Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prize Is Right for Town's Achievers; Evening Honours Sporting Exploits

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prize Is Right for Town's Achievers; Evening Honours Sporting Exploits

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GATESHEAD'S sporting achievers were honoured in style at the inaugural 2010 Gateshead Sport Awards.

The event, held at the town's civic centre, aimed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of sporting individuals and helped support Gateshead's status as European City of Sport 2010.

There were 12 categories honoured, with Paralympic gold medallist Stephen Miller named Sports Achiever of the Year - beating off the challenge of Blaydon Harriers' Hester Dix and Gateshead Hockey Club's Ted Hayes.

Gateshead Harrier Miller is a UKA Disability Grand Prix, GB Cerebral Palsy Grand Prix and GB Cerebral Palsy Championship winner and has been pre-selected to compete in the Paralympic World Championships in New Zealand next year.

In addition to his competition success, he continues to sit on regional and national disability sport committees, carry out his employment commitments and work tirelessly for charities.

The Maureen Chaplin Young Sports Achiever of the Year prize went to BMX rider Jack Hall ahead of Gateshead Fell Cricket Club's Drew White and Gateshead College footballer Demi Stokes.

Hall, a student at Gateshead College, is a national and National Series under-16 champion and hopes to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London.

PRIZE GUY: Ru t h e r f o The judging panels said of him: "All athletes have to have drive to succeed, but we were struck by Jack's incredible levels of determination and selfmotivation.

"To achieve this standard of success he has had to follow a rigorous training regime involving weekly trips to Sheffield as there is no elite BMX track available locally.

"What made his application stand out is his willingness to put so much back into sport through voluntary work and supporting and encouraging others.

"He is an excellent role model and a true ambassador for sport and Gateshead."

Karl Richardson, a pupil at Lord Lawson of Beamish School in Birtley, was named Young Sports Volunteer of the Year - he helps out at Gateshead Juniors FC and Birtley Amateur Swimming Club.

Also nominated was Whickham School's Gemma Lowther, who volunteers at Gateshead Redheugh 1957 Football Club. …

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