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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Sporting stars come out for awards night

IT’S all systems go for the Tyne Valley Insurance sponsored Tynedale Sports Council awards night at the Tynedale Farmer Function Suite in Hexham on December 1.

The safe hands of Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper will be handing out more than a dozen trophies, and scores of certificates of merit to sports people from across the district.

It’s not only performances on the sports field that are recognised; the awards also honour those backroom people without whom sport could not be played.

Nominees come from all corners of the district and the age range is from eight to well over pensionable age.

All those clubs, teams and individuals listed below will receive an award of some kind, but the names of the trophy winners will not be revealed until the night.

Admission to the event is free, but it is advisable to get there early to be sure of a seat on what is always an enormously popular occasion.

The event has been running since 1976, and at the latest meeting of Northumberland County Council’s west area committee, Coun. Edward Heslop, of Colwell, said: “It is an absolutely wonderful occasion, to see so many people, particularly the young ones, being honoured in this way. It moves me to tears every year.”

The event starts at 7.30pm.

Club of the year – J.E. Woodman Trophy

Allendale Sports Club: A thriving organisation which has just opened a £311,000 clubhouse, with a monster football tournament attracting 21 teams from all over Tynedale and beyond. Also home to the successful Allendale Striders running club.

One Life Triathlon Club: A pioneering organisation which not only produces people who compete at the highest possible level, with two people in the European triathlon championships and four in European duathlon champions, as well as two qualifying for the world triathlon championships, but also has a thriving children’s section

Prudhoe Golf Club: A booming club which has a history of producing top golfers, such as Daniel Shevill and Andrew Scrimshaw. Also plays an important community role, providing facilities free of charge for the last 18 years for Tynedale Rotary Club’s Golf tournament, which has raised well over £100,000 for charities like the Great North Air Ambulance.

Adult Team – Tynedale Sports Council Trophy

Hexham Golf Club ladies: Won the prestigious T.R. Percy Trophy played for by all the North-East’s clubs for the first time in half a century, beating teams from Ponteland, Matfen Hall, Blyth and Newcastle City, before beating Whitley Bay in the final.

One Life Veteran Women’s relay team: After finishing runners-up last year, the veteran ladies were crowned national triathlon relay champions in the finals at Nottingham. The quartet of Maureen Parker, Claire Jackson, Sally Dickinson and Angela Wylie each had to swim 500m, cycle 15kms and run 5kms, and clinched it on the final run, when they took a full three minutes out of the reigning champions from Leicester.

Youth Team – Ian Turner Trophy

Tynedale Rugby Club Colts: Winners of a Border Sevens championship for the first time in 20 years. The Borders is the home of sevens, but Tynedale Colts beat Boroughmuir, Kelso, Jedthistle and then Selkirk in the final to win the tournament in style.

High School Team – Isobel Iceton Trophy

Haydon Bridge U14 boys’ volleyball: Outstanding team of lads who won the district championship before beating teams from Middlesbrough, Darlington, Newcastle and Sunderland to be regional champions. They went into the national finals at Manchester University, where they eventually finished seventh in the whole country.

Haydon Bridge U16 boys’ rugby: Went the whole season undefeated against state and independent schools, completing the County Cup and County Merit Table double.

Haydon Bridge U14 boys’ rugby: Newcomers to the game, they lost their first two games, but then settled in to be crowned Northumberland Merit Table champions.

Prudhoe U18 girls’ football: For the third year running were unbeaten, claiming the Northumberland Schools’ League title.

Prudhoe U15 boys’ football: These boys dominated the newly-extended Northumberland County League, winning 10 and drawing two of their 13 games – their only loss came when the title was already secured.

Prudhoe U15 girls’ cricket: After winning the Northumberland Inter Cricket tournament at North Shields, were runners-up in the North of England finals at Yorkshire’s Headingley ground.

Prudhoe U18 girls’ trampoline team: Runners-up in North-East regional finals, going on to finish fourth in regional finals.

