Trio up for sports awards honour

GOLDEN MOMENT -- Andy Turner after winning gold in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in India
GOLDEN MOMENT -- Andy Turner after winning gold in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games in India

GOLD medallist Andy Turner is not the only Hucknall sportsman in line for for an accolade at the 2011 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards on Monday night (February 21).

After his exploits last year, Turner has been nominated for the outstanding achievement award — alongside household names such as golfer Lee Westwood, cricketers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and county cricket champions Notts CCC.

But lesser-known, unsung heroes Karen Cresswell, Andrew Zawadzki and Daniel Yates are also competing for recognition at the ceremony, which is being held at The Becket School in West Bridgford.

Cresswell, who is the guru at Hucknall Town Netball Club, is up for the community coach of the year award thanks to her “wholehearted commitment” to the development of youngsters and adults. She is also involved with county and regional teams.

Zawadzki, who is a member of Hucknall Falcon Swimming Club, has been nominated for the disabled sportsperson of the year award. He is renowned as one of the best disabled swimmers in the country, winning seven gold medals at the junior national championships, and is hoping to compete at the Paralympic Games next year in London.

Yates, who is the former assistant manager of the Hucknall Sports soccer school, is hoping to land the junior coach of the year award. Praised for his “meticulous session-planning” and “excellent rapport with children”, he coached more than 40 youngsters at the Sunday morning school and has now taken up a paid coaching position with a local agency.