THE city's leading individual sports stars take centre stage in the latest shortlists for the 2016 Active York Sports Awards.
The achievements of some of the Minster city's most talented athletes will be recognised at the dinner at the University of York on Thursday, March 17.
The awards are being organised by Active York – the city’s sport and active leisure partnership working to encourage people to be more active more often – and backed by The Press.
Award categories, which will honour sporting excellence, volunteers and workplaces, include: Young Male Sportsperson, Young Female Sportsperson, Young Disabled Sportsperson, Team/Club Award, Student Sportsperson, Sportsman, Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Active In York, Outstanding Achievement and Active School of the Year.
The awards are judged by members of the Active York board, which includes sporting partners from across the city.
The leading nominees in each category (below) have been invited to attend the Active York Sports Awards dinner.
Tickets are now available for this year’s Active York Sports Awards, which are taking place at the Roger Kirk Centre, University of York, on Thursday, March 17.
Tickets are priced £40 each, which includes a three-course meal and entry to the awards ceremony, which is hosted by BBC Sport’s Tanya Arnold.
To book tickets, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07774 408346.
Active York Sports Awards shortlists
Sportsman of the Year
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Scott Lincoln (City of York Athletic Club) - Scott's 2015 shot put roll of honour included gold at the Northern Indoor Championship, silver at the UK Indoor Championship, and then outdoors he won the Yorkshire Championship, Northern Championship, England Under-23 Championship and England Senior Championship before a personal best of 18.54 metres earned him gold at the UK Championship.
Scott Snowden (York VX Club) - Scott had a spectacular 2015 which saw him finish as runner-up in the National V2 (singles) final before winning the World Cup and representing England as captain in an international against Uganda.
Tom Somers (City of York Athletic Club) - Tom's best 200 metres indoor time of 2015 - 21.17 seconds - placed him sixth in the overall rankings. He won the 60 metres and 200 metres at the Northern Under-20s Indoor Championship and took first place in the 200 metres representing England seniors in Vienna. His season was ended by a hamstring injury at the National Senior Indoor Championship.
Sportswoman of the Year
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Sally Downing (York City Rowing Club) - One of the elite group of juniors being monitored by British Rowing, Sally finished fourth in the double sculls at the World Junior Championship in Rio and she won a bronze medal in the double sculls rowing for Great Britain at the Munich International Junior Regatta.
Hannah Howitt (University of York) - Hannah finished third in the British Triathlon Championship in 2015 and also represented GB at the European Triathlon Championship. She was also the women's swimming captain at the University of York Swimming & Water Polo Club.
Sarah Parsons (City of York Athletic Club) - The discus thrower made a remarkable comeback in 2015 after a serious ankle injury, improving her personal best by four metres to 44 metres. She won the silver medal at the Yorkshire and Northern championships, finished in the top ten at the British University Championship, finished fourth at the UK Under-23 Championship and finished the season ranked fourth in the UK after winning the Under-23 event at the Leira International.
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
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Laura Campbell (York Disability Tennis Network) - Laura won gold in the ladies singles and mixed doubles representing Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Kelly Cronin (York Disability Tennis Network) - Kelly added the North East Open title and Yorkshire Championship to her roll of honour. She was unable to compete at the National Championship, but she is the only B1 player in the country to have won every tournament she has entered and never lost a competitive match.
Nathan Jackson (University of York Futsal Club) - Despite suffering from profound deafness, Nathan has become a key player in the University of York Futsal Club's team in the Super League North Division, the highest standard of futsal in the country. Nathan also competed in the Deaf Champions League in Spain for Doncaster Deaf Trust FC. His efforts earned him a call-up to an England Men's National Deaf Squad training camp.
Student Sportsperson of the Year
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Steph Clutterbuck (Great Britain rowing squad) - Steph is on course to represent Great Britain at the World Under-23 Championship this year after a superb 2015. She qualified for the 'H' final at the British Championship, competing against Olympians. Steph finished in the top 15 under-23 rowers in the first two rounds of Great Britain trials in a single scull.
Alex Ingham (University of York badminton) - Alex is credited with almost single-handedly dragging the University of York badminton first team to the top of the league and into the quarter-finals of the cup. Alex also plays football and futsal for the university.
Beth Richards (University of York Swimming & Water Polo Club) - Beth is president of the University of York Swimming & Water Polo Club and is a key goalscorer for the university waterpolo team, while also playing for Liverpool in the National League.
Active in York
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Dawn Hunter (York Disabled Tennis Network) - Dawn has been an inspiration to others with the way she has taken to wheelchair tennis, pushing her body to the limit. Dawn says the sport has changed her life and she is keen to encourage others to take part.
Dan Jones (St Wilfrid's Primary School) - Head of sport Dan Jones has won praise from parents and colleagues for trying to involve all pupils in a range of sporting activities, regardless of their age or ability.
Felicity Jones (multiple) - Inspirational 11-year-old Felicity is involved in football, dodgeball, cross country, athletics, hockey, rugby and cricket, encouraging others to take part in sport.