Winners all round at awards night

PUBLISHED: 14:15 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 26 October 2009

OPENING SPEECH: Councillor Carl Storer, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield

OPENING SPEECH: Councillor Carl Storer, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield

SPORTING stars from the district were honoured at the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards. The annual event, organised by Welwyn Hatfield Council and supported by the WHTimes, was established to celebrate sporting successes and achievements through

SPORTING stars from the district were honoured at the 2007 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards.

The annual event, organised by Welwyn Hatfield Council and supported by the WHTimes, was established to celebrate sporting successes and achievements throughout the borough.

More than 50 nominations were received this year, covering such different sports as rugby, athletics, football, cricket, badminton, golf, sailing and swimming.

A panel of four judges met to pick the winners, who received their trophies on the night from Councillor Carl Storer, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, and respective invited guests, including former Coach of the Year Derek Beaumont and inaugural Sports Person of the Year champion Ian Miller.

Speaking at the event, Cllr Storer said: "Tonight we recognise and pay tribute to our talented sportsmen and women and the dedication of our sports clubs, volunteers, coaches and teachers.

"This award evening represents Welwyn Hatfield Council's high regard for the entire sports community of Welwyn Hatfield and indicates our commitment to the promotion and development of sport for all.

"The awards over the past four years have recognised a diverse array of achievements.

"These have ranged from county, regional and national athletes and teams, to individuals who have overcome personal adversity, to coaches and clubs who have worked tirelessly to enable other people to participate and be the best that they can be.

"All the nominees here tonight have already been recognised by others in the sporting community and are therefore winners in their own right.

"I would therefore like to congratulate all of the nominees and wish them every sporting success in the years to come.

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