A TALENTED biathlon star capped off a tremendous year of performances by being crowned one of Teesside’s young Sport Personalities of the Year.
Emma Cassell, 12, a student at Hartlepool’s Manor College of Technology was one of the big winners at a prestigious awards evening.
The hugely promising star has won a series of awards and competitions in the last year and she added to that collection after being named the open girls young Sports Personality of the Year at Teesside School Sports Council awards evening.
Emma was joined by more than 20 talented sporting students from across Hartlepool who had their national and international performances recognised.
Dancers, footballers, boxers, table-tennis players and kayakers all took to the stage and were applauded by a packed audience at Northfield School and Sports College, in Billingham.
Seventeen students from the Billingham school were also rewarded for their performances, with the table tennis team winning the Team of the Year.
Students from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool Sixth Form College, High Tunstall College of Science, Manor College of Technology and Cleveland College of Art and Design all took to the stage.
They also got the chance to meet Hartlepool-born sports presenter Jeff Stelling who was the special guest on the night.
Jeff is back in the area for a couple of days and spoke of his delight at getting the opportunity to meet the young stars.
He told the Mail: “When you hear the stories and what the students have achieved, there is such a fantastic pool of talent in the town.
“People know the names of the successful Hartlepool sports stars, like Graeme Storm, Savannah Marshall, Amanda Coulson and Jemma Lowe, but the potential for the future is fabulous.
“It’s a bit of a cliche but the North- East has always been a hotbed for sporting talent.
“And the talent on show at these sports awards, from all over this area, not just Hartlepool, is mind-blowing.”