Sporting heroes pick up awards

WINNING NIGHT: Winners of Easington Sport and Physical Activity Awards.
WINNING NIGHT: Winners of Easington Sport and Physical Activity Awards.
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AN Olympian and those who help potential winners of the future were among those to pick up sporting prizes.

Easington’s Sport and Physical Awards recognise and celebrate people across East Durham who have encouraged, inspired and enabled people to get involved in activities with those who have enjoyed remarkable achievements.

Among the winners were Team GB and Arsenal footballer Steph Houghton, of South Hetton, who scooped the sporting achievement of the year award. Megan Atkinson, 11, who has the same form of dwarfism as her friend and hero Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, was given the title in the junior section for her efforts as a swimmer as a member of Peterlee Swimming Club.

Adele Hood, who is in charge of East Durham Gymnastics Club, won coach of the year, while Hannah Williams, who started up Back to Netball with the help of the East Durham Belles team, won young coach of the year.

Fitness instructor Jackie Lewis scooped the contribution to physical activity award and Steph Masterman, who coordinates the East Durham Belles and encourages women to try out a host of sports, also won an award.

Murton Community Primary School picked up the primary school contribution to PE and sport award, while The Academy at Shotton Hall was given the award in the secondary school section, with both noted for the effort they put in to get children involved in activities.

Junior sports club of the year was Blackhall Cricket Club and sports club of the year was Peterlee Koryo Taekwondo Club.

Andrew Stephenson, who co-ordinates the For Active Men scheme, gained 
the volunteer of the year gong and Martin Green, who organises basketball games and leagues, was the junior winner.

Helen Carty, who suffered from problems walking, was presented with the physical activity achievement of the year title for using sport to turn around her life through Healthworks in Easington Colliery and Innovations in South Hetton.

The prize-giving event was held at the Pavilion in Peterlee, while award nights have also been held for those from Durham and Chester-le-Street.

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