Young golf star crowned Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year

By Louise O'reilly on November 5th, 2018 - comments
Eleven year old golfer Archie Qualtrough from Boston scooped a top honour at this year’s Lincolnshire Sports Awards when he was awarded the Sports Personality of the Year.
Archie and his family on stage

Archie and his family on stage

Organised by Active Lincolnshire as a celebration of the sporting achievements across Lincolnshire, the night was attended by 350 people from clubs, businesses and schools. The night honoured the athletes, coaches and volunteers who have made a difference to sport and physical activity over the past year.

On winning a top award, a modest Archie said: “I am lost for words. I wasn’t expecting to win one award, let alone this.” Archie was interviewed on stage by the night’s compere, Olympic bronze medal swimmer Steve Parry, where he described what it takes to be the best: “I train every day for about two hours. If not hitting balls then I am doing gym work to build up my strength and fitness.”

Lynsey Norris, who oversaw the judging panel said: “We chose Archie as the overall winner due to the level of success he has had this year and for his amazing charity work. It was a tough call though as all the other winners had achieved so much in 2018. Lincolnshire has an amazing wealth of sporting talent.”

“The raffle on the evening raised £1,500 which we will put towards the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete’s Programme (LEAP) to support the next generation of talent. Thank you to everyone for their generosity.”

Archie’s achievements included competing for Europe in the junior Ryder Cup and the European Junior Cup in Spain. Also, over five days in May 2018, he successfully completed his own Coast to Coast golfing challenge from Maryport GC to Tynemouth GC, covering a distance of 84 miles, totalling 1126 shots across 252 holes along 14 different golf courses. He raised over £4,000 for four charities close to his heart.

Another of the night’s top awards was the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Lincoln Pentaqua’s Pat Crowley for more than 25 years of dedication to the sport. Pat was overwhelmed with his award and explained to Steve Parry that he is as passionate about the sport as ever, giving his time to coaching and officiating not only in Lincolnshire, but across the country.

The night was supported by many sponsors who are passionate about supporting sport and physical activity at all levels across the county.

Full List of Winners

Sportsman of the Year.  Ashton Turner (golf)
Sportswoman of the Year.  Georgina Adam (athletics)
Young Sportsman of the Year.  Archie Qualtrough (golf)
Young Sportswoman of the Year.  Olivia Lauren Clark (football & cricket)
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.  Thomas Talbot (athletics)
Veteran Sportsperson of the Year.  Malcolm Fenton (athletics)
The Michael Beard Coach of the Year.  Gary Johnson (hockey)
Sports Club of the Year.  Sleaford Striders (athletics)
Active Primary School of the Year.  Leasingham Primary School, Sleaford
Sports Department of the Year (Secondary, HE/FE) Charles Read Academy, Grantham
Sports Volunteer of the Year. Ian Heald (target shooting)
Young Sports Volunteer of the Year.  Logan Grieh (martial arts)
Active Workplace Award. North Kesteven District Council
Physical Activity Award (Programme) Lincoln parkrun
Active Change Award (Individual) Richard Conway
Lifetime Achievement Award Pat Crowley (swimming)
Sports Personality of the Year Archie Qualtrough (golf)