Celebrating sporting talent and endeavour

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Caroline Povey retained the top honour as the Derbyshire Dales celebrated an astonishing range of sporting talent on Monday night.

2014 Sportsperson of the Year Caroline Povey (photo: xciteimages.com)Olympic trap clay target shooter Caroline, from Tansley, was crowned 2014 Sportsperson of the Year at the Derbyshire Dales District Council presentation event at Matlock Town Football Club, beating runner up Harvey Hosein, the Matlock cricketing sensation who burst onto the scene with Derbyshire this year.

The daughter of Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Joe Neville, Caroline said:

"Retaining this award means a lot to me and I'm absolutely delighted – my next target is the Olympics. I really am grateful to the Derbyshire Institute of Sport and Derbyshire Sport for their support, but also the many local people who were behind me when I competed in Glasgow."

Young Sportsman of the Year Callum Gascoyne with Cllr Carol Walker (Photo: xciteimages.com)Also in the room were dozens of other Dales athletes competing at the very highest level across the globe in world championships, rubbing shoulders with unsung heroes who support grassroots sport and help their local clubs and teams to thrive.

The District Council organises the Sports Awards annually, and making the presentations was the Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Councillor Carol Walker, who said:

Tasmin Boam 2014 Young Sportswoman of the Year (photo: xciteimages.com)"I was absolutely amazed at the quality of talented sporting people in the room tonight. This event showcased that talent, but also the, determination and commitment of Derbyshire Dales people who volunteer so much of their own time to ensure our local clubs and sporting organisations continue to survive and thrive. It was truly a humbling experience."

The Young Sportsman of the Year title went to 16-year-old Midlands regional champion swimmer Callum Gascoyne, from Darley Dale, while 17-year-old Tasmin Boam, from Hackney, near Matlock, picked up the Young Sportswoman prize after qualifying for next year's European Triathlon Championships.

Darley Dale Cricket Club U11s (photo: xciteimages.com)It was a great night for Darley Dale Cricket Club, whose Under 11s team picked up the Team of the Year award, beating runners up Derwent Hockey Academy Boys' Under 10s, and also the prestigious Community Sports Project of the Year title for the £120,000 Darley Dale pavilion extension, officially opened in the summer by the Duke of Devonshire.

Unsung Heroes (l-r) Chris Hartley Laura Loeber Howard Heath (photo: xciteimages.com)Three Unsung Heroes were celebrated too: Laura Loeber for over 40 years' service as a player, administrator and coach at Matlock Baileans Hockey Club, Chris Hartley, of Matlock Cricket Club, for his service to youth cricket across the Derbyshire Dales, and Howard Heath, 25 years a manager, organiser and secretary at Darley Dale Juniors FC.

Kevin Overton (photo: xciteimages.com)The Club of the Year title went to Hathersage Cricket Club, which beat Ashbourne Netball Club into second place, and there was a double celebration for Hathersage CC when Kevin Overton won the Volunteer Coach of the Year award, beating Tansley FC coach James Holmes.

Derwent Hockey Academy coaching volunteer Tom Ellison took the Young Male Sports Leader/Coach of the Year prize, beating Matlock Highfields School student Callum Rose into second place, and two more Highfields students were honoured in the Young Female Sports Leader/Coach category, Sarah Needham taking the top prize ahead of Annabel McGregor.

Sarah Needham (photo: xciteimages.com)Other runners up on the night were 10-year-old swimmer Brandon Holtham from Monyash Primary School (Young Sportsman of the Year) and European bronze medallist in dressage Alexandra Hellings, 15, from Little Longstone near Bakewell (Young Sportswoman).





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