Swimming team-mates Nathan Wells and Natalie Coogans starred in their respective categories at this year’s KL.FM West Norfolk Sports Awards on Wednesday.
Wells was announced as a joint Sportsman of the Year with England Masters runner Matt Pyatt, who is well-known on the local athletics scene.
Coogans, like Wells from West Norfolk Swimming Club, was named as Sportswoman of the Year and trains 10 to 12 hours a week as well as working.
She said: “It’s been a crazy season. I won two golds at the Nationals, which was really exciting. It’s so nice to see the hard work recognised.”
Wells agreed the combined awards recognised the good work being done by West Norfolk Swimming Club, and remarked: “It’s the first time I’ve been nominated.
“My aim is to win the Nationals in April.”
Pyatt added: “I’ve been nominated three years in a row, so you just think it’s never going to happen. It was a big shock, really.”
Young Sportswoman of the Year Mollie Patterson (13) is already a member of an England table tennis development camp and stars in the local KLTTA League – see page 107 for her latest exploits.
She said of her ambitions: “I’d like to play in the Olympics and win the Nationals.”
Joint Young Sportsmen of the Year were cadet karting ace Oliver Clarke, 13, and wonder wakeboarder Alex Wilson, 10.
Alex said: “I was amazed to win because of my age.”
Super One British champion Oliver said: “The award gives me more opportunities to get noticed.”
The Bespak Grand East Anglia Run, which enjoyed a record entry in 2015, won Sports Event of the Year and David Pope, cabinet member for leisure public spaces, said: “The GEAR brings a lot of people into King’s Lynn.”
He praised the support from sponsors Bespak: “They do it with a lot of enthusiasm.”