Who should be Northants Sports Personality of the Year?

The public are being urged to vote for the Northants Sports Personality of the Year

The public are being urged to vote for the Northants Sports Personality of the Year

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People in Northamptonshire are being asked to vote for the county’s Sports Personality of the Year 2016.

This year’s competition, sponsored by Travis Perkins, features a number of contenders from across the county who have all excelled at the highest level in their sport over the past year.

Nominations are open to the public until 5pm on Friday, October 14.

The nominees are

Teimana Harrison – Rugby Union (Northampton Saints) – The New Zealand born Back Row forward swept the board at the Saint’s end of year awards evening, winning Players Player, Supporters Player and Breakthrough Player awards. He was also selected to play for England, making his debut in May 2016 against Wales

John-Joe O’Toole – Football (Northampton Town FC) – Player of the year for Northampton Town FC, helping the club to win the League 2 title. In the process the team broke their club record of 8 successive wins, extending the winning run to 9 successive games.

Charley Hull – Golf – A member of Team GB Olympic squad, England’s highest world ranked golfer was in bronze medal place after the third round before finishing tied for seventh .

Eleanor Robinson – the 15 year old swimmer won a gold and a bronze medal in the recent Rio Paralympics.

Kyren Wilson – Snooker – following his success in last season, where he won his first ranking title, winning the 2015 Shanghai Masters, Kyren made the final of the Indian Open where he narrowly lost.

Ben Duckett – Cricket – the left handed batsman / wicket keeper for Northants Steel Backs has had a stand out season with the bat, helping Northants to win the Natwest Twenty 20 Blast for the second time. His form has also bought him a call up to the England Lions squad, where he recorded some impressive scores against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A.

Meghan MacLaren – Golf – Meghan is ranked 27th in the World amateur golf rankings and is a proven winner on the amateur golfing circuit. A plus four handicapper, Meghan played in the Curtis Cup, making the winning putt. She has recently graduated from the Florida International University where she majored in English.

Carl Fail – Having only made his senior debut in March, 19 year old Far Cotton ABC boxer Carl Fail began an unparalleled year of success by claiming the England Boxing Elite Senior National Title in the 69kg weight category. Carl followed this victory up by winning gold at the GB Elite Tri-Nations Championships, before his crowning achievement; a place on Team GB’s Podium Potential Squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Dermot Bailey – Wheelchair Tennis – Dermot took up wheelchair Tennis aged 8 and has become one of the most promising players in the game. This year he has broken into the world top 50, has won the national singles title, made his senior GB team debut (who won bronze at world team cup) and he has travelled to the Paralympics to experience the atmosphere as he prepares for Tokyo 2020.

Dylan Fletcher – Sailing (Olympics) – one half of Team GB’s 49ers sailing team, Dylan alongside his team mate Alan Signs were contenders for medals. On course early on, the pair unfortunately capsized their boat and finished in sixth position.

Giles Scott – The four time -Finn Gold Cup winner also won the gold medal for Team GB in the Finn Class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He is also involved in an America’s Cup campaign with Ben Ainslie Racing.

Hannah Barnes (cycling) – Won the 2016 British National Championships women’s road race, narrowly beating her sister to the title. Having only returned from injury in April, Hannah competed in the Women’s Tour, where she finished 22nd , she beat a top class field to earn the title of British Champion.

Votes can be cast at www.northamptonshiresport.org

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