Slideshow: Kettering Sports Awards 2014

Hundreds of people have helped celebrate the Kettering area’s sporting successes.

The event is aimed at recognising the very best in achievement and hard work of sportsmen and women of all ages from across the borough.

Kettering area sports personality of the year Emily Williams

Kettering area sports personality of the year Emily Williams

Jenna Bartley, Kettering Council’s health and wellbeing officer, said this year’s awards evening – at Wicksteed Park’s pavilion last week – was bigger than ever.

She added: “There were more than 200 people there which was a fantastic turnout.

“This was actually the 80th year of the awards, although they have changed quite a lot since the early days.”

Kettering Town Harriers starlet Emily Williams was selected as this year’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Her nomination said: “Emily is a magnificent endurance athlete, showing in just two years her ability at both cross country and track.

“Emily ranked number four in the UK in her age group and this season broke a long-standing 800m club record by more than two seconds, which was her main aim in 2014. She represents her club Kettering Town Harriers AC with honour and is rightly proud to have set an U13 club record.”

Speaking after her award win, Emily’s mum Rosie said: “Emily works really hard and we are really proud of her. She is so dedicated.

“We have just come back from a few days in Wales with her club, for example, and she was up at 7am every day to train.”

The full list of winners included:

Sports Personality of the Year – Emily Williams, Kettering Town Harriers;

Local Sportsperson – Niamh Bailey, Kettering Town Harriers;

Young Sportsman – Billy Revel, Burton Park Amateur Boxing Club;

Young Sportswoman – Elyse Giddens, New York Thunderbowl;

Disabled Sports Achiever – Jake Robinson, Jaguars Wheelchair Basketball Club;

Get Active Award – Steve Panter;

Coach of the Year – Shane Smith, Kettering Town Harriers;

Community Club of the Year – SheCan Run;

Team of the Year – Kettering Town Harriers Middle Distance Team;

Sport School of the Year – Isham CEVA Primary School;

Long Time Contribution to Sport – Bill Greenwood, Kettering Hockey Club;

Volunteer of the Year – Anton Guidera, TheCompound;

Young Leader of the Year – Adele Pryer, Kettering Hockey Club;

Young Leader of the Year – Chloe Baugh, Southfield School.

The winners are nominated for a place in the Northamptonshire Sports Awards event, which takes place on Thursday, November 6, at Kettering Conference Centre.

Special award

Kettering Rugby Club’s director of rugby, Doug Bridgeman, was presented with a Special Achievement award on the evening.

Doug has 40 years’ experience with the club and has had a number of roles – as player, coach and director of rugby from the mid-1990s.

As a coach, he helped a number of young Kettering players join professional clubs.

The award recognised his commitment and enthusiasm over four decades.