BILLINGHAM WELCOMES PRESTIGIOUS NORTH-EAST SPORTS AWARDS
Local athletes, sports coaches and volunteers celebrated success across a variety of categories at the BBC’s North East Sports Awards 2014.
This annual, televised event was held in Stockton on Tees for the first time at flagship leisure centre; Billingham Forum.
And that’s not the only first – this time the award ceremony took place on ice!
Wednesday 5 February saw the region’s most talented sportsmen and women descend on the newly refurbished Billingham Forum to find out who had been crowned this year’s winners.
The size of the event had doubled since last year with over 750 people enjoying entertainment from The Wildcats of Kilkenny, a figure skating show by Billingham Ice Skating Club and a thrilling ice hockey demonstration from Billingham Stars Ice Hockey Club.
Managing Director of Tees Active, Steve Chaytor, said: “We are thrilled that the BBC have brought these prestigious awards to Teesside and in particular, Billingham Forum. The atmosphere in the ice arena was electric and we are so proud to be part of the biggest and most attended North East Sports Awards to date.”
Look North presenters Jeff Brown and Dawn Thewlis hosted the ceremony, along with BBC Tees presenter, Alastair Brownlee.
The event celebrated the sporting successes of the North-East, with Middlesbrough Football Club, Newcastle Falcons, boxer Glenn McCrory and representatives from Durham County Cricket Club among the guests.
It recognised contributions across all elements of sport – from coaches to volunteers to elite performers and teams. Categories include Sports Personality of the Year, Disabled Sports Personality of the Year, Team of the Year, Unsung Hero and more.
BBC’s North East Sports Awards 2014 winners:
Junior Award- Shanice Davidson
Disabled Award- Josef Craig
Performance Awards- Ben Stokes/Garrick Porteous
Unsung Hero- Syd Robson
Team of the Year- Durham CCC
Inspiration Award-Gill Prescott
Jackie Milburn Award- Geoff Cook
Personality of the Year- Stuart Hall
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “Billingham Forum is a fantastic sporting facility and a perfect venue to welcome such a high calibre of sporting men and women”.
This prestigious event was organised by BBC North East, BBC Outreach, Sport England, Stockton Council and Tees Active Leisure.