Sports starlets land top honours at awards night
SPORTS starlets from across the borough were honoured at the fourth annual Amber Valley Active Sports Awards in Alfreton.
Winners from disciplines as varied as football to horse vaulting, swimming to go-karting were honoured at the ceremony, attended by more than 160 guests at the town's leisure centre.
All winners will now be put forward to the countywide version to compete against similar success stories from other districts for the Derbyshire Sports Awards held at Derby County's Pride Park stadium on November 13.
Cllr Chris Short, the borough council cabinet member for Healthier Communities, said: "This was a remarkable year in terms of the calibre of nominations and the wonderful snapshot it provided of the flourishing sports scene in the borough. Particularly impressive was the incredible age range of nominees – from 11 to 102, illustrating how accessible sport is in Amber Valley."
In total, over 60 nominations had been received for the 16 categories of the awards.
Ripley Netball Club was named club of the year for the first time.
It was formed in 1994 and has since grown to eight teams of different ages with players ranging from eight to 48.
The club has offered up the youngest ever member of the Derbyshire Satellite squad, Cherese Naylor, ten, one of the country's youngest qualified umpires in Sally Rhead and another player, Keeley Wilson aged 17, who has achieved a national scholarship.
Cheryl Naylor, who runs the club, said: "One of our original members wrote to the judging panel to nominate us for club of the year.
"It is a community club so rather than only going for fantastic players we try to accept any players of any ability and hold lots of social events.
"It was brilliant to hear we had won, we were absolutely ecstatic. The club is a lot of hard work but it is well worth it.
"This year is our 15th anniversary and we had a massive presentation night to mark that which 172 people attended in Derby."
Cheryl won the Amber Valley Coach of the Year prize two years ago and was headhunted as a result to become a full time community coach.
In this role, she travels round schools in the coaching young people.
Heanor's Paralympic swimmer David Ellis won the John Preston Flowers Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award.
The Award winners were;
Derbyshire County Council Youth Service Junior Sportsman of the Year
Winner: Thomas Bridge (Athletics)
Runner-up: James Blythe (Squash) & Jake Allen (Martial Arts)
Amber Valley School Sports Partnership Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Winner: Hannah Jones (Snooker)
Runner-up Millie Tomlinson (Squash)
Swanwick School & Sports College Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Ryan Taylor (Football)
DC Leisure Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Hollie Webb (Cannock Ladies Hockey Club)
Runner-up: Sara Shortland (Horse Vaulting)
John Preston Flowers Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: David Ellis (Swimming)
Runner-up: Annie Straw (Football)
Amber Valley Borough Council Veteran Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Gill Henshaw (Cycling)
The Conference Works Team of the Year
Winner: Belper Ladies Hockey Club U18's
Runner-up: Belper Town Ladies Football Team
Stuart Lee Sport & Leisure Junior Team of the Year
Winner: Belper Ladies Hockey Club U18's
Runner-up: Aldecar Community Language College Karting Team
Amber Valley Borough Council Club of the Year
Winner: Ripley Netball Club
Runner-up: Belper Town Football Club
Starsteppers School of Dance Performance Coach of the Year
Winner: Tim Barlow (Belper Hockey Club)
Runner-up: Mick Howard (Belper Marlin swimming Club)
Derbyshire Constabulary Community Coach of the Year
Winner: David North (Riddings Cricket Club)
Runner-up: Gary Spendlove (Belper Town Cricket Club)
Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership Young Sports Leader/Coach of the Year
Winner: Charlotte Pease
Runner-up: Oliver Blake, Lori Marshall, Scott Parkin
Swanwick School & Sports College Service to Sport Award
Roy Peach (Hockey & Cricket)
Amber Valley School Sports Partnership Contribution to School Sport
Winner: Kathy Hardy (Aldecar Community Language College)
Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust Unsung Hero
Winner: Alan Poplar (Cricket)
Runner-up: Joanne Rogers (Belper Ladies Hockey Club)
Amber Valley Active Award
Winner: Dolly Linacre
Runners-up: Roy Foulke & Gillian Pullman
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