Top honours for sporting heroes
AN amazing 12 months for sport in the county was capped by a star-studded awards ceremony last night.
The Notts Sports Awards took place for the 21st time – six months to the day since the end of the London Olympics.
Gold medallists, coaches and community sports clubs rubbed shoulders to compete in 14 categories in the Notts County Council-run event.
It was another night of glory for Keyworth's Sam Oldham, who won the sports person of the year honour after the 19-year-old helped the GB men's gymnastics team win bronze in the summer.
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Team of the year at the East Midlands Conference Centre event went to Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott, who took gold in the canoe slalom at the games.
Tim said: "When you see everyone's name's mentioned it's nice to see but it's harsh that they pick a winner - we know everyone trains to their absolute maximum."
Both train together at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont.
Etienne said: "We're from Notts and we would hope this lifts the profile of our sport.
"We've got a great facility that not everyone knows about (the National Water Sports Centre) and it's good to think people are proud of Notts and feel there are good things happening in the city and county."
Kirkby-in-Ashfield's Oliver Hynd, known as Ollie, won gold in the 200m individual medley swimming event at the Paralympics. He won an achievement of the year honour.
He said: "It's special and it feels very humbling.
"Ever since the Paralympics everyone has been saying they are proud of me and have been congratulating me. It's been amazing. I had hoped the games would be received the way they were – everyone got behind us."
Newark's Sophie Wells brought back an equestrian gold medal and two silvers from the Paralympics and got an achievement of the year award.
She said: "It's been a whirlwind since the games but I hope we were able to spread the word about disability.
"It's amazing to be honoured like this, but there's a lot of strong Paralympians in the county and I'm honoured just to have been named alongside them."
Sutton Sting Ice Hockey Club won club of the year and Lowdham's Richard Whitehead, who took the gold medal from the 200m Paralympics final, was named disabled sports person of the year.
Kay Cutts, leader of Notts County Council, said: "Sport is in our psyche here in Notts. It's been an inspiring year."