FROM Olympian and Paralympians to youngsters looking to emulate them one day, a star-studded 2012 Sport Stafford Borough awards at St Leonards sports and social club on Friday was an overwhelming success.
Trophies, sponsored by the Staffordshire Newsletter, were up for grabs in no fewer than ten categories with a wide range of sports represented by those shortlisted.
Former Olympic hurdler Keri Lees, who represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was one of many guests invited.
On the night the overall Sports Person of the Year trophy, in memory of former local athlete Clare Skelton, who died of overian cancer in 2011, was fittingly won on International Women's Day by three local female stars.Stafford Borough's two Olympians, archer Alison Williamson, canoeist Lizzie Neave and Paralympic goalball player Jessica Luke, shared the top honour.
The other award winners were: Sports Performer of the Year, Emily Braund (women's rugby); Sports Performer of the Year (with disabilities), Aston CC 101 team (cricket); Special Contribution to Sport, David Smith (Milford Hall CC); Senior Team Performance, Adam Burgess and Greg Pitt (Stafford and Stone Canoe Club) Canadian doubles team.Junior Team Performance, Oakridge Primary School girls (orienteertng); Under-18 Sports Performer (female), Charlotte Milward Iwakeboarding); Under-18 Sports Performer (male), Mikey Wilson (Stafford and Stone Canoe Club); Coach of the Year, joint winners, Jules Kendrick (Stafford Town FC), Mark Pinner (athletics); Most improved Sports Performer, Bethan Rees (athletics).
A special four page pull-out on Sport Stafford Borough's big awards night will appear in Thursday's Newsletter (March 14), with pictures of all the winners and many more. Don't forget to get your special souvenir edition.