A RISING young rugby star is the latest person to be nominated in the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.
At just 15, Jordan Foulds has earned a formidable reputation as one of the game’s most talented players.
Last season he led West Hartlepool’s Under 16s side to glory as captain to win the Plate Cup.
He is also captain of Manor College of Technology’s rugby team and plays for County Durham Rugby Club.
And to top it off, he was recently chosen to join Newcastle Falcons’ Training Academy.
Jordan has been nominated for the Inspire Award in our second annual sports awards by Heidi Kelsey, who helps run a gym at St Teresa’s Church and has known Jordan since he was 11 when he had anger management issues.
Heidi said Jordan is an “exceptional young man” and encourages other gym users to work hard to reap the rewards he has.
The Inspire category aims to recognising any individual or team who has inspired others to participate in sport and physical activity because of their contribution.
Jordan is now a trusted school prefect and helps coach younger pupils in rugby.
Members of Hartlepool Sea Cadets also look up to him as a Royal Marine Cadet.
And later this month Jordan has been picked to meet Princess Anne when she visits Hartlepool Yacht Club.
Jordan, of Owton manor, said he was “shocked” at his nomination.
He added: “Rugby told me how to channel my aggression and control it. It changed my attitude.”
Jordan was introduced to the game by West Hartlepool coach, and Manor College teacher Phil Wallace.
Jordan’s proud dad Paul Foulds, 46, said: “I had tears in my eyes when I was told he has been nominated for this award.
“He has just gone from strength to strength.
“He eats, sleeps and breathes rugby.”
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 finale in early October.
We want to hear from people of all walks of sporting life.