Young Stars of the Future Rewarded

A picturesque countryside hotel saw young athletes rewarded for all their hard work and dedication.

Slaley Hall in Northumberland hosted the North East Disability Sports Awards for 2016.

This event honours young athletes, coaches, schools and volunteers across the North East for all the good work they do for their communities.

Male Personality of the Year Matt Wylie receiving his award.

Community sports groups from, Durham, Newcastle and the Tees Valley worked in support with Active Northumberland on the night.

European and British Paralympic swimmer Matt Wylie won the male personality of the year award, whilst Paralympic Wheelchair racer Jade Jones, received the female personality of the year after a successful 2016 in which she become UK number 1.

Matt Wylie said: ” I am so happy to receive this award, I love swimming it is everything for me so it is great to have this recognition for something I enjoy so much.”


Team of the year was won by Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club, who were crowned champions of the North East Football League during 2016.

One Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club member saying a few words after receiving the team of the year award.

Ros Miller was awarded coach of the year after coaching her son to bronze medal success at the Rio Paralympics last summer.

Recognition for hard work was not the only agenda, a three course meal was provided for guests alongside entertainment from musical group the Twisting Ducks.

The Twisting Ducks.

The night was a great success, Jean Lordon from community group Tees Valley Sport said: ” It is great to see so many individuals and clubs from the North East being rewarded for their success, we have a lot of talented athletes and this event shows publicity for disabled sport is growing”.




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