Golf ace Matty crowned Bridlington Sports Person of the Year

Matty Raybould is Bridlington Sports Person of the Year
Matty Raybould is Bridlington Sports Person of the Year

Golfer Matty Raybould picked up the Sports Person of the Year title at the Bridlington Sports Awards.

Having captained two Yorkshire teams and represented East Riding’s Senior Team, he also won the Oakdale Acorn, a Yorkshire Order of Merit event, and got his handicap down to scratch during a remarkable 2016.

The youngest person to be given the top award, Raybould gave a gracious winner’s speech, thanking his family and the members of Bridlington Golf Club.

He is hoping to go to America next year on a golf scholarship.

Two other teenagers, boxer Charlotte Jarvis and motor racing’s Senna Proctor, were runners-up in the main award.

The ceremony at Bridlington Rugby Club got off to a brilliant start last Friday with a talk from special guest Tommy Coyle.

He also brought his brother Lewie, a footballer with Leeds United, and looked at his journey from being excluded from school to becoming a boxing champion.

With an inspiring message for the many Bridlington youngsters in the room, he spoke about his principles of hard work, sacrifice and perseverance.

But Coyle was almost overshadowed as the star of the night by the winner of the first award.

Bubbly six-year-old Jack Vickers stepped forward to collect a trophy for his determination to play rugby despite having a prosthetic leg.

His cheeky smile won the hearts of the 200 guests and was one of the highlights of the night.

Other winners at the event were Bridlington Martial Arts and Fitness Club, who were Club of the Year, Bridlington RUFC 1sts who were Team of the Year and the coaching team from Bridlington Swimming Club, who took home the Coach of the Year trophy.

It was the biggest and best Bridlington Sports Awards to date, with 36 trophies handed out.