Record Breaking Year For Leeds Sports Awards

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The 2015 Leeds Sports Awards finalists have been announced and there’s no doubt that this year will have to go the distance to surpass what an amazing year it was for this talented sporting city.

Not only did 2014 see unrivalled success at the Commonwealth Games for our Leeds athletes and the unforgettable Tour de France Grand Depart, the year has also seen a record-breaking number of Leeds Sports Awards Nominations, with 273 entries put forward.

After much discussion, the judging panel have now whittled the vast number of nominees down to the shortlist of finalists. They will all be looking forward to the awards dinner at New Dock Hall in Leeds, on Thursday March 5.

The awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the inspirational achievements of the city’s sporting stars.

Stewart Ross, Chairman of Sport Leeds, said: “Choosing the finalists proved an incredibly difficult task this year in particular, mainly because of the breadth and depth of talent available to us as a result of the huge increase in nominations. There were so many strong contenders in each category, and reading through the citations we received made it clear just how much fantastic work is taking place in our city’s sporting community.”

Tim Scott, Senior Community Life Co-ordinator at Asda said: “As title sponsor of the awards this year we are thrilled that our local stores have had an opportunity to recognise their own sporting hero. It will be a great night which will provide a chance to celebrate the often unsung heroes in our local communities who spend their own time and effort helping to make sport happen for those around them”.

Tickets for the awards dinner are still available, with prices starting from £30. Visit or email for more information.

The awards are split into three categories Young Achievers, Senior Achievers and Special Contribution, and this year will see the introduction of the special Asda Sporting Hero award.

Leeds Sports Awards 2015 – Finalist List

Young Achievers – Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University

Young Sportswoman 

Alicia Blagg

Lois Toulson

Young Sportsman 

Jacob Fincham-Dukes

Loukas Jones

Matty Lee

Young Disability Sportsperson 

Danielle Bailey

Izzy Palmer

Kizzy Blue Wade

Young Club/Team

City of Leeds Age Group Swimming Team

Grammar School at Leeds U16 Netball Team

Oulton Raiders Under 15 Invaders

Junior Sportsperson U14 – In association with Breeze

Alexandra Turner

Jake Johnson

Joe Fairburn

Senior Achievers – Sponsored by Provident 


Laura Weightman

Nicola Adams MBE

Rebecca Gallantree

Vicky Holland


Alistair Brownlee MBE

Jack Laugher

Josh Warrington

Nile Wilson

Sportswoman – Disability 

Hannah Cockroft MBE

Penny Andrews

Sophie Carrigill

Sportsman – Disability 

Ali Jawad

Antony Cotterill

Kim Daybell

Club/Team – Professional 

Hunslet Hawks RLFC

Leeds Rhinos RLFC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Club/Team – Non Professional 

City of Leeds Diving- England Commonwealth Divers

Leeds Gymnastics Club

Special Contribution – Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University

Student Sport

Beth Picott

Leeds Beckett University Hockey Club


Adrian Hinchliffe

Andrew Henderson

Dave Murray

Gary Donoughue

Richard Denigan

Sport Volunteer

Amy Walker

Ann Hart

John Johnson

Services to PE & School Sport 

Andrew Morley

Graham Thornton

Laura Singleton

Penny Speers

Outstanding Service to Sport

Dennis Nicholson

Asda Sporting Hero – Sponsored by Asda

Ashleigh Long

Lee Clegg

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