County awards for young stars

Rising star Katie Hesketh with Dennis Smith-Heart from NWL Chamber of Commerce.
Rising star Katie Hesketh with Dennis Smith-Heart from NWL Chamber of Commerce.

A WATER polo player from Lancaster has been awarded the rising star of the year at the MWR Lancashire Sports Awards 2011, which took place on November 25.

Katie Hesketh, who is a member of Lancaster ASWPC, received the accolade.

Katie, who has been selected for the GB Water Polo Team was voted player of the tournament at the junior European’s this year.

Katie also captained the North West region in the National Inter Region Competition, winning player of the tournament for the last two years.

It was a great evening for the district with Heysham High School Sports College being highly commended in the popular school of the year 2011 category and Sarah Boak of Lancaster City Council being awarded the young volunteer of the year award.

Sarah was awarded the accolade due to her role in organising intra-school rounders and hockey tournaments and the first Primary Schools’ Olympics Day.

Along with her volunteer work for the council, Sarah has also helped other local sports clubs and has clocked up 800 hours of volunteering in total.

The Lancaster award winners were among many clubs, coaches and sporting champions who were recognised at a glittering ceremony staged at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, hosted by Sky Sports news presenter and rugby league reporter Angela Powers.

The eight award categories and 74 nominees were judged by football legend Jimmy Armfield, Jane Booker of MWR Solicitors and Dave Edmondson from the Football League Trust.

The ceremony, sponsored by Preston-based MWR Solicitors, is celebrating its 10th year.

It brings together representatives from Lancashire’s 14 local authority districts to celebrate the achievements of the county’s most talented amateur sportsmen and women of all ages, and those who coach and support them.