And the winner is ... Nottingham Rowing Club pick up three at the City Sports Awards Night

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Sunday, 23 November 2014 17:07 Written by Administrator

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The Nottingham City Council Sports Awards 2014 took place at the Council House on November 20th, hosted by Councillor David Trimble, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture. The Awards, sposored by Speedo, are aimed at 'Recognising and rewarding a wealth of talent and dedication to sport'.

Nottingham Rowing Club were up for three awards and were represented by Club President Keith Atkinson, Kirsty Maxfield and Laura Champion from the High Performance Women's Squad, and Dez Atkins, Club Chief Coach.

After an excellent Indian meal provided by Cumin Restaurant, 15 awards were presented, with three going to Nottingham RC.

Team of the Year sponsored by fastgraphics - this award recognises a team, with members aged 18 and over, that has demonstrated success or dedication in sport, based on their results, team spirit and achievements in the past year.

The award went to Nottingham Rowing Club Women - the City said "They have had an outstanding season winning at local, national and international level. These top class wins, including Women's Henley, Henley Masters, U23 World Silver and Commonwealth Games silver and bronze, represent success across the whole age range. In addition to their strong competitive spirit the girls have shown commitment to community involvement. They rowed 124 miles over four days from Oxford to Putney and raised over £6,000 for Comic Relief". Kirsty and Laura collected the award.

Amateur Club of the Year sponsored by NET - this award recognises an amateur club that serves its community by providing sport or physical activity of the highest standard.

The award went to Nottingham Rowing Club - the City said: "With 65 winter wins and nearly 100 summer wins, Nottingham Rowing Club has exceeded 1,000 wins since it was established in 2006. The winter wins were a record for the club. The club also produced 13 internationals representing Team GB at Senior and Junior level who returned with two gold, three silver and three bronze medals. They also performed in the Commonwealth games in Glasgow". Keith and Dez collected the award.

Sports Person of the Year sponsored by Speedo - this award recognises a person who has demonstrated outstanding success or achievement in sport or physical activity this year.

Grace Clough picked up the award. The City said - "She joined Nottingham Rowing Club in 2013, she trialled for the GB Paralympics mixed coxed four. In June she won Gold in her first race in Varese, Italy. She won Gold in the World Cup in France and in September became the World Champion in Amsterdam - all in one year of rowing". Dez collected the award as Grace was training, but only after we were treated to a video of Grace receiving her medal as the National Anthem was played.

"It was a historic night for Nottingham Rowing Club", said President Keith Atkinson. "It was the first time that the club has been shortlisted by our City, and to  win three awards on the night was fantastic, as was the way we were looked after - a great meal, inspirational company and recognition by the City. We will carry the awards with great pride. Thanks to all concerned."