HOPE VALLEY wheelchair basketball star Maddie Thompson has netted a top award.
Maddie, who was part of the Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team which competed at the 2012 Paralympics, was named the Origination Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at last week’s Derbyshire Sports Awards.
The 17-year-old and her GB team finished in seventh place at the London games, and also took fourth place at the Paralympic World Cup.
She received her award at a special ceremony held at the Roundhouse in Derby last Thursday, where the special guest of honour was Sally Gunnell OBE.
Sponsored by the University of Derby, the evening saw trophies awarded in 11 categories, as the county’s best and brightest sporting stars, coaches and volunteers gathered with other invited guests to celebrate another year of sporting success in Derbyshire and recognise the efforts of those involved in sport at grass roots level.
Whaley Bridge gymnast Jennifer Pinches, who was part of the GB women’s artistic gymnastics team which finished in sixth place in the final at the 2012 games, was among those at the event.
And Derbyshire Dales cycling star Annie Last, from Great Longstone, who took a superb eighth place in the women’s mountain biking competition at the 2012 Olympics, was crowned the University of Derby Sportsperson of the Year.
The awards are organised by Derbyshire Sport, a county sports partnership which provides the strategic lead for sport in Derbyshire.
Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “It is fantastic to see that Derbyshire has such a wealth of talented sports performers, great clubs and dedicated coaches and volunteers, who are all committed to improving sport in Derbyshire, and it is great to be able to recognise the dedication these people show and the contribution that they make.
“My congratulations go to each of the winners and I wish them many more years of sporting success.
“It was wonderful to see so many people join us at The Roundhouse to celebrate all that is great about sport in Derbyshire.”
The University of Derby was the title sponsor of the event, and other sponsors include the Derby Telegraph, Derby City Council, Origination, Derbyshire County Council, Cooper Parry, International Golf Development, Derby College, Active Derbyshire and Matrix.