Strong showing for Bury in awards ceremony

TWO IN A ROW? Wheelchair basketball player Caroline Maclean receives last year's St Edmundsbury Sports Personality of the Year from Rick Wildridge. She is nominated again this year.
TWO IN A ROW? Wheelchair basketball player Caroline Maclean receives last year's St Edmundsbury Sports Personality of the Year from Rick Wildridge. She is nominated again this year.
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CLUBS and individuals from Bury St Edmunds have been nominated for a variety of awards at the St Edmunsbury Sports Awards, to be held on Sunday.

The prestigious ceremony rewards sportsmen, women and clubs in the borough of St Edmundsbury for their sporting achievements and will be hosted at the Apex.

The Bury Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club and the Bury Bulldogs Basketball team picked up eight and five nominations respectively. These include nominations for individuals at the club too.

Michelle Banfield-Curran, Abbeycroft Leisure’s sports development officer and the organiser of the awards, said: “The standard of nominations this year has been extremely high. We are thrilled that people have taken the time to nominate these very special sportsmen and wome.

Among the many awards, the Young Sports Personality of the Year award – sponsored by the Bury Free Press and the Haverhill Echo – is set to be a competitive category.

Nominee Alice Maguire of Bury, has been self-training to be a triathlon competitor.

She is top of the East of England Triathlon Youth League and claimed silver at the East of England Championships.

Seven-year-old Ben Warren is another contender for the award.

The youngster has had to overcome corrective eye surgery and a chest infection, which threatened to rule him out of the Haverhill Rugby Club Under-7s.

Alan Trolove, from Bury, is a highly-rated cyclist. The 16-year-old is ranked 10th nationally in his age group and has won numerous races at national and elite level.

Trolove stormed through the Eastern Region League 2010/11, where he scored maximum points. He is also part of the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club.

The Sports Personality of the Year award also promises to be closely contested with all the nominees coming from Haverhill, including last year’s winner, Caroline Maclean.

Maclean is a member of the Paralympic Team GB basketball team and is one of the most experienced players in the country having represented Britain in the previous three tournaments.

But she will encounter tough competition for back-to-back victories. John Oakes is regarded as one of the best runners in the country in the over-50s category. He has consistently won races in his age category for the past two years.

Victoria Forkes is also competing for the award. Forkes is a sailing instructor and volunteers to give disabled people the opportunity to experience sailing in a safe environment. She started her charitable work two years ago.

Other awards include Lifetime Achievement, Coach of the Year, Triumph over Adversity and Club of the Year.