Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford shortlisted for Derbyshire Sports Awards

Olympian Liam Pitchford
Olympian Liam Pitchford

Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford is one of four medallists who shone at this summer’s Commonweath Games in the race for the top honour at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards.

He and fellow Team England members Adam Peaty, Liam Pitchford, Caroline Povey and Will Sharman all climbed the rostrum in Glasgow and now make up the final shortlist in the Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Table tennis ace Liam took two silver medals, in the team and mixed doubles for England and also claimed an individual bronze in Scotland – his country’s first ever able-bodied athlete to do so in the event’s history.

The 21-year old also reached a world ranking of 44, bettering that of any England player for several years, and now plays professionally in Germany for Ochenisan.

Liam is among the shortlisted athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers revealed across the final eight categories ahead of the Awards night at The Roundhouse, Derby on November 6.

Last week, it was revealed Chesterfield College and Rykneld Homes Ltd are two of the three finalists in the Moore Large Active Workplace Award category.

Also in the frame in the Derbyshire County Council Young Sports Leader/Young Coach of the Year category are Bolsover district duo Robert Martin and Zoe Spence.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne, said: “It’s been another year of sporting excellence across Derbyshire and it’s great to see these Awards honour in unison inspirational athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and organisations from grass roots through to elite level.”

Event organisers Derbyshire Sport resurrected the awards in 2006 in recognition of the importance of paying tribute to the wealth of sporting talent in the county.

District awards ceremonies have been held across the county, with winners from each district going forward to be considered for the Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Cllr Paul Smith, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “There’s been some superb success stories across the county that have come to light during the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards process, and every nominee who has made the final shortlist has done fantastically well.”

LATEST LIST OF FINALISTS:

University of Derby Sportsperson of the Year

Adam Peaty (Swimming)

Liam Pitchford (Table Tennis)

Caroline Povey (Shooting)

Will Sharman (Athletics)

Morley Hayes Golf Club Professional Sportsperson of the Year

Jake Buxton (Derby County Football Club)

Mark Footitt (Derbyshire County Cricket Club)

University of Derby Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

David Ellis (Amber Valley – Paratriathlon)

Max Foord (Amber Valley – Powerlifting)

Huub Design Junior Sportsman of the Year

Harvey Martin (Amber Valley – Sailing)

Bradley Moore (Derby – Golf)

Derby City Council Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Hollie Smith (Amber Valley – Archery)

Abbie Wood (High Peak – Swimming)

Origination Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Alex King (Erewash – Swimming)

Lewis White (South Derbyshire – Swimming)

Derby County Football Club Team of the Year

Draycott and Long Eaton Table Tennis Club Junior Girls (Erewash – Table Tennis)

Derby Trailblazers Basketball Club (Derby – Basketball)

Matrix Fitness Performance Coach of the Year

Andi Manley (South Derbyshire – Swimming)

Melanie Marshall (Derby – Swimming)