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Robert Abraham from Ecclesbourne School was among the winners at this year’s Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Sports Awards.

Robert was presented with the Disability Sportsperson of the Year award at the event, which recognises volunteers involved in school sport and pupils who have achieved county, regional, national or international success in school sport.

Robert won silver and bronze at the National Junior and Youth Swimming Championships. He was one of the youngest competitors at the Welsh Athletics Senior Championships, and won gold and silver at the Nationwide Junior Athletic Championships.

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Highly commended in the Disabled Sportsperson of the year category was Cameron McLean from Ecclesbourne School.

Cameron’s potential was recognised just over 12 months ago at a talent spotting event organised in the county, and he enjoyed his first taste of road racing at the Virgin London Mini Marathon in April, where he finished in fifth place. He has since competed in the National Racing Wheelchair Championships and the East Midlands Disability Athletics Championships and qualified for the National Championships.

The DSSA Awards were held on Thursday, September 29 at Pride Park Stadium in Derby, where a number of individual and team awards were presented in front of an audience of 200 guests.

Also among those to be honoured at the event was Thomas Moss and Cherese Naylor from Mill Hill School, who were both highly commended for their outstanding contribution to volunteering.

Thomas is a volunteer for Codnor Boys FC Disability Squad and also runs an after-school football club at Codnor Primary School.

Cherese has so far completed more than 100 hours of volunteering in netball, and recently qualified as the youngest netball umpire in the country.

Presentations were also made to Robert Peat and Zack Needham from Mill Hill School, and Hannah Jones from Ecclesbourne School.

Robert was commended in the Sportsperson of the Year category. He plays cricket for Denby Cricket Club and Derbyshire, has been selected for the Derbyshire Mini Academy and Full Academy and has been talent tested for England Cricket.

Zack, who is a UK and world kickboxing champion and remains unbeaten in 66 fights, was commended in the Sportsperson of the Year (non-school sport) category, alongside Hannah who is the current World Ladies Junior Snooker Champion – a title she has won four times. She is currently ranked world number six on the World Ladies Billards and Snooker Association senior ranking list.

The event also saw several young promising sport stars presented with John Bainbridge Award Grants of £50 each.

They included:

Robert Abraham (Swimming/athletics) – Ecclesbourne School

Cameron McLean (Athletics) – Ecclesbourne School

Bradley Moore (Golf)- Woodlands School

Robert Peat (Cricket) - Mill Hill School

The grants are awarded annually in memory of John Bainbridge, who died of a heart attack in 2004 aged 51. John was head of sport and recreation at Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton and played a leading role in setting up the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports Association Sports Awards.

The Derbyshire School Sports Association (DSSA) is the lead body responsible for school sport in Derbyshire.