The final countdown has been made and the top three in each of the Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards categories can be revealed.
The finalists will be invited to the annual presentation dinner at the Holiday Inn on Thursday March 7, when the winners will be announced, and what a night that promises to be for Netherton United FC, world kick-boxing champion Rob Taylor and City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS).
COPS have no less than five finalists with Jamie Scholes in the running for Sports Personality of the Year, Amelia Monaghan and Kenzie Whyatt for Sportswoman of the Year, Harriet Salisbury for Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Nathan Griffin for Unsung Hero.
Netherton are up for three awards (Team of the Year, Jon Harrison in Coach of the Year, and Mark Baines and Tommy Randall in Footballer of the Year) and Taylor also has a treble chance. He’s made it into the top three in Sportsman of the Year, Coach of the Year and his club TASK are in the Team of the Year final as well.
The Hicks Karate School finished with two in the top three. They were Atlanta Hickman in Sportswoman of the Year and Sophie Doyle in Junior Sports Personality of the Year.
Up against Scholes for the big Sports Personality of the Year prize are Peterborough Panthers speedway team boss Carl Johnson and Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team’s long-serving captain James Ferrara.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by the Army, is a new category this year and the three who received most votes were Kevin Sanders (boxing), Tommy Flynn (football) and Ian Parker (martial arts).
PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH SPORTS AWARDS 2019 - THE TOP THREE (in no particular order)
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
TEAM OF THE YEAR
JUNIOR SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
JUNIOR FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR