Jamie, Aaron are sports champs

Award winner Aaron Hoodless
Award winner Aaron Hoodless

TWO top athletes from our area were among the winners at this year’s Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

Binbrook wheelchair athlete Jamie Carter won Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year and volleyball player Aaron Hoodless from West Barkwith was awarded the Young Sportsman of the Year title.

The awards ceremony at Lincolnshire Showground – hosted by BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker – attracted around 400 people.

Sixteen-year-old Jamie – who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was just 16 months old – has set British records in 200m and 800m wheelchair racing and won a host of gold medals.

He said: “I feel good about winning – I didn’t know what to expect because there were some strong contenders. It really means a lot to me.”

Volleyball player Aaron is the only player from Lincolnshire to represent a National League team this year (Nottingham Rockets Under 18s) and has won several Most Valuable Player awards.

He said: “I’m over the moon, I really didn’t expect to win. I was just completely shocked when I heard my name, I was lost for words.”

The awards, organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, recognise sportsmen and women, volunteers and coaches, and individuals involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership chief executive Janet Inman said: “We have had excellent comments following the awards and I am delighted that everyone had an enjoyable night.”