Team BD picked up their honours and medals from Bolsover District Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership after an amazing year of sport across the District.
The top sportspeople from across Bolsover District gathered at the glitzy Bolsover District Annual Sports Awards ceremony which took place on Friday 6 October 2017 at Sports Direct in Shirebrook.
The Council and the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership joined forces to celebrate the achievements of top sportspeople, teams, club officials and volunteers from across the District and local schools over the past twelve months. The images from the awards ceremony can be seen on our Flickr site.
Amongst the winners was Mark Waller (Sportsman of the Year) from Elmton who is a currently ranked 15th in the world of Para Badminton and he has represented his country at numerous overseas tournaments.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club. Craig has been involved in the club for 45 years undertaking many roles including playing, groundsman, fundraiser and committee member.
The Amblers Walking Group won the Active4Life Award and help organise regular walks across the District for people to spend time outdoors and engage in physical activity, with most walks attracting in excess of 30 people.
Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro presented the winners with their awards and said, “I am amazed at the sporting talent and dedication we have in our District. We have international stars playing and representing their country to volunteers who literally dedicate their life to a sport and a club – it is very humbling.
“It was another fantastic night that enabled us to honour the many people and clubs who make such an outstanding contribution to sport. Without them, we would not have the wide range of sporting talent we have across the district today. My congratulations go to not only the winners, but everyone who was nominated and takes part in sport.”
Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School picked up the School Staff Volunteer Award for her dedication in helping and supporting sporting and physical activity spanning 30 years.
A swimmer from Tibshelf picked up the Primary School Sportswoman of the Year. Molly Etherington who is currently ranked third in Britain in the 800m, is also a county winner in the 800m freestyle in Nottinghamshire, and came 2nd and 4th in the 200m and 400m freestyle at the East Midlands Championships.
John Barker, Partnership Development Manager for the Bolsover District School Sport Partnership said, “We are very lucky to have so many people who dedicate a lot of time and effort into making sure our children can play and enjoy sport and it is only fitting that we honour them and say thank you.
“Looking out across the auditorium tonight, it is incredible to see so many young talented athletes and I truly believe that one day we will see one of them representing us at the Olympic Games or going on to be a huge success in their chosen sport. Well done to everyone tonight.”
The 2017 winners were:
- Community Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Stewart Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
- School Staff Volunteer of the Year - Edna Stevenson from Palterton Primary School
- Community Young Sports Leader of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Declan Fox from South Normanton Colts Football Club
- Disabled School Sports Leader of the Year - Nathan Pid from Stubbin Wood School
- Male School Sports Leader of the Year - Connor Davis from Shirebrook Academy
- Female School Sports Leader of the Year - Rebecca Hattersley from Heritage High School
- Community Manager/Coach of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd - Zoe Spence from Shirebrook Gymnastics Club
- Community Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Rotary Club of Bolsover - Craig Sadler from Whitwell Cricket Club
- Primary School Sport Organising Crew of the Year – Palterton Primary School
- Secondary School Sports Council/School Sport Organising Committee of the Year – Heritage High School
- Community Active4Life Award - Amblers Walking Group
- Community Award of the Year - Louise Smalley Walk and Area 51 Urban Academy
- The Primary School Team of the Year - Pilsley Primary School
- Secondary School Team of the Year – Shirebrook Academy and Frederick Gent School
- Community Team of the Year – Whitwell Cricket Club 2nd Eleven
- Community Club of the Year sponsored by HW Martin – Whitwell Cricket Club
- Champion Schools of the Year Awards – Palterton Primary School (small), Whitwell Primary School (medium) and Glebe Junior School (large)
- Primary Sportsman of the Year – George Cooper from Bolsover
- Primary Sportswoman of the Year – Molly Etherington from Tibshelf
- U14 Sportsman of the Year – Ben Madeley from Shirebrook Academy
- U14 Sportswoman of the Year – Libby Brookes from Frederick Gent Community School
- Junior Sportsman of the Year - Ryan Hopkinson from Shirebrook Academy
- Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Lucy Forrest from Heritage High School
- Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK - William Gamble
- Sportsman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Mark Waller
- Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Sports Direct UK – Sophie Baggaley
The Council and Bolsover District School Sports Partnership would also like to thank the following organisations/businesses who kindly sponsored awards.
- Sports Direct
- H.W Martin Limited
- Capital Refractories Limited
- The Rotary Club of Bolsover