BOLSOVER: Fantastic award-winning sports evening

Pictured is Bolsover District Council Chairman Ken Walker with Disabled Sports Person of the Year award winner Craig Preece.
Pictured is Bolsover District Council Chairman Ken Walker with Disabled Sports Person of the Year award winner Craig Preece.

Nearly 200 people packed into Clowne Sports Centre on Friday, September, 27, to honour the top sportspeople and teams at the annual Bolsover and District Sports Awards.

Eleven winners picked up their awards as recognition of the commitment to sport and achievements they had made over the last twelve-months with countless others being recognised for their loyalty and dedication.

Among those recognised were Bolsover & District Cycling Club, young sports leader Abigail Akehurst, Barlborough Juniors Football Club, Jack Griffiths, U16 extreme forms European and World champion, disabled athlete Craig Preece and rugby starlet Lee Sanders from Clowne.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts and Leisure, Councillor Ann Syrett, said: “Nights like these are very humbling when you realise the dedication and commitment these athletes put in to achieve their goal. We have everything from World Champions to Community Champions and it was another fantastic night that enabled us to honour the many people and clubs who make such an outstanding contribution to sport.”

Organised by Bolsover District, the evening also helped to celebrate the diversity of sporting activities and clubs from across the District and the audience were also treated to three sporting displays.

First up was Barlborough Bears who had the audience’s heads spinning as they cart wheeled and tumbled around the floor giving a demonstration of the cheerleading and dance.

Next up was The British Karate and Kickboxing Association who introduced the audience to the finer points of martial arts showcasing a team kata and self defence.

Finally, Area 51 martial arts demonstration team Aerial 51 performed a high adrenalin mix of martial arts, tricks and gymnastics using a variety of weapons choreographed to music.

Councillor Syrett added, “My head is still spinning from the displays – they were amazing. We had everything from tumbling tots to karate kids and helped us show people the wide range of sporting talent we have here in our District. Even though the awards are about recognising the talent and dedication in our District I think the real winner here is sport in general.”

The winners included the following:

Junior Sportsman – Jack Griffiths from Bolsover

Junior Sportswoman – Katie Rowe from South Normanton

Disabled Sportsperson – Craig Preece from Scarcliffe

Junior Team – Barlborough Junior Football Club U18’s

Sportsperson – Lee Sanders from Clowne

Community Coach – Sarah Ball from Pinxton

Service to Sport – Dennis Down from Bolsover

Club – Bolsover & District Cycling Club

Young Sports Coach – Thomas Hughes from Creswell and Robert Martin from Netwon

Young Sports Leader – Abigail Akehurst from South Normanton

Sponsors for the evening included CCM Print Management, Purpose Media, Victory Design Limited, NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group, Rotary Club of Bolsover and Sprint Sports and Leisure Limited.