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Dame Ellen is East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year  


Dame Ellen MacArthur has won the BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year. The yachtswoman from Derbyshire also scooped Sportswoman of the Year at the glittering ceremony held at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester.

Shaun Murphy and Charley Hull

Northamptonshire winners Shaun Murphy and Charley Hull

Sportsman of the Year was World Snooker Champion Shaun Murphy from Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club won Team of the Year for the second year running.

Horse racing trainer Jenny Pitman won the Lifetime Achievement award. Jenny said it was great to be home in Leicestershire and was touched and honoured to have won the award.

The Sport England East Midlands Community Coach Award went to Jean Perkins for services to netball.

All of the region's counties won awards with Derbyshire claiming five. Northamptonshire, who were included in the Awards for the first time, won three awards.

The full list of winners are:

Inigo Idiakez

Footballer of the Year
Inigo Idiakez, Derby County

Inigo is pictured with ex Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County player Peter Shilton.

Adam Blythe

Junior Sportsman of the Year
Adam Blythe, Derbyshire – cycling

Adam is pictured with World Snooker champion Shaun Murphy.

Sian Edwards

Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Sian Edwards, Northamptonshire – cross country

Sian is pictured with wheelchair tennis champion Jayant Mistry.

Jayant Mistry

Disabled Sportsman of the Year
Jayant Mistry, Leicestershire – wheelchair tennis

Jayant is pictured with Jason Gallian of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Sarah Dunster

Disabled Sportswoman of the Year
Sarah Dunster, Nottinghamshire – athletics

Sarah is pictured with Dame Ellen MacArthur

Richard Bates

Coach/Manager of the Year
Richard Bates, Lincolnshire – England women's cricket team

Richard is currently on tour with the England women's cricket team.

Jean Perkins

Sport England East Midlands Community Coach Award
Jean Perkins, Leicestershire – Southfields Netball Club

Jean is pictured with Len Jackson, Chair of Sport England East Midlands Regional Sports Board.

Graham Mulholland

East Midlands Development Agency Enterprise in Sport Award
Graham Mulholland

Graham (right) is pictured with Jeff Moore, Chief Executive of emda.

Sam Hynd and Sophie Wells

Lady Taverners’ Awards for Junior Disability Sport
Sam Hynd, Nottinghamshire - swimming
Sophie Wells, Lincolnshire - dressage

Sam (left) and Sophie (right) are pictured with Rachel Heyhoe-Flint of the Lady Taverners

Charley Hull

Judges Special Award
Charley Hull, Northamptonshire - golf

Charley is pictured with champion jockey Hayley Turner from Nottinghamshire.

9 year old Charley won the 2005 Health Perception Ladies Golf Union Championship, a competition that had over 24,000 entrants from the UK and Ireland.


Graham Henson

Judges Special Award
Graham Henson, Lincolnshire
-Tae Kwon Do

Graham is pictured with boxing champion Carl Froch

Despite having aspergers syndrome and tourettes Graham has overcome many barriers to excel at a sport he loves. Graham is currently a 1st Kup at International Tae Kwon Do and waiting to take his black belt.


Shaun Murphy

Sportsman of the Year
Shaun Murphy, Northamptonshire – snooker

Shaun is pictured with Northamptonshire motorcyclist Maria Costello.

Ellen MacArthur

Sportswoman of the Year
Dame
Ellen MacArthur, Derbyshire – sailing

Ellen is pictured with Leicester Tigers and England scrum half Harry Ellis.

Tom Varndell

Brian Clough Award
Tom Varndell, Leicester Tigers and England

Tom is pictured with ex Nottingham Forest player John Robertson.

Bill Chambers

Unsung Hero
Bill Chambers - Nottinghamshire

Bill is pictured with BBC East Midlands Today presented Sara Blizzard.

Nottinghamshire CCC

Team of the Year
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

The team is pictured with Loughborough based runner Liz Yelling.

Ellen MacArthur

BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year
Dame Ellen MacArthur
Jenny Pitman Lifetime Achievement Award
Jenny Pitman, Leicestershire - horse racing

Jenny is pictured with ex Nottingham Forest player John McGovern.