Sparkling line-up of winners at another great Bridlington Sports Awards night

The 10 Bridlington Stars of the Future with David Dowson of sponsor Lloyd Dowson and boxer Tommy Coyle, who was the guest speaker
The 10 Bridlington Stars of the Future with David Dowson of sponsor Lloyd Dowson and boxer Tommy Coyle, who was the guest speaker

Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Club took home the Bridlington Free Press Sports Club of the Year Award after a remarkable 2016.

The students went to the London World Open championships and returned with world champions in 22 categories in what was their debut at a world open competition.

As a result of their success in London, the club are now hoping to have the opportunity to take part in the trials for the Olympics.

Instructors Duncan Wilkie, Christopher Smith and Franklyn Hicken have shown amazing dedication to martial arts and have helped the club’s chief instructor Stuart Hicken endlessly while he has been recovering from a quadruple heart bypass.

The students also put on a demonstration of a kata for guests at the awards night. Their category was sponsored by the Promenades Shopping Centre.

In previous years, the Bridlington Sports Awards has run a Junior Sports Person of the Year category, with winners and runners-up.

This year, because there were so many brilliant entries, for so many talented young people, organisers changed the format and identified 10 Stars of the Future.

The trophies, sponsored by Lloyd Dowson, went to five boys and five girls.

○ Matty Bonnett finished in the top 10 nationally in karting and booked a trip to Silverstone.

○ Emily Asquith became the town’s latest national boxing champion when she stopped her opponent in the final round of the England Boxing Schools and Minors Championships at Grantham.

○ Rolson Larkham won the final of the under 42kg category at the Junior Novice National Championships for youngsters who have had fewer than 10 contests.

○ James Precious - Yorkshire boxing champion, Junior Cadet quarter-finalist and NABGC national semi-finalist.

○ Abigail Wallace moved from Burlington Jackdaws and has played sensationally in goal for for York City girls against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

○ Harrison Male, another goalkeeper, has been at Leeds United since he was six, and has represented England Under-16s.

○ Leah Colman, Ruby Simpson and Sammie Kershaw retunred home from the IAIGC World Championships in Orlando with medals. Extra training sessions paid off and all three took top five places in the competition in Florida.

○ Oliver Manson represented the UK Lions under-14s in Ireland, Scotland and Italy. A regular member of Driffield’s men’s first team, he is currently going through the Junior Regional Performance Camp.