Sophie Wells named Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012

By NickiBlake on November 9th, 2012 - comments

Paralympic Equestrian athlete Sophie Wells has been named Active Lincolnshires Personality of the Year 2012.

16 sportspeople, volunteers, coaches and individuals collected awards at the Active Lincolnshires Awards 2012 last night.

BBC Presenter John Inverdale presented the annual awards evening, sponsored by Lincolnshire Media, which took place at the Lincolnshire Events Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground.

Almost 400 guests celebrated Lincolnshire’s year of sporting success at the annual event organised by Active Lincolnshires Partnership to recognise those involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Active Lincolnshires Partnership said:

“The Active Lincolnshires Awards 2012 were a huge success; we celebrated and recognised some of our top sportsmen and women as well as volunteers, coaches, clubs and individuals whose lives have been impacted by sport and physical activity.

 “2012 has been a fantastic year for sport and the Active Lincolnshires Awards were a perfect opportunity to celebrate Lincolnshire’s sporting success.”

Active Lincolnshires Partnership would like to thank host John Inverdale, local businesses and organisations for their support and all the guests and nominees for making the event so successful.

The list of winners and runners-up for each category are:

Active for Health
Sponsored by NHS Lincolnshire

Winner: Darren Bunn (Boston)

Two years ago, Darren Bunn from Boston focused on increasing his physical activity to benefit not only his physical health, but also his wellbeing – maintaining his abstinence from drugs, increasing his confidence and looking ahead to a ‘normal’ future.

After building a good relationship with a Health Trainer in Boston and regularly attending the gym, Darren has overcome many challenges and has used his success in achieving a healthier lifestyle in other areas of his life. Darren has stopped smoking, improved his diet and has completed the Health Champion RSPH qualification to help others in similar situations.

Runners-up: Peter Sumpton (Sleaford), Joshua Wilkinson (Boston)

Contribution to Physical Activity
Sponsored by NHS Lincolnshire

Winner: Ross Cameron and Kara Belton (Mablethorpe)

In the past five years, Ross and Kara have delivered high quality Exercise Referral sessions to over 4,000 people with health conditions at Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe. Many have gone on to see life changing results including reduction of medication, removal of disabilities, social inclusion and many more.

Individually, Kara has achieved the highest retention rates for exercise referral schemes in the county and Ross has seen more people last year than any other individual instructor. At Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe, the team has seen the most amount of exercise referral patients in the county in the last year.

Runners-up: Arts NK Dance Team (Sleaford), HE/FE Games (Lincolnshire)

County Sports Organisation of the Year
Sponsored by Lincolnshire Events Centre

Winner: Lincolnshire County Netball

Lincolnshire County Netball supports the development of netball at all levels across Lincolnshire.

The organisation won six out of nine awards at the Regional Goalden Globes in July 2012, and received five nominations for the National Goalden Globes in September 2012.

They have been successful in the Back to Netball scheme which encourages beginners and re-starters to play netball in a social and friendly setting, and they supported a successful bid for £40,000 to resurface the netball courts in Bassingham.

In general, Lincolnshire netball has greater representation at Regional and National events and competitions than ever before, the county has the highest number of affiliated members at both junior and senior level in East Midlands, athletes have been selected for Regional and National Academies and they are nominated for Regional and National awards.

Runners-up: Off The Bench, University of Lincoln Student’s Union

Sports Educator of the Year
Sponsored by The Showroom

Winner: Sharon Sivakumaran, Cherry Willingham Community School

Nominated by her Year 11 Netball Team, Mrs Sharon ‘Siva’ Sivakumaran has been teaching PE at Cherry Willingham Community School for 30 years. Called the ‘best netball coach in the world’ by her students, the Year 11 Netball Team nominated Sharon for her outstanding commitment to Cherry Willingham and PE. The team wanted to leave the school knowing that they had given her something to show how much they cared!

