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Winners 2013

Sports Personality of the Year - Lauren Smith

From the sport of Badminton, Lauren, along with doubles partner Gabby White have this year become National Ladies Doubles Champions. They are now firmly established as the country’s number 1 doubles pairing and have tasted success across Europe this year, reaching a number of finals. She is part of the GB World Class Performance Programme and is focusing on next years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She is now playing in the elite Premier Super Series at venues across the world against the very best the sport has to offer.

Lauren Smith

Performance of the Year Award - Cleator Cricket Club

Cleator Cricket Club fought its way through nine rounds of competitive cricket to reach the final of the Davidstow Village Cup at the home of the game, Lord's.

Not only did they reach Lord's, they won there in the most dramatic of circumstances. They stole the game from Gloucestershire's Rockhampton Rams by one wicket in a thrilling and tensely fought final. The northern finalists delighted a raucous crowd of supporters with eight balls to spare in the 40-over encounter, chasing down a competitive target of 193 after earlier slumping to 64/5, thanks to a brilliant spell of 4/35 by Rams opening bowler Will Cartlidge.

An excellent performance by the middle and lower order saw Cleator squeeze home though, with the oldest man on the field - 51-year-old Ian Clark - striking two sixes in his 35-ball knock of 37.

David Rooney, the Cleator captain and number 11, struck the winning runs on his first ever visit to the Home of Cricket - part of a crucial unbeaten knock of ten.

His opposing captain James Williams had earlier starred for Rockhampton blazing a brilliant 57 in 37 balls, with opener Matt Taylor also making a half century.

But it was the West Country supporters who headed home the unhappy side, after one of the most thrilling Village Cup finals to have been played at Lord's.

Cleator Cricket Club

Special Award - Rob Jebb

Rob Jebb is a true legend of mountain based sports. From Staveley near Kendal Rob, is a multiple winner of many our most challenging fell races, he has many victories at Grasmere Sports under his belt along with long distance races at Wasdale and Borrowdale. He is also a multiple British Fell Running Champion.

However, it is for his achievements in Cyclo-cross that the judging panel has made this award. Since 2000, he has won the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race on no less than 10 occasions. The route, which is 61km in length and reaches a height of 736m above sea level is centred around the three peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-y-ghent, in Yorkshire, and is regarded as being the toughest cyclo-cross race in the world.

Robb Jebb

Service to Sport - Ronnie Witt

Ronnie Witt from the world of angling has been a member of various angling clubs over the years including the Carlisle Angling Association Committee for over forty years and represented the Association on Carlisle Sports Council for many years.

Although he has always been active in organizing events for the anglers of Carlisle, it is his dedication to encouraging youngsters to take up the sport which is most impressive. He has carried out many organized angling taster events and film events at local working men's clubs and other venues over many years.

Under his guidance the junior angler events have blossomed, and now with professional guidance aided by local angling tutors he regularly has over 100 participants attending his events. He was also instrumental in developing the Association’s free Trout and Coarse fishing for all programme for juniors aged 16 and under. He has been a dedicated and committed volunteer for over 40 years, and without him, the current health of angling in the Carlisle area would simply not be the same.

Ronnie Witt

Brand New Community Group of the Year - Walney Wind Cheetahs

The Walney Wind Cheetahs were named the inaugural winners of Community Group of the Year Award after having taken great strides in increasing participation in running activities for all sectors of the population in and around Barrow-in-Furness area.

They have had a highly successful first two years and continue to develop and grow their membership to include all sectors of the community. They now work very closely with many local disability groups and have organised Fun Runs for children and young adults with disabilities, giving them the thrill of exercising and taking part in an event. Currently over 100 children and their families have attended their Fun Runs.

In 2013, having had great success with their adult group, they set about creating a junior section. They targeted local schools and youth groups, and on Mon 3rd June the Cubs Section was launched, with over 50 girls attending during the first week. The Group now has over 400 active members, who are also registered with Run England.

Walney Wind Cheetahs

Young Sports Leader of the Year - Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis was named Young Leader of the Year from the world of Rowing and the impact that she is making at her club, Talkin Tarn Rowing Club.

As well as being a very successful Junior Rower, Megan's contribution to the club is much more than just a rowing. As well as training with her fellow juniors four times a week, she attends extra training sessions each week to help with coxing and coaching other club members.

She has helped with several Learn to Row Courses at the Tarn this year, helping to fetch and carry boats and equipment, and again coaching and encouraging those new to the sport. She is always one of the first to arrive and last to leave the Tarn on training nights, helping to pull trailers out of the boathouse before sessions and washing down boats and putting equipment away after sessions.

She also took on the task of coaching a veteran novice men’s crew which included her father and coached them to victory at the clubs home regatta in July of this year.

