Wins for sisters at Nottinghamshire Sports Awards

Notts celebrated the sporting achievements of grassroots and professional athletes in the county at the 23rd awards ceremony.

There was joy for sisters, Becky and Ellie Downie, who both won their categories at the ceremony, which is backed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Sport Nottinghamshire.

Becky, 23, picked up the Sportsperson of the Year award, following in the footsteps of fellow gymnast Sam Oldham in 2012.

Last year Becky won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games with the British Women’s team in Glasgow and for her performance on the uneven bars at the European Championships in May.

She also competed at the World Championships in China, helping the British team finish fourth – the highest ever placing the women’s team has had at a World Championships.

And the Downie family celebrated again as Becky’s younger sister, Ellie, 15, scooped the Junior Sportsperson of the Year award.

They believe that  the local support they receive is key to their success.

Ollie Hynd picked up the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year for the second year in a row to cap a memorable 2014. Ollie, from Mansfield, won gold at the Commonwealth Games and at the European Championships in Sofia.

“It’s really special,” he said on winning the award.

“I’m really proud to come from Nottinghamshire, to be able to train in Nottinghamshire and they’ve really supported me so that I can achieve my goals so tonight is a proud moment for me.”

Ollie Hynd, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

“Look at all the talent in the room, it’s fantastic! It’s a credit to Nottinghamshire and all the facilities and set ups we have in the county. We are very lucky.”

The full list of winners were:

Young Coach of the Year – Ashley Hewitt (Rowing)

Community Coach of the Year – Ruth Pickthorn (Netball)

Performance Coach of the Year – Claire Starkey (Gymnastics)

Team of the Year – Nottinghamshire T20 Ladies (Cricket)

Club of the Year – Norwood Park Golf Centre

Sporting Project of the Year – Active Ashfield Stop Bullying in Sport

Junior Volunteer of the Year – Samuel Stringfellow (Cricket)

Volunteer of the Year – John Hope (Bowls)

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Ellie Downie (Gymnastics)

Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Sophie Hahn (Athletics)

Junior Team of the Year – Nottinghamshire FA Girls Under 16s (Football)

Sporting School of the Year – The Samworth Church Academy

Roll of Honour Inductees – Paul Adcock (Badminton), Peter Worth (Ice Skating), Richard Pickering (Cricket)

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Ollie Hynd (Swimming)

Sportsperson of the Year – Becky Downie (Gymnastics)

Achievement of the Year – Bill Furniss (Swimming)

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