GOLDEN duo Nicola Adams and Alistair Brownlee scooped the top awards at the star-studded Leeds Sports Awards.
The city’s two gold medallists from the London 2012 Olympics were named Sportswoman and Sportsman Of The Year respectively at the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road.
A record number of 510 people attended the glitzy bash, an increase on the 374 that present in 2012.
Boxing sensation Adams edged out highly commended London 2012 cycling silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead in her category with triathlete star Brownlee beating off his younger brother and Summer bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee.
Another cycling ace, London Paralympics gold medallist David Stone, was named Disability Sportsman of the Year with double golden girl wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft winning the female category.
Leeds Rhinos, who sent a strong representation to the awards, were named Professional Team/Club of the Year with Harehills-based Bad Company Thai Boxing gym taking the Non-Professional Team/Club of the Year accolade.
Rhinos ace Kevin Sinfield was also named Professional Player of the Year.
Almost inevitably, the City Of Leeds Diving team were in the awards with Jack Laugher named Young Sportsman of the Year and Matty Lee named Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
The team were also named Young Team/Club of the Year with Adrian Hinchliffe and Edwin Jongejans also highly commended in the professional Performance Coach of the Year behind triathlon coaches Jack Maitland and Malcolm Brown.
In other highlights, swimming ace Sophie Taylor was named Young Sportswoman of the Year with another swimming star Danielle Bailey taking the Young Disability Performer of the Year award.
*For full reaction and pictures to Thursday night’s Leeds Sports Awards, don’t miss Lee Sobot’s Leeds Saturday sports page in the YEP.
Young Achievers (Under 18) - Young Sportsman of the Year: Jack Laugher, Highly Commended: Bailey Roberts; Young Sportswoman of the Year: Sophie Taylor, Highly Commended: Ellie Dooley; Young Disability Performer of the Year: Danielle Bailey, Highly Commended: Joshua Gardner; Young Team/Club of the Year City of Leeds Diving: GB Junior National Team, Highly Commended: City of Leeds Swimming Club Age & Youth Team, Highly Commended: The Grammar School at Leeds U16 Netball Team; Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Matty Lee, Highly Commended: Robert Etherington.
WINNERS IN FULL:
Senior Achievers (Over 18) - Sportsman of the Year: Alistair Brownlee, Highly Commended: Jonathan Brownlee; Sportswoman of the Year: Nicola Adams, Highly Commended: Lizzie Armitstead; Disability Sportsman of the Year: David Stone, Highly Commended: Harry Brown; Disability Sportswoman of the Year: Hannah Cockroft, Highly Commended: Claire Cashmore; Professional Team/Club of the Year: Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club. Non-Professional Team/Club of the Year: Bad Company Thai Boxing, Highly Commended: Leeds Metropolitan University Men’s Rugby League Club; Professional Player of the Year: Kevin Sinfield, Highly Commended: James Willstrop; Leeds City College Sports Personality of the Year: Joe Meszaros.
Special Contribution - Award for Student Sport: Mark Robinson, Highly Commended: Jenni Rishworth; Professional Participation Coach of the Year: Barry Peaden, Highly Commended: Frank Valentine; Professional Performance Coach of the Year: Jack Maitland & Malcolm Brown, Highly Commended: Adrian Hinchliffe & Edwin Jongejans, Highly Commended: Mick Hill;
Sports Volunteer of the Year: Michael Austin. Award for Service to P.E and School Sport: Mike Smith. Outstanding Service to Sport: John Hickey. Outstanding Community Sports Club; The Hunslet Club. Lifetime Achievement Award: Marjorie Carter.