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Service to Sport

Service to Sport winner Lesley Sturgess.

The Service to Sport award honoured City of Derby's Lesley Sturgess as an enthusiastic and inspirational volunteer in sport for nearly 40 years at Derby Ladies Hockey Club and then in Derbyshire squash.

Amber Valley's Mark Hallows, from Denby, involved in the Derbyshire sport scene for more than 60 years as a player volunteer and administrator, first in Wirksworth and now at Denby CC, and Chesterfield's Tim Sadler, for his sterling work with Brampton Rovers, Chesterfield Town and Newbold Community Football Training, were runners up.

"I was really excited when I first found out I'd been nominated for the county awards," said Tim. "I was lucky enough to win that and it's great to be here with so many other great sports people on this stage.

"As a player my career was halted by injury, but I've continued to get involved as a secretary, manager and coaching. It's the love of the game, a bug. I love to see the young players, from under-privileged areas in some cases, develop and then themselves become coaches, and I also like to see people of all abilities enjoying the game."