Erewash stars honoured during annual awards night

Conor Edwards
Conor Edwards

The district’s top teams and volunteers have been honoured at the annual Ereswash Sports Awards

Andrew Hickingbotham and Robert Hudson jointly won the manager/coach of the year title in recognition of their achievements as joint head coaches of Ilkeston Swimming Club since their appointment two years ago.

They have transformed the club from one that was regularly finishing last in competition to one that is now seeing its swimmers thrive.

This year saw a record number of its swimmers gaining qualifying times for the County Championships.

There was more success in other championships and at the JC Dobbs Trophy Gala the club broke the points total scored by any other club in recent history,

BMW rider Myles Wildbore (8) won the junior sportsperson of the year honour.

He is now World Number 4 after taking part in the World Championships.

Myles races for Derby BMX Club and Derby Squared and also took part in the European Championships to become European Number 5.

He won the British National Series and also came first in the British Championships.

Ilkeston’s Conor Edwards (Taekwondo) won the sportsman of the Year

Conor has achieved multiple British, English, and Welsh national gold medals which led to his inclusion to represent GB at the Open Championships in Canada this year where he won a silver medal.

He also represented England at the World Championships in Italy where he became double world champion.

Conor trains three times a week at local clubs and with the England team in Loughborough.

Sandiacre Town Cricket Club were named team of the year after their continued their success from last year, which included being National Champions and Derbyshire Premier Cup winners.

The Erewash School Sport Partnership won an award for its This Girl Can initiative, which has encouraged hundreds, possibly thousands, of girls in Erewash to try an activity and think positively about physical activity as well as changing the perception of girls taking part in sport at school.

The Partnership has worked with 40 girls from four secondary schools who have become This Girl Can ambassadors.

The girls have delivered assemblies to over 1,000 pupils and designed their own video clips on the This Girl Can theme.

They also used a survey of local schools to help push forward numerous activities and positive changes within school sports departments – while also encouraging many girls to take part in activities outside school hours.