Scarborough’s sporting stars are honoured

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic Club’s Sue Lawal has been named Coach of the Year.

The club’s head coach has had a superb 12 months, capped by her appointment by the UK Athletics Association as a regional mentor, whch sees her assisting many athletes in the area with their coaching and development in the sport.

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Newby & Scalby Primary School pupil Spencer Kelly, seven, collected the Special Achievement Award. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758p   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Newby & Scalby Primary School pupil Spencer Kelly, seven, collected the Special Achievement Award. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758p 24/11/11

As head coach of Scarbrough AC, Sue devotes up to five days of coaching and officiating a week in the summer season. She coaches young athletes at Scarborough and her home-town of Pickering.

Her coaching has helped her group of athletes finish as runners-up in the Young Athletes second division, and some of these youngsters have gone on to represent the senior team and helped them gain promotion as league champions, several of the athletes going on to compete for the county.

Local football and cricket stalwart Eric Comery, 76, won the Service to Sport award.

The former football referee and ex-Scarborough and District FA secretary is still active as a cricket umpire and is a life member of the local FA.

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

Comery refereed football games for 34 years and in 1969-70 was promoted to the Football League linesmans’ list, which he remained on for two seasons.

In a variety of positions he has been involved in local football and cricket for 61 years.

Newby & Scalby Primary School pupil Spencer Kelly, seven, collected the Special Achievement Award.

Partially sighted Spencer hit the headlines earlier this year for his performance in the North of England Boots Opticians’ Actionnaires’ Athletics Event, which was run by Action for Blind People in Sheffield.

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

Spencer is a member of the local Actionnaires club, which is a multi-sports centre for blind and partially sighted children.

Amanda Lee, of Scarborough Table Tennis Club, scooped the Volunteer of the Year award.

Amanda, who unfortunately was unable to attend the event, has been a stalwart of the club for many years.

She is at the centre most days of the week and took over the club chairperson role four years ago. Her dedication as a volunteer at the table tennis club, and also at Kingfishers Swimming Club, has helped both clubs thrive.

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  114758   24/11/11

Sports Awards, presented by Mitch Cook. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114758 24/11/11

Amanda and Sue both received £100 bursaries from sponsors North Yorkshire Sport.