Time to vote for your Sports Personality of the Year

Kidderminster Shuttle: Archery: Naomi Folkard Archery: Naomi Folkard

THE SHUTTLE can reveal our short-list for Sports Personality of the Year.

We’ve had to whittle down the final five from a long list of Wyre Forest folk who have excelled.

First up is three-time Paralympic swimming star Claire Cashmore, who won her first-ever relay gold medals at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, as well as individual silver and bronze medals.

Next up is Bewdley sailor Alison Young, who put the finishing touches on an excellent year at the European Championships by winning bronze – her first major tournament medal.

The 26-year-old also recorded a string of World Cup and EUROSAF circuit podium finishes which have kick-started her road to Rio 2016 in the Laser Radial class.

Triathlete Jacqui Phillips has also continued her excellent form.

She successfully defended her European sprint gold in the her age age section and recorded her best-ever result at the World Sprint Championships, taking silver in London.

Kidderminster-based archer Naomi Folkard also reminded everyone of her abilities.

For the 13th year in a row she topped the UK target rankings, won gold at a World Cup event in Marrakesh.

But her biggest success was at the World Games in Colombia where she was dominant in the field archery section. Such was the 30-year-old’s success, she won back her lottery funding.

Finally, Kidderminster martial arts instructor Justin Thomas has shown excellence on the mat.

The 43-year-old from Young Gloves Karate Club saw 30 years of dedication come to fruition when he received his fourth dan and a national coaching award. He also helped raise more than £5,000 for local charities.

To support your favourite go to our sport section at www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk and start voting. The deadline is 4pm on Thursday, February 13.

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