It was an evening of celebration at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel last night as sporting stars filled the room for Corby Council’s annual sports awards.
The evening got off to a fighting-fit start with demonstrations and a performance from the Corby Health and Fitness Team who showed the audience just a selection of what residents could sign up for at Lodge Park Sports Centre and Corby East Midlands International Pool.
After an entertaining start and an opening speech from Corby Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, nominees, their families, the mayor of Corby, MP and sponsors all settled down to see who the class of ’16 sports awards winners would be.
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie, said: “It was another fantastic evening celebrating all of the much-deserved nominees of the 2016 sports awards.
“Congratulations again to all of the winners, and well done to every single person who was nominated; your contribution to sport is the reason we were able to celebrate and it was a pleasure to be able to recognise all of your great achievements.”
The 2016 Corby Sports Awards were sponsored by Rockingham Forest Best Western Hotel, Alliance Leisure, Tollers Solicitors, Northamptonshire Sport, Allbrite Service Group, Cambridge Weight Plan and First Catering.
The winners were:
Primary Sports School of the Year 2016
St Patrick’s Primary School. Oakley Vale Primary School was second, and Little Stanion Primary School third.
Young Leader of the Year 2016
Kai Campbell - Kai is an outstanding student, always willing to help and get involved in some way or another with school sport.
Kai is also an excellent role model to all current and future students of Lodge Park Academy, his attitude towards sport and the leadership qualities he has shown over the years have been brilliant.
Kai encourages others to join extracurricular clubs, referees after school games and helping in any way he can with primary school events.
Volunteer of the Year 2016
Sheila Lauder (Corby Town Ladies FC) - Sheila works tirelessly to raise the profile of women’s and girls’ football across the borough of Corby.
Sheila lives and breathes girls’ football, always looking for new ways to engage more girls in the sport along with offering more opportunities.
Sheila has done a phenomenal amount of work to start the Corby Town FC Ladies team, who in their first season last year were winners of the Northants Ladies Division 2 title.
Along with this, Sheila has also created a number Corby Town Girls teams across various age groups. She is a fantastic role model and inspirational coach.
Get Active 2016
Carole James - Carole has a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome which causes constant pain in her lower back and neck, weakness in her left hand side and hypersensitivity in hands, legs and feet.
Due to her condition she has to work with her body and adapt training according to how it is feeling, such as lack of sleep due to pain, or tightness in the muscles.
However, she hasn’t let these things prevent her from being active.
Recently Carole became the first member of the newly formed Northamptonshire Wheelchair Racing Academy and through training has built up enough stamina to complete the Sport Relief Mile in Corby.
Carole also participates in Archery, NRG and Inclusive Multi-Sports Club, along with attending the gym to supplement her training.
Community Club of the Year 2016
Corby Netball Club - Corby Netball Club was founded in 2009, starting with just 10 members.
Today the club boasts 98 active members attending each week. The club has five qualified coaches supported by junior leaders and parent helpers who volunteer their time 3 evenings a week.
The club have achieved great success this year including bronze caps accreditation. They also won the High 5s Junior League and earned second place in the Duston Tournament.
Corby Netball Club is a very friendly and welcoming club catering for all abilities and continues to thrive.
Team of the Year Award 2016
Corby Amateur Swimming Club - Corby Amateur Swimming Club has made significant strides in the past 12 months recognising that success should not just be measured purely by competitive achievements.
The club’s volunteers and swimmers have worked just as hard to foster a club that appeals to those that want to enjoy swimming at a less competitive level and value the social aspects of being part of a friendly club environment.
Disabled Sports Achiever 2016
Dermot Bailey - Dermot has worked extremely hard this year, having overcome last year’s setback when he went down with a bout of glandular fever.
This year Dermot became national champion for the first time and represented Great Britain in the World team tennis in Tokyo.
Dermot finished 2015 winning international tournaments in Portugal and Wrexham. Dermot has also achieved a top 40 ranking in singles and became the British number 4.
Coach of the Year Award 2016
Ricardo Gutierrez - Ricardo is an exceptional diving coach who has taken Corby Steel Diving Club from a small local club to win national junior medals.
The club have finished in the top three at each event over the past year, with between 12 and 15 clubs entering each competition.
Nine divers qualified and competed at the English Schools Diving championship finals in London, representing the East Midlands.
Ricardo’s coaching, commitment and dedication to diving development in the Corby and the East Midlands is second to none.
Ricardo is an exceptional coach, who inspires everyone with his enthusiasm, knowledge and love for diving.
Young Sportsperson of the Year 2016
Isaac Akers - Isaac has been a credit to himself, his club and has been a great ambassador for the town.
He has won National titles in the past year, competed at top levels after representing Great Britain in the European Athletics Championships and ended the year ranked third in Europe and eighth in the world for his main event, the 3000m.
Isaac is County and National Cross country champion and took a bronze medal at the English Schools cross country championships.
On the track Isaac was selected to represent Great Britain, finishing fifth in the 3000m final. He is a great inspiration and a great role model for any budding athlete.
Long Time Contribution to Sport 2016
Tom Cardwell - Tom has run Corby Town Table Tennis club since 1975 on a completely voluntary basis.
Through Tom’s stewardship the club has managed to develop a huge number of junior players from across Corby, many of which are still playing today.
Tom is now 78, and still coaching every week and still playing competitive table tennis in the Kettering and District League.
Tom even managed to secure promotion in the Kettering and District TT League with his team.
Tom’s contribution to the sport of table tennis and Corby town is second to none and has been consistently delivered for over 40 years.
Local Sportsperson of the Year 2016
Mark Gray - This year has been truly remarkable for Mark, qualifying and racing in Hawaii Ironman World Championships in October 2015, finishing 44th in his age group.
Mark was successful in June finishing 21st in his age group at the Frankfurt Ironman European Championships, missing out on World Championship qualification for 2016 by less than 2 minutes.
These achievements come despite Mark having to overcome some serious challenges in his personal life.
Mark is known at his triathlon club as a legend. He fits training in whenever the day (or night) allows, competes at the highest level and succeeds and supports fellow members/colleagues whenever they ask for it.