Hexham U18 boys’ basketball: The lads were unbeaten all season, qualifying for the national finals at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena. There they lost narrowly in the semi-final to a team from Sussex, before winning the third/fourth place play-off comfortably.

Hexham U18 girls’ rugby: County championship winners.

Hexham U16 girls’ football: Undefeated throughout the season to win the Northumberland Schools League.

Hexham U16 boys’ coxed four: The crew of Matthew Mole, Charlie Dickinson, Michael Ronan and Joe Brinton, coxed by Avram Benjamin, were selected to represent the North-East at the inter-regional regatta after considerable success at regional level, and went on to win the gold medal.

Middle School Team – David Thompson Trophy

Ovingham U11 girls’ KWIK cricket team: After winning the county and regional finals, travelled to Headingley for the national finals as one of the top 16 teams in the country. Beat teams from Cleveland and Essex, before being edged out by a team from Bristol who rather unsportingly bowled underarm to prevent Ovingham scoring. They were still fifth in the country in a competition involving over 27,000 girls.

Young Sports Leader– Tynedale School Sports Co-ordinators’ Trophy

Chloe Glendenning: Top canoe coach who has completed over 200 hours of voluntary work over the last 12 months, building links with schools as well as working with the British Canoe Union.

Jake Hanson: An exceptional young man who has qualified as a RYA dinghy instructor aged only 16. Spends hours teaching other young sailors how to rig and sail dinghies at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club.

Leean Irving: Netball coach and umpire at Haydon Bridge High School, as well as spending many hours after school coaching at the gymnastics club in Haltwhistle. Has clocked up over 150 hours of voluntary work.

Philippa Kimberley: Has completed levels 1,2 and 3 of the Sports Leader UK award, and a level one dance leader award at Prudhoe High School, as well as achieving trampolining and swimming qualifications. She has achieved a gold award in the Step into Sport programme, and has clocked up over 200 hours of volunteering.

Matthew Thompson Has completed levels 1,2 and 3 of the Sports Leader UK award, along with football refereeing and coaching qualifications, and cricket awards. Instrumental in developing girls’ cricket at Prudhoe High School.

Ben Thornhill: Another Step into Sport graduate, from Haydon Bridge, closely involved with Hexham Canoe Club, recording 140 hours of volunteering with children at the canoe club, both in the pool and on the river.

Gareth Wade: Has completed levels 1 and 2 of the Sports Leader UK award at Prudhoe and is working to level three. Either already has or is working towards qualifications in football, badminton, cricket and fencing.

Disabled Sports Person – Northumberland Playing Fields Association Trophy

Edward Common: Another great year for this remarkable young man from Hexhamshire. At football, he was player of the year for the Northern Thunder powerchair team, who were runners-up in the national premier league, and gained England trials. He captained the Percy Hedley table cricket team, leading them to the national finals at Lord’s where they finished third. He was again player of the year and gained another England selection. At athletics, he won a gold and two silver medals in the national champions in Blackpool.

Sportsman – Hexham Courant Trophy

Barry Jameson: Bardon Mill’s evergreen international iron man, who has made an art form of the punishing sports of triathlon and duathlon. After taking the 55-59 group national titles at both duathlon and triathlon, he collected the European championship at duathlon in Budapest and triathlon in Holland, qualifying for the world championships, but an achilles injury prevented him from taking part.

Stuart Oliver: Arguably the best truck racer Britain has ever seen, the Bardon Mill driver clocked up his ninth British title in 10 years, as well as racing in front of 100,000-strong crowds across Europe, and clocking up appearances on television favourites Top Gear and Blue Peter.

Chris Paisley: Stocksfield golfer who was one of Britain’s top players in the Walker Cup match against the might of the USA, keeping Great Britain and Ireland in with a chance until the very last minutes.

