Winners announced at 2017 Norfolk Sports Awards

The Norfolk Sports Awards 2017
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

The Norfolk Sports Awards 2017 Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The region's sporting stars have been recognised at this year's Norfolk Sports Awards.

Teams, individuals, coaches, schools, workplaces and unsung heroes were all celebrated in front of a sell-out crowd of 350 people at the Banking Hall, Open, Norwich on Tuesday night.

The winners were selected from more than 340 nominations, which were whittled down to a shortlist of three candidates in each of the 11 categories.

Kimberley Morrison took the Sports Personality of the Year Award after a remarkable sporting year in which she won the Texas Ironman, The Monster Triathlon and the National Relay Championships - setting five bike course records in competitions across the globe.

Mrs Morrison's feats are all the more remarkable considering she underwent life-saving heart surgery at Great Ormond's Street Children Hospital at an early age.

There was a winner of winner awards, which went to Costas Eleftheriades.

The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award went to kayaker Toby Booth, who won 11 out of 11 races at the Nottingham Sprint Regatta.

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Norfolk U13 Boys Cricket Team won the Sports Team of the Year Award after a perfect season in which they won all 16 of their county matches.

The BBC Unsung Hero Award went to Cecil Page, 78, who has dedicated more than 50 years to Kingfisher Boxing Club and continues to have a positive impact on the Great Yarmouth community by volunteering at the club.

Jon Thaxton and Rachael Hutchinson scooped the Services to Disability Sport Award after the two paired up this year to create Fitness Boxing.

Together, orthapaedic surgeon, Mrs Hutchinson, and former European Champion boxer, Jon Thaxton, give up their spare time to provide tailored and enjoyable physical therapy for children and adult's with disabilities.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said the night was as successful as ever.

'It was a fantastic night,' he said. 'It was a really good opportunity for us to recognize the people that make sport and physical activity happen across the county.

'Everyone had a great time and we're really pleased to be able to put this show on for everyone.'

See tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press for a special supplement with more pictures from the night and information on the winners.