Kettering sports awards nominees announced

Megan Twigg, 13, scoops the Sports Personality of the Year award at last year's event
Megan Twigg, 13, scoops the Sports Personality of the Year award at last year's event

The nominees for a town’s Sports Personality of the Year Award have been announced.

Kettering Council is asking residents to get their votes in for the award ahead of an evening ceremony at Wicksteed Park on Wednesday, October 31.

Voting closes at midnight the day before.

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services, said: “There is some amazing sporting talent in the Kettering Borough, especially the four finalists we have here. 

“The Evening Ceremony will be a great spectacle to acknowledge and congratulate all those who have achieved wonderful things in local sport this year, and those who make all the difference behind the scenes.”

The candidates include:

Amanda Harris

Amanda has represented England for Trampoline Gymnastics, finishing 1st at an International competition in Sweden.  She has finished in the top 5 in all national gala competitions this year, and finished 4th at the National Championships in Birmingham in the elite ladies category.  Amanda was also selected to participate in a trial run of the London 2012 Olympics and represented Team GB in the World Cup in Portugal, earning a Bronze medal in the synchronized competition.  Amanda is also a Level 2 Coach, coaching 4 days a week.  Amanda is a member of the Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and has lived in Rothwell all her life.

Niamh Bailey

17 year old Niamh finished 4th at the National U20’s Heptathlon Championships, setting a club record and 2 personal bests.  Niamh is ranked 2nd across the Midlands, despite being 3 years younger than most in her age category.  At individual events, Niamh is ranked 1st in the East Midlands in 100m, 200m, High Jump and Long Jump.  At the Northamptonshire Athletics Championships, Niamh won several gold medals and is the Counties most decorated athlete of recent years.  Niamh lives in Kettering and attends Brooke Weston School.

Jonathan Bull

17 year old Jonathan Bull is a  member of Target craft Archers in Burton Latimer who qualified for the selection shoot on the GB team going to the Junior World Championships in China next year.  Jon has represented Great Britain (top qualifying Cadet Gent), East Midlands and Northamptonshire, setting many County records as Senior Outdoor County Champion and Junior Indoor Champion.  In May he represented GB in Croatia at the Junior Europa Cup coming home with a team Bronze medal.  In July he went to Denmark with the GB team for the Junior European Championships (where he was ranked 4th) and won Cadet Gent team bronze and cadet mixed team Silver, narrowly missing out on Gold. 

Dermot Bailey

Dermot’s achievements in Wheelchair Tennis in the past year include selection for the World Team Cup, British Open Doubles Champion, and has won several other Open competitions.  Dermot is also a podium potential player for the Rio De Janeiro Paralympics in 2016, having narrowly missed out on selection for London 2012 due to a shoulder injury.  Dermot was voted the most improved male of 2011 by the National Wheelchair Tennis Association.  Dermot lives in Kettering and plays at Corby Tennis Centre.

To cast your vote, email sportswards@kettering.gov.uk with the name of your preferred winner.

To buy tickets for the event, which cost £12.50, call 01536 534284.