COLCHESTER’S top sporting talent has been rewarded at a prestigious awards ceremony.

This year’s Sport Colchester Sports Personality Awards were held at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. They salute the borough’s most talented sporting individuals, teams, coaches and volunteers.

Bowler David Fisher was crowned Male Sports Personality. Fisher has represented England on numerous occasions and the arm amputee won a bronze medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.

He has also been selected to represent England next February, at the World Championships for the disabled, in New Zealand.

Gazette: David Fisher
  • David Fisher - Male Sports Personality

  • Gazette: Kimberley Preston

  • Kimberly Preston - Female Sports Personality

  • The Female Sports Personality winner was triathlete Kimberly Preston, a combat medical technician with Colchester-based 16 Medical Regiment.

    Preston has had an amazing year, during which her many highlights included being Army swimming champion, in both the 400 metres and 800m, the Inter-Services swimming champion (400m and 4x50m relay) and coming second at the Army Sprint Triathlon Championships.

    She also finished in the top ten in her age/gender category in the elite field at both the Windsor and London triathlons.

    Cyclist Frank Longstaff was crowned Under-18 Male Sports Personality, following a very successful 2014.

    Highlights included a top five finish in his first taste of competitive track action for British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team, winning silver and bronze medals at the National Track Championships and striking gold at the Sainsbury’s School Games.

    Longstaff has now been invited to continue his membership of the GB Squad and has been selected for next year’s team on the Olympic Development Programme.

    Gazette: Frank Longstaff

  • Frank Longstaff - Under 18 Male Sports Personality

  • Gazette: Adam Murray

  • Adam Murray - Bill Tucker U18 Award

  • The Under-18 Female Sports Personality prize went to swimmer Laura Stephens. Stephens claimed a double gold, plus a silver, at the British Gas International Meet, in Manchester.

    She also won two relay gold medals at the British Gas ASA National Championships and represented Great Britain at the Portuguese Open, in Lisbon. She won three bronze medals there, inaddition to a gold in the 4x100m medley relay.

    A host of other awards were handed out on the night, to people and teams from sports ranging to fencing and cricket to lacrosse and volleyball. The awards, first made over 30 years ago, are sponsored by the Daily Gazette, Colchester Institute and The University of Essex. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sport Colchester and the Daily Gazette.

    Click here to view full list of winners


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