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Allerdale Sports Awards

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The talent and dedication of athletes, sports teams, volunteers and coaches were celebrated on Saturday night at the annual Allerdale Sports Awards. Guest speaker, Paul Nixon, England cricketer and commentator, congratulated winners at the glittering ceremony held at the Wave Centre, Maryport. Jointly organised by Allerdale Borough Council and Active Cumbria, 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 William Bowe, talented all round golfer who has represented for his club, County and Country in competition. This year William has won the Strokeplay County Championships which led to him representing Cumbria as number one at the national Champion of Champions in Woodall Spa in Lincolnshire in September. He gained the accolade of English Golfer Champion of the Year, only one Cumbrian has ever done this in the past. William then went on to play in the British Open Final qualifying event.

14 year old athlete Olivia Mason collected the Junior Sports Person Award for her fantastic achievements. This year she has won County and north of England Cross Country Championships, the English National Cross Country title and the UK Inter Counties title, completing a clean sweep of the national and regional titles. Olivia went on to finish fifth in the English Schools Championships leading on to her being picked to run for England in the Schools International in Dublin, she finished seventh on her England Debut. She is currently being supported by Steve Cram.

Rising Star Awards were given to javelin thrower Rachel Gallagher, pentathlete Samantha Clark and downhill mountain biker Luke Birkett. Don Heaney was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his commitment to Maryport Rugby League Club.

Coach of the Year went to qualified Karate instructor and Second Dan grade Lauren Crawford. Lauren has been part of the karate competition environment for over 11 years, and offers numerous opportunities to her pupils including training sessions with world renowned competitors and instructors and access to regional, national and international level competitions.  A special mention went to Andy Rush in this category.

Joanna Tindall received the Young Sports Leader of the Year trophy and Ella Cooper Holmes received the Performance Award for a person with a disability for the second time for her superb performances in both wheelchair basketball and para swimming. Silloth Rugby Club First Team were named Team of the Year for an outstanding 12 months. A special mention went to Allerdale Girl’s Football Club under 14s.

A Special Award was given to Liz Jackson for her contribution to coaching at Wigton Squash Club. Barry Johnston also received a special mention for his dedication to the Tri-Lakeland Club. Mark Fryer, Executive Member and deputy leader of the Council, said:  “The awards are a fantastic opportunity 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 go to all the winners and nominees.”

Each winner received a trophy and each will go through to the Cumbria Sports Awards held on Friday 27 November at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel, Windermere.

Allerdale Borough Council would like to thank its sponsors for making the event possible, they include: Active Cumbria, Cumbrian SPAA Foundation, D A Harrison, GLL, John Hoban Travel, Lakes College, New Balance, Proactive Health, Wright Sport Services

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