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Stray FM's Local Hero Awards 2018 at Rudding Park in Harrogate

Sporting Achievement Award Nominations Announced

From hundreds on nomination forms, the Local Hero Awards have been whittled down to finalists from across Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale.

Here are the nominations for the Sporting Achievement Award, sponsored by David Lloyd Clubs.

Alice Hughes

Alice is a keen driver in the world of motorsport. Motor racing is a traditionally male dominated discipline, so Alice’s determination to be the first female on the podium of a British Touring Car event is admirable. In 2017, Alice was crowned Mighty Mini champion, in what was her first season driving on tarmac. She’s an inspiration to those she meets, and not just for her success in driving and racing. Alice also dedicates her time to raise awareness of females in motorsport, raising money for charity in the process. Not only that, Alice is spending time mentoring and supporting younger female drivers in the early stages of their careers.


Adversity United's 

Cameron Osburn

Cameron loves football and hasn’t let his Cerebral Palsy get in his way of playing the sport he loves. When playing at school he found he couldn’t keep up with his peers, so rather than give up, he set up his own team, Adversity United. Adversity United’s aim is to bring young people with disabilities together to play the sport they love, but otherwise might not get the opportunity to enjoy. Despite being 17, and studying for his A-Levels, Cameron has been able to bring the project to the attention of businesses and clubs around Yorkshire who have helped to expand the coaching and he is now looking to include further teenage and adult coaching sessions. An extremely gracious young man, Cameron’s focus is on expanding the club to allow more to experience the joy that football has brought him and others.


Harrogate Swimming Club's


Hotshots is a group of 20 swimmers that have a variety of physical or learning disabilities with an extremely professional approach to the sport. Meeting multiple times a week with an intense training schedule these are swimmers who are competing at the highest levels. Recent achievements include making Paralympic selection events, winning medals at national championships and racing against Paralympic champions at international level. The group is one of the largest and most competitively successful in the UK, with a passion and determination to support each other despite their differences.


The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the beautiful Rudding Park Hotel on Wednesday 9th May.

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