Golden girl Savannah Marshall in fight for two more awards

Savannah Marshall on the Victoria Park pitch with her Commonwealth Gold medal before the game against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID
Savannah Marshall on the Victoria Park pitch with her Commonwealth Gold medal before the game against Bury. Picture by FRANK REID

GOLDEN Hartlepool sports star Savannah Marshall is bidding for two more awards - and one of them could be a Hartlepool Mail trophy.

The 23-year-old middleweight boxer has been nominated for the sports personality of the year category after her fantastic performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, this year.

She overcame Canada’s Ariane Fortin to lift gold in the 75kg class and next up for Savannah is the AIBA Women’s World Championships which is scheduled for Jeju, Korea in November.

But in the meantime, Savannah could be en route to another honour. A Hartlepool Mail reader contacted us to nominate her for one of our awards, and said: “She trained really hard and deserved a gold medal.”

Savannah said: “I am over the moon. I have loved the support that I have received from the people of Hartlepool.

“I feel like everyone has been there for me from the start. I am really happy, especially with the backing I get from people in Hartlepool”.

Savannah has not had much chance to rest after her Commonwealth triumph. The World Championships are just around the corner but Savannah can’t wait to get into the swing of it again. “I am glad that they are quite close,” she said, “it means I don’t have any time to become less fit.”

And by the time she heads for Korea, she may have added to her trophy cabinet.

Savannah becomes another fantastic entrant in this year’s awards and we’re hoping it inspires more people to put forward their favourites.

We know there are still plenty of heroes of football, cricket, rugby and many other sports in Hartlepool. We want to honour the people who make our town the envy of the country.

In fact, it doesn’t matter which sport you compete in – we want to hear from you all.

From the best in disabled sportspeople to grass roots performers, from coaches to teams – we want to honour them all.

Over the next few weeks, we shall be featuring stories on some of the nominations that we have already received. Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale in early October.

lFill in the application form in today’s paper or go online and fill in the form HERE