Smallwood and Smith the big winners at Daventry Sports Awards

WINNERS at the Daventry Sports Awards face the camera
WINNERS at the Daventry Sports Awards face the camera
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Michael Smallwood and Nichola Smith were named sports man and sportswoman of the year at the Daventry District Sports Awards.

A GB Triathlete, Smallwood trains with Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club, the Rugby Triathlon club and the Daventry Cycling Club.

He has had yet another phenomenally successful year with the following results in the 65-69 yrs category: Gold – European Championships middle distance triathlon; Gold – British age group Sprint Championships; Gold – British age group triathlon Olympic distance; Bronze – Wold Championships Aquathon at Hyde Park

Smith returned to Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club in the autumn of 2012 and has entered Masters Competitions both in the Pool and Open water events.

In the national rankings in her age group, she is now ranked sixth on 50m freestyle and seventh on the 100m backstroke.

Smith won gold in the 2013 Midlands Open Water Championships in the ladies 30-34 years.

Elsewhere, athlete Sam Meyler won the Young Sportsman of the Year award, with gymnast Lauren Mounteney picking up the Young Sportswoman of the Year gong.

A total of 13 different coaches, sports people and teams were rewarded for another year of exemplary effort and achievements in the world of sport.

The full list of winners on the night were as follows...

Local Sportsman of the Year: Michael Smallwood

Local Sportswoman of the Year: Nichola Smith

Young Sportsman of the Year: Sam Meyler

Young Sportswoman of the Year: Lauren Mounteney

Team of the Year: Moulton College Rugby 10s

Sports Volunteer of the Year: Craig Lester

Young Leader of the Year: Beth Tucker

School of the Year: Guilsborough School

Get Active: Leslie Darby

Coach of the Year: Rob Sharpe

Disabled Sports Achiever: Kian Saville

Community Club of the Year: Moulton Magpies FC

Longtime Contribution to Sport: Gary Webb

The awards were held last Thursday in the Saxon Suite at Daventry Leisure Centre where they were hosted by leisure operators, Everyone Active.

The awards were hosted by BBC Radio Northampton presenter Martin Heath and presented by Bobby White, England’s handball captain.

Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder for Daventry District Council, said: “This was the 11th year of our sports awards and the ceremony was an excellent opportunity to recognise the wealth of sporting talent that Daventry District has to offer.

“We received an extremely high standard of entries again this year and I’d like to thank all the individuals, clubs and teams that were nominated for this year’s awards.”

Luke Parratt, contracts manager at Daventry Leisure Centre said: “The Daventry District Sports Awards are going from strength to strength and we were delighted to see so many young sportsmen and women represented at this year’s awards.

“All of the people who were nominated truly deserve recognition for the work that they do and it’s great to be able to host an event that does just that.”

A full list of the finalists can be found on the Daventry Leisure Centre news pages at