Slideshow: Kettering Sports Awards 2013

Budding young stars and unsung heroes of our sporting scene were honoured at the Kettering Sports Awards 2013 bash held at Wicksteed Park Pavilion.

The annual event recognises the achievements of volunteers, coaches, teams, schools, clubs and sportsmen and sportswomen themselves.

Sports Personality of the Year Robert Taylor, presented by mayor Keli Watts and last year's winner Amanda Harris

Sports Personality of the Year Robert Taylor, presented by mayor Keli Watts and last year's winner Amanda Harris

Former Northampton Saints player and manager Lennie Newman hosted the evening and 16-year-old Buccleuch Academy student Ellie Rowden sang the opening song.

Jenna Bartley, Kettering Council’s community services officer for health and wellbeing,said this year’s event had seen a record number of attendees on the awards evening, as well as a record number of nominations.

She added: “The event showcases the sporting talent within the borough.

“We hope that all the nominees and winners will go on to achieve further success in their sport, like previous sport award winner Charley Hull.

“The sports awards will be celebrating its 80th birthday next year and it will be bigger and better than ever before.

“The winners will now go on to the county awards to represent Kettering sporting talent against other sportspeople within Northamptonshire on November 7. We wish the greatest luck to all nominees.”

The Sports Personality of the Year, as voted for by the public, was eight-year-old Robert Taylor.

Robert was the youngest ever winner of a Daytona InKart championship event aged eight years.

Winners

Young Leader of the Year, Tayler Kerly; Volunteer of the Year, Jan Randle; Long Term Contribution to Sport, Clive Hogben; Sport School of the Year, Barton Seagrave Primary School; Team of the Year, Kettering Town Harriers; Community Club of the Year, Kettering Hockey Club; Coach of the Year, Amanda Marlow; Get Active Award, Victor Mlambo; Disabled Sports Achiever, Jess Davies; Young Sportsperson 2013, Robert Taylor; Local Sportsperson 2013, Ashley McClintlock; Sports Personality of the Year, Robert Taylor.