The nominations are in and now it’s over to you to help us decide who deserves to win the 2014 Boston Sports Awards.
The winners will be revealed, after all the voters are counted, at a ceremony at the Assembly Rooms on Friday, December 5.
Our headline sponsor The Waterfront will also choose an ‘Overall Achiever’ from the winners of each category.
Voting closes at midday on Friday, November 28.
The contenders are:
Sports personality of the year, sponsored by Chestnut Homes:
James Bray: James is a real lightweight in the heavy and tough sport of rugby, but he shows no fear whatsoever and he’s quite happy to tackle someone twice his size and bring them down. He’s quite bossy but always there to support his team in every way.
Josh Goodfellow: Josh has always been a strong campaigner for disability sports. After swapping the track for the gym he now competes in bodybuilding competitions. Through his JG Fitness brand, he raises awareness for disabled athletes, sponsors bodybuilding events and supports troops who have been left disabled while in service.
Sportsman of the year, sponsored Moore Thompson:
Brian Hill: Brian has been playing competitive table tennis for 59 years and in May, in New Zealand, he competed in the Veterans’ World Championships and won the silver medal in the over 70s section, to become number two in the world. Brian is now hoping to improve on that position in the World Championships in Alicante in 2016.
Dave Coupland: Dave announced his arrival on the Challenge Tour - European golf’s second tier - in fine style. He finished the season in 39th place in the rankings and 546th in World Golf. He finished second in the Turkish Airlines Challenge and earned his place in the final round of qualifying school for the European Tour.
Sportswoman of the year:
Nikki Elding: It’s been another fantastic year for powerlifter Nikki. In October she qualified for next year’s British Championships after winning the Masters Two benchpress and deadlift rounds at the West Midlands Championships.
Charlene Middlebrook: Charlene is curently making waves in the world of women’s boxing. The Boston ABC member came on in leaps and bounds this year, ending her season with a first-round knockout before returning to the ring this autumn to pick up where she left off.
Coach of the year:
Dave ‘Crock’ Goddard: Dave dedicates hours of his time to Boston Amateur Boxing Club, both in and out of the gym,
spending hours on the phone trying to make competitive boxing bouts throughout the country.
It is not only hard but also stressful and Boston ABC would like him to get the recognition he deserves.
Greville Bray: He is the driving force behind Boston Rugby Club’s under 16s, having been with them for several years. He has now stepped down from the role but made the players work for every point and brought them all
together to create an outstanding team in their last year as juniors.
Team of the year, sponsored by The Assembly Rooms:
Boston Cricket Club: The Mayflower Men’s First XI had another productive year in 2014. They won 16 of their matches - the highest of any team in their division - as they finished second in the South Lincs and Border League Division One. With only one team able to win promotion, they took the fight down until the final weekend of the season, only to see that chance elude them as Skegness pulled out of their contest against rivals Grantham on the eve of the match - handing the title to Grantham.
Boston United: The 2013-14 season was one to remember for the Pilgrims. They just missed out on a place in the Vanarama North’s play-off spots on the final day of the season, but on their way to a sixth-placed finish they scored 85 goals and won 15 of their 21 home matches, losing
just twice at the Jakemans Stadium.
Junior team of the year:
Boston Rugby Club under 16s: The team showed great determination and worked so well together, understanding each other’s strengths. They were outstanding in winning a sevens tournament at Sleaford.
Wyberton Wildcats under 16s: The girls of Wyberton Wildcats are in their second year of competing in the Cambridgeshire North League. After finishing last season in fifth place they continue to improve in this tougher division.
Junior sportswoman of the year:
Hermione Wright: Hermione has represented Lincolnshire at hockey, sportshall athletics, cross country, athletics and Derbyshire schools at athletics and cross country. She has also represented Boston and Spalding teams at hockey and been selected for England’s regional hockey training squads. This year she has broken personal best scores in long jump, high jump and her school hurdles record, and now competes for Nene Valley Harriers. Hermione has also ran at county level in the England Schools’ Cross Country championships and helped her school win the ISFA South of England football tournament.
Elicia Clarke: Elicia has spent the last year representing Boston Rugby Club and the Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire team. She does this while also swimming at Boston Swimming Club, where she is in the junior squad. From an early age, Elicia has suffered from terrible migraines, for which she needs medication. She has also had to to undergo testing for her heart at Glenfield Hospital - but has stuck at her training.
Junior sportsman of the year, sponsored by Dewhursts:
Matthew Bray: Having had another successful year in the under 16s Boston Rugby team, he continues to strive for perfection . He is now studying sport at college and continuing to train hard. Matthew also succeeded in The Games competition at Peter Paine, where he had to prove his overall fitness.
William Wright: Keeper and opening batsman William played every game for Lincolnshire’s under 13 cricket team this year, also top scoring for the county’s under 12s hockey team in their first tournament win in years.He also helped Boston and Spalding teams to league promotions as well as competing for Lincolnshire’s sportshall athletics and becoming county long jump champion. William ran for Lincolnshire at inter-county and national cross country level breaking a schools’ record. He has also scored tries on a rugby tour of Dublin.
Footballer of the year, sponsored by Sills & Betteridge:
Callum Bastock: The son of well known goalkeeper Paul has begun a bright career of his own between the sticks. After cutting his teeth at Boston Town, Bastock jnr moved to Grimsby Town where he has established himself as the youth team number one and a member of the first-team squad. He is currently sidelined after picking up an injury.
Lori Borbely: The midfielder has been a regular in the Boston Town line-up for years. As well as proving a talented midfielder at United Counties League Premier Division level, Borbely is also a club director for the Poachers.
Services to sport, sponsored by Pescod Square:
Nick Hiom: The Boston Golf Club pro has worked tirelessly to help golfers for years. And once again his skills of a coach have been proven this year as youngsters Lois Williamson, Erin Brown and Billy Spooner all earned England squad call-ups.
John Blackwell: Known as Mr Boston United, John has been employed by the Pilgrism for more than 40 years, making sure that everything is in place off the field.
To vote fill in the coupon in this week’s Boston Standard and return it to our office at 5-6 Church Lane, Boston, PE21 6ND.