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Hartlepool Sports Awards

Promising teenage athlete Scott Temple has been crowned Hartlepool Sports Council’s Sports Personality of the Year.

In a prestigious ceremony, albeit scaled down because of Covid-19 restrictions, at Hartlepool College of Further Education, the talented runner was rewarded for a fantastic rise to prominence.

As a key member of Hartlepool Athletics Club, Temple was selected for the England & British Athletics Youth Talent Programme and he has already secured the Indoor Nationals qualification time for 2022.

Earlier this year he claimed silver at the 400m and bronze in the 800m at the North-East Championships as well as silver at the Northern Championships.

His performances caught the eye of judges on a memorable evening in his hometown when he pipped Premier League assistant referee Gary Beswick to the main award at the ceremony sponsored by the Gus Robinson Foundation.

There was also a Special Lifetime Achievement award for Keith Thomas for his incredible services stretching half a century to Hartlepool Table Tennis Club and as chair of Hartlepool & District Sports Council.

Carl Jorgeson, the CEO of Hartlepool Sport and trustee of event co-sponsor the PFC Trust, said: "We were thrilled to be able to run our first face-to-face Sports Council Awards since 2019.

“There was concern that the event would be cancelled due to special Covid measures, but thankfully we were able to run an event this year - we just couldn't invite as many clubs, volunteers and athletes as we would have liked to.

“The committee received an incredible number of nominations from across local sport, so they had some very tough decisions to make.

“We were really pleased to honour our chairman, Keith Thomas. He was rewarded for over 50 years of service to local sport at every level.

“Keith has been a mentor for many local sport and business leaders, and the PFC Trust’s chairman Shaun Hope collated a collection of 'thank you' video clips from people who Keith has supported over the years.”

Hartlepool Cricket Club’s Emily Sirs claimed the Primary School Sports Person of the Year.

Lewin Tubuna (Manilla Cycling), Toby Parker (Hartlepool Swimming Club) and William Gowler (Middlesbrough Swimming Club) were the joint winners of the Secondary School equivalent.

Hartlepool Cricket Club’s success across multiple teams and in the prestigious Kerridge Cup earned them the Outstanding Club of the Year title. The Outstanding Team of the Year was awarded to the Phoenix Kickboxing World Cup side.

Phoenix’s brilliant Peter Gale also won the Keith Hewitson Volunteer of the Year, while Hartlepool Referees’ Association’s Beswick was given a Services to Sport award ahead of Hartlepool Athletics’ John Spence.

Spence was crowned the Coach of the Year for his brilliant achievements with Hartlepool Athletics having been selected ahead of Phoenix’s Stephen Sewell for working in multiple local schools and colleges and being part of the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme. He has produced multiple North-East champions and national level athletes.

The awards night was made possible with the help of sponsors The Gus Robinson Foundation, the PFC Trust, Hartlepool Sport, Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool College of Further Education, J&B Recycling, Wadokai Karate, Paul's Travel, Gillens Ltd and Censis.

Pictures courtesy of the Hartlepool Mail

Pictures courtesy of the Hartlepool Mail

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