Corby’s sporting stars pick up awards

The winners of Corby Sports Awards 2012
The winners of Corby Sports Awards 2012

Corby’s sporting stars picked up awards this week at a ceremony at the Best Western Hotel, in the town.

Teams, individual sportsmen and women, relatives, friends and supporters cheered as the winners received recognition and praise for their dedication and talent.

The night started with a question and answer session with Corby’s Paralympian, Niall Graham, followed by a performance by Corby Steel Spirit Cheerleaders.

The awards ceremony is organised by Corby Council and sponsored by Northamptonshire Sport, Willowbrook Construction, The Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel, Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby Lions Club, Roquette Limited, Northamptonshire County Council and GSS Architecture.

Leader of the borough council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “What a fantastic evening. Every year the level of entries is outstanding but each year they just seems to get stronger.

“I know that with the amount of high standard nominations that were received this year the panel had an almost impossible task shortlisting the categories and last night proved why.

“I would like to say congratulations not only to the winners of the 2012 Sports Awards, but also to everyone who was nominated and shortlisted – you are all winners in your own right and I’d like to thank you for the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication you give to sport and for contributing to putting Corby on the sporting map. I wish you the very best of luck for your future.”

Young sports person of the year was Jack Haworth of Corby Tennis Centre, who has progressed to number five in Great Britain for players born in 1996/97.

Young Leader of the year was Ellie Stewart of Shape Dance, who has spent the past three years giving dance lessons to children in the town and played an important role in the recent performance for the Queen at Corby swimming pool.

Disabled Sports Achiever was James Donnachie. James is in a wheelchair but still joins in PE classes at school and joined an archery club, taking part in Northamptonshire School Games at Moulton College.

Community Club of the year was Corby Gymnastics Academy which moved to its own premises in September and is now able to offer all 200 members on the waiting list a place.

The Get Active 2012 Award went to Joanne Magner who had a hip replacement in 2000 and still suffers with arthritis but visits the gym three mornings a week, swims twice a week and attends four fitness classes a week.

Volunteer of the year was James Chalkley, of Corby Gymnastics Academy, who is a coach but has also worked tirelessly as club treasurer, secretary and judging convener.

The Team of the year award went to Corby Gymnastic Academy where 10 members have successfully secured team titles at both county and regional level this year.

Coach of the year was John Mulheron at Corby Amateur Boxing Club, who has almost single-handedly run the club and is a great mentor to young people, promoting boxing as a tool to reduce bullying and install discipline.

The Long Time Contribution to Sport award went to Bob Anderson who has coached and played hockey in Corby for more than 40 years. He is the backbone of Corby Hockey Club encouraging club volunteers to become qualified coaches, umpires and leaders.

The Local Sportsperson of the Year award went to Simon Barclay, of Corby Amateur Boxing Club. He is a two-time Elite ABAE boxing champion at cruiserweight and heavyweight. Simon added to his achievements this year by becoming heavyweight amateur boxing champion of Great Britain. Simon is a true inspiration to the young people of Corby, with his self discipline and positive attitude.