Talent is all in the family

Sporting twins Ryan and Shaunagh Foreman.
Sporting twins Ryan and Shaunagh Foreman.

TEENAGE talents Ryan and Shaunagh Foreman are each bidding for a double success.

Both would love to play for England in their chosen sports of rugby for Ryan and netball for Shaunagh.

And they’re both bidding for a second honour, because the siblings have been nominated for a Hartlepool Mail sports award.

The 16-year-olds from the West View area of Hartlepool have made their mum 
Beverley Foreman, 51, ultra proud.

She said: “I believe Ryan is an ambassador. He is always willing to give up his free 
time to help out with junior rugby, and Shaunagh is an inspiration for younger children.”

Ryan has played rugby since he was five.

He was picked up by the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Academy when he was 14 and has been with them ever since.

He has also represented his county at 15 and 16-year-old level, and has been picked to do the same at under-18 level.

Ryan was on the verge of winning under-17 England honours a year ago when he suffered a serious hand injury, but he is back on course and could be destined for great things.

Shaunagh, meanwhile, has played netball since she was eight years old.

She has played for the prestigious Oakesway team and has also represented the region.

Beverley said: “She has recently had trials for England at under-19 level.”

Further success came when Shaunagh was selected for the England elite pathway system, which is a fast-track scheme to greater honours.

Both of them have been nominated for the Young Sports Personality of the Year category in the Mail’s sports awards. We want more nominations. We want to honour people from well-established names to those who rarely 
get the recognition they deserve.

But we can not do that unless you come forward with your favourites.

It could be a name we have all heard of or someone who has never once made the headlines.

Every one of them could be worthy of an honour.

This year’s sports awards is searching for the very best in fields from team of the 
year to the lifetime achievement award. The full list is below.

There’s plenty of time to put forward your favourites before we announce the deadline for entries.

Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering finale in early October.

There’s a long way to do before we get to that stage – and that means there’s plenty of time for you to come forward with your favourities.

Fill in the application form in today’s paper or go HERE