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Suffolk Sports Awards 2017: Report, pictures and full list of winners

Adrian Last was named the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

Adrian Last was named the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

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The best of the county’s sporting talent was celebrated at the Suffolk Sports Awards at Kesgrave Hall, writes Elaine Anderson-Browne.

Jordan Catchpole was named the Archant Suffolk Young Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Jordan Catchpole was named the Archant Suffolk Young Sports Personality of the Year 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

Clay pigeon shooter Adrian Last was the big winner, as he was named Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year after a 12 months which has seen him win the Disabled Sitting High Gun at the English Open Sporting 2017, adding to his English, British and World Championships.

Last won the award ahead of fellow nominees Nathaniel Wilding (Paralympic powerlifting) and Steph Henratty (rugby).

Michael Hurlock was named Unsung Hero of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Michael Hurlock was named Unsung Hero of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

He said: “It was a privilege to be shortlisted and an honour to be named the Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year.

“After a successful year clay shooting in open competition and the disabled shooters group this is the icing on the cake, words can’t express what it means to me.

Tennis stalwart Shelagh Watts won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Tennis stalwart Shelagh Watts won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

“It is good to have a minority sport like clay pigeon shooting recognised.“

- Meet the nominees: Young Sports Personality, Unsung Hero and Coach of the Year

David Swales, left, won the Elena Baltacha Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. He's pictured with Elena's widower Nino Severino. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM David Swales, left, won the Elena Baltacha Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. He's pictured with Elena's widower Nino Severino. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

Para swimmer Jordan Catchpole was named the Archant Suffolk Young Sports Personality of the Year ahead of powerlifter Morgan Torrance Thomas and GB basketball star Esther Little.

Catchpole has broken World, European and British records this year, has been selected to swim for Great Britain and qualified for the Para Swimming World Championships in Mexico.

Emily Ison was named Coach of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Emily Ison was named Coach of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

He said “I feel proud to of been nominated for this award, and even more proud to have won it.

“The other nominees on the shortlist were both great athletes, who did really well this year, so to have won the award means a lot.”

Woolpit Cricket Club won club of the year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Woolpit Cricket Club won club of the year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

BBC Radio Suffolk Unsung Hero Award winner Michael Hurlock, 90, spent over 50 years promoting and supporting badminton and even converted a pre-war disused indoor swimming pool at his home in Wickham Market to provide a training facility for his Glevering Badminton Club.

- Meet the nominees: Sports Personality of the Year, Club of the Year and School of the Year

The Bury St Edmunds Junior Park Run won the People's Choice Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM The Bury St Edmunds Junior Park Run won the People's Choice Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

He said: “Whilst I am immensely proud, grateful and surprised to be selected as a winner, I believe everyone on every short list were all winners.

“To receive such an award at the age of 90 is such an honour, the trophy takes pride of place at Glevering Badminton Club.”

Birchwood Primary was named School of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM Birchwood Primary was named School of the Year at the Suffolk Sports Awards 2017. Picture: KEITH MINDHAM

Tracey Loynds, chair of Suffolk Sport, said: “The event recognises the hard work, determination, talent and support for sport and activity projects across the county.”

Roll of honour

The Harrod UK Sports Personality of the Year Award: Adrian Last (clay pigeon shooting)

Archant Young Sports Personality of the Year Award: Jordan Catchpole (para swimming)

The BBC Radio Suffolk Unsung Hero Award: Michael Hurlock (badminton)

Topcoach Academy Coach of the Year Award: Emily Ison (squash)

South Suffolk Leisure Club of the Year Award: Woolpit Cricket Club

Abbeycroft Leisure School of the Year Award: Birchwood Primary School

Active Waveney & Sentinel Leisure Lifetime Achievement Award: Sheelagh Watts (tennis)

The Elena Baltacha Award: David Swales

People’s Choice Community Showcase Award sponsored by Milsoms Kesgrave Hall: Bury St Edmunds Junior Park Run

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Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has suggested there will be several more ins and outs over the next month as he looks to really put his own stamp on the squad.

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Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski is close to signing a new, long-term contract with Ipswich Town.

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