THE Wakefield district showed it has no shortage of sporting talent as sports stars from around the district were rewarded for their efforts and achievements at the Wakefield District Sports Awards.
Individuals and teams from a wide range of sports gathered at Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield, on Monday night to receive recognition for what they’ve done in their chosen sporting field.
The annual event, hosted by Harry Gration, proved to be bigger and better than ever before.
And the BBC Look North presenter was delighted to be in attendance.
He said: “I feel very privileged to be presenting these Sports Awards. I’ve been involved for about eight years now and they get bigger and better every year.
“They’re normally run in September but even though we’ve moved them to June the response has been magnificent. I take my hat off to the people involved who’ve helped put this superb night on. The judges have had an extremely tough task of narrowing the nominees down and picking the winners on the night.”
Wakefield rugby league legend Neil Fox handed out the awards and Wakefield Wildcats head coach John Kear, part of the three-person judging panel, was also in attendance.
The awards covered a wide variety of sports, from football and rugby league to crown green bowling and hockey.
Amongst the winners was Normanton Freeston College cricket ace James Logan, who won the junior male sportsperson of the year award.
Golfer Adrian Ambler took the sportsman of the year accolade, while Wakefield Harriers distance runner Julie Briscoe scooped the sportswoman of the year.
Hemsworth squash ace Katie Smith was highly commended in the sportswoman of the year category, while Frickley Boxing Club’s Lee Brown received the same honour in the manager/coach of the year category.
See this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express to find out all this year’s winners, with a full write-up and pictures from the night.