Berwick sports stars honoured at annual awards evening
Sporting achievements by individuals and teams throughout 2015 were recognised at the annual Sport Berwick awards evening held at the town rugby club on Friday.
The annual event was well attended, and this year’s special guest was former GB boxer Amanda Coulson, now a Sky Sports and Dame Kelly Holmes Foundation ambassador.
In her presentation to the gathering, she urged all budding young sports stars to follow their dreams and not be put off by any distractions along the way.
Sport Berwick chairman Dave Pick said 2015 had been another “fantastic year” of sporting achievement by individuals and teams throughout the town and beyond.
Initially, he had thought the number of nominations put in was down on previous years, but at the last moment, there had been a flood of mail through his letterbox, he said, adding that, once again, the standard of those nominated for awards was extremely high, reaching right to the top, at world championship level.
Senior male sports personality, sponsored by Active Northumberland
Cameron Tindle (athletics): Full Scottish international at International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships in Columbia and Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
Also nominated were Warenford cricketer Brian Thompson and Tillside cricketer Jake Birkett.
Senior female sports personality, sponsored by Active Northumberland
Hilary Cairns and Alison Inglis (rowing): World masters gold medallists in Belgium.
Also nominated were Sue Weatherburn (athletics) and Tillside cricketer Amanda Hindmarsh.
Senior team of the year, sponsored by Perryman’s Buses
Berwick Ladies’ Hockey Club: Northumberland division A champions.
Also nominated were Berwick Rugby Club’s 1st XV, given a special award in recognition of their East District 1 League championship win, Tillside Cricket Club’s 2nd XI and Tweedmouth Amateurs (football).
Junior male sports personality, sponsored by Kieran Cromarty Electricals.
Joint winners were Matheos Ferreira and Jevon Leighton (jiu-jitsu). Both recently won medals at the world championships in California, having previously picked up honours at the martial art’s British and European championships.
Also nominated were Leon Flint (speedway and mini-bike), Andrew Hogg (badminton and tennis) and Oscar Onley (athletics and cycling).
Junior female sports personality, sponsored by Berwick Rotary Club
Abi Rae (jiu-jitsu): British national and junior European gold medals. She also won gold at the martial art’s world championships in California.
Also nominated were Brogan Ashley (cricket), winner of the award for newcomer of the year, plus Josie Newton (gymnastics) and Georgia Davidson (athletics and netball).
Junior team of the year, sponsored by Galedin Veterinary
Longridge Towers KS3 boys’ badminton team: Regional champions and competed in national championships.
Also nominated were Berwick Tennis Club’s under-14 team and Lowick FC girls’ under-14s.
Coach of the year
Andy Thorpe (Lowick FC girls). He guided the team to a championship win in 2015.
Also nominated were Thiago Ferreira (jiu-jitsu), given a special award for taking students to the sport’s world championships, and David Brown (Tweedmouth Amateurs FC).
Volunteer of the year
Steven and Rosie Ingram (Berwick Juniors FC). Two of the driving forces behind the scenes, helping run the various teams they run at a number of age levels in leagues throughout the north east.
Also nominated were Owen Weatherhead (Berwick Rugby Club) and Stewart Wright and Stuart Darling (Berwick RFC juniors).
Service to Sport
Two long-service awards were made to Gerald Bryson (Berwick Rowing Club) and Chris Budzynski (Berwick Rugby Club).
Both have been long-standing members of their respective clubs, originally as competitors, and in later years as officials and volunteers.
A special recognition award was presented to Brian Porteous, outgoing chairman of Berwick Rangers.
He is due to step down from the role in May after eight years as chairman, during which time he has helped turn the fortunes of the club around.