PICTURE GALLERY: Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards, March 2013

STEVE Rice has been named the Bridlington Free Press Sports Person of the Year.

He picked up the accolade after winning the Bridlington Premier Darts League for the sixth successive year, and becoming the only amateur player in Britain to qualify to play at the Lakeside Country Club and Alexandra Palace.

Darts and football were the major winners at last Friday’s ceremony at Bridlington Rugby Club. Ladies darts league organisers Joyce Norton and Wendy Pashley picked up the Lifetime Achievement award, while Flamborough Ladies footballers were named Team of the Year and Bridlington Town won Club Of The Year.

Rice pipped long distance runner Phill Taylor and motorsport champion Phil Gilson to the top honour, but he was unable to make the presentation, because he was on his way to winning another trophy in the Bridlington Grand Slam.

Boxing national champions Kier Herrgesell and Zac Stabler shared the Junior Sports Person Of The Year title, while Dave Grosse received the Coach Of The Year, after reaching the last eight of an FA competition.

A full house at the rugby club was entertained by BBC Radio Humberside presenter and Hull City commentator David Burns, who spoke about his career.

Free Press sports editor and awards organiser John Edwards said: “It was another great night. Many thanks to Burnsy for joining us, and to all our sponsors who generously supported the awards for a second year.”

Full list of winners:

Sports Person of the Year: Steve Rice (darts)

Junior Sports Person of the Year: Kier Herrgesell and Zac Stabler (boxing)

Coach of the Year: Dave Grosse (football)

Team of the Year: Flamborough Ladies (football)

Junior Team of the Year: Bridlington CC U13s (cricket)

Club of the Year: Bridlington Town (football)

School of the Year: Martongate Primary

Services to Village Sport: Ken Saul (Sewerby)

Services to Junior Sport: Margaret Greenall (swimming)

Outstanding Contribution to the Community: Peter Smurthwaite (football)

Unsung Hero: Paul Robinson (badminton) and Gordon Gillott (football)

Rising Star: Imogen Hayhurst and Daniel Wilson (sailing)

Sporting Moment of 2012: Bridlington winning the Yorkshire Shield (rugby)

Lifetime Achievement: Joyce Norton and Wendy Pashley (darts)