Sporting stars shine bright at the Dacorum Sports Awards

The borough’s sporting heroes were out in force on Friday night at the Dacorum Sports Awards 2013.

Clubs and individuals from a wide range of sports were honoured at the bash, which was once again hosted by Daily Express football correspondent Mick Dennis at Sportspace Berkhamsted.

Dacorum Sports Awards, Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and Little Hay Golf Club ladies section

Dacorum Sports Awards, Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and Little Hay Golf Club ladies section

Organised by the Sportspace sports development team, in partnership with the Gazette, the Dacorum Sports Awards recognise those that actively participate in local sport, as well as the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes in a coaching, administrative or official role.

There was no shortage of heartwarming stories on the night, as well as tales of true sporting excellence from the borough’s brightest stars.

The coveted Sports Person of the Year award was won by squash player Angus Gillams, who was crowned British U19 champion after a sensational display at the British Junior Championships in Manchester at the start of November.

The Maureen Flint Rising Star Award was another hotly-contested category which was won by teenage golf sensation Alice Hewson after she helped England to score a double triumph in the European Young Masters tournament.

The award for Club of the Year went to Hemel Hempstead Town FC after a fine season in the Southern League Premier Division, as well as their continued development of junior and ladies’ football.

Dacorum Mencap scooped the prize for Contribution to Disability Sport after their strong involvement in the inaugural Hertfordshire Learning Disability Games.

Ther Team of the Year was the Little Hay Golf Club ladies’ section, who won numerous titles, including the prestigious Daily Mail Foursomes.

Netball ace Sandra McDonnell was named Community Coach of the Year for her continued efforts to develop players of all ages, while Kira Doyle won Junior Community Coach of the Year for her excellent contribution to Hemel Hempstead swimming.

Fellow Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club stalwart Louise Farrow bagged the Volunteer of the Year award, and the Audrey Dell Award for outstanding achievement went to Younus Yousuf for his commitment to football coaching and his involvement in the Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign.

The winner of the DSN lifetime Achievement award was Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club’s John Jales who was recognised for decades of dedication to the club.