2015 SPORTS AWARDS - JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: Swimmers could be making a big splash

Jaxon Simmons with his coach Ben Negus.
Jaxon Simmons with his coach Ben Negus.
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Next category we turn to in the 2015 Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards is Junior Sportsman of the Year

Those included in our list of contenders are merely suggestions and that’s all they are. The choice is entirely down to you.

Gymnastics champion Jake Jarman.

Gymnastics champion Jake Jarman.

The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 2016 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.


(sponsored by Dalrod)

Three promising young swimmers could be the frontrunners in the race to be crowned Junior Sportsman of the Year.

Top sprinter William Hughes.

Top sprinter William Hughes.

James Scholes (15) was the star of the show for City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) as they took the British National Championships by storm in Sheffield.

The club had 34 of their 123 members qualify for the big event at Ponds Forge and they returned with 11 medals.

And young Scholes grabbed five of them including a gold medal in the 200m backstroke. He won silvers in the 100m backstroke and 1500m freestyle and bronze medals in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle.

He also represented England in a four-nations international meet in Italy.

England international tenpin bowler Rhys Bean.

England international tenpin bowler Rhys Bean.

Daniel Leigh (16) has improved his performances by leaps and bounds in the last two seasons and this year won a silver medal at the British Championships.

The third candidate from the COPS contigent is Jaxon Simmons

Fourteen year-old Jaxon has been identified as having podium potential at international level by the ASA.

Jaxon has a sight impairment but it has not stopped him from progressing at a rapid pace up the national rankings. He is a GB record holder in the 1500m freestyle and has a top four world ranking in the 400m freestyle.

Dalrod are sponsoring this award.

Dalrod are sponsoring this award.

He was a medallist at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield in the summer but the best news for the Arthur Mellows student came a few weeks later when he was named in one of British Para-Swimming’s World Class Performance squads.

He is one of 22 swimmers on the ‘podium potential’ list who are deemed to have the potential for medals at either next year’s Rio Paralympics or the Tokyo 2020 edition.

Eddy Paddock scooped this award last year and is again likely to attract lots of votes from the local martial arts scene.

The young kick-boxer from the Peterborough BCKA club was disappointed to miss out on the World Championships in Portugal in October because of a lack of finance but still had an outstanding year in which he captured three European and six British titles.

Another martial artist with plenty to celebrate in 2015 was Jake Peppercorn from the Hicks Karate School . He won a world kick-boxing title in Portugal and four gold medals at the World Martial Arts Games in Norwich.

From athletics the leading contender should be Nene Valley Harriers sprinter William Hughes.

Nobody could touch him over 100m and 200m at county and regional level and he wasn’t bad either at national level. He won the England Athletics Under 15 200m crown and was third in the 200m at the English Schools Championships.

Another athlete who had plenty to shout about in 2015 was Karim Chan.

Karim, a 14 year-old Marshfields School pupil who suffers from autism, was the star performer at the Eastern Region Disability Championships in Chelmsford. He won all three events he entered - the 100m, 200m and long jump - and collected the best performance of the day trophy .

He went on to compete at the National Disability Championships at Warwick University and won the long jump title.

From golf the pick of the crop of young talent at Peterborough Milton Golf Club are Robin ‘Tiger’ Williams and Jacob Williams.

Robin, a former world kids champion, won several top tournaments in America in 2015 during the first year of his scholarship at a golf academy in Florida, and in Europe he won the Belgian Under 14 Boys International Championship.

Jacob won the Peterborough Milton junior knockout singles trophy at just 11 years-old and also gained Northants county honours and hit a hole-in-one in 2015.

Elsewhere, Thomas Deacon Academy student Rhys Bean represented England Under 16s at tenpin bowling, Bradley Bowering from the Phantoms Academy skippered the England Under 14 ice hockey team andDeeping School pupil Jake Jarman, a member of Louis Smith’s Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, won an English title on the pommel horse at the start of the year and in the British Championships at the weekend he picked up four medals included the overall silver.


Jamie Scholes

Outstanding City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) member who won five medals at the British National Championships in Sheffield including a gold in the 200m backstroke.

Karim Chan

Marshfield School pupil who won the gold medal in the long jump at the National Disability Athletics Championships.

Daniel Leigh

COPS swimmer who won a silver medal at the British Championships and four gold medals at the East Long Course Championships.

Rhys Bean

Tenpin bowler who won an England international call-up in 2015.

Jerry Norman

Fenland Clarion cyclist who finished in an excellent second place - just one point away from victory - in the omnium at the National Clarion Track Championships. Also broke the club’s boys 10-mile time trial record with 22.37.

Jake Jarman

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club member who won the junior boys gold medal on the pommel horse at the English Championships and finished overall runner-up in the British Championships.

Robin Tiger Williams

Won the Belgian Under 14 Boys International Championship and a handful of titles in America.

Eddie Paddock

Peterborough BCKA club member won three European kick-boxing titles and six British kick-boxing titles.

Ashton Brannigan

Another BCKA fighter to win a European title.

Jake Peppercorn

British and world kick-boxing champion from the Hicks Karate School. Also won four gold medals at the World Games.

Alex Hampson

Distance runner from Nene Valley Harriers who won the North Midlands Cross-Country League Under 17 title in 2015 and three Peterborough 5k Grand Prix races.

Daniel Mees

Peterborough Athletic Club middle-distance runner who completed the 800m/1500m double at the county championships and won the Eastern Counties 800m title.

Jaxon Simmons

A visiually impaired COPS swimmer who won a silver medal at the ASA National Championships and was selected for a World Class Performance squad.

William Hughes

Nene Valley Harriers sprinter who won the 100m and 200m at the North of England Championships. English Schools bronze medallist. English Championship winner.

Bradley Bowering

Ice hockey player. Captain England Under 14s. Top young prospect.

Jacob Williams

Eleven year-old winner of the junior knockout singles trophy at Peterborough Milton, who gained Northants county junior honours in 2015 and also hit a hole-in-one at the par three 16th on his home course.

Joey Evison

Cracked a ton for Bourne CC men aged 13.


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