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Sportspeople honoured for achievements at community awards
10:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
TALENTED sportspeople ranging from young canoeists to champion horse-riders were honoured at the 2013 Hambleton Sports Awards.
The ceremony, held at the Civic Centre at Stone Cross in Northallerton, was attended by three-time Paralympic gold medalist Stephen Miller, from Northumberland, who spoke to the nominees about his life and sporting career.
He told them: "I know how important sport is to people. Everybody here deserves to be here and I wish you all the best - keep doing what you are doing because youre obviously doing something right."
The award winners were:
Junior sportsman of the year: Fast bowler Matthew Fisher, 15, from Huby, near Easingwold, the youngest cricketer to play for Yorkshire since 1922.
Junior sportswoman of the year: Kaitlin Enderwick, 16, shotput and discus thrower from Battersby, near Stokesley, who is ranked first in the northern region.
Sportsperson of the year: Triathletes Doug and Fergus Roberts, aged 22 and 18, from Northallerton.
Junior disabled sportsperson of the year: Gymnast Chloe Hunt, 15, from Sowerby, who won five gold medals at the Special Olympics Great Britain Summer Games.
Disabled sportsperson of the year: Laurence Whiteley, 22, from Northallerton, British and European champion in adaptive rowing.
Junior team of the year: Swainby and Potto School year three/four hockey team, who won the Hambleton Schools Finals for the second year in a row, despite the school having just 38 pupils.
Club of the year: Thirsk Hockey Club, which was established in 1943 and now has 18 junior and senior teams in the Yorkshire League.
Coach of the year: Duncan Burgess, who coaches at Thirsk Rugby Club and has coached multi-sports at Bedale Disability Club.
Service to sport: Ian Richardson, from Northallerton, who has been manager, secretary and treasurer at Northallerton Police FC since 1978, runs several football leagues and plays cricket and golf.
123 Gold Inspire Award: Shared by horse rider Heidi Marsden, 16, from Seamer, near Stokesley, and canoeist Jake Brown, 13, from Swainby.
Sportsman of the year: Joe McKechnie, from Easingwold, who has captained England at Cerebral Palsy football and is now competing for a place in the Rio 2016 Paralympics GB team as a triathlete.
Sportswoman of the year: Horse rider Lindsey McLaren, who finished first in the Para Summer Championships.
Team of the year: Thirsk Hockey Clubs under 14 girls team, who finished fourth in the England Hockey Board northern finals.
Special achievement award: Northallerton Swim Club, which is now thriving after being on the brink of closure.
Lifetime achievement award: Mark Jarvis, who has devoted his life to sport, as a football referee and administrator, and cricket umpire. He was recognised for 50 years service to the FA in 2006, and was a founder member of the Hambleton Football Combination League.
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