Corby sporting heroes honoured

Alex Barrowman was sportsperson of the year
Alex Barrowman was sportsperson of the year

Sporting heroes received recognition for their dedication and determination at the Corby Sports Awards 2014 ceremony.

Nominees and their families and friends, as well as guests, attended the ceremony at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel.

Tribute was paid to their hard work and achievements and they were all thanked for being first class ambassadors for the town.

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “The annual sports awards in Corby were once again fantastic – every year the level of nominations is outstanding but they just seem to get stronger, with 2014 evidently being no exception.

“We would like to congratulate, not only the winners of the 2014 awards, but also everyone who was nominated and shortlisted – each and every one of them is an outstanding example within sports in Corby. They all deserve our thanks and congratulations for the hard work and dedication they give to their sport and for representing Corby to such a high standard.”

Sportsperson of the year was kickboxer Alex Barrowman, 21.

As well as inspiring his team mates, he is leading training sessions in preparation for the world championships. Alex has won five world titles and competed in the US Open in July, winning two gold medals.

Winner of the young sports person of the year was kickboxer Nikolai Milanov and young leader was netball coach Heather Phillips.

Disabled sports achiever was Alex Chennells.

The community club of the year was Stewart & Lloyds Rugby Club and the Get Active award went to Christine Martin, 53, who has lost 10st since taking up jogging. Volunteer of the year was Andrew Bennett, event director of Corby Parkrun. Team of the year was Corby Archers junior squad and coach of the year was Henry Arthur for table tennis.

Willie McAuley won the award for long time contribution to sport for football.

Primary sports school of the year was St Patrick’s and the secondary school winner was Lodge Park Academy.