Top sports stars to be quizzed at awards

VOTE NOW! Suffolk County Councillor Rebecca Hopfensberger is lending her support
VOTE NOW! Suffolk County Councillor Rebecca Hopfensberger is lending her support

The St Edmundsbury Sports Awards are set to feature a panel of sports stars from the area being quizzed by Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo sports editor Derek Bish.

A new addition to the format will see the likes of Haverhill Paralympian and wheelchair basketball star Caroline Maclean and last year’s Young Sports Personality of the Year, Bury’s Arsenal and England Under-17s footballer Georgia Allen, take to the stage for a question and answer session.

Barton Mills’ England cricketer Lilly Reynolds, who carried the Queen’s Baton through Bury ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Bury’s Beijing Paralympian handcyclist Brain Alldis, make up the panel set to be interviewed with the pair about their achievements, inspirations and hopes for the future, as well as giving advice budding young sports men and women in the audience.

Bish, who leads the sports team for all five of Anglia Newspaper’s Johnston Press-owned titles, said he was thrilled to be hosting the sports panel and looked forward to quizzing the talented sports men and women.

He said: “Meeting local sporting talent is what my job is all about and I can’t wait to meet the cream of the crop at this year’s awards.”

The awards, which will take place on September 5 at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds, are run every year by Abbeycroft Leisure, who manage Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure Centres as well as Thurston Sport Education Centre.

They recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by sports men, women and juniors throughout the year and celebrate the huge amount of work that takes place within sport in the borough of St Edmundsbury.

This year there are 12 categories to enter: Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Young Community Volunteer, Junior Team, Senior Team, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Triumph Over Adversity, Most Active Workplace and The People’s Champion voted and on by the public through the awards’ media partners the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo.

n There are three ways in which you can nominate this year: Visit http://www.acleisure.com/nominate or the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StEdmundsburySportsAwards or by emailing Cat Rayson at cat.rayson@acleisure.com

Nominations must be received by midnight on August 22.