The Nottinghamshire sport community was the main winner at last night’s 2016 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards. Now in their 25th year, the awards seek to celebrate the best in Nottinghamshire sport from grassroots to elite.
Held at the Nottingham Conference Centre, sports fans from around the county enjoyed an evening of inspiring stories.
Ken Pollard from Sport Nottinghamshire said: “This evening has been a fantastic showcase of what Nottinghamshire has to offer.
“I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for helping make the awards happen and most importantly thank our athletes for doing our county proud.
“To have gold medallists and grassroots heroes sharing the limelight is exactly what sport in Nottinghamshire is about.”
Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE was voted by the public to win Sportsperson of the Year, while Ollie Hynd MBE won Disabled Sportsperson of the Year after the public vote.
However, the awards celebrate more than just elite athletes, Community Coach of the Year Mark Dobb (pictured), from Newark Rugby Club said: “Evenings like this are a fantastic way to celebrate sport at all levels and it’s brilliant that Sport Nottinghamshire recognise the importance of the people who help make sport happen in the county.”
Winners in the 16 other categories were chosen by a panel of sporting professionals.
Congratulations to all our winners:
Sportsperson of the Year – Helen Richard-Walsh
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Ollie Hynd
Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Ellie Downie
Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Benjamin Foulston