Comet Sports Awards 2017: Winners revealed at Letchworth showpiece

PUBLISHED: 16:57 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 16 February 2018

Prize-winners and finalists after the Comet Sports Awards night. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Prize-winners and finalists after the Comet Sports Awards night. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

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There were celebrations aplenty last night as the winners of the Comet Sports Awards 2017 were revealed.

Prize-winners and finalists after the Comet Sports Awards night. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Prize-winners and finalists after the Comet Sports Awards night. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Letchworth’s Icknield Centre was the setting for the awards, hosted by Formula 1 commentator David Croft, where finalists across 11 categories showed why our corner of the world is renowned for its sporting achievement.

Kieran Lambert with the Coach of the Year award, presented by director Leonie Moran of Any Kitchen Ltd. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Kieran Lambert with the Coach of the Year award, presented by director Leonie Moran of Any Kitchen Ltd. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Coach of the Year award, sponsored by Any Kitchen Ltd, was won by the infectiously enthusiastic Kieran Lambert of Stevenage Cricket Club.

Leona Lee receives the Youth Achievement award from Hertfordshire Life editor Richard Young. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Leona Lee receives the Youth Achievement award from Hertfordshire Life editor Richard Young. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Twelve-year-old Letchworth badminton player Leona Lee won the Youth Achievement award after a flurry of national titles and tournament wins, which have seen her playing five years above her own age group.

Stevenage Borough Junior Under-13 Girls receive their Youth Team of the Year award from Stevenage FC Foundation head Joe Goude. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Stevenage Borough Junior Under-13 Girls receive their Youth Team of the Year award from Stevenage FC Foundation head Joe Goude. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Youth Team of the Year award, sponsored by the Stevenage FC Foundation, was won by Stevenage Borough Junior Under-13s Girls.

Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club Ladies 1st Team accept their Team of the Year award from Redwood Bank chief executive Gary Wilkinson. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club Ladies 1st Team accept their Team of the Year award from Redwood Bank chief executive Gary Wilkinson. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club Ladies 1st Team won the Team of the Year award after winning 10 consecutive championships – losing only two matches out of 54 last season.

Veteran Achievement award winner Brian White accepts his prize. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Veteran Achievement award winner Brian White accepts his prize. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Veteran Achievement award was won by Brian White, 62, a remarkable athlete who continues to pick up countless gold medals in marathons, duathlons and more.

Greneway School assistant head Terry Graves with the School of the Year award, presented by manager Lewis Croucher of Super Star Sport.
 Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Greneway School assistant head Terry Graves with the School of the Year award, presented by manager Lewis Croucher of Super Star Sport. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Royston’s Greneway School won the School of the Year award, sponsored by Super Star Sport, after winning national, county and district titles in sports ranging from football and rugby to athletics and basketball.

Club of the Year award winners Stevenage Starlets FC with their prize, presented by Karl Lingham of the Hertfordshire FA. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Club of the Year award winners Stevenage Starlets FC with their prize, presented by Karl Lingham of the Hertfordshire FA. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Club of the Year award, sponsored by the Hertfordshire FA, was won by Stevenage Starlets FC – the town’s only all-girls football club, which is still less than a year old.

Paul Pearce Disability Award winner Jack Gladman receives his prize from Comet editor Nick Gill. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Paul Pearce Disability Award winner Jack Gladman receives his prize from Comet editor Nick Gill. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Paul Pearce Disability Award was won by Jack Gladman, who has made superb progress as a self-funded Para athlete and is now ranked ninth in the world.

Glenn Williams receives the Sports Personality award from Councillor Margaret Notley, deputy mayor of Stevenage Borough Council. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Glenn Williams receives the Sports Personality award from Councillor Margaret Notley, deputy mayor of Stevenage Borough Council. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

The Sports Personality of the Year award, sponsored by Stevenage Borough Council, was won by 21-year-old flat-green bowler Glenn Williams.

Paul and Isobel Dean, subjects of Luke Matthews' winning Sports Photograph of the Year, accept his prize on his behalf from Comet editor Nick Gill. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Paul and Isobel Dean, subjects of Luke Matthews' winning Sports Photograph of the Year, accept his prize on his behalf from Comet editor Nick Gill. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

Luke Matthews won the Sports Photograph of the Year award for his picture of Hitchin Belles coach and under-10 player Paul and Isobel Dean.

Service to Sport winner Jim Bundy receives his award from Councillor Alan Millard, chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography Service to Sport winner Jim Bundy receives his award from Councillor Alan Millard, chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council. Picture: Cathy Benucci Photography

And, finally, the Service to Sport award was won by stalwart Codicote FC chairman Jim Bundy, whose passion has seen the village club reach the highest level in its 104-year history.

Comet editor Nick Gill said: “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on what was another fantastic evening. And a huge thank you to all our sponsors – without your support this much-loved event simply wouldn’t be possible.”

For more information and pictures from the night, have a look at cometsportsawards.co.uk.

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