Michael Gough Jr – Sports Official/Referee winner

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WHAT a week it was for Michael Gough Junior.

He had already won the Professional Cricketers Association Umpire of the Year title days earlier.

Michael Gough is presented with the  Sports Official award by Specsavers Hartlepool store director Ian Walker.

Michael Gough is presented with the Sports Official award by Specsavers Hartlepool store director Ian Walker.

And on the night of the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards, he was due to collect the PCA trophy at a ceremony in London.

It was a testament to Michael that he chose his hometown awards night and duly picked up another honour.

Michael is currently on the international umpire panel. He officiated in the T20 match between England against Australia at Durham in August.

He was an umpire at his first one day international in Birmingham for an England-Australia game recently.

And he was the fourth official in the Ashes test match at Durham.

He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to win this. I was nominated against two referees who were making their way in the sport like I did and who do it for the enjoyment. I am lucky that I manage to do this for a living.

“When I knew I was shortlisted in my hometown I wanted to be there.”

Judges praised Michael for showing Hartlepool at its best and at the highest level of international sport.

They said he had made a great impression in a category in which the other finalists were also massively impressive candidates.

Also shortlisted.

Owen Easson.

Craig Gilbraith.