Megan Lewis

Volunteer of the Year - Keith Clarkson

Keith Clarkson is a dedicated volunteer in the world of Hockey and has freely given his time, dedication and commitment over many years to support the development of his sport across the county and beyond.

As a volunteer, his passion to make Cumbria a force in hockey across the country has been a long and hard journey, it started many years ago through his engagement in the Active Sports Programme, a development initiative which embedded good practice sports development into this voluntary organization. He then led the organization into many structural changes which have seen the formation of the Cumbria Hockey Development Forum, which now has overall responsibility for the development of the game in the county. Since these changes, the standard of players, coaches, teams, and officials has improved markedly.

He has also found the time to volunteer as a member of the Active Cumbria Steering Group, representing the wider interests of national governing bodies of sport, as well as being the Chair of the Cumbria National Governing Body of Sport Forum, again, on a purely voluntary basis. His passion to make Cumbria a better sporting county is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

Keith Clarkson helping some children

Coach of the Year - Paul Bell

Paul Bell was named Cumbria Coach of the Year for making a real difference to competitors in his sport of Squash.

Under his guidance, the club’s juniors are going from strength to strength with many of them now competing at a high national level. Over the course of the season 6 young players who train at the club have been ranked in the top 10 in England, something never known before.

This year, he has also been the lead coach for all of Cumbria’s junior teams, where great strides have been made. Two age group teams made it through to the national finals in the same year, Cumbria had previously not had one team make this level, so two in a single year is outstanding. The girls Under 19 team finished fourth in the country and the Boys Under 13 team finished runners-up. This is a wonderful achievement for such a small squash county and holds Carlisle Squash Club in good stead for the future.

He has also helped coach the Irish Ladies team to the finals of the European Team Championships, and has recently been appointed Lead Coach for England Squash in the North West of England.

Paul Bell with women's Irish team

Disability Performance of the Year - Nathaniel Pattinson

Nathaniel Pattinson from the sport of Wheelchair Basketball was awarded Disability Performance of the Year award.

Nathaniel has never let his life long condition dealing with McCune Albright Syndrome with Polyostotic Fibrous Displasia hold him back. Nathaniel is excelling in Wheelchair Basketball and played a pivotal role in helping the North of England Team take Gold at the Sainsbury’s School Games. Nathaniel was selected to represent GB Under 19’s at the Paralympic Youth Festival in Utrecht. He has now been earmarked to represent the Under 23 Team next year.

As well as his sporting successes Nathaniel tirelessly works to promote opportunities for others to participate in disability sport, through volunteering, coaching and raising awareness. For Nathaniel there is no ‘dis’ in disability.

Nathaniel Pattinson

Team of the Year - Wigton Rugby Union Football Club

Wigton Rugby Union Football Club were named Team of the Year. The club won the North Lancashire/Cumbria League in emphatic style by winning all 26 matches played throughout the season.

They were 1 of only 2 teams across the whole of England who maintained a 100% record over the course of the season, and duly won their league in impressive style. They also won the Raptor League, which is awarded to the Team with the best playing record in England from the Premiership down to Level 7. What is more remarkable is that 30 of the 36 members of the first team squad are all from the town and have come through the Clubs Junior system.

Greg Morton from Wigton RFU Club said:

"We really appreciate the recognition. As a small, amateur club, we are dependent on building and retaining a strong team from within. 31 of the 36 players that featured last season were produced from Wigton Junior Rugby. I think the award, which reflects an outstanding sporting accomplishment over a season, is also the result of a team that doesn’t feature on the pitch every Saturday. That is the team of background staff and volunteers who help make the club tick. The coaches, the physios, the groundsmen, the playing squad, the supporters, the junior members and helpers; the list goes on. Without this effort every week, the club would not be a successful on or off the pitch.

That being said, the players should also realise the fantastic accomplishment of remaining unbeaten over a league season and ending up with the best team record of any rugby club in the country.

I am incredibly proud of everybody involved and last seasons achievements. Hopefully, we can use it as a springboard into the remaining battles of this season."

Team of the Year - Wigton Rugby Union Football Club

Wigton Rugby Union Football Club were named Team of the Year. The club won the North Lancashire/Cumbria League in emphatic style by winning all 26 matches played throughout the season.

They were 1 of only 2 teams across the whole of England who maintained a 100% record over the course of the season, and duly won their league in impressive style. They also won the Raptor League, which is awarded to the Team with the best playing record in England from the Premiership down to Level 7. What is more remarkable is that 30 of the 36 members of the first team squad are all from the town and have come through the Clubs Junior system.

Wigton RFU Club winning celebrations

Junior Team of the Year - Dowdales School Year 10 Rugby League Team

Dowdales School Year 10 Rugby League Team had a long and arduous journey to be crowned National Rugby League Champion School, a journey which involved winning 9 rounds to claim the title. Back in late 2012 they claimed the Barrow Schools title, and quickly followed this up with a narrow victory over Whitehaven School to take the County Championship. A number of close matches followed but the Team just did enough to make it through to the Final where they faced Bruntcliffe School from Leeds. Our winners dominated the Final, with every player performing to their best, and the score-line of 34-10 was just rewards for their efforts.