Runners-up: Adam Evans, University of Lincoln

Sports Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Branston LTD

Winner: Ann Boulton (Barrow upon Humber)

Ann has been involved as a volunteer in cricket in Lincolnshire for 23 years. For 13 years, since it’s inception, she has been involved with the ECB Premier League and she currently holds the combined roles of secretary and fixture secretary for the Lincs ECB Premier League. For the past seven years Ann has been the Secretary of the South Lincolnshire & Border League.

Every week, Ann gives up her time to support cricket in Lincolnshire. From her roles above to collecting results, producing league tables and writing articles for the Lincolnshire Echo, she is a truly dedicated volunteer and works unselfishly to make sure those playing cricket are well supported.

Runners-up: Paul Blackman (Boston), Vic Newman (Lincoln)

Coach of the Year
Sponsored by Bridge McFarland

Winner: Rosana Townsend (Lincoln)

30 years ago Rose Townsend started Lincoln Imps Trampoline Club with a group of friends who enjoyed recreational trampolining. Based initially at a leisure centre, using the facilities equipment, the club and standard of trampoline gymnasts outgrew the venue. Now with over 200 members of all ages and abilities, the club has its own facility with an extensive range of equipment and gymnasts are competing at national and international level.

Under the direction of Head Coach Rose, the club holds all the county shields in all of the categories (and has done so over many years), members are in the top ten in their category in the UK and every year the club takes a team representing GB to the prestigious Louie Cup in Portugal.

Runners-up: Navaz Sutton (Lincoln), Stuart Turner (Lincoln)

Sports Club of the Year
Sponsored by Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation Fund

Winner: Lincoln Roses Hockey Club

Lincoln Roses Hockey Club have engaged in all England Hockey Board participation programmes, attracted more than 60 ladies through their Back to Hockey scheme and between 30 and 50 to each Rush Hockey session.

The club embraced the Hockey Nation programme which aimed to capitalise on the buzz of London 2012, and have been steadily increasing their junior section. They are working hard to complete ClubsFirst (hockey’s specific Clubmark accreditation), have been working in partnership with other organsiations and events, received funding to deliver specific projects and have recently delivered a very successful club open day.

Runners-up: Laffletics (Sleaford), Lincoln Cannons Volleyball Club (Lincoln)

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year
Sponsored by Evans Halshaw

Winner: Donald Sutherland (Lincoln)

92 year old Donald Sutherland started diving 10 years ago when he joined the Over 50s swim club at Yarborough Leisure Centre. He learnt to somersault and went on to compete in Great British Diving Federation Masters Diving Competitions in the UK and Ireland in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.

Donald started diving as a young lad at the Boultham Park Open Air Pool, and although he hasn’t competed in recent years, he still regularly dives at Yarborough Leisure Centre – despite having had two hip replacements!

Runners-up: Karen Hames (Fortherby near Louth), Jim Marshall (Lincoln)

Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Sponsored by Design by Distraction

Winner: Jamie Carter (Binbrook near Market Rasen)

Wheelchair Racing athlete Jamie Carter competed for GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, despite only starting his sport two years ago.

Jamie, who has cerebral palsy, was highlighted as having potential in wheelchair basketball, table tennis, boccia and athletics. Although he was already a successful wheelchair basketball player, in 2010, he began wheelchair racing. Jamie was selected for the T34 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Jamie is the British record holder for 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and European record holder for 1500m in the T34 category wheelchair race.

Runners up: Jack Hodgson (Gainsborough), Lee Cupit (Scopwick near Lincoln)

Young Sportsman of the Year
Sponsored by Ruddocks

Winner: Oliver Bitowt (Grantham)

Ollie has been in the British Swimming Talent programme for 5 years with the focus moving to freestyle and long-distance swimming in the last 2 years.  A gold medal at the Midlands Regional Championships 2km swim was followed by silver at the National Open Water competition – an event that would have also seen a gold medal but for an error on the last buoy.

