Mayor Ayres praises West’s sporting pride

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Professional sports person of the year Dom Dwyer (not in attendance the mayor Barry Ayres accepted the award) ANL-150128-220330009
West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Professional sports person of the year Dom Dwyer (not in attendance the mayor Barry Ayres accepted the award) ANL-150128-220330009
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Borough mayor Barry Ayres praised the sporting successes who gathered at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday for the 2015 KLFM West Norfolk Sports Awards.

Hundreds of people attended the Awards, sponsored by Hunters Land Rover King’s Lynn and supported by the Lynn News.

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sportsman of the year award Owen Stannard ANL-150128-220352009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sportsman of the year award Owen Stannard ANL-150128-220352009

Councillor Ayres collected the Professional Sports Person of the Year award won by footballer Dominic Dwyer, who is now a star of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.

The 24-year-old, a former College of West Anglia student and King’s Lynn Community Football player, scored 23 goals last season for Sporting Kansas City, the second-highest tally in the club’s history.

Dwyer was also MLS Player of the Month last May.

Mr Ayres said: “It’s a great pleasure on my part. “Dominic is a consummate professional. Congratulations to anyone who has won an award tonight.”

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sportswoman of the year award Gaye Clark ANL-150128-220341009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sportswoman of the year award Gaye Clark ANL-150128-220341009

Double winners graced the Young Sports Person of the Year prize: Lewis Whitmore, who represented Great Britain at speedway, and Shaun Stocker, who captained the England Colleges football team in a game against Italy.

Disabled Sports Person of the Year was swimmer Oliver Kenny who has competed at European level.

He said: “I’d like to thank my Mum and Dad, and all the coaches who have helped and supported me in training.”

Oliver also thanked the winner of the Coach of the Year accolade, Sarah Vanderloo, who was also from the world of swimming.

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Young Sports Person of the year Lewis Whitmore and Shaun Stocker ANL-150128-220319009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Young Sports Person of the year Lewis Whitmore and Shaun Stocker ANL-150128-220319009

The West Norfolk Swimming Club coach remarked: “I only wanted to win the award for the club. I love what I do, and I can’t ask for a better job.”

Senior Sports Person of the Year Malcolm Souza-Lewis, who has excelled with dozens of athletics medals over the course of 20 years at various Transplant Games, wanted to raise awareness of organ donations. He himself has had a kidney transplant, and also thanked West Norfolk AC athletes and coaches.

School Sports Leader of the Year was Robson Pack who works with Swaffham U18 FC and Wisbech Swimming Club.

He thanked staff at St Clement’s High School at Terrington St Clement, particularly the PE department.

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Support in Sport winner Roger Cetti ANL-150128-220308009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Support in Sport winner Roger Cetti ANL-150128-220308009

Cycle Together, an organisation which has raised money via charity cycle rides since 2012, carried off the Sports Event of the Year prize.

Phil Davies, volunteer at Park House Hotel in Sandringham and event organiser, collected the award and thanked the 512 cyclists who took part in last year’s event and the 50-plus volunteers.

Cycle Together is aiming for 1,000 entrants and to raise around £25,000 this year, and Davies added: “It’s nice to see cycling well represented in this category (the King’s Lynn Cycling Club 50-mile was Highly Commended).”

Roll of honour

Sports Man of the Year

Owen Stannard (tumbling)

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Senior Sports person of the year. Malcolm Souza-Lewis ANL-150128-220257009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Senior Sports person of the year. Malcolm Souza-Lewis ANL-150128-220257009

Highly Commended

Matt Pyatt (athletics)

Lewis Kerr (speedway)

Sponsored by: Cafe Roasta.

Sports Woman of the Year

Gaye Clarke (athletics)

Highly Commended

Tayla Benson (athletics)

Kathryn Baker (roller hockey)

Sponsored by: Gibbs Shoes.

Young Sports Person of the Year

Lewis Whitmore (speedway)/Shaun Stocker (football)

Highly Commended

Mollie Patterson (table tennis)

Matt Baker (roller hockey)

Sponsored by: Alarming UK.

Disabled Sports Person of the Year

Oliver Kenny (swimming)

Highly Commended

Wesley Houghton (athletics)

Ryan Hubbard (table tennis)

Sponsored by: Arbuckles Restaurant.

Team of the Year

West Norfolk RUFC (rugby)

Highly Commended

Pelicans Men’s 2nds (hockey)

Stow CC (cricket).

Support in Sport

Roger Cetti (badminton)

Highly Commended

Matthew Green

Andy Smith.

Sports Event of the Year

(presented by musical guest Jack Savoretti)

Cycle Together (cycling)

Highly Commended

KL Cycling Club 50 Mile Road Race (cycling)

The Downham Games (various).

Coach of the Year

Sarah Vanderloo (swimming)

Highly Commended

Janis Baker (badminton)

James Bamfield (basketball)

Sponsored by: Alive Leisure.

Senior Sports Person of the Year

Malcolm Souza-Lewis (athletics)

Highly Commended

Donald Macfarlane (swimming)

David Proctor (cycling)

Sponsored by: Bramham Electrical Ltd.

School Sports Leader of the Year

Robson Pack (football/swimming)

Highly Commended

Hannah Brown (swimming)

Kate Boardman (hockey)

Sponsored by: Duff Morgan Citroen.

Professional of the Year

Dominic Dwyer (football)

Highly Commended

Martin Saggers (cricket)

Carl Breeze (motorsport)

Sponsored by: Minuteman Press, Lynn.

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Disabled Sports Person of the year Oliver Kenny ANL-150128-220246009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Disabled Sports Person of the year Oliver Kenny ANL-150128-220246009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Coach of the year Sarah Vanderloo ANL-150128-220235009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Coach of the year Sarah Vanderloo ANL-150128-220235009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sports Event of the year Cycle Together ANL-150128-220213009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Sports Event of the year Cycle Together ANL-150128-220213009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'School Sports Leader Robson Pack ANL-150128-220201009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'School Sports Leader Robson Pack ANL-150128-220201009