Sportsman of the Year

The Sportsman 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.

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

WINNER

Jack Harvey, 20, GP3

Jack is currently racing in GP3 and back to supporting Formula One races, he is competing with the French team ART Grand Prix and has been living in France for 6 months to get to know the team, and is currently in 3rd place in the championship with 3 race weekends to go to the end This year he won the first race at the British Grand Prix which was great in front of your home crowd. Jack is very determined to reach his goals to race at the highest possible level and compete with the best in the world and is highly motivated as like most top athletes he is relentless in his approach to be at his best at all times. He has been tipped by many as one to watch in the future, he is very well liked and supported in sport and has a good following locally. He makes a good role model as what can be achieved by hard work Jack is one of the most successful athletes in motorsport from Lincolnshire. Jack would make a good sportsman of the year, putting Lincolnshire on the international map.

Also nominated…

Alex Lowes, Motorsport –

Lincoln’s Alex Lowes became the youngest ever British Superbike champion after his second-placed finish in the final race at Brands Hatch.

In 2002 he made the switch to road racing in the JRA Championship, racing a Cagiva finishing 2nd overall. In 2003 he raced in the Aprilia Superteen Championship despite only being 12 years old at the beginning of the season. Despite everybody else taking part in the championship being between the age of 13 to 19 years old, Lowes managed to finished 4th overall.

For 2012 he returned to race with Team WFR in the championship,[6] he had a highly successful season finishing 4th making a double win at Silverstone Circuit and entering the championship Showdown he finished the season with 584 points. For 2013 he joined the Samsung Honda the works team for Honda in British Superbikes, and was highly successful winning the championship

Dan Cox, Tennis

Dan moved up 185 places in the world rankings to 185 and from 18 to 6 in UK.

Back-to-back tournament wins have confirmed for tennis star Dan Cox that he is back to his best.

The 22-year-old has now lifted three trophies in the past five weeks following tournament wins in Manchester, Ireland and, most recently, in Nottingham last week.

2011 was the best year of Cox’s career to date, reaching a career high singles ranking of 258 and receiving a wildcard into both the men’s singles and doubles at Wimbledon. In the singles, he lost 2–6 4–6 4–6 to Sergiy Stakhovsky in round one. In the doubles, he partnered James Ward, losing again in round one to Mikhail Kukushkin and Michael Russell, 6–4 4–6 4–6.

The Sportsman of the Year award is sponsored by the University of Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the university league tables for good reason: we put students at the heart of everything we do. Added to that, we are a research-based university with quality teaching and excellent career prospects for our graduates.

Academics and students at the University carry out major research for the benefit of society across areas as varied as mobility technology, medical imaging for cancer diagnosis, prevention of community re-offending, anti-terrorist surveillance, food security and water conservation, treatment of insomnia and children’s language development.

A business ethos pervades the entire range of our programmes, from science and technology courses to arts and humanities, with emphasis placed on ensuring that what our students learn is up-to-date, research-informed and relevant to employers. Many of our academic and research programmes are created directly with partners in industry to give employers a competitive edge, thanks to world-leading expertise and work-ready graduates.

Opened by Her Majesty The Queen, the University’s main campus in Lincoln was the first new city centre campus to be built in the UK for decades. More than £140 million has been invested in the stunning Brayford Pool campus that has transformed a city centre brownfield site, revitalised the area and attracted investment from the retail, leisure and property sectors.

Economists estimate that the University has created at least 3,000 new jobs within Lincoln and that it generates more than £250 million every year for the local economy – doubling previous local economic growth rates.

This forward-looking, international University is at the heart of a truly thriving, cosmopolitan and friendly city.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said:

“The Active Lincolnshires Awards are the pinnacle of Active Lincolnshireing success storeys, this year the Olympic Games have made 2012 a once in a lifetime experience for us all. Been associated with the London Olympic Games, through our, Student Participation, Volunteers, Torch Relay and providing an International 2012 Training Camp with local community involvement, is central to the University Lincoln’s ethos.” 

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