won the English schools 800m gold medal, the English Under-17 1500m gold medal, the UK school games 800m gold medal representing England, and the School’s International Athletics Board where he won silver.

Rising Star Awards were given to swimmer Jacob Leach, and Holly Newham for her achievements in Karate. Ian Ludlam was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Watchtree Wheelers, and Coach of the Year went to Keswick Tri Club’s Debbie Edington.

Hannah Kurzyk O’Donnell received the Young Leader of the Year trophy and the West Cumberland Orienteering junior team were announced as Junior Team of the Year. The 777 Charity Swim team were awarded the Senior Team of the Year award.

A Special Award was given to the West Cumberland Orienteering Club to recognise their outstanding efforts and commitment to the club.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member with responsibility for sports development, said:  “These awards are a great way to showcase the talent we have in our area and pay tribute to those who dedicate so much of their time to competing, coaching and volunteering in sport. Congratulations to those who both won and were nominated for an award.”

The winners be automatically nominated for a Cumbria Sports Award, which will be held on Friday 24 November at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel, Windermere.

Allerdale Borough Council would like to thank its sponsors for making the event possible: Active Cumbria, DA Harrison, Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Lakes College, New Balance, Proactive Health, St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Tri-Lakeland Club and    Wright Sports Services.

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