Louth stars clean up at Lincolnshire Sports Awards

Sports Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Branston Ltd: 'Winner: Veronica Chamberlin'Runners up: Patsy Shields and Joyce Smith''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-091947002
Sports Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Branston Ltd: 'Winner: Veronica Chamberlin'Runners up: Patsy Shields and Joyce Smith''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-091947002

Louth was the talk of the county last Thursday as the town walked away with five top honours from the Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

Motorcycle ace Peter Hickman scooped the Sportsman of the Year award, while Louth Old Boys FC were named Sports Club of the Year.

Sports Personality of the Year sponsored by Coveris:'Winner: Emma Bristow''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-092027002

Sports Personality of the Year sponsored by Coveris:'Winner: Emma Bristow''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-092027002

Louth Hockey Club stalwart Veronica Chamberlin walked away with the Volunteer of the Year honour, and the evening ended with two honours for Alford trials champion Emma Bristow.

She added the evening’s top award Sports Personality of the Year to the Sportswoman of the Year.

Bristow’s achievements speak for themselves and this year she not only retained her Women’s World Trials Champion title, but also became the British Arena Trials Champion.

Hickman was described by judges as a ‘unique talent’ and was rewarded for a sensational 2015 where he became the eighth fastest rider in Isle of Man TT history and secured three podiums at the Ulster Grand Prix, including a Superbike win.

Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Giant Lincoln:'Winner: Louth Old Boys Football Club'Runners up: Louth Triathlon Club and Sleaford Barge & Bottle Netball Club''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-092059002

Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Giant Lincoln:'Winner: Louth Old Boys Football Club'Runners up: Louth Triathlon Club and Sleaford Barge & Bottle Netball Club''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Chris Vaughan/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151011-092059002

He also secured two second-place finishes in the British Superbike races at Cadwell Park, following his maiden international road race victory at the Ulster GP.

Level two coach Veronica Chamberlin was hailed as the backbone of Louth Hockey Club and ‘irreplaceable’ having filled several vital roles at the club.

She volunteers within the junior sections, coaches both men and ladies and has stepped up to the role of first team captain, secretary, treasurer, social secretary and second team captain over the years.

Her current roles are listed as treasurer, player, coach and umpire.

Louth Old Boys FC took home the club prize for its role in providing quality football for all sections of the community.

The FA Charter Standard Community Club has developed impressively in numbers and facilities in recent years.

Last season the OBs boasted 20 teams participating in various leagues, from under 7s through to veterans, as well as two junior girls’ teams and a Lincs County Women’s League team playing in the Premier Division.

* See next week’s edition for more on Louth OB’s success story.