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.
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.”
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.
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.
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)
Matt Pyatt (athletics)
Lewis Kerr (speedway)
Sponsored by: Cafe Roasta.
Sports Woman of the Year
Gaye Clarke (athletics)
Tayla Benson (athletics)
Kathryn Baker (roller hockey)
Sponsored by: Gibbs Shoes.
Young Sports Person of the Year
Lewis Whitmore (speedway)/Shaun Stocker (football)
Mollie Patterson (table tennis)
Matt Baker (roller hockey)
Sponsored by: Alarming UK.
Disabled Sports Person of the Year
Oliver Kenny (swimming)
Wesley Houghton (athletics)
Ryan Hubbard (table tennis)
Sponsored by: Arbuckles Restaurant.
Team of the Year
West Norfolk RUFC (rugby)
Pelicans Men’s 2nds (hockey)
Stow CC (cricket).
Support in Sport
Roger Cetti (badminton)
Sports Event of the Year
(presented by musical guest Jack Savoretti)
Cycle Together (cycling)
KL Cycling Club 50 Mile Road Race (cycling)
The Downham Games (various).
Coach of the Year
Sarah Vanderloo (swimming)
Janis Baker (badminton)
James Bamfield (basketball)
Sponsored by: Alive Leisure.
Senior Sports Person of the Year
Malcolm Souza-Lewis (athletics)
Donald Macfarlane (swimming)
David Proctor (cycling)
Sponsored by: Bramham Electrical Ltd.
School Sports Leader of the Year
Robson Pack (football/swimming)
Hannah Brown (swimming)
Kate Boardman (hockey)
Sponsored by: Duff Morgan Citroen.
Professional of the Year
Dominic Dwyer (football)
Martin Saggers (cricket)
Carl Breeze (motorsport)
Sponsored by: Minuteman Press, Lynn.