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SPORTING Silhillians were recognised for their achievements at the Solihull Sports Council Awards.

SPORTING Silhillians were recognised for their achievements at the Solihull Sports Council Awards.

The night was designed to recognise the contributions of amateur sports people, clubs and volunteers.

Light-middleweight boxer Thomas Costello was crowned sportsman of the year after his 100 per-cent record of five wins from five bouts.

The 19-year-old has already fought on the under-card of an Amir Khan fight in front of 10,000 fans and the teenager makes regular trips to Young Offenders Institutes to preach the benefits of boxing.

Golfing sensation Rachel Jennings picked up the sportswoman award after a year which saw her represent Great Britain and Ireland in the Vagliano trophy against Europe at Hamburg Golf Club this weekend.

Rachel was a close runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke-Play Championship, and third qualifier in the English Championship.

Team of the year went to Dorridge Junior School U11 football team who won the Premier League Schools Tournament at Old Trafford.

They represented Aston Villa in the finals after beating off the challenge of over 1,000 other schools.

Paul Archer received a coaching achievement award for transforming Solihull Amateur Boxing Club.

The enthusiastic coach has seen four Midland Champions, two national semi-finalists and a Women’s ABA finalist come out of the club in five years.

Valerie Lynes was rewarded for her dedication to swimming with a services to sport award and 18-year-old Sarah Collins won the young volunteer award.

Sarah joined Solihull Swimming Club as a swimmer and is now a valued member of the teaching and coaching team.

 

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