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Wembley heroes lead Suffolk star parade

PUBLISHED: 10:31 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town Football Club's stunning achievements in reaching the national FA Vase Final at Wembley were recognised at a glittering ceremony.

The Blues collected the senior team of the year award during the prestigious Suffolk Sports Awards evening in Ipswich on Sunday.

LOWESTOFT Town Football Club's stunning achievements in reaching the national FA Vase Final at Wembley were recognised at a glittering ceremony.

The Blues collected the senior team of the year award during the prestigious Suffolk Sports Awards evening in Ipswich on Sunday.

And there was further joy for talented teenagers, top teams, coaches and unsung heroes from Waveney who also collected prizes.

But it was new chairman Gary Keyzor and some of the first team squad members from Lowestoft Town who were celebrating, after beating off fierce competition from Ipswich Wolves Futsal team and Ipswich Hockey Club women's indoor first team to collect the Touchline Sports senior team of the year award from John Clough, Director of Suffolk Sport.

And in doing so, they made it a top double for teams from the town - as last year's winners were Lowestoft Ladies indoor hockey team.

In winning their category, The Blues received a £100 cheque, perpetual trophy, glass trophy to keep and a framed certificate. Talented teams and individuals from across the district were also honoured. Kirkley High School U16 girls football team were named runners up in the Harrod UK junior team of the year category (receiving a £50 cheque and framed certificate). This category was won by Suffolk FA's U18 football team, for whom three Lowestoft-based players represented.

Swimming sensation Ellis Jackson was highly commended runner-up for her exploits as she was awarded a cheque for £25 and a framed certificate in the Hunters Land Rover, Ipswich Young Sports Personality of the year award, which was won by Javelin star Matti Mortimore.

The Suffolk Disability Sports Academy Contribution to Disability Sport Award went to “an amazing” Claire O'Brien-Ellington from Ipswich Charioteers Wheelchair Football Club.

She beat strong competition from Lowestoft-based Alan Taylor, from the Warren School, who was also a highly commended runner-up who collected a £25 cheque and framed certificate.

Jane Jiggins, from Waveney Roller Skating Club, received a highly commended award in the Sport 4 Suffolk Coach of the year award,

There was also a question and answer session with three of Suffolk's Olympians and Paralympian - Sharon Hunt (Bronze Medalist 3 Day Eventing), Jo Ellis (Hockey Player) and Brian Alldis (Wheelchair Racer).

Clubmark presentations were also awarded, with Lowestoft Youth Netball Club, Beccles Bombers Basketball Club and Rookery Park Golf Club the local clubs honoured.

Step into Sport Presentations were also made, and from Waveney, Paul Holmes collected his Silver Award (and goodies) for 100 volunteer hours.

Paul's placement is at St Benets Wasps FC through Phil Woolnough at Suffolk FA.

Delighted with how the evening went, Chloe McMorran, the sports development officer for Suffolk Sport, said: “The evening was a great success, we had around 300 people in attendance, celebrating the achievements of Suffolk's fantastic Sports Personalities, teams, schools, coaches, clubs and unsung heroes.

“It was both an honour & privilege to organise the Suffolk Sport Awards, recognising those people that do so much for sport in the county, region and country.

“Some people's stories have been truly inspirational and it was great to be able to recognise these as well as celebrate them,” she added.

Echoing those sentiments, Jane Lewis, the assistant sports & leisure development officer for Waveney District Council, said: “Personally I must say that the overall organiser, Chloe McMorran (supported by her manager and team colleagues), produced an excellent event!

“Everyone was very impressed - there were lots of nice compliments - and it all ran smoothly, so well done Chloe and all who supported her!”

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