SUFFOLK SPORTS AWARDS: Larking Gowen Young Sports personality

Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin

The annual Suffolk Sports Awards will take place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Friday night. Fourteen awards will be presented and this section looks at the Larking Gowen Young Sports Personality of the Year award. Next Wednesday we’ll bring you the winners from the event in the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times

Harry Hughes

Harry Hughes - Credit: Archant

Harry Hughes (Athletics)

Harry, from Stowmarket, is the English Schools’ Under-17s champion, as well as the International Schools Under-17s champion.

The teenager, pictured, came away with a bronze at the World School Games, with the first and second place competitors two years older than him.

Ranked number one in the UK for Under-17 Javelin, a staggering nine metres ahead of the second-ranked athlete, Harry’s best performance of the year of 72.77cm, puts him second on the all time UK age group rankings and sees him ranked first in the world for his age.

Georgia Allen (Football)

Georgia joined the Ipswich Town Centre of Excellence at under-10 level, and was top goalscorer in her first season.

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Georgia joined Arsenal Ladies two years ago and has just been offered another contract so will be playing for the Arsenal Ladies under-17s this season.

She received her first England call-up to the under 15 squad, just days after her 13th birthday.

Georgia was selected for every England training camp during 2012 which culminated in captaining the national team against Republic of Ireland, leading the team to a 4-1 win.

Georgia has been selected for the England U17s this year with the hope of playing in the European Championships in England this year.

Hannah Martin (Hockey)

Hannah has represented England’s hockey teams at under-16, 18 and 21 level, achieving a bronze medal at the under 18 European Championships and a silver medal at the UK School Games.

In 2012, Hannah, the youngster sister of Harry Martin, was selected for the England under 21 squad for the European Championships, but had to withdraw at the last minute due to injury.

Hannah was selected for the GB under 21 team to compete in the Australian Youth Olympics in Sydney and her double strike in the bronze medal match saw her team defeat USA 2-1.

This was followed with selection for the GB under 21 team for the Junior World Cup in Germany and an invitation to trial with the England Ladies senior squad.

Ben Mead (Basketball)

Stowmarket’s Ben has represented England at under 15, 16 and 18 level.

In August last year he helped England win a bronze medal at the Under-18 Men’s European Championships in Bosnia.

He has won over 70 caps for England to date and recently helped Ipswich Senior Men’s team win promotion to National League Division 2.

Ben has now taken up an athletic scholarship to Franklin Pierce University in America.

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