Bedford’s sporting champions including athletes, coaches and clubs have been given a high five at this year’s Bedford Sports Awards which celebrate their dedication, hard work and success over the past year.
Over 90 nominations were received across 10 categories, with a panel of 18 judges deciding on this year’s final winners who gathered at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday night.
Judging is a tough job, taking into account the massive variety of size, profile and resources available for Bedford’s local clubs, individuals and teams to make sure that all nominations have an equal chance of winning.
The Sports Personality of the Year Award went to Alex Edwards for his achievements in Freestyle Kayak, representing Great Britain at the highest level and achieving the title of World Cup Champion 2018.
The other category winners were:
- Sports Club of the Year: Riverside Tennis Club (Tennis)
- Community Sports Award: The Salvation Army (Football)
- Sporting School of the Year: Goldington Academy
- Junior Sports Personality of the Year (17 or Under): Frankie Johnson (Athletics)
- Special Commended (Junior Sports Personality): Maddie Axford (Hockey)
- Young Sports Volunteer of the Year (joint winners): Amelia White and Multi Sports
- Young Sports Volunteer of the Year (joint winners): Jena Theed and Netball & Disability Horse Riding
- Sports Team of the Year: Bedford Hockey Club Girls’ Under 16s (Hockey)
- Sports Admin/Club Person of the Year: Dee Paterson of Multi Sports
- Sports Coach of the Year: Sam Brightman (Netball)
- Disability Sports Award: Varun Bandi (Wheelchair Athletics)
Speaking about their wins, Jean Fitch at Bedford Hockey Club said: “Bedford Hockey Club are immensely proud of the Club’s youngsters in winning the Sports Team of the Year Award, and of Maddie Axford’s Special Commended. We are delighted that they have been formally recognised for their dedication and amazing achievement throughout the season.”
The event is organised by Bedford Borough Council. Cllr Sarah-Jayne Gallagher, Portfolio for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council said: “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s Sports Awards. These Awards have been running locally for over 20 years, and it’s always fantastic to see the range of nominations that come in and hear about the commitment and achievements of local athletes, teams, clubs and coaches.”