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Mercury Sports Awards celebrate at Tigers

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The best in Leicestershire sport celebrated at Welford Road, home of the Leicester Tigers, on Thursday evening for the 2012 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.

Guests from across the sporting spectrum in Leicestershire and Rutland gathered to honour the successes of 2012.

It was an incredible year for sport and the impact of London 2012 was evident as Paralympic discus silver medallist Dan Greaves collected the Mercury’s Sportsman of the Year award and Olympic bronze medallist hockey player Crista Cullen was named Sportswoman of the Year.

Leicester Riders, fresh from their win over Newcastle Eagles on Sunday, had a particularly successful evening as the city’s basketball aces were named Club of the Year, were commended in the Team of the Year category, and coach Rob Paternostro was honoured Coach of the Year.

Young Sportsman and Young Sportwoman for the year awards were presented to Owin Sinclair and Lucy Garner for their triumphs in athletics and in cycling.

BMX rider William Goode won the title of Junior Sportman of the Year with cyclist Charlotte Broughton taking the award for Junior Sportswoman of the Year.

Team of the Year was awarded to Leicester Ladies hockey team after they won both the national indoor title and the Investic Premier League. St Andrews FC under-16s won the title of Under-19 Team of the Year, Sileby Boxing Academy collected the Community Award and the Active4Life Award was presented to Antonio Di Palma.

England football legend Peter Shilton was presented with his Lifetime Achievement Award and boxer Rendall Munroe won the Neville Hamilton Award.

Congratulations to everyone nominated and to all of the winners.

Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome so many champions of Leicestershire sport, from juniors right to the professionals, to Welford Road for the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards and hope they all had a very enjoyable evening.”