Nominations are coming in as this year’s Sports Awards loom

NOMINATE NOW! Cricketer and Queen's Baton Bearer Lilly Reynolds
NOMINATE NOW! Cricketer and Queen's Baton Bearer Lilly Reynolds
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West Suffolk Swimming Club and Bury Tchoukball are among those to have received nominations for this year’s St Edmundsbury Sports Awards.

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

Categories this year include 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, which will be voted for by the public through the awards’ media partners the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo.

Bury St Edmunds-based West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club member Esther Colman stands a good chance of winning an award on the night, having received nominations in both the Sports Personality and Young Sports Personality of the Year categories.

One of her nominations read: “Esther is the most talented and gifted triathlon young person of her time.

“She deserves this award to encourage other young people and show them what is possible if you work hard. In just two years, she’s gone from new to the sport of triathlon to European Under-21 champion.”

In the sports personality category, she faces stiff competition from Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club’s Ian Parker.

This season Parker coached the team to their third successive National League championship title, led them to eighth in the European Cup and coached both of Bury’s youth teams to first and third in the UK Youth Championships. His achievements were recognised by Tchoukball UK where he won the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Parker’s club, Bury Tchoukball, have also been nominated in the Club of the Year category where they will come up against the ever successful West Suffolk Swimming Club and the emerging Bury Foxes ladies rugby team.

West Suffolk Swimming Club also feature in the Coach of the Year category, where Dan Pilbrow has been nominated. There has also been a nomination for Jetts Netball coach Tracey Butcher.

This year could also see a second successive award victory for inspiring athletics yougster Rhys Turnbull-Bester.

Turnbull-Bester, who last year won The People’s Champion Award, has not let the affects of dyspraxia, a movement and co-ordination disorder, stop him as he has gone on to achieve gold medals in the regional athletics championships at 100m and 200m and silver in the 800m, as well as being selected to represent the eastern region at the DSE National Junior Athletics Championships, where he won 100m bronze.

He could now be set to add the Triumph Over Adversity award to the his success from last year.

n There are three ways in which you can nominate an individual or team this year.

Visit or the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards Facebook page at or by emailing Cat Rayson:

Nominations must be received by midnight on August 22.