By ANISAH ARIF
The Bradford Sports Awards have just announced its finalists for 2019.
The fourth annual awards finalists have been chosen by a panel following public nominations.
The nominations include Bradford Bulls in the running for five awards across both their male and female sides. Both teams are in the running for Club/team of the Year; star centre Amy Hardcastle is a Sportswoman of the Year finalist; and John Kear is a Coach of the Year candidate in a strong line-up. The Bulls men’s team are also shortlisted for the Sporting Highlight of the Year for their play-off final win.
Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC have been shortlisted in both Club/Team of the Year and Special Recognition, the latter for their ‘Avenue in the Community’ initiative.
Horizon Taekwondo Academy also feature prominently, with husband and wife duo Rick Simpson and Natalie Simpson-Kidd in with a shout of being named Coach of the Year, amongst a host of nominations for the club and its athletes.
Rick Simpson told us: “A lot of the success if from the athletes rather than us. It is a big thank you to them also. They have given a lot of commitment and determination. All the support from the parents also plays a part”.
“We are the first Taekwondo clubs in the Bradford area. Nationally we’ve been competing with 400 other clubs, and we came second in the national championships. Previously, we finished third, so we’re definitely making progress.
Baildon Church of England Primary School feature heavily, being finalists for: School of the Year; Active Workplace; and Student Club/Team. Teachers Matthew Holliday and Tom Van Der Gucht are also two of three finalists in the new Teacher of the Year award.
The full shortlist consists of Bradford athletes, coaches and volunteers across four main categories: Senior Achievers, Young Achievers, Active Achievers and Outstanding Contribution.
In order to be considered, nominees must have been born, lived, trained or represented an organisation within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council boundaries.
The full list of finalists is as below:
Senior Achievers – Sponsored by The Broadway Bradford
Jack Carthy (cyclist)
John Bateman (rugby league)
Darren Tetley (boxing)
Ellie Bowden (taekwondo)
Natalie Haythorthwaite (netball)
Amy Hardcastle (rugby league)
Katelyn Entwistle (karate)
Stuart Meikle (para duathlon)
Steven Birkin (taekwondo)
Neil Hartley (basketball)
Farah Yasin (taekwondo)
Alana Walker (hand cyclist)
Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC
Bradford Bulls Women
Horizon Taekwondo Academy
Bradford City Disability FC Ladies
City of Braford Esprit Diving Club
Young Achievers – Sponsored by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Young Male Sportsperson
Jack Stanley (gymnastics)
Sam McGurk (speedway)
Jamie Simpson-Kidd (taekwondo)
Young Female Sportsperson
Gina Bene-Hamill (taekwondo)
Holly Waxman (diving)
Elizabeth Powley (diving)
Young Disability Sportsperson
Zak Hussein (cycling)
Ella Curtis (cycling)
Great Horton Church Cricket Club
Athletico Juniors Football Club
Baildon Church of England Primary School
Baildon Church of England Primary School
Girlington Primary School
Newhall Park Primary School
Bradford Grammar School Junior Girls (running)
Baildon Church of England Primary School (boccia)
Woodhouse Grove under 16’s (netball)
Janet Arkwright (athletics)
Natalie Simpson-Kidd (taekwondo)
Rick Simpson (taekwondo)
John Kear (rugby league)
Aidy Boothroyd (football)
Mick Lodge (football)
Majid Hussain (football)
Dan Cherington (running)
Bradford City Disability FC Ladies (The People’s FA Cup)
Bradford Bulls (play-off final win)
Team Tour de Yorkshire (Bradford)
Matthew Holliday (Baildon Church of England Primary School)
Roger Howard (Woodhouse Grove School)
Tom Van Der Gucht (Baildon Church of England Primary School)
The Inclusion in Sport Class – Mixed Ability Sport 4 All
Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC – Avenue in the Community
The winners will be announced on Thursday 7th March at the Northern Commercials Stadium on what promises to be a fantastic night of celebration of sport at both a professional and community level.
Event tickets are available from activebradford.com/bsa starting at £30.
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