Talented pair win Gazette Sports Personality of the Year honour

Laura Weightman and Lucy Bronze, joint winners of the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award for 2014.
Laura Weightman and Lucy Bronze, joint winners of the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award for 2014.

Girl power is alive and kicking after two female stars have been crowned joint winners of the annual Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Middle-distance runner Laura Weightman and England footballer Lucy Bronze were handed the coveted prize for their incredible achievements in 2014.

Paul Larkin presents the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality Of The Year Trophy to Diana Weightman and Diane Bronze who collected it on behalf of their daughters. Picture by Jane Coltman

Paul Larkin presents the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality Of The Year Trophy to Diana Weightman and Diane Bronze who collected it on behalf of their daughters. Picture by Jane Coltman

The trophy is traditionally awarded at the end of Alnwick and District Sports Council’s annual awards ceremony, which was held at Alnwick Playhouse last night.

Neither of the stars were able to attend but their mothers Diana Weightman and Diane Bronze were on hand to receive the cup from Gazette editor Paul Larkin.

The pair had campaigns to remember, taking a place at the top table of their respective sports.

1500m star Weightman, 23 and from Lesbury, won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, before racing to bronze in the European Championships. She also regained her British crown.

Alnwick lass Bronze, 23, was named the best in the land after winning the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year award. The male equivalent was prolific forward Luis Suárez.

The defender also helped Liverpool Ladies retain their Women’s Super League title and cemented her place in the England team.

The Gazette’s Sports Personality of the Year award was launched in 2008.

Mr Larkin said: “Normally, we draw up a star-studded shortlist of candidates and encourage our readers to vote for their favourite. But we decided to award Laura and Lucy the trophy outright, because they both had an exceptional 2014 and we didn’t think it was fair to make the public choose between them.

“They have both done Alnwick proud.”

Another local hero, Sky Sports News presenter Tom White, was the guest of honour at the awards night. He was brought up in Alnwick and used to submit cricket reports to the Gazette when he was a teenager.

For a full report, see next week’s Gazette.