Rice picks up our awards title

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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.”

Four pages of pictures and reports from our Sports Awards in tomorrow’s Free Press.