A Heanor man has been named the Derbyshire disabled sports personality of the year from the second time in three years.
Phil Hogg, 45, won the award during a recent glittering award ceremony at the Roundhouse in Derby .
He was paralysed from the waist down in 1991 after a car accident but has since become a paratriathlete and will go to Rio next year to compete for Team GB in the Paralympics.
He said: “I was invited to the event by one of my sponsors, the wetsuit manufacturer Huub, without knowing I was even nominated.
“Then the organisers called me about ten days beforehand to say I had been nominated and when I turned up on the night I ended up winning it.
“It’s really nice to get this kind of recognition when you are battering yourself training every day.”
Phil’s event, the paratriathlon, involves a 750m swim, a 20km ride on a geared hand bike and finally a 5km ‘walk’ in a wheelchair, with the top of the field finishing the lot in around an hour.
His training regime at Loughborough University can involve two to three gruelling sessions in a day that can start at 7am and end at 7pm.
Phil lost the use of his legs at the age on 21 in 1991 when he went into the back of a car while out riding with the Heanor Clarion Cycling Club.
He refused to let this stop him taking part in competitive sport and, after taking part in wheelchair racing for many years, he turned to the paratriathlon four years ago, and has never looked back.
“Nowadays, I don’t even think of myself as disabled really,” he said.
“What happened has given me the opportunity to do some amazing things and I’m very proud of what I have achieved,” Phil added.
His next goal is the 2016 Rio Paralympics where he will represent Team GB in the event’s Paralympic debut which will take place in part on the city’s iconic Copacabana beach.