Ruff Diamond – Inspire Award

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THEY started their night by entertaining the sports awards audience. They ended it by picking up the final award of the evening.

Street dance crew Ruff Diamond have had a whirlwind year which started with making it all the way to the finals of the Sky 1 TV Got To Dance competition finals.

Ruff Diamond are presented with the Inspire Award by Hartlepool Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

Ruff Diamond are presented with the Inspire Award by Hartlepool Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

Weeks later, they picked up a special recognition honour at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.

Then, the crew were crowned UK adult hip hop champions, and followed that up by coming 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

And to top a great year, the crew won the Inspire trophy at the Sports Awards.

Crew member Lewis Cope said: “It is great that dancing has been accepted as a sport and that it is recognised as being for boys as well.”

Crew member and choreographer Zac Healey said: “It is fantastic that the people of Hartlepool want us to do well.

“Our newest member Tom Malone comes from Manchester and when we go to places in town, he is really impressed with the way people give us praise.”

Judges praised Ruff Diamond for their drive and hard work which had “gone a long way to inspiring many adults and young people who want to achieve their ambitions.

“This award is about role models and pride. These young men have made Hartlepool a very proud place and their community spirit is brilliant.”

Also shortlisted:

Michael Hunter

Katie Wilson

Paul Braithwaite