WHITBY landed a fantastic double hat-trick in last night’s (26 Nov) district sports awards - including the most coveted one of the whole event.
It is the second year running that Whitby and the surrounding area scooped six winners’ trophies at the glittering bash at Scarborough Spa.
Whitby Community College student Beth Mead - an England international footballer - crowned a top night by winning the Mavis Clayton Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the overall winner from all categories, as well as her category, the junior sports girl under 18.
She is pictured receiving the latter prize from ex-Whitby Town footballer Tony Hackworth.
The 17-year-old, who lives in Hinderwell, had a sparking season for her club side, Sunderland ladies, finishing as top scorer in the FA Women’s Premier League last season, hitting the winning goal against Cardiff which secured the league title.
She was picked to play for England under 17s in European Championship qualifiers and the under 19s in the European Championship finals in Turkey.
In a category made up entirely of Whitby girls, yachtswoman Meghan Fletcher was chosen as runner-up after she finished in the winning crew of the RS500 National Championships in Southampton, with athlete Dani Braithwaite the other nominee.
It was another one-two for Whitby in the junior boys’ under 18, which saw cyclist Mike Thompson capture the prize ahead of rugby player Cameran Leadley, of Briggswath.
Mike, of Moorsholm, was selected to ride for Great Britain and also gained a place on an Olympic development programme. He rode in the World Cup series in Europe and gained second in the National MTB Championships.
Cameran was the top try-scorer for Whitby under 17s and represented Yorkshire, winning two man of the match awards.
Cricketer Ryan Gibson of Staithes had a great night when he was presented with the winners’ prize in the junior boys’ under 16 section.
He now plays cricket in the Yorkshire League for Yorkshire academy where he often opens the batting. He toured India in the spring with England under 16s and was involved with them throughout the summer too.
John Thompson (76) of Glaisdale was the proud winner of the services to sport category. For many years he has been an umpire, groundsman and committee member at Glaisdale Cricket Club but has played a significant role in developing young players.
He is one of two people also being considered for an outstanding services award which is given out by Yorkshire CCC.
The final first place for Whitby was to Emily Hansell who was given the distinction of being the sports volunteer of the year, who gives up her own time to coach at a gym club at Caedmon School, passing on her wealth of gymnastics experience to help younger students.
She was described by nominator Caroline Watson as “always reliable, responsible and a great asset.”
Three other candidates went close, but were still the proud owners of runners-up prizes.
They were Airy Hill School’s girls football team (top primary team section) who were crowned county under 11s champions as well as area winners, footballer Soni Fergus (primary sports boy under 11) who scored 50 goals for his Fishburn Park team this past season, and skier Thea Fenwick (junior sports girl under 14) who won a sought-after place in the Yorkshire ski squad and has now been identified as a future winter Olympics prospect.
Matt Hewison of Scarborough and District Sports Awards which organises the annual ceremony, said: “This year, we have had a noticeable increase in the number of nominations and also the standard of the nominations was very high.
“The Whitby and district has once again excelled itself by capturing so many of the awards and having so many credible nominations.
“The awards are a real recognition of not just the performers themselves, but also the teachers, coaches and parents who make many of the achievements possible.
“A special mention should be given to Beth Mead who won the Mavis Clayton Memorial Trophy, which is trophy we give to the overall winner from all the categories.”
* pictures from the ceremony in Friday’s Whitby Gazette