Teenage football star Jordan Nuttell was crowned Pride of Boston Overall Achiever 2013 – after overcoming a heart scare to fulfil his dream.
On a night to recognise outstanding achievement and unsung community heroes, it was Jordan who walked away with the coveted top honour.
“I’m ecstatic. I couldn’t really believe it. I wasn’t really expecting to win anything,” said the 17-year-old, who made his first team début for Boston United in November.
This came just a few months after having an operation to correct a ‘short circuit’ in his heart, which meant it would sometimes race away at 240 beats a minute.
“It was very scary. When I was waiting in the hospital to have the operation and they come in and tell you what could happen and what are the outcomes of it you are very scared and you are weary and think ‘do I want to do this just to run about on a bit of grass and kick a bag of air about?’ but at the end of the day I have had it done and there were no problems.”
Jordan also scooped the Youth Achiever Award, pipping high school pupil Anna Slevin, who had been nominated for her script writing skills.
Anna has seen her work picked up by the British Film Institutes National Film Academy – ahead of many other aspiring film makers.
The event was sponsored by social housing provider L&H Homes, who had the task of selecting the overall winner from those who had taken top spot in their respective categories after a reader vote.
Managing director Mike Harding said: “It’s great to sponsor these awards.
“We have got a new strap-line ‘making a difference’ and I think that’s the point about these awards and that’s why we like to sponsor them because everybody nominated is making a difference in some way to peoples’ lives or to their own lives and that’s what this is all about.”
The awards were hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire Breakfast Show presenter Scott Dalton and held at Boston West Golf Club on Wednesday night.
Standard editor Stephen Stray said: “It was a fabulous evening recognising both personal achievement and unsung heroes in our community – there really are a lot of people who work hard for others and the Pride Awards are a super way to acknowledge this.
“What makes them extra special is that they are voted for by you – our readers – so they are your winners.
“I would personally like to congratulate all of the winners and those highly commended; each and everyone of you should be extremely proud of your achievements.”