Details of some of the winners and runners-up at the Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards and why they won.
Junior Team of the Year
Runners-up: Martongate School boys hockey team
“For a school to compete against very reputable private schools from across the North of England is testament to the talent and dedication the boys have.
“They have after all reached the top competition for their age group and have been fantastic ambassadors for the sport and their school.”
Winners: Bridlington Golf Club juniors
“The junior section at Bridlington Golf Club had an excellent 2013 winning three trophies, including the title of East Riding of Yorkshire Junior Champions. The team consisting of Henry Howarth, Nick and Matthew Raybould won the trophy by a huge 14 shots to become the champions for the first time.”
School of the Year
Winners: Martongate Primary School
“2013 was the schools most successful year, with teams winning local inter-school competitions in 12 different sports. Eleven Martongate teams represented the county and six teams competed at the Humber Games.”
Services to Village Sport
Winner: Gary Tolson
“He has transformed junior football in Flamborough and without him Flamborough Vikings just wouldn’t have happened.
“From just eight members, Flamborough Vikings now has 32 members in three teams playing at different age levels and has four new coaches on board this season.”
Services to Junior Sport
Winner: Tony Wigley
“He deserves to be nominated for his devotion to High Fliers and badminton in encouraging youngsters to play badminton in Bridlington.
“If Tony didn’t encourage the youngsters, who are the future of badminton, they would be lost to our wonderful sport.”
Club of the Year
Runners-up: Flamborough Vikings
“Each child is encouraged to try and enjoy the benefits of being involved in team games and engaging with other children.
“Its policy is to play each child that is signed up with the club, it’s not always about the winning.”
Runners-up: Bridlington Rifle and Pistol Club
“In 2013 it was awarded the ERCAS Gold Award, on behalf of the council ,to recognise its work in improving the quality and safety of its infrastructure
“It had to look at how it safeguarded children, coached disabled shooters, and drew up volunteer policies, as well as setting up a website and Twitter account to promote the club.”
Winners: Bridlington-Millau Petanque Cluh
“The club provided the individual winners for both the Winter and the Summer Leagues and, in the team event, also won both leagues by a huge number of points.
“This is a phenomenal achievement for a club from a town the size of Bridlington and one which may never be repeated.”
Winner: Nik Woods
“Nik is modest, he doesn’t think he has done anything special but we disagree and we see how much effort he puts in.
“Bridlington Town gave him so much joy as a child and he just thinks he is giving back what was given to him.”
Outstanding Contribution to the Community Through Sport
Winner: Bridlington Special Pool Team
“By playing pool, they learn to develop their communication and social skills, get out and about in the community and learn respect for each other and the rules of the game.
“Many of them live in residential homes and pool gives them an opportunity to mix with the public and gain a form of independence.
“It is clear this wonderful project is making a real difference to their lives.”
Coach of the Year
Runner-up: Ivan Oliver
“He coaches at Bridlington Golf Club and Flamborough Head Golf Club and he is extremely dedicated in his role and is keen to introduce as many youngsters as possible to the game of golf.”
Runner-up: Nick Tudor
“He has developed into a top goalkeeper coach. Players want to sign for the club, due to us having this in our system, and without Nick, I’m sure our teams would be not as hard to beat.”
Winner: Damien Grant
“In 2013, Bridlington ABC boxers were involved in 103 bouts, winning far more than 50%. Damien will have been in the corner for almost all of these and last year he clocked up almost 9,000 miles taking youngsters to venues, sometimes making a four-hour round trip just so they could box for six minutes.”
Team of the Year
Winners: Bridlington RUFC
“May 4, 2013 is a day that will stay in the memory of Bridlington Rugby Club and everyone involved with it. That was the day that the team played in the National Intermediate Cup final at Twickenham.
“And although the result ended up going against Bridlington, their performance was one to be admired and the experience gave memories which will be treasured by all involved for many years to come.”
East Riding Special Award
Winner: Steve Tighe
“In a gruelling test of endurance he covered 70 miles in just under 25-and-a-half hours, hauling himself round a five-mile obstacle course, which included walls, mud and a crawl through water under an electrified fence.
“But the physical achievement is only half the story. Just as remarkable were Steve’s fund-raising efforts. By organising a series of events before he left for America, he raised around £7,000 for Help for Heroes and Yorkshire Cancer Research.”