Andrew Richardson: Top jockey from Hexham who won the 2009 Northern jockeys’ championship, with 17 winners and 25 places out of 52 rides – despite one crushing fall which saw him require oxygen for half an hour. He also took up training, with his six horses producing 13 winners and nine places from 24 runs and has enjoyed success in the tough world of endurance riding.

Sportswoman – Hexham Courant Trophy

Angela Coates: Scottish downhill mountain biking silver medallist from Prudhoe. She had two seconds and two thirds in the four events, and finished just nine points behind the winner, and 88 points ahead of the third placed lady.

Carol Drummond: International judo player from Haltwhistle, who followed up gold medals in the High Wycombe Masters and Goole Masters with two gold medals in the British Masters championships.

Sandra Hyslop: Outstanding international whitewater canoeist who took an individual silver medal in classic European championships in Italy, and took team gold for Britain.

Lynne Marr: Veteran all-round international runner from Stocksfield who picked up 11 gold medals at various events, including a European cross country relay gold in Denmark. Also took a bronze in the world cross country team championships in Finland. She has enjoyed success on the track both indoors and out, on the road, and even on the beach at Blyth.

Stacey Smith: Brilliant runner from Prudhoe, who is English U20 1500m champion, and ranked no 1 in the country at both 800 and 1500. She was fancied for the European championships in Serbia, but had to drop out of her race when she was stricken with swine flu.

Young Player (boy) – Edward Waite Trophy

Zachary Allin: Outstanding young canoeist from Ovingham Middle School, who won the British U11 slalom championship on the River Tweed at Selkirk.

Jak Alnwick: Talented all-rounder from Prudhoe who is not only Northumberland high jump champion and a top notch golfer, but also a football goalkeeper of such quality that he is on the books of Newcastle United, and a member of the England U16 squad which won this year’s Victory Shield.

Luke Batchelor: Very good basketball player from Hexham, who helped QEHS reach the national championship semi-finals, and was selected to represent the North-East.

Josh Brown: Hugely successful runner from Haydon Bridge, who represented Northumberland in the English Schools and Inter Counties cross country championships, as well as winning the individual grand prix in the North-East Harrier League. Also Northumberland Schools’ steeplechase champion, leading to selection for the UK Schools’ games in Cardiff.

Ben Ford: QEHS rugby player who was outstanding for Northumberland in their divisional matches, and had a trial for the North of England.

Matt Henderson: Brilliant 16-year-old fencer from Stocksfield who represented Great Britain in the cadet world championships in Belfast, finishing 30th, as well as showing impressive form in the European championships in Bourges in France.

Chris Hignett: Excellent basketball player from Hexham, who helped QEHS reach the national championship semi-finals, and was selected to represent the North-East.

Liam Pringle: Aged only 18, Liam has established himself as a regular in Tynedale Cricket Club 1st XI, where he was cricketer of the year with 59 wickets with his off-spin bowling. Also selected for the Northumberland Minor Counties side.

Andrew Richardson: After winning the senior boys’ Northumberland Schools’ 800m title, Andrew went on to reach the final of the English Schools’ championship, where he finished seventh.

Jonathon Richardson: Top young golfer who had the best gross score in the county schools’ U16 championship, and represented Northumberland at the English Schools’ championships in Northampton.

Ben Rodgers: Hexham Middle School athlete who did the sprint double at the Tynedale schools’ championships, and went on to repeat the feat in the county championships at Gateshead Stadium, as well as running the anchor leg for the victorious relay team.

Andrew Scrimshaw: Another outstanding youngster from the Prudhoe Golf Club production line. At the age of 17, he is in the England schools’ squad, as well as playing for the North of England, and the Northumberland Senior team. He plays off +1, and is Northumberland Durham U21 champion, and Northumberland Junior champion.

Ian Shevlin: QEHS athlete who is Northumberland Schools’ 100 and 200m champion and qualified for the English Schools’ championships at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. Also NE Counties 200m champion.

James Strong: Top class basketball player from Hexham, who helped QEHS reach the national championship semi-finals, and was selected to represent the North-East.

