VIDEO: London 2012 Paralympic dressage gold medalist lauds importance of Bassetlaw Sports Awards

One of the stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games was on hand to dish out awards to Bassetlaw’s finest sportsmen and women last weekend.

Sophie Wells MBE, an international dressage champion, was the special guest at the 2014 Bassetlaw Sports Awards.

Bassetlaw Sports Awards held at Worksop College. Award presenter & Special Guest was Sophie Wells MBE. NWGU 5-12-14 Awards, Senior Sportsperson of year, Amy Ogden (Triathlon) (15)

Bassetlaw Sports Awards held at Worksop College. Award presenter & Special Guest was Sophie Wells MBE. NWGU 5-12-14 Awards, Senior Sportsperson of year, Amy Ogden (Triathlon) (15)

The event, at Worksop College, recognised the sporting achievements and sacrifices of the district’s residents in the past year.

Worksop schools were celebrating, with awards for Outwood Academy Valley, Sir Edmund Hillary Primary and a Worksop College student.

And a founding member of Bassetlaw Triathlon Club, Amy Ogden, picked up the top senior prize, the Sportsperson of the Year 2014 gong, for her Ironman exploits.

Special guest Wells, who gave an inspirational speech about overcoming her disability, highlighted the importance of local award schemes.

She told the Guardian: “It’s part of your role, when you become successful in sport it’s good to inspire people and show where you’ve come from at things like this.”

“This is where it all starts, awards spur people on.”

“You start off winning things like this and then you climb the ladder. They’re massive when you’re younger, it’s a really big thing, it boosts people even to be nominated.”

The Bassetlaw Council Sports Development Team organise the event each year, with the past winners list reading like a who’s who of Bassetlaw’s current sporting greats.

l See pages 23 to 26 for our special supplement on the awards ceremony.