Ace 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 University of Derby 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.

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.”

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