Whitby lands six sports awards at glittering ceremony

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11
Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

WHITBY scored a landmark double hat-trick at last night’s Scarborough and District Sports Council awards, picking up no less than SIX winners’ prizes, writes Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins.

And with a further four nominees also being awarded runners-up prizes in the glittering ceremony at Scarborough Spa, Whitby certainly outshone its regional rivals.

The roll of honour is:

* Primary Sports Girl U11 winner: Thea Fenwick – Yorkshire and British ski moguls champion in her age group who was invited to train the UK Freestyle team; runner-up: Daisy Drake – captain of the North Yorkshire Youth Games girls’ football champions, picked for the county team after being spotted by a scout.

* Junior Sports Girl U14 winner: Megan Coates – gymnast who has qualified for the GB team, training monthly with them at Lilleshall. She has successes in a wide range of regional and national competitions.

* Junior Sports Girl U16 runner-up: Catherine Laffan – the highest-ranked 15-year-old in country at girls’ beach volleyball who played for the northern region in UK School Games.

* Junior Sports Boy U16 winner: Ryan Gibson – a talented cricketer who has been awarded an academy contract with Yorkshire and also trained with Middlesbrough at football.

* Junior Sports Girl U18 winner: Beth Mead – England under 17 footballer with two goals for her country; signed for Sunderland ladies in the national premier league and has already scored 13 league goals this season; runner-up: Dani Braithwaite – North Yorkshire’s leading cross country runner and won her first ever steeple chase in a time ranking her first in the UK

*Junior Sports Boy U18 winner: Jack Orrell – achieved player of the year and highest break in local adults’ snooker and billiards league; now secured a place in the national U21s premier league which he will play in this season

* Top primary team U11 runners=up: Stakesby School – the North Yorkshire Youth Games girls’ football champions

* Top female achiever winner: Catherine Williamson – cyclist chosen for GB World Champion ship road race in Copenhagen; scored a number of first places while cycling in road races in South Africa; also an accomplished fell runner.

Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins said: “This wonderful night confirms what we already knew – that we have a remarkable amount of talented sports stars who could be destined for big things.”

The sports council also runs a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to individuals, clubs or organisations with their sporting activities.