This is the second time this group have won the National Championships, and the second time they have won this award.

Dowdales Yr 10 RFL team

Rising Star - John Tormey

John Tormey is from the world of Shotokan Karate. At the age of 12 he has already worked his way to achieving a Brown Belt after only two and a half years in his sport, and has his eyes firmly set on making that Black in the near future. He has had his first taste of international competition by being selected to represent England in the European Karate Championships in Sheffield this October. Another with a great future. John said: "receiving the award was the best thing ever, I was really happy that I got selected for England but being given this award was really really special, thanks to everyone who picked me"

Rising Star - Ben Jenkinson

Ben comes from Dearham, near Maryport and at the tender age of 10 is making great waves in his sport of Swimming.

He currently holds the age 9 years County records in 400m freestyle, 50 & 200m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m & 200m Individual Medley events, breaking them several times during the last year; some of these records had stood for over 10 years. At his first County Age Groups competition he won all 10 of the events, breaking or bettering 6 county records.

Then in September he competed in the grueling 1500m Freestyle, and is now ranked number 1 ten year old in Great Britain, achieving a personal best time of 20mins & 8 seconds which is over 2 minutes quicker than anyone else swimming 60 lengths in the country in his age group. He is also ranked 2nd in the 400m Freestyle and in the top 5 for 200m Freestyle, 50m, 100m & 200m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly & 200m & 400m Individual Medley!

Rising Star - Morgan Knowles

Morgan Knowles comes from Ulverston and has excelled in his chosen sport of Rugby League. He has played for Barrow Island and was spotted at the age of 12 by the St Helen’s Player Performance Manager, as soon as they were able to sign him, they did and he has joined their scholarship scheme at Under 15 and Under 16 age group level. This summer he joined their Academy and is now on a professional contract at St Helen’s. He has also made his International debut playing for Wales (through his Mother) in a narrow defeat against England earlier this year at Under 16 level. He has a fantastic work ethic, and is a dedicated professional.

Rising Star - Jonny Edgar

Jonny Edgar from world of Karting who at only 9 years of age is racing against other Karters aged 13, has this year won the British Open Championship, finished 4th in the Super 1 National Championship and 6th in the MSA British Championship. He is the youngest driver to ever compete in, never mind to win the British Open. Other big names to win this event have included Lewis Hamilton, Paul Di Resta and Jenson Button, however, they were 11 and 12 years of age when they did so. A great future beckons for this young man.

Rising Star - Georgia Stanway

Georgia Stanway from the sport of Football and Dowdales School Pupil has had a fantastic year, and was selected to represent and captain the England Schools Under 15 Team in the Home International fixtures back in April. She has recently attended trials for this season, and has just been confirmed as part of this season’s England Squad. Georgia said; "It was a fantastic evening and it was an honour to receive an award and be recognised amongst all those other talented athletes." 

John Tormey
Ben Jenkinson
Morgan Knowles
Jonny Edgar
Georgia Stanway

Junior Sports Personality of the Year - Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson from the world of Football comes from Workington and started playing football with Whitehaven Miners Football Club at the age of 4! He went on to do well in lots of sports, including tennis, football and played County Cricket for Cumbria.

He joined Carlisle United’s Centre of Excellence at the age of 8, starting as an out-field player before his potential as a goalkeeper was spotted. He spent 6 years at Carlisle before joining Manchester United at the age of 14.

He has continued to represent Manchester United’s age group teams, and has been all over the world representing them, playing against other top club sides including Real Madrid. He is currently playing in the Under 18 Team which is sitting top of the Academy Premier League, and has also represented the Under 19 Team in the European League.

He has also gained selection for England, with his debut coming in the Victory Shield win over Wales last November, and he has now firmly established himself in the Under 17 side, with his most recent appearance coming in the 6-0 win over the Republic of Ireland last month.

Dean Henderson

The Brendan Jameson Be Inspired Award - Megan Lewis

The ‘Brendan Jameson Be Inspired Award’ recognizes a contribution to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Cumbria. As some of you will know, the late Cllr Brendan Jameson was instrumental in bringing the Torch Relay to Cumbria for three days back in 2012, and was a great believer in the power of sport to change lives for the better.

Megan Lewis, 2013 Young Leader of the Year demonstrates her ongoing contribution to the legacy of London 2012. Megan's tireless work in coaching, volunteering, fund raising, and generally helping with the smooth running of her club, whilst also finding the time to concentrate on her own sporting activities, mark her out as being particularly special. She epitomizes the Olympic and Paralympic values.

Megan Lewis rowing