Young Sportswoman of the Year

The Young Sportswoman 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 under 18 on the 17th November 2011.


Harriet Housam, 18, Rowing

Harriet starting rowing at the age of 14 and was one of the youngest to be selected for the GB talent programme. She has represented Lincolnshire in many competitions and was the first female junior to race at Henley from Lincolnshire. She has also helped coach and inspire other juniors at her local club (Boston), becoming their junior Captain, and going into local schools to promote her sport with the Sportivate programme. In Oct 2012 she started the GB Junior Rowing Team selection process by being selected in Oct for the early identification camp. This lead to early trials in Nov coming 4th out of 91 girls from all over the UK. Following this she was selected for GB training camp in France in Dec. In February she came 1st in GB double sculls trials with her partner, thus securing a place at GB training camp in Belgium. She was also chosen to race in the Internationally acclaimed ‘Womens Eights Head of the River Race’ in London competing against 300 crews, their junior team finished 2nd. Selected for Spring assessments at Easter lead to her being selected for GB junior final trials in June at Dorney lake. Successful times on the water here led to final GB team selection at Caversham in July. Selected for team GB under 19’s to race at the European junior Championships in Switzerland. Competing in the single scull event she achieved a bronze medal, the first single scull medal for team GB for some years. Whilst training extensively for this amazing achievement, she achieved 5 A’levels at grade A and has offered a place at Durham university to study science starting this September. She has already been invited by Durham to train with their senior squad. She is the first female junior to represent team GB under 19’s at International level from their Lincolnshire club.

Also nominated…

Abbie Donnelly, 16, Athletics

Abbie has had a succession of outstanding results in the past 12 months on both a personal level and as a member of successful Lincoln Wellington teams. She is a young lady totally dedicated to her sport and has done absolutely everything asked of her in training to achieve the well deserved successes she has had. In the last Winter season she was County under 17 women’s cross country champion and also Lincolnshire Schools intermediate girls cross country champion. Won a silver medal in her age group at the North of England Championships and also finished 7th in the National cross country and 10th at the inter counties in very big fields of the very best athletes in the country. Lincolnshire 800m and 1500m champion and Lincolnshire Schools champion at 1500m. Represented Lincolnshire Schools at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham where she won a silver medal in the 3000m. Represented England Schools at the Home Countries Schools International in Dublin and achieved a gold medal winning time of 9.53.68 and in the process beating the England team-mate who had won the English Schools gold medal. Represented the North East of England at the Sainsbury’s School Games at Sheffield in the 3000m. As well as her individual results Abbie has won gold team medals with Lincoln Wellington in the North of England road relays and North of England cross country championships as well as silver in the North of England cross country relays and bronze in the National cross country relays.

Chloe Brock-Taylor, 16, Football

Chloe is nominated as she is an outstanding athlete at a variety of sports. For the last five years she has been awarded female sports person at her school. Chloe currently plays football for Lincolnshire FA centre of Excellence and as played there for the last three seasons. Selected for an England U. 17 training. She is a dedicated trainer, who trains two nights a week with the centre and plays in the games programme on Saturdays. Her fitness levels are outstanding and this is reflected in her performances on the pitch, where she was a key member of the centre of excellence team that won the North East regional league and narrowly lost 3-2, to eventual winners Arsenal, in the quarter final of the National youth Cup, last season. Chloe is one of those players who always plays hard, fair and competitively but she always as a smile on her face both on the field and off the field. She is a terrific ambassador for sport this was recognised by Saxilby Netball club who wrote to her school recognising her abilities whilst coaching the youngsters in Saxilby. Chloe also plays and trains with Gainsborough adult netball team. Out of sixteen games this season Chloe has been player of the match fourteen times. Again Chloe trains during the week with the netball team fitting this in between her football commitments. We at the centre of excellence believe Chloe deserves credit and recognition for her all round commitment and enthusiasm to her sporting commitments and have pleasure in submitting her nomination.

The Young Sportswoman of the Year award is sponsored by Ambitions Personnel

Ambitions Personnel are one of the East Midland’s leading recruitment agencies supplying both skilled and unskilled staff to fill temporary and permanent positions, within the commercial, industrial and care sectors.

Now in their 23rd year of business, with branches in Lincoln, Newark, Grantham, Mansfield, Worksop, Sleaford, Boston, Wisbech, Stamford and Derby, their catchment area is continually expanding.

Helen Mason, HR Manager at Ambitions Personnel, said: 

“Keen to get involved with local events, we welcome the opportunity to give something back to the local community.   With a strong personal interest in sports at all levels, the Directors jumped at the chance to be involved with Active Lincolnshires Partnership.”

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