Sports stars shine for Bolsover

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BOLSOVER district is celebrating its best year for its top sports stars and clubs as four individuals and one team from the region have been recognised for their achievements at a county level.

Out of the nine awards presented at the annual Derbyshire Sports Awards, four featured athletes, a young sports leader and a club based within Bolsover District were recognised.

Mason Bennett, Langwith, Laurisa Robson, Bolsover, Jon Hall, Clowne, Jack Griffiths, Bolsover, and Shirebrook Rangers, Shirebrook, were all recognised for their achievements and success over the past twelve months in their respective sports and progressive clubs.

Junior Sportsman of the Year winner Mason Bennett was one of the most outstanding achievers. He attends Shirebrook Academy and plays for Derby County Football Club in the U16’s team and was the academy’s player of the year for the 2010-11 season.

Last October Mason made his senior debut as a substitute for the reserves team at the age of just 14, making him the youngest debutant in the club’s history. He has also been on the bench for the teams first team.

Since turning 15 only a few months ago Mason has been offered a 5 year professional contract with Derby County Football Club.

Mason has continued to excel and his commitment and hard work saw him rewarded with a call up to represent England and play in the U17 team.

Mason participated in the Nordic tournament in Iceland and marked his first start for the three lions with a goal in the 1-1 draw against Norway.

Mason was included in the Derby County squad for the clubs Carling Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town and also came off the bench in the Bass Charity Vase final against Burton Albion.

Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, Cllr Ann Syrett, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for these sports stars and clubs and it is an acknowledgement for all their hard work and dedication over the past year. I want to congratulate them all on their achievements and wish them all the best for 2012 and beyond.

“However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sports stars and performers in our District.

“We have a number of other talented individuals and clubs and we do everything we can to help support and develop them along with those who play sport just for the enjoyment and fun of playing with their mates.

“2012 is set to be the biggest sporting year the country has ever seen and we will hopefully see some of the District’s home grown talent on show at the Olympics and Paralympics – making 2012 the best we have seen to date.”

For more information or to follow the progress of Mason, Laurisa, Jon and Jack please visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/sports-stars

Below is more information about other winners and runners up:

Mason Bennett – Winner - Junior Sportsman of the Year

Mason attends Shirebrook Academy and plays for Derby County Football Club in the U16’s team and was the academy’s player of the year for the 2010-11 season.

Last October Mason made his senior debut as a substitute for the reserves team at the age of just 14, making him the youngest debutant in the club’s history. He has also been on the bench for the teams first team.

Since turning 15 only a few months ago Mason has been offered a 5 year professional contract with Derby County Football Club.

Mason has continued to excel and his commitment and hard work saw him rewarded with a call up to represent England and play in the U17 team.

Mason participated in the Nordic tournament in Iceland and marked his first start for the three lions with a goal in the 1-1 draw against Norway.

Mason was included in the Derby County squad for the clubs Carling Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town and also came off the bench in the Bass Charity Vase final against Burton Albion.

Laurisa Robson – Winner - Young Sports Leader/Coach of the Year

Laurisa is 17 years old and attends Netherthorpe School. Laurisa gives up her time to coach and lead a number of activities.

Last October she was selected from 3500 people to travel to Trinidad and Tobago to help coach Football.

She was one of only four people in the country to be selected as part of the FA’s International Football Futures Programme.

She had to attend a number of conferences and camps and had an interview at Wembley before being chosen.

The last year has seen Laurisa complete her Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football and she was also part of the Bolsover Leadership and Coaching Academy.

In addition, she was selected to be an Adistar Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Shirebrook Rangers Football Club – Winner - Club of the Year

Shirebrook Rangers boasts a staggering 15 teams running at various age groups, including an adult and a girls team.

Towards the end of 2010 the club attained the FA Charter Standard Community Club status, the only club of its kind within the Bolsover District and in January this year saw the club become Chesterfield Football Club’s official feeder club.

In August the club was awarded the Derbyshire FA’s Community Club of the Year award, where they were up against over 400 clubs throughout the county.

Jon Hall – Runner up - Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Wheelchair Basketball player Jon Hall from Clowne is a member of the Great Britain’s Wheelchair Basketball team. This last year has seen him compete at the Paralympic World Cup where the team won a bronze medal, beating Brazil 63-43.

Jon has also helped his team, the Wolverhampton Rhino’s win the Super League, where the team remained undefeated during the whole 2010-11 campaign.

Jack Griffiths – Runner Up - Junior Sportsman of the Year

Bolsover School student Jack competes in Karate & Kickboxing. Yet again over the last 12 months he has continued to add to his medals and titles tally.

Last September he won the under 12 world weapons hard style title as well as picking up two silver medals in the open hand competition and another silver in the under 16 weapons and open hand category.

In February Jack won a gold medal at the Irish International Open and also won four international titles at both under 12 and under 16 level at the Austrian World Cup. April saw Jack win further titles ay the Judgement day international at Ponds Forge.