Sporting heroes celebrated at awards ceremony
A capacity crowd of over 350 packed into Hexham's Wentworth Leisure Centre on Sunday 10th December for the annual Sport Tynedale Awards that recognise sporting achievements in West Northumberland.
The ceremony celebrated local athletes and teams from a wide range of sports, ages and levels as well as the volunteers and coaches who work so hard behind the scenes to support them.
Sport Tynedale president Allison Curbishley handed out the awards on the evening, and was joined by Scottish Rugby Union player Scott Lawson.
The event was run by the Sport Tynedale Board with support from Active Northumberland who hosted and helped to organise the event. Prudhoe’s largest employer, toilet roll manufacturer Essity was the key sponsor. Red Hot Property in Hexham also donated £600 to sponsor a young emerging athlete.
Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“What an amazing night this has been for west Northumberland. It's wonderful to see so many sporting achievements in our local area. The depth and breadth of talent which has been displayed is nothing short of inspirational.
These awards are also a fantastic way to recognise and to applaud the dedicated coaches and volunteers who provide so many sporting opportunities for the local community.”
There were 18 award categories and on the night 77 individuals and teams received recognition - either as winners or recipients of certificates.
It was a particularly good night for female sport with strong representation in both youth and adult team categories. Winning their categories were: Tynedale Hockey Club, Corbridge Cricket Under 13 girls, Hexham ladies golf and Queen Elizabeth High School Under 18s netball team. Jo Foster who took up powerlifting 18 months ago at the age of 46 was particularly impressive. In this short window of time she has become a European Champion and world deadlift holder. Holly Thorpe who plays for the Tynedale Panthers girls rugby team won the young sports person award, Holly Kelleher won the sports personality award and Georgia Webb won the young volunteer award.
At the end of the evening Scott Lawson said:
"I was blown away by the calibre of the talent and the sporting achievements and potential in the room tonight. It was a far higher level than I ever imagined with teams and individuals competing at such a top standard with some even winning national finals.
I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners and all those that make it happen behind the scenes. Well done to all involved.”