Top award shared by Belt and Tighe

Winners Steve Tighe and Alex Belt with guest speaker Rob Vickerman and Julie West of main sponsors West BS.
Winners Steve Tighe and Alex Belt with guest speaker Rob Vickerman and Julie West of main sponsors West BS.

There were joint winners of the Free Press Sports Person of the Year award for the first time.

At the presentation ceremony, golfer Alex Belt and endurance runner Steve Tighe shared the title after bothe enjoyed a fantastic 2014.

Belt became Yorkshire Matchplay Champion, won the PGA North Order of Merit and booked his place at the PGA Championships at Wentworth.

Tighe finished 11th at the World’s Toughest Mudder race in Las Vegas, where he fought against a sandstorm and obstacles such as electric shocks and fire to run 75 miles in 24 hours.

The Free Press judging panel were unable to split their achievements, meaning that the award was shared for the first time since the ceremony started four years ago.

Last year’s winner, motorcyclist James Cowton, was one of the runners-up in the main category, alongside all-rounder Mel Halstead, who represented Great Britain in martial arts last summer.

The winner of the Junior Sports Person of the Year title was boxer James Precious, who became British champion at the age of 12 and represented England at the Tri-Nations championships.