Shortlist announced for county’s annual sports awards

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The shortlist for the 10th annual Lincolnshire Sports Awards has been announced and four of the shortlisted candidates are from the Sleaford area.

There are 17 awards up for grabs, with 48 of Lincolnshire’s most talented, inspirational, committed and dedicated sporting individuals in the hunt for an award, from an initial field of almost 150 athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, workplaces, teams and clubs.

The winner of each category will be put forward for the Coveris Sports Personality of the Year Award at the end of the event, which is being held on Thursday, November 6 at the Lincolnshire Showground.

A finalist in the Veteran Sportsperson category, 60-year-old Bill Rayner only took up running in a serious way three years ago to lose weight. He joined Sleaford Striders and actively took part in all aspects of the club, including road races, track and field events and cross country. He has run in a variety of races, from 5k to full marathons.

Fifteen year old Chris Davis of Ruskington has been shortlisted for the Young Sportsman award. Chris, of Ruskington, is a triathlete and this year won the Lincoln Tri Club male championships, led the East Midlands Junior Series for his age group and represented GB at the European Triathlon Sprint Championships in Kitzbuhel, finishing 10th in his age group (16-19).

A finalist in the Disabled Sportsperson category, Kieran Tscherniawsky, 22, of Heckington, is currently second in the world for his category in discus and won a silver medal in the IPC European Championships in Swansea earlier this year. Kieran started doing shot putt last year and came fourth in the Europeans.

Young motor racing star Jack Harvey, of Bassingham, is a finalist in the Sportsman of the Year award. Jack, 21, won The Lincolnshire Sportsman of the Year 2013 Award. This year he competed in the Indy Lights Series in the USA with Team Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and he dominated the second half of the season, winning four of the last five races to end the season tied on points for the championship title.