Lincolnshire Sports Awards: The winners

Broadcaster John Inverdale (pictured above) hosted the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2010 on November 11 at the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground.

The Lincolnite attended the event, where over 200 sportspeople from Lincolnshire gathered to celebrate the county’s best achievers.

It was announced at the last-minute that the event’s VIP guest, boxer Callum Johnson, unfortunately cancelled his appearance due to family problems.

Barrie Pierpoint, Chairman of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, who organised the awards, said the event was “a huge success”.

“As well as recognising some of our top sportsmen and women from across the county, the awards thanked volunteers, coaches, clubs and individuals whose lives have been impacted by sport and physical activity.

“We have had excellent comments following the awards and I am delighted that everyone had an enjoyable night. I am already looking forward to 2011,” he added.

In pictures: The winners and their achievements

— Photography by Alex Colman and Charlotte Reid

Active for Health — Maureen Carrington-Hunt, Mablethorpe

Through the Heelers Programme, Hunt has lost 9 ½ stone since February, she is a full gym member and attends the gym five times per week. She is now encouraging her family to lose weight also.

Contribution to Physical Activity — University of Lincoln Health Campus Programme

The University of Lincoln Healthy Campus Programme aims to enlighten, energise and enrich the lives of our community and aims to encourage healthy living within the University students, student alumni, associate members, staff and their families.

Sports National Governing Body — Lincolnshire Volleyball Association

In the past year, the Lincolnshire Volleyball Association has been seen as a model of good practice by Sport England, has organised and run a number of Regional and National events and has developed a number of links with the RAF, Prison Service, Youth Service and more.

Sports Educator of the Year — Daniel Bishop, University of Lincoln

Bishop is the programme leader for Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln. Since moving to the university, the number and quality of students graduating from sports programmes has increased each year and Bishop has played a big part in this.

Sports Volunteer of the Year — James Brook, Louth

As Head Coach / Team Manager / Club Chairman / Fundraiser and Founder, Brook has single-handedly established and developed a sustainable basketball club in Louth. Louth Storm is the only basketball club in East Lindsey to be accredited to Basketball England.

Coach of the Year 2010 — Gary Quittenton, Lincoln

In the last year at Lincoln Canoe Club, Quittenton has coached a number of young people to national titles, he has personally taken his coaching qualifications to the highest level and has helped increased membership of the club by 40 members after the summer taster courses.

Sports Club of the Year — Birchwood Colts Junior FC, Lincoln

Working in one of the most deprived areas of Lincolnshire, Birchwood Colts are an FA Charter Standard Club, and have recently made a formal link with Lincoln United FC to become Lincolnshire’s tenth FA Charter Standard Community Club. They are currently working to develop a new girls’ league in Lincoln.

Sprinter Bernice Wilson picked the tombola winners in the dinner break.

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year — Anthony Smith (Plays for Kesteven RFC)

At the age of 60, Smith is a fully active player at Kesteven Rugby Football Club and has played for Kesteven for the last 10 years. Despite being 43 years older than the youngest players on the field in one of the games he played, he competed in 11 out of 15 possible matches last season.

Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year — Richard Sargent, Lincoln

Sargent is a key player with the Great Britain’s U23 squad and has won 2 silver medals with the team in the last six months, he won the Super League with his team Wolverhampton Rhinos, and hopes to play for the Full National team very soon. Sargent is also a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP).

Young Sportsman of the Year — Jack Harvey, Bassingham nr Lincoln

Harvey finished second in the Formula BMW Championship taking a total of 13 podium finishes out of a possible 16, and claiming 7 outright wins and 8 pole positions. This was the most wins and pole positions in the Championship. He will be competing in Formula 3 next season.

Young Sportswoman of the Year — Holly Crosby, Welbourn nr Lincoln

Crosby was called up for the U15 England squad aged 12, and the U17 England squad aged 14. She has represented England in a number of international friendlies and was selected for the England U17 Squad for the UEFA European Championships. She is also a member of LEAP.

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year — Andrew Skinner, Skellingthorpe nr Lincoln

Skinner has represented Great Britain at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships, and World Cup. He has been to the 2012 Paralympic training camp, and climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for Limbpower.

Sportsman of the Year — Robert Mohan, Bourne

Mohan has represented England in the U20s Shot Put at the Loughborough and Celtic International, he won the National Indoor U20 Championships with a new Personal Best and he was runner-up in the National Outdoor Championships. He is also a member of LEAP.

Sportswoman of the Year — Sophie Wells, Harby nr Newark

Wells is the first Para-rider to represent GB at a major able-bodied championships and she won silver in the European Championship Team Dressage in September. She was selected to represent GB in the World Equestrian Games, and is on course to compete in the GB Dressage Team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Lifetime Achievement Award — Laurence Oliver, Reepham nr Lincoln

In 1957, Oliver founded Lincoln Canoe Club and he has been competing for 53 years since. At the age of 67, Oliver represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games, four World Championships, one European Championships and claimed numerous individual and team titles. He coached athletes to international level and is Senior Racing Coach at Lincoln Canoe Club. He was British Junior Team Manager and managed the British U23 team. He led teams in 18 countries. Oliver is an inspiration to many of his club members, and the sporting community in Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2010 — Richard Sargent, Lincoln