Liam is Sportsperson of the Year

English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford
English International Open Table Tennis Championships at EIS Sheffield ''Chesterfield's Liam Pitchford

Table tennis star Liam Pitchford has been named Sportsperson of the Year at the Derbyshire Sports Awards.

The Chesterfield Olympic hope, 18, smashed the competition to scoop the prize sponsored by the University of Derby, at a ceremony on Friday.

Professor John Coyne, university vice-chancellor, presented the trophy to Liam’s sister, Laura Pitchford, as he is currently in Bahrain competing at the World Junior Championships.

The evening saw trophies awarded in 12 categories, as the county’s best and brightest sporting stars, coaches and volunteers gathered to celebrate another year of success in Derbyshire and recognise the efforts of those involved in sport at grassroots level.

Other local winners include: Daryl Hone, a volunteer at Colin Deaton Table Tennis Club, Chesterfield, won The Derby Telegraph Service to Sport Award.

Shirebrook Rangers FC won the Cooper Parry Club of the Year.

Football coach Laurisa Robson, of Bolsover, won the Derbyshire County Council Young Sports Leader/Young Coach of the Year.

Wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson, from High Peak, won the University of Derby Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

Footballer Mason Bennett, from Bolsover, won the International Golf Development Junior Sportsman of the Year

Swimmer Molly Renshaw, from Amber Valley, won the Derby City Council Junior Sportswoman of the Year.

Swimmer and boccia player Ellie Bamber, of High Peak, won the Origination Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Table tennis coach Phil Vickers, from Erewash, won Derby College Coach of the Year

Betfair Ltd won The Derbyshire 2012 Sport Sponsorship Award for its support of Chesterfield 7 District Athletics Club via the Cash 4 Clubs scheme

The awards in Derby were organised by Derbyshire Sport partnership. Guests met Olympic mascot ‘Wenlock’and enjoyed a performance by Derbyshire tenor Thomas Spencer-Wortley and an exhibition of ceramic flower installations by London 2012 Cultural Olympiad artist Paul Cummins, from Chesterfield.