Ripley swimmer Molly, 16, makes a splash to win award

Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.
Molly Renshaw with Cllr Paul Bayliss, Derby City Council.

Ripley Rascals and Derventio eXcel swimming star Molly Renshaw was among the winners at this year’s Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby.

16-year-old Molly, who won a gold medal in the 200m breaststroke at the European Junior Championships, breaking the British age group record, was named the Derby City Council Junior Sportswoman of the Year for the second year running.

Molly also won a gold medal at the Senior Nationals in the 200m breaststroke, and a silver at the British Championships in the same event.

Results of the Derbyshire Sports Awards were announced at The Roundhouse in Derby on Thursday, during a ceremony attended by 270 people.

Meanwhile Belper Olympian Ross Davenport, who announced his retirement from swimming last week, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his sporting successes.

Guest of honour was Sally Gunnell OBE, who won gold in the 400m hurdles at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

The evening saw trophies awarded in 11 categories.

Cllr Carol Hart, chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “It is fantastic to see that Derbyshire has such a wealth of talented sports performers, great clubs and dedicated coaches and volunteers, who are all committed to improving sport in Derbyshire, and it is great to be able to recognise the dedication these people show.”