11 Lincoln sportspeople up for county awards

Chris Farrell from Lincoln has been shortlisted for the Sportsperson of the Year award after he broke the world record for rowing continuously on a machine for 30 hours in July

Some 11 people from the Lincoln area have been shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2011, taking place on November 17 at the Lincolnshire Showground’s Epic Centre.

The annual awards, organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, are in recognition of sportspeople across the county.

Marc Rhodes, event officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, was delighted by the number of nominations received this year and thanked everyone who took the time to put someone forward.

He said: “The number of shortlisted candidates from the Lincoln area is fantastic and is a testament to the outstanding sportspeople we have in our county.”

Lincolnites are represented across several different categories along with sports clubs, centres and organisations based in the city.

University of Lincoln lecturer Dave Piggott has been shortlisted for Sports Educator of the Year and two local coaches, Alan Walker and John Alford, are up for the Coach of the Year award.

Previous winner of Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, Andrew Skinner, a sitting volleyball player from Skellingthorpe, has been shortlisted again in the same category.

Squash player Fran Wallis from Lincoln has been nominated for multiple awards, Sportswoman of the Year and Veteran Sportswoman of the Year.

Wallis has stiff competition for Sportswoman of the Year with three other candidates from the Lincoln area: canoeist Emma Toner, hockey player Georgie Twigg and swimmer Hayley Williams also aiming for the award.

Other candidates include discus and shot athlete Lee Culpit for the Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, rower Chris Farrell for Sportsperson of the Year and cricketer Victor Newman who has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Not only are Lincoln people being recognised but also Yarborough Leisure Centre and the Lincoln YMCA Exercise Referral up for the Contribution to Physical Activity award.

Three organisations in Lincoln are also up for an award, Lincolnshire Athletics Network, Lincolnshire County Netball Association and Off The Bench all competing for County Sports Organisation of the Year.

Finally, two sports clubs are hoping to claim Sports Club of the Year, City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club and Lindem Cricket Club.

Tickets for the event cost £30 per person and include a three course meal with wine reception. Email Marc Rhodes for a booking form or call 01522 585580.