A RISING star in both the cricket and football world is hoping to bowl the opposition over in the Hartlepool Mail sports awards.
Paul Braithwaite, 17, has become the latest entrant in the young sports personality of the year section of the competition - and if he wins it will be his second awards honour in a matter of weeks.
Paul is already the holder of the sports personality of the year title in the Hartlepool Sports Council awards which were held in May.
His talents are so impressive, he has been nominated twice for a Mail award. One came from the sports council which said: “He is an excellent cricketer, playing for Seaton Carew in the Premier League.
“He also plays for Durham County Cricket at under-17 (captain) and under-19 levels.”
But Paul does not just promote his own talents. He also runs cricketing coaching sessions for Hartlepool Sixth Form College students and for the Seaton Carew junior sides.
And in football, he has captained the England under-18 games in a series of Home Internationals which saw him lead the team to the Centenary Shield title.
Paul also plays for Ryhope in the Northern League.
Paul’s aim is to go into sport full-time although he will first be completing his education at the Sixth Form College before moving on to university.
He said: “I have been hitting a ball since I was four and playing cricket competitively since I was eight. It is good that someone has recognised me with a nomination.”
Paul’s dad Andy Braithwaite, 42, - a former bank manager and now a self-employed financial services consultant, said: “We are right behind him. We are proud parents. We hope he realises his ambition of playing professionally in at least one of the sports he loves”.
This is only the second year that we have run our sports awards and our inaugural event was a winner.
But we want to make the 2014 version even bigger and better. Let’s make it a competition to remember.
From the best in disabled sportspeople to grass roots performers, from coaches to teams – we want to honour them all.
lFill in the application form in today’s paper or go HERE