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PRITCH IS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVER AT AWARDS
Bedford Blues rugby captain James Pritchard was this week crowned Outstanding Achiever at the Bedford Sports Awards which were held on Monday December 9.
Hundreds of players and organisers from across a wealth of sports attended the prestigious event at Bedford Corn Exchange and Skippy picked up his award following an outstanding year which has seen him succeed in passing Gareth Rees’ total of 491 to become the leading point scorer in Canadian Rugby.
Dodgeball player Charlotte Porteous was named Adult Sports Personality of the Year.
Charlotte is a coach and player for both Bedford and England Dodgeball teams. Being an England international Charlotte has contributed to the club’s success this season helping the men’s and women’s teams to many victories including winning the UK National Championships.
Wakeboarder Katie Batchelor was named Junior Sports Personality of the Year. As part of the British Team for Cable Wakeboarding and Boat Wakeboarding, Katie’s continuous commitment to the sport has also given her some inspiring individual results, such as; first place Junior Ladies IWWF Boat European Champion, overall winner for Junior Ladies AOD National Boat Tour 2013 and Junior Women’s UK British Boat National Champion.
With a lot of strong entries in both these categories judges also presented two special commendation awards - to Gill Fullen, who has won national and world medals in triathlon this year, and to young fly-fisherman Adam Worker who captained the England youth fly-fishing team to international gold medals.
Brian Woodrow OBE DL, a member of Bedford Hockey Club since 1968, was the winner of the Sports Administrator/ Club Person award.
Queens Park Youth Cricket Club was named Sports Club of the Year. Formed in 2005, the club was established by volunteers from the Mosque, Church and Gudwara to help provide opportunities to bring people together through cricket.
Whilst the Dodgeball Bedford Mighty Eagles Ladies Team were named as the Sports Team after winning the National Dodgeball Championships in their first season.
Dr Jonathan Katz was chosen as Sports Coach of the year for his tireless work in the sport of fencing.
Anne Tredget and Kathleen Stephens won the Disability Sports Award for their work with the Bedfordshire Games.
The games are an annual athletics meeting for teenagers and adults with learning difficulties. Anne and Kathleen started the Bedfordshire Games in 1983 and now boast over 350 participants competing each year.
Luke Smyth was the winner in the Rising Star category for canoe slalom.
St Gregory’s Middle School was named Sporting School of the Year and Greg Hubbert was crowned Young Sports Volunteer of the Year.
The Bedford Sports awards are organised by Bedford Borough Council Sports Development Unit and Sport Bedford, and are sponsored by the Times & Citizen.
The council’s portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Doug McMurdo, said: “The Bedford Sports Awards is a fantastic evening celebrating the wide variety of sporting talent in our borough.
“With many fantastic sporting facilities in the area, including the Bedford International Athletics Stadium, we encourage everyone to explore the range of sporting opportunities in the area.
“Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.”