Niall clears hurdles to be named a good sport

WHITLEY Bay Football Club and up-and-coming athlete Niall Flannery were among the winners at this year’s North Tyneside Sports Awards.

The awards – organised by North Tyneside Council – drew a turnout of more than 120 guests to the authority’s North Shields headquarters to watch as individuals, clubs, officials and volunteers were recognised for their achievements throughout the year.

The Seahorses were named as the borough’s best senior team despite failing to follow up their FA Vase success of recent years.

Niall, of Whitley Bay, was named as senior sports personality of the year.

The Loughborough University student, 21 next Thursday, is hoping to be picked to represent Britain at hurdles at this year’s European athletics championships.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “Our sports awards are a fantastic way to showcase the sporting talent we have within the borough.

“Sport plays a large part in many people’s lives, and these awards celebrate the hard work of people who dedicate their time to contribute to sport within the area.

“The year of the Olympic Games is already proving to be a successful initiative, which we hope will continue to motivate and support residents to participate in sports, art and cultural activities.”