Winners chosen for 2016 Norfolk Sports Awards

Scenes from the Norfolk Sports Awards 2016 at Open - All the winners, with from front left, Sports W

Scenes from the Norfolk Sports Awards 2016 at Open - All the winners, with from front left, Sports Woman of the Year Jessica-Jane Applegate, Ellie Hewett representing winner of winners Alfie Hewett and Spotsman of the Year Joe Skipper. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Inspirational coaches, tireless volunteers and top-level athletes have all been recognised at this year's Norfolk Sports Awards.

Scenes from the Norfolk Sports Awards 2016 at Open. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Scenes from the Norfolk Sports Awards 2016 at Open. Picture: Matthew Usher.

More than 100 people gathered at Open in Norwich this evening to celebrate the achievements of the county's top sporting personalities.

The awards, which are now in their 10th year, were split into 14 categories and recognised the work of both individuals and groups.

Recipients included Norfolk's Paralympic stars Jessica-Jane Applegate and Alfie Hewett, who both brought home silver medals from the Rio Games.

After such an incredible year on the world stage, judges agreed that 18-year-old Mr Hewett also deserved to be the 2016 Winner of Winners.


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The Norwich-born wheelchair tennis star won his first Grand Slam title in the men's doubles at Wimbledon back in July.

It was followed by two silver medals in the men's singles and doubles at this year's Paralympic games.

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Other winners include Jamie Wells, who was recognised for his services to disability sport.

Not only was he chosen to represent the region at the Special Olympics National Summer Games, Mr Wells took on a 50km triathlon to help raise £15,000 to send the squad to the event.

Meanwhile, the unsung hero of the year award went to the founder of Easton Gymnastics Club, Jo Tubby.

At 71, Mrs Tubby still regularly helps out at the club, attending committee meetings and doing its banking.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said: 'We are really pleased with how the event has gone this year. It is always great to see so many people representing a such a large cross section of sport in the county.

'It just seems to get better every year, the quality of nominations has been exceptional, the venue was fantastic and everyone had a great time.'

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

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