Hartlepool Sports Council name their winners at awards ceremony

Bethan Kelly
Bethan Kelly

CANOEIST Bethan Kelly has been named as Hartlepool Sports Council’s sports personality of the year.

The 18-year-old received her prize at the ceremony at Seaton Sports & Social Club.

It was the second year in a row a Hartlepool Sixth Form College student won the award after sporting all-rounder Paul Braithwaite, the Seaton cricketer and England Colleges footballer, won in 2014.

The Tees Tigers Kayak Club paddler competes in the Premier Division of the Women’s National Kayak League and has represented England, while she finished seventh at the 2014 English Championship in Nottingham.

She was not the only Hartlepool Sixth Form College winner this evening at Hornby Park.

The college’s rugby side won the Outstanding Team Performance prize after finishing fourth at the National Colleges Sevens championship.

There was success for Hartlepool Wadokai karate club who won the Outstanding Club Performance.

One of Hartlepool’s senior sporting figures, Shirley Black, won the prestigious Services to Sport trophy.

Shirley has dedicated decades of service to Hartlepool Swimming club, where she is chairman and is still coaching at the age of 70.

Another tireless coach to be saluted this evening was John Spence who took the Volunteer Coach award.

John, who works as a PE teacher at English Martyrs School, has been recognised for his work as an athletics coach and mentor.

Eight sports won in the Rising Stars category.

Four cricketers won trophies, Alys Beadle, 15, Jack Bond, 14, Ellis Taylor, 12, and Tom Windsor, 12, while there were three karate exponents, Joe Flounders, 11, Harvey Kerridge, 13 and Daniel Spires, 13.

Two Hartlepool Gymnastics Club members were also winners, Joshua Egan, 10, and Emily Sanger, 16,

Also winning Rising Star awards were archer James Stabler, 14, athlete Logan Stokes, 10, Phoebe Caffrey, 10, from badminton, swimmer William Lynn, 12, and table tennis’s Joe Cope, 13.