Veteran Sportsperson of the Year

The Veteran Sportsperson of the Year award is presented to an individual who has been, or is, competing at a Veteran level applicable to their sport.

It is awarded to someone who has displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.

WINNER

Steve Seymour, 59, Hockey

This year, in May, he made his debut for the over 60s full England side. He was then selected to play in the Home Nations Tournament in Swansea and, 3 weeks ago from 19th – 23rd August, he played in the European Finals in Antwerp, where England were crowned champions having won all of their games throughout the week of the tournament. Steve scored 2 goals for England. I, his family and his friends – both hockey playing and non-players – are immensely proud of Steve’s achievements. He has been described by his junior team-mates as “a freak of nature”! But to those of us who know him, he is just a very skilled sportsman and an ambassador for Lincolnshire sport.

Also nominated…

Karen Hames, 53, Triathlon

Karen competes in traithlon at age group level. She competed in her age group in Turkey at the Eropean chapmionships in June 2013 and came 7th in her age group and will be competing in London this weekend at the World Triathlon Championships. Karen has competed in many sprint triathlons this season and has many results where she has come first in her age group (more details to follow). Karen is very motivated in her own training and is very motivational to other athletes and gives up may hours to coach the members of Louth Triathlon Club.

Tim Greig, 46, Motorcycle Racing

In 2013 Tim has won the Veterans Class in the Lincolnshire Enduro Championship organised by the Banovallum Motorcycle Club. He has won all 5 rounds of the championship to date and has already secured the championship title with two events still to go. He also won this same championship last year too. These races are cross country endurance events that have taken place across Lincolnshire and attracts riders primarily from the East Midlands. As well as these Enduro events Tim also competes in other motorcycle disciplines including Flat Track racing, Moto-Cross and Grass Track racing. Although these are all forms of motorcyle racing they do require different skills – they range from 3 hour endurance across all types of terrain to short oval races taking place in speedway stadiums which last 2 minutes. With his extensive experience gained over many years he has been able to succesfully switch between these different types of racing during the year and enjoyed success competing in open events at a national and international level. Being successful in this range and mix of events is unusual, even more so taking Tim’s age into account. In June, competing in Flat Track racing, he qualified for the final at the British round of the F.I.M. Flat Track Cup finishing 8th (this is an international series organised by the world governing body for motorcyle racing). The following week In Grass Track racing he competed in the 250cc British Grass Track Final finishing 8th in spite of being unable to complete all of his heats after his bike broke down. In this same discipline in the moto-cross class Tim has won several events this year across the North of England.

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year is kindly sponsored by:

Ellmore Consultancy

Dan Ellmore, CEO of Ellmore Consultancy, said: “Ellmore Consultancy is pleased to be sponsoring the Veteran Sportsperson of the Year award, Lincolnshire has a wealth of sporting talent across all ages and it is great to be able to help recognise the Veteran category as many young athletes get their inspiration from the senior and veteran age groups.”