Sports personality contest begins

Paul Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette, presents the 2011 award to Gayle Bloomfield. Picture by Steve Miller.
Paul Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette, presents the 2011 award to Gayle Bloomfield. Picture by Steve Miller.

Eight sporting stars from across north Northumberland have been short-listed for the sixth Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year Award.

A mixture of personalities throughout the area have been chosen to recognise both achievement and commitment.

Facing off for the 2012 title is golfer Jake Storey, boxer Cyrus Pattinson, footballer Luke James, para-dressage rider Gayle Bloomfield – who won the 2011 Gazette award – tetrathletes from the Percy Hunt Pony Club, surf-kayaker Tamsin Green, athlete Laura Weightman and secretary of Amble United FC, Ron Falkous. But only one can win.

And it’s up to you, the Gazette’s readers, to decide who lifts the trophy for 2012.

Readers can vote by text (see below). The vote closes at noon on Friday, March 8.

The award will be presented at the Alnwick and District Sports Council Annual Awards Night on March 9.


Name: Jake Storey (01)

Sport: Golf

Jake made a significant breakthrough in 2012 when he won the English U16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy at Trevose in Cornwall.

The teenager, who plays out of the Alnmouth (Foxton) Club, teed up a one-over-par total of 285, to give him a four-shot victory.

Other 2012 highlights include playing for England in the Under 16 Internationals against Ireland and Scotland.

Name: Tamsin Green (02)

Sport: Surf-kayak

Tamsin became double British Champion for the second time in her glittering career, by taking the title in both the long and short boat competitions.

Tamsin, and husband Dan, also won all their heats to help England to glory in the biannual Home International Surf-kayak Championships.

The pair sealed places in England’s squad for the 2013 World Championships.

Name: Luke James (03)

Sport: Football

Having signed professional papers with Hartlepool United towards the end of 2011, Luke made a glittering start to 2012.

His first senior goal was a 25-yard strike against Rochdale in January – later crowned Pools’ goal of the year – before ending the month with a double against Carlisle.

During a league match against Bournemouth, Championship and Premier League scouts ran the rule over him.

Name: Laura Weightman (04)

Sport: Athletics

Laura made sure of her place at the London 2012 Olympics by winning the women’s 1500m final at the UK Trials.

And she shone at the Games, in what was her first major championships. After coming through her heat, she ran a 4:02.99 PB in the semi-final to book her place in the final, where she finished 11th.

She won an On Camp with Kelly Outstanding Achievement Award for her efforts.

Name: Cyrus Pattinson (05)

Sport: Boxing

Cyrus showed his class in the ring to reach his respective final of the 2012 National Junior ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd) Championship.

But the fairy-tale finish wasn’t to be, as Dan Woledge of Kent-based St Mary’s ABA defeated Cyrus to take the title in the Class Six (born 1994) category at 71kgs.

Despite this, he earned an England call-up at junior level.

Name: Gayle Bloomfield (06)

Sport: Para-dressage

Multiple sclerosis sufferer Gayle Bloomfield, riding her horse Bartie, tasted glory at the RDA National Dressage Championships, becoming National Champion for Grade 2 Dressage and for Grade 2 Dressage to Music. She won the Carl Hester Trophy for the highest score achieved over the three-day competition.

She helped the Northern Region team win at the Para Home International.

Name: Percy Hunt (07)

Sport: Tetrathlon

Rebecca & Suzanne Barwise-Munro, Lizzie Pettifer and Steph Courty retained their Open Girls’ Team Title at the National Tetrathlon Championships, scoring the most points since 1986. Only two teams have scored more.

Steph won the individual Open Girls National Title. Suzie/Rebecca finished fourth/fifth respectively. Rebecca/Steph helped England win a Home International contest.

Name: Ron Falkous (08)

Sport: Football

Long-serving Ron Falkous is an Amble United stalwart.

Dedicated Ron has served the club for many years and has done plenty of work behind the scenes.

Ron, who is the club’s current secretary, has given his time to help out in many ways, including raising money for United.

His wife, Brenda, who is treasurer, has also dedicated many years to the club.


Simply text NOG SPORT followed by a space then the two-digit vote number for your favourite, followed by a space and then your name, plus house name or number and postcode (max.160 characters) and send to 61500. For example, NOG (space) SPORT (space) 01 (space) John Smith 1 NE66 1PN – send to 61500. Texts cost £1 plus standard network rates. This will be charged to your mobile phone bill. Lines close at noon on Friday, March 8 2013. Entries received after the closing date will not be counted but may still be charged. Only one vote per person will be counted.