Vote for your Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year

Last year's winner, Jack Somers, left

Last year's winner, Jack Somers, left - Credit: Archant

Some of the region’s brightest sporting stars have been nominated for the prestigious title of Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year – and you can help pick the winner.

Olympic swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn, Paralympic hand-cyclist Brian Alldis, England international cricketer Reece Topley, young England rugby star Lewis Ludlam and motor racing talent Josh Webster will all battle for the title at the annual awards dinner at Trinity Park on November 13. The winner will be picked using public text voting for just the second time.

John Clough, director of Suffolk Sport, said: “It’s fantastic for the public to realise the amount of sporting talent we have within the county, with this year seeing England internationals, Olympians, Paralympians, and world medal winners vying to become the Sports Personality 2015. It’s now up to the public to make this very difficult decision.”

Topley, 21, from Ipswich, is a product of the Essex youth system, and has recently signed for Hampshire. The 6ft 7ins paceman recently made his T20 debut against Australia and was picked for the national limited overs sides for the upcoming series with Pakistan in the UAE.

Walker-Hebborn, 25, who went to school in Bury St Edmunds, competed for Team GB at the London 2012 games.

But it was last year that he really broke through on an international stage, winning two Commonwealth Games golds and three European titles, including his favoured 100m backstroke. This year he was a key part of the GB team which broke the mixed medley world record.

Racing driver Webster, 21, is the current Porsche Carrera Cup scholar and became the youngest-ever winner of the championship in his first year racing in the cup.

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Ipswich-born Ludlam, 19, was England’s player of the tournament at the 2015 World U20 Rugby Championship. A former student at St Joseph’s College, the back row has been tipped to star for the full England team. Finally Bury’s Alldis, 29, competed in wheelchair racing in the 2008 Paralympics and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He switched to handcycling in 2011 and won the London Handcycle event this year, as well as defending his national road race title.

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