2015 Leeds Sports Awards: Rivals left in shade by evergreen Gallantree

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EVERGREEN Rebecca Gallantree stole the show at the 2015 Leeds Sports Awards as the City Of Leeds Diving Club scooped five out of a possible six awards.

Held at a glitzy ceremony attended by 662 excited guests at New Dock Hall, triathlete Alistair Brownlee beat off fierce competition to land the Sportsman Of The Year accolade – ahead of boxing star Josh Warrington, gymnast Nile Wilson and another diving ace, Jack Laugher.

Rebecca Gallantree and Nicola Adams. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Rebecca Gallantree and Nicola Adams. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

But Laugher was part of the City Of Leeds Diving Club’s Commonwealth Games England squad that took the non-professional club/team of the year accolade and grand servant Gallantree was at the double.

As well as being part of the award-winning Leeds Commonwealth Games sextet representing England, Gallantree scooped last night’s Sportswoman Of The Year award, beating off boxing star Nicola Adams, middle distance runner Laura Weightman and triathlete Vicky Holland. The City Of Leeds Diving Club’s Matty Lee was also named young sportsman of the year while Ady Hinchliffe took the coach of the year award.

And Gallantree’s 3m synchro partner Alicia Blagg was also at the double. The 18-year-old was part of the Commonwealths Games squad where she and Gallantree took gold, and last night she was named Young Sportswoman Of The Year.

Blagg’s club mate Lois Toulson was highly commended behind Gallantree’s synchro partner and is blessed with a bright future but last night belonged to Gallantree, still going strong at 30 years old.

Stewart Ross, chair of organisers Sport Leeds, enthused: “It’s been an incredible night, reinforcing our view that this city is fantastic in sport in so many ways and we need to continue to shout about that. Rebecca Gallantree’s win is a fine example of that, someone who has dedicated herself to becoming and sustaining her position as a world class athlete, living, training and studying in our city, a team player as well as star in her own right and an excellent role model for girls and boys alike aspiring to achieve in sport. She certainly deserves her award as Sportswoman of the Year as well as Club of the Year with fellow divers.”

Other big winners were Yorkshire County Cricket Club who were named professional club/team of the year for winning the County Championship while Gary Verity was handed a special achievement award.

Powerlifter Ali Jawad took the disability sportsman of the year award with wheelchair racing sensation Hannah Cockroft taking the female version.

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Roll of Honour

Senior Achievers (over-18s), sponsored by Provident – Sportswoman: Rebecca Gallantree. Highly Commended: Laura Weightman, Nicola Adams MBE, Vicky Holland.

Sportsman: Alistair Brownlee MBE. Highly Commended: Jack Laugher, Josh Warrington, Nile Wilson.

Sportswoman – Disability: Hannah Cockroft MBE. Highly Commended: Penny Andrews, Sophie Carrigill.

Sportsman – Disability: Ali Jawad. Highly Commended: Antony Cotterill, Kim Daybell.

Club/Team – Professional: Winner Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Finalists: Hunslet Hawks RLFC, Leeds Rhinos RLFC.

Club/Team – Non Professional: City of Leeds Diving Club – England Commonwealth Divers. Highly Commended: Leeds Gymnastics Club.

Young Achievers (under-18s), Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University Young Sportswoman: Alicia Blagg. Highly Commended: Lois Toulson.

Young Sportsman: Matty Lee. Highly Commended: Jacob Fincham-Dukes, Loukas Jones.

Young Disability Sportsperson: Winner: Izzy Palmer. Finalists: Danielle Bailey, Kizzy Blue Wade.

Young Club/Team: City of Leeds Age Group Swimming Team. Highly Commended: The Grammar School at Leeds Under-16 Netball Team, Oulton Raiders Under-15 Invaders.

Junior Sportsperson Under-14 – In association with Breeze: Jake Johnson. Highly Commended: Alexandra Turner, Joe Fairburn.

Special Contribution, sponsored by Leeds Beckett University – Student Sport: Leeds Beckett University Hockey Club. Highly Commended: Beth Picott.

Coach – Performance: Adrian Hinchliffe. Highly Commended: Andrew Henderson, Dave Murray, Richard Denigan.

Coach – Participation: Gary Donoughue.

Sports Volunteer: John Johnson. Highly Commended: Amy Walker, Ann Hart MBE, Jonathan Johnson.

Service to PE & School Sport: Graham Thornton. Finalists: Andrew Morley, Laura Singleton, Penny Speers.

Outstanding Service to Sport: Dennis Nicholson, Peter Smith MBE.

Asda Sporting Hero – sponsored by Asda: Winner: Ashleigh Long. Highly Commended: Lee Clegg.

Special Achievement: Gary Verity.

Lifetime Achievement: Professor Margaret Talbot OBE.