TALENTED paddler Joe Clarke established himself as Great Britain's best kayak canoeist last year.
And on Friday night, at a packed County Showground, Staffford, the 20-year-old Stafford and Stone Canoe Club member picked up the top award at the annual Sport Stafford Borough (SSB) sports awards, sponsored by the Staffordshire Newsletter and supported by Stafford Borough Council's sports development section.
During 2013, Clarke collected two major silver medals, at the Under-23 World Championshps (in the team event) and individually at the U23 Europeans.
Last year was also the first time he had competed at senior world level and he finished an excellent sixth overall at the World Championships in the Czech Republic.
At the 15th annual SSB awards he picked up the Sports Person of the Year trophy, awarded in memory of athlete Clare Skelton, from Olympic archer Alison Williamson.
On the evening a wide variety of sports featured among the winners, such as archery, netball, orienteering, sailing Jiu Jitsu, cricket, golf and boxing.
The other winners were: Most Improved Sports Performer, Lucy Clarke (archery); Coach of the Year, Julie Dolman (netball); Junior Team of the Year (female), Walton High School year seven girls orienteering; Junior Team of the Year (male), Moddershall Cricket Club U17s.
U18 Sports Performer (female), Sarah Norbury (sailing); U18 Sports Performer (male), William Haycox (Jiu Jitsu); Senior Team Performance (female), Ingestre Park Golf Club ladies; Senior Team Performance (male), Stafford Cricket Cub 1st X1.
Special Contribution to Sport, Gordon Phillips (Eccleshall Cricket Club); Sports Performer of the Year (female), Jasmine Royle (canoeing); Sports Performer of the Year (male), Grant Cunningham (boxing).
See Thursday's Staffordshire Newsletter for a special four-page pull-out on Stafford Borough's big sporting night, with full details and pictures of all the winners.