Sporting achievers get deserved recognition at sports awards

Bassetlaw Orienteering Club Juniors'Junior Sports Team of the Year'Bassetlaw Sports Awards 2013''Award presented by Counciller Julie Leigh.''Friday 6th December 2013''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Bassetlaw Orienteering Club Juniors'Junior Sports Team of the Year'Bassetlaw Sports Awards 2013''Award presented by Counciller Julie Leigh.''Friday 6th December 2013''Jon Knight 07825 047766

The district’s sporting achievers were celebrated at Retford Oaks Academy on Friday, at the Bassetlaw Sports Awards.

Former Olympian and world champion sprinter Derek Redmond was the special guest, dishing out the prizes.

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club picked up the Club of the Year award after a successful inaugural sprint triathlon.

Sportsman of the Year, aged 14 to 18, went to Worksop College student Oliver Dane.

Golfer Emily Lyle was crowned Sportswoman of the Year, 14 to 18 and Worksop Harrier Emily Race won the Sportswoman of the Year, Under 14.

Sportsman of the Year, Under14, was Tuxford Academy student Seamus Morrison.

The youngster, who has a form of dwarfism, took part in the National Dwarf Games in May, winning two gold medals and six silvers.

Junior Volunteer of the Year went to Retford Swimming Club’s boys vice captain Toby Sanderson

The Senior Volunteer of the Year award was won by Charmian Heaton of Retford Athletics Club, whose contribution to the planning of the Retford Half Marathon was exceptional.

Bassetlaw Orienteering Club Juniors were awarded the Junior Sports Team of the Year thanks to their haul of two golds, two silvers and four bronze medals at the British Schools Championships.

Andrew Blinston, a black belt fifth dan in Taekwondo, was selected as Coach of the Year, for his work with Lynx Black Belt Leadership Academy in Retford.

The final award, the Lifetime Achievement in Sport, went to the founder of Retford Athletics Club, Terry Lovett, who set up the club in 1983.