Alldis named sports personality of the year

PERSONALITY! Brian Alldis received his award from Cllr Terry Clements.
PERSONALITY! Brian Alldis received his award from Cllr Terry Clements.

Hand cyclist Brian Alldis has been named as the Suffolk Sports Personality of The Year.

The 29-year-old collected his award at a glittering awards ceremony at Trinity Park last Friday.

And to make victory even sweeter, the category was voted for by the public, proving that his achievements have really struck a chord with sports fans.

Nedging Tye-based Alldis topped the poll for his achievements in wheelchair racing and, most recently, handcycling. His hard work and determination have seen him compete on the national stage in both the Beijing Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

But refusing to rest on his laurels, Alldis is now working hard to secure a place on Team GB for the next year’s Rio Paralympics and beyond.

Alldis strives for success and is also giving something back to his community as a local club volunteer coaching for Bury-based West Suffolk Wheelers.

This year has also been a triumphant one for Alldis, who was born with spina bifiada and hydrocephalus.

He won gold at the British Cycling National Para-cycling Road Circuit Championships, the British Cycling National Para-cycling Time Trial Championships, the Para-cycling European Cup in Prague and the Prudential Ride London Handcycle Classic.

He also claimed bronze at the Brixia Para-cycling Cup in Italy.

The category was open to performers, aged 19 and over, who have made great progress throughout the year, achieving outstanding success on the national or international stage, or who have consistently made an immense difference to their team.

Nominated alongside Alldis were: cricketer Reece Topley, rugby ace Lewis Ludlam, motorsport’s Josh Webster and swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn.

The category, sponsored by Suffolk County Council, saw Alldis presented with his trophy by Cllr Terry Clements, member with responsibility for Suffolk the Most Active County.