Best of the West

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Winners ANL-150128-220456009
West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Winners ANL-150128-220456009
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The best of the West were on parade at the 2015 KLFM West Norfolk Sports Awards on Wednesday at Lynn Corn Exchange.

The glittering ceremony celebrates the area’s supporting success during the previous 12 months, and was once again hosted by KLFM presenter Adam Newstead.

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Team of the year West Norfolk 1st Rugby team ANL-150128-220424009

West Norfolk Sports Awards 2015'Team of the year West Norfolk 1st Rugby team ANL-150128-220424009

The annual event is supported by the Lynn News and proudly sponsored by Hunters Land Rover King’s Lynn. Listeners put forward nominations for the 11 categories, and a panel of judges had the difficult task of picking the winners and highly commended.

Tumbling star Owen Stannard carried off the Sports Man of the Year category.

The gymnast has competed in European Championships, British Championships (where he won silver), and the World Championships in Florida, where Stannard came fourth.

He thanked his parents and sponsors Hamilton Blake Ltd.

Masters athlete Gaye Clarke won the Sports Woman of the Year accolade after taking two golds at the World Championships in Budapest.

The Ryston Runners member joked: “I was in a state of shock.

“I thought I was here to make up the numbers! I’m really flattered.”

The West Norfolk Rugby Club first XV took the Team of the Year award, the final one to be announced on the night.

Club captain of last season’s Eastern Counties 1 champions, Lawrence Savage, said: “It’s a bit of shock.

“We knew it was going to be a hard category when the other teams (Pelicans Men’s 2nds hockey and Stow Cricket Club) were announced.

“The award is a testament to the hard work put in during the last couple of years.”

This year the Support in Sport category was dedicated to the memory of former West Norfolk Sports Council chairman Geoff Sturgeon, who also served the sport of badminton for many years and passed away last year. The award was presented by Geoff’s sons.

Award winner Roger Cetti, who has been involved in badminton for 60 years, said it was a fitting accolade: “Geoff Sturgeon was a very respected and honoured friend for 35 years.”

More, including a picture round-up of the big event, on pages 118 and 119.