Kirkby’s Ollie Hynd MBE has won the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards for the second year in a row.
It caps a memorable year for the record-breaking swimmer who currently holds the Commonwealth, Paralympic, World and European Championship titles.
And there was a special achievement award former Nova Centurion Director Bill Furniss, who as Head Coach to British Swimming has overseen one of the country’s most successful spells with a huge medal haul at the European Championships and a memorable Commonwealth Games for the home nations.
He also played an instrumental role in Bwecky Adlington’s 2008 gold medal success in Beijing.
Elsewhere, there was joy for a range of other sports stars, volunteers, and clubs who have achieved so much at grassroots, voluntary and professional level across the county.
Mansfield’s Samworth Academy were named Sporting School of the Year, while Nottighamshire’s ladies cricket team were named Team of the Year after they ifted the NatWest Women’s County T20 trophy last season.
Councillor John Knight, committee chairman for culture at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The annual Sports Awards are an evening of real celebration across all levels of sport in Nottinghamshire.
“We have recognised and celebrated the achievements of so many award winners and nominees whose contribution to sport at all levels is truly outstanding, and we also wish to thank everyone who took time to nominate.”
Simon Starr, Director of Sport Nottinghamshire, said: “The Nottinghamshire Sports Awards is a key date in the county’s sporting calendar.
“It’s vital that we recognise and showcase the dedication and commitment of those in our communities who devote their lives to helping our athletes and teams enjoy and succeed in their sport. Celebrating the achievements of our talented sportspeople is equally important.”