Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

The Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award is presented to an individual who has displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.

Individuals must be aged over 18 on the 17th November 2011.

WINNER

Jamie Carter, 18, Wheelchair Athletics

We feel Jamie deserves to win the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year because he has had another successful year. The T34 classification for Wheelchair racing has become very popular over the last year and the field has become very strong but yet Jamie continues to dominate his class in Great Britain and was selected to represent at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France. Even though he wasn’t able to take part in the training camp when arriving in France as he was struck down with Tonsillitis he was still able to go out into the competition and compete in the 200m, 400m & 800m. He got PB’s in all the races and was able to qualify & compete in the 400m & 800m finals. In the IPC World Rankings Jamie is10th/100m, 9th/200m, 7th/400m, 7th/800m & 5th/1500m. Jamie continues to train at Cleethorpes AC track and out on the roads locally in Binbrook but also travels to see his coach Jenny Archer and train alongside David Weir CBE when given the chance in Richmond park, Surrey or at the track in Kingston upon Thames. Jamie is very much part of the WeirArcher Academy too helping whenever they have training days to inspire the next generation and hopefully leaving a legacy of London 2012. Since coming back from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jamie has gone into schools and spoke to the pupils of all ages to show whether you are disabled or abled bodied nothing should stop you and you should live life to the fullest.

Also nominated…

Liz McTernan, 48, Hand Cycling

Liz McTernan is a former para-triatlete who has recently swapped her racing wheelchair for a hand bike as she switched her disciplines to give her a better chance of reaching the next Paralympic games in Rio. Before concentrating on hand cycling Liz came 3rd in the World Paratriathlon Championships, Auckland, NZ Liz’s aim for this season was to go to the World Cup and gain international classification; she went to Segovia in Spain in June and finished fifth in the road race and the time trial. Other notable achievements that Liz has achieved in 2013 are as follows: Silverstone Half Marathon, 2nd Lincoln 10K, 2nd London Marathon, 11th British International Disability Swimming Championships-6th 50m Free, 9th 100m Free, 9th 400m Free East Midlands DSE Swimming Championships-5 Gold, 1 Bronze in Relay, Runner Up in Age Group UCI Para-Cycling Cup Bira-1st Time Trial and Road Race, overall champion Manchester 10K-3rd Woodhall Spa 10K-1st UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Sergovia, 5th in Time Trial, 5th in Road Race, currently ranked 6th in World.

Lee Cupit, 18, Shot Put

I would like to nominate Lee Cupit for all his hard work and dedication and for all his sporting achievements. Lee trains three times a week at Stoke Rochford with his coach Geoff capes, he also trains at Holbeach and Stamford once a month. He has a gym programme which he does six days a week. Lee has competed in two competitions a month since the beginning of the season this year. Coming first in every competition he has competed in so far he has broken a national age group record twice and his ranked ninth in the world seniors and first in the world for under 20’s. He was also chosen for the UK school games in September 2013 at Sheffield.