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Salute to Wyre Forest's sporting heroes
A YEAR after London 2012 organisers promised to leave a sporting legacy across the country, the exploits and achievements of inspired Wyre Forest athletes will be celebrated.
It is the 34-year-old club which will be best represented at the ceremony as they will be named club of the year for the eighth time, with 70-year-old member John Maguire due to receive the senior male award.
Samurai’s founder Andrew Haffner will be presented with the unsung hero of the year award and the prize for junior sportswoman will go to Samurai member Bryony Griffiths.
In other categories, six-time Paralympic medal-winning swimmer Claire Cashmore will scoop the senior sportswoman prize for the second year running after building on her 2012 Paralympic Games success.
Long-time Kidderminster and Stourport Athletic Club servant Dave Stock will be honoured with the coach of the year award and the prestigious volunteer of the year prize will go to Sophie Jancey who helps at Stourport High School and Sixth Form Centre where she is a Year 11 pupil.
Wyre Forest Swimming Club and Dwarf Sports Association member Jessica Benyon will be named disabled sports personality of the year.
The junior sportsman of the year prize will go to 15-year-old Kidderminster sailor Crispin Beaumont.
Other groups to be recognised will be Kidderminster Tennis Club, who will collect the prize for most developed club, and the award for junior team of the year will be presented to Bewdley High School’s under-16 girls’ rugby team.
The annual celebration of Wyre Forest sport will feature opening and closing remarks from district council chairman Fran Oborski and cabinet member, Conservative councillor Ian Hardiman.
The category winners will automatically be entered into the annual Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports Partnership Awards on Thursday, November 14.
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