Glittering night for Whitby at sports awards

Whitby once again proved its sporting mettle with another four major awards at last night’s Scarborough and District Sports Council awards.

* top female achiever: Beth Mead

Sports Awrds at The Spa.Samantha Verrill.Picture Richard Ponter 134808c

Sports Awrds at The Spa.Samantha Verrill.Picture Richard Ponter 134808c

* sports volunteer of the year: John Hall

* primary sports girl under 11: Jasmine Kent

* junior sports girl under 14s: Samantha Verrill

Beth Mead landed one of the most coveted awards of the night when she was announced as the winner of the top female achiever award.

Sports Awrds at The Spa.Jasmine Kent.Picture Richard Ponter 134808a

Sports Awrds at The Spa.Jasmine Kent.Picture Richard Ponter 134808a

The 18-year-old England footballer helped Sunderland ladies retain the FA Women’s Premier League title and finished as the highest scorer with 30 goals in 28 games – an accolade she received a separate award for at the weekend.

She was chosen as manager Mick Mulhern’s player of the year for the second year in succession.

Mead played for England in the European Championship finals in Wales, scoring three goals as the Three Lions finished as runners-up.

John Hall was delighted to discover he had won the sports volunteer of the year award.

Chairman of Whitby Cricket Club for the past 21 years, he has overseen the club’s move from a run down wooden pavilion to today’s modern facility, with its own bar.

He has worked tirelessly to ensure the ensure the club has run smoothly and been successful on and off the field.

Jasmine Kent’s all-round ability won her the primary sports girl U11 gong after representing her previous school, Airy Hill, at hockey and netball in the North Yorkshire Youth Games. She was the first U11 girl in the North Yorkshire South Durham League cross country meetings, making her overall champion for the season.

Jasmine beat the year seven cross country record at Caedmon in her first PE lesson and came first in the year seven girls’ district trials.

Whitby secured a fantastic first and second in this category as Goathland School pupil Maia Hall was runner-up after winning a 50m and 100m breaststroke and north east level.

A committed swimmer, Maia trains six nights a week and is described as an excellent ambassador and role model in her school.

Cyclist Samantha Verrill (13) of Fylingthorpe was the winner of the junior sports girl U14 award after competing in the British Cycling events throughout the season. She has since been adopted as a youth rider for a professional velodrome team in this weekend’s meeting at Glasgow.

She has also been nominated by a development coach to attend an Olympic Talent Programmme.

There were three other runners-up for the Whitby area on the night.

Airy Hill School’s years five and six sports teams were second in the top primary team under 11 section, while Caedmon School’s year nine football team gained a similar honour in the under 18s top playing team.

And cricketer Ryan Gibson of Staithes, who made his Yorkshire debut in the summer and toured South Africa with the England under 19s, was runner-up to England bowler Jack Bird in the junior sports boy under 18 category.

Other local nominations were:

U14 junior sports boys: Soni Fergus; U16 junior sports girl: Victoria and Amelia Hide (modern pentathlon); U11 top primary team: Lealholm School years five and six sports team; school sport teacher of the year: Ruth Stansfield, Eskdale School.

The event was hosted at Scarborough Spa.