Greg Urwin: QEHS pupil who was senior boys’ 400m champion at the Northumberland Schools’ athletics championships and went on to run for Northumberland in the English Schools’ championships.

Matthew Williams: Another very good rugby player from QEHS, who played in the final trial for the North of England U16 squad.

Young Player (girl) – Gordon Brewis Trophy

Esther Beale: At the age of only eight, this little girl from Halton Lea Gate has become the youngest karate black belt in the country.

Jordan Beck: Top notch judo player from Ovingham, who has been selected for the England cadet squad. She won 36 contests overall, many at national level, and her medal haul included five golds, four silvers and eight bronzes.

Chloe Glendenning: Brilliant canoeist from Wark who had 11 top 10 finishes at K1 slalom from only 13 starts.

Jayne Hansom: Outstanding all-round athlete from Hexham QEHS, who won the U17 high jump, long jump and 80m hurdles at the Northumberland Schools’ championships. She also won her 200m heat, but was then forced to withdraw through injury.

Gina Lamb: Leading rugby player from QEHS, who captained both Northumberland and the North-East sides. Selected for the trial from which the England squad is selected, even though she is two years below the age group.

Nicole Lamb: Top class rower from Hexham QEHS, who after enjoying international success as part of a composite crew, tried her hand as a single sculler, winning the U16 single gold medal at the national championships in Nottingham.

Bethany McLaughlin: Nine-year-old gymnast from Prudhoe, who won first place at the North of England Voluntary Level 4 competition, and qualified to represent the region in her age group at the British Gymnastics women’s technical committee competition.

Charlotte Sadler: All-round sportswoman from Haydon Bridge who celebrated her first year in 300m hurdles by winning the Northumberland Schools’ title. Was also second Northumberland finisher in the North-East schools’ heptathlon championships.

Jenny Wilkes: Outstanding young footballer from Great Whittington, who was selected to play for England in a prestigious match against France.

Sports Personality – Michael Sharman Trophy

Michael Bolton: A dedicated judo coach for 35 years, Michael, from Haydon Bridge, instils the love of the sport in children and adults alike. He is not bothered by results for the children, just ensuring they enjoy the sport, but gets the best out of established internationals like Carol Drummond.

Billy Robson: Former Tynedale RUFC captain, who retired after 30 years as a player. After playing for and captaining Tynedale first XV for many years, he went back to his roots at Border Park where he was also captain, committee member and coach. Took Border to six cup finals in five years, winning two of them – incredible for such a tiny village club. At Edward Robson’s request, he was one of the under-bearers at “Mr Tynedale’s” funeral.

Margaret Robson: Margaret has been Corbridge Cricket Club scorer for over 50 years, starting with the second team in the late 1950s, and becoming first team scorer in the 1960s. Has rarely missed a game – only if she had to attend a wedding or funeral – and even suffering a stroke did not keep her out of the score box for long. Has been held in great affection and esteem by generations of Corbridge cricketers.

Disabled Sports Personality – Haydon Dyer Trophy

Terry Landers: Terry continues to participate at a competitive level, helping Hexham Spinal Unit Sports Club retain the North-East Disabled Snooker League, as well as winning the national title. He also retained the Cumbria & Northumbria Target Shooting Association Open Airgun Championship. Enjoys sharing his knowledge and offering support to other members seeking to improve their skills in sport.

Coach – Grant Thornton, Bobby Wood Memorial Trophy

Chris Catnach: A coach for over 20 years at Stocksfield Cricket Club, where his activities have helped create 12 qualified coaches, with 150 children coming for coaching sessions on a Thursday night. Also a driving force behind the development of women’s cricket at county level.

Dave Higgins: After a spell as a competitor, Dave returned to a coaching role at Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School Rowing Club, where he helped the squad members achieve success at national and international level.

Fergus Oliver: Coaches the Tynedale Girls U15 and U18 rugby teams, always with a smile on his face whatever the weather. The girls say he makes training enjoyable, keeping morale high at all times.

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