SUFFOLK SPORTS AWARDS: Suffolk County Council Sports Personality of the Year

Harry Martin

Harry Martin - Credit: Archant

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 Suffolk County Council 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 Martin (Hockey)

The 20-year-old, pictured, was the youngest member of Team GB’s Olympic hockey team which just missed out on a bronze medal at London 2012.

A regular for Premier League table-toppers Beeston, former Ipswich School pupil Martin is a regular for both Great Britain and England, and has earned a centralised contract with the latter.

Martin is looking forward to a bumper 2014 with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the World Cup in the Netherlands to look forward to, as well as the prospect of winning a second, successive domestic league title.

In May 2013 he played for England in the World League semi-finals in Malaysia and has been selected for the GB men’s squad training towards the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Lucy Hodges (Blind sailing)

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Lucy, who is registered blind, attempted to single-handedly navigate the length of England’s largest lake, 21 miles up and down Lake Windermere.

She was unable to see obstacles or even the shoreline but, with the help of sighted sailor Ian Shearer, she managed to sail across the length of the lake in just five hours.

Lucy raised £3,600 so that the GB Blind Sailing team could send sighted sailors along to the 2013 Blind Sailing World and International Championships in Japan.

The British teams won gold in both B1 and B2 classes, with Lucy being one of the helms. Lucy also regularly competes in the Blind National Championships hosted by EAST.

David Peck (Age group Duathlon)

At the age of 80, Dave is still competing at the highest level and has just competed at the World Duathlon Championships in Canada, winning gold.

Dave has previously won the European Duathlon Championships in 2003 and 2008 for the 70-75 year old category and the World Duathlon title in 2008 aged 75.

Not only is he a great sportsman but he is also great at encouraging people into the sport of Triathlon and Duathlon.

He builds bikes for new members, encouraging them as they progress in the sport. He is also president of the Newmarket Cycling and Triathlon club and is definitely an athlete all the youngsters look up to.