A regular competitor (and medallist) and County, Regional and National swimming championships since he was 9 years old, Ollie has stepped up to a new level of competition with his first forays into open water and distance swimming. Yet again he has proved his ability and competitive edge with medals in his first season in open water swimming.

Runners-up: Alex Hutchinson (Grantham), Will Wright (Willingham by Stow near Gainsborough)

Young Sportswoman of the Year
Sponsored by Ambitions Personnel

Winner: Rebecca Dunning (Louth)

16 year old Rebecca is a Pentathlon athlete from Grainthorpe near Louth. She trains daily in swimming, shooting, running, fencing and horse riding disciplines.

In 2009, Rebecca was injured by her horse; broke her pelvis in five places, ruptured her bladder and had a collapsed lung. She was hospitalised for three months and had to have a fixator pinned into her pelvis for around four months. She was determined however to return to school and participated fully in all lessons, including PE.

Rebecca now competes in Pentathlons, has been selected for the British Pool Talent Squad and is a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP). She carried the Olympic Torch through Bracebridge Heath on Wednesday 27th June, has been appointed school prefect and is predicted to achieve 12 A* – C grades at GCSE next year.

Runners-up: Courtney Limb (South Hykeham near Lincoln), Lottie Smith (Stamford)

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Sponsored by SCS Technology Solutions

Winner: Sophie Wells (Harby near Newark)

Paralympic athlete Sophie Wells won one Gold Medal and two Silver Medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games this summer.

Sophie claimed Gold in the Team Championship Grade IV, and two Silver Medals in the Individual Championship Test Grade IV and Individual Freestyle Test Grade IV.

On her return to Lincolnshire following the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Sophie has been visiting local schools and events, talking about her experiences at the Games.

Runner-up: Kieran Tscherniawsky (Heckington near Sleaford), Rob Welbourn (Deeping St. James near Stamford)

Sportsman of the Year
Sponsored by University of Lincoln

Winner: Rob Tobin (Lincoln)

Sprints athlete Rob Tobin from Lincoln holds a Personal Best time of 45.01 seconds in the 400m and at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki this June, he won a Silver Medal in the 400m.

He was selected to represent Great Britain at his third Olympic Games this summer and was due to run in the 4x400m race, but Great Britain changed the team for the final of the 4x400m, and sadly Rob wasn’t selected. The team finished fourth with Trinidad and Tobago finishing 13 hundredths of a second ahead of Britain to claim Bronze.

As a relay medalist at World, European and Commonwealth level, Rob just missed out on a 4x400m relay Bronze Medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Runners-up: Sam Brougham (Louth), Simon Terry (Grantham)

Sportswoman of the Year
Sponsored by Belvoir Lettings (Lincoln)

Winner: Georgie Twigg (Lincoln)

GB Hockey player Georgie Twigg represented GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer and won a Bronze Medal with her teammates.

In 2012, she won a Silver Medal in the 2012 Champions Trophy, a Silver Medal at the 2012 World Championships and carried the Olympic Torch in Bristol.

Georgie has been playing the sport since the age of seven when she joined Lincoln Hockey Club, and she gained her first Senior England cap in 2010. She has represented GB in the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where the team won Bronze Medals at each.

Runners-up: Lizzie Simmonds (Lincoln), Casey Stoney (Lincoln)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by Delta-Simons

Winner: Gerry Wilson (North Hykeham near Lincoln)

78 year old Gerry Wilson has been a dedicated volunteer at Claytons Cricket Club and Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club for half a decade.

Gerry was first and foremost a player, but soon took on roles as Secretary, Chairman and President. He also took on the role of Secretary of the Lincolnshire County Cricket League and latterly became President. He has been committed to supporting the cricket club and takes great pride in his current role as Bar Manager at the club. Gerry will step down from all duties at the club this year.

Runners-up: Alec Harding (Spalding), Barry Saunders (Grantham), Gordon Young (Stamford)

Active Lincolnshires Personality of the Year 2012
Winner: Sophie Wells (Harby near Newark)