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The North East Disability Sport Awards 2017 (NEDSA) took place on Monday 19 March, celebrating the continuing success of disability sport in the region.
The 15th NEDSA event recognised the incredible achievements of a wide range of clubs, coaches, schools and athletes across the North East. The event took place at Ramside Hall in Durham with approximately 300 guests present, including the 100 nominees attending for the ten awards on offer.
The Award for Female Personality went to Amy Carr. In July 2017 Amy was selected to represent Great Britain at the International Paralympic Committee World Junior Athletics Championships in Switzerland in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Competing against athletes from across the globe she won two gold medals to become World Junior Champion in the 200 metres and the long jump and one bronze medal in the 100 metres. She is now moving into the senior ranks and will gain her first senior vest in April when she competes for Team Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast. Amy will be contesting the long jump in the T37 Cerebral Palsy category.
Harry Thompson from Cornhill on Tweed (pictured with Patrick Price, Active Northumberland), received the award for Male Personality of the Year. His sport is the Paralympic sport of Boccia in which he has already had a number of years of success with many achievements to date, but 2017 was his most successful yet. He competed in six countries winning a total of two gold, two silver and two bronze medals. He competes in the Boccia classification of BC4 at the highest level both in this country and internationally.
The Education Award went to Columbia Grange School in Washington for how they integrate sport and physical activity into the day. The school is a co-educational school for children with severe learning disabilities and/or autism between the ages of 2 and 11. It offers its pupils a range of sports and physical activity opportunities from Yoga to Judo and also engages with the parents of their pupils through various activity sessions.
Lee Sprudd, Interim Executive Director from Northumberland Sport said: “It’s great to see so many individuals and clubs within our county getting nominated and recognised at the awards. It shows that the level of participation in disability sport is not only increasing but that it is getting more and more publicity, and we have some incredibly talented athletes locally.”
The event was organised by the four county sports partnerships in the North East, with support from sponsors Active Northumberland, BBC Newcastle & Tees, D&P Trophies, Everyone Active, Foundation of Light, House of Type, Komatsu, Metro Rod North East, Sintons and SMILE Through Sport.
Young Male Achiever – Josh Waddell, Sunderland
Young Female Achiever – Grace McNiff, Stockton-on-Tees
Club of the Year – Brandon & Byshottles Table Tennis Club, Bishop Aukland
Education Award – Columbia Grange School, Sunderland
Participant Award – Harry Brown, Chester-le-Street
Service to Sport Award – Heather Wilcox, Middlesbrough
Coach of the Year – Scott Garthwaite, Sunderland
Team of the Year – Gym World Gymnastics Club Disability Section, Middlesbrough
Female Personality of the Year – Amy Carr, Stockton on Tees
Male Personality – Harry Thompson, Northumberland
For further information on the event please contact Kaye Scott, Business & Marketing Officer on 01670 623515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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