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James Huckle bags top award at Essex Sports Awards 2010
James Huckle, Sarah Bowerman from Essex and Suffolk Water and Claire Vigrass
James Huckle with his award along with Sarah Bowerman and Claire Vigrass

James Huckle from Harlow has received the Sports Personality of the Year trophy at the Essex Sports Awards 2010.

The ceremony, organised by sportessex and supported by BBC Essex, was held at The Mill in Rayleigh.

The shooter won two bronze and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi during October.

Huckle told BBC Essex: "A privilege to be nominated for these awards and a privilege to win one of them and it is great to be part of such a big event."

Listen again: Essex Sports Awards 2010.

The awards event was hosted by BBC Essex's Glenn Speller and BBC London weather presenter, Wendy Hurrell.

Cllr Stephen Castle with Alex Dowsett
Cllr Stephen Castle from Essex County Council presented Alex with his award

Cycling's Alex Dowsett from Cock Clarks, near Chelmsford took the Olympic Hopeful award.

"It is a surprise, it is a real honour," said Dowsett.

The silver medal Alex won in Delhi at the Commonwealth Games has helped to push his ambitions to new levels.

"Cycling is such a competitive sport, I sort of doubted my chances. But getting that silver medal has helped me to realise that it [2012 London Olympics] really is a possibility," he added.

St. James Primary School, Harlow carried off the School of the Year trophy.

The athlete and volunteer awards are selected by a judging panel from nominations sent in by members of the public.

In pictures: Essex Sports Awards 2010

sportessex Chairman's Award

Danny Crates

Danny Crates and Jo-Jo Cranfield
Danny Crates with Jo-Jo Cranfield, who collected the Paralympic Hopeful

Essex and Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year

James Huckle; Anne Wafula-Strike and Claire Vigrass - runners-up.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Young Sports Personality of the Year

Rebecca Terry; Jessica Judd and Christopher Rust - runners-up.

Essex County Council Olympic Hopeful

Alex Dowsett; Andrew Osagie and James Huckle - runners-up.

Essex Disability Sports Academy Paralympic Hopeful

Jo-Jo Cranfield; Hannah Stodel and Richard Chiassaro - runners-up.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Services to Sport

Howard Williams; Dudley Baker and Brian Dawbarn - runners-up.

Wilson James Young Community Volunteer

Daniel Blewett; Ross Gale and Lauren Freeman - runners-up.

Skanska School of the Year

St James Primary School; Shoeburyness High School and St Michael's C of E Primary School - runners-up.

Pad Creative Innovative Scheme of the Year

Disability Sport with David Hardman; Athletics with Kathrine Foy and Ruggerbugs Andrew Peasey - runners-up.

Wilson James Community Club of the Year

Braintree BMX; Rayleigh Cricket Club and Yushikai Karate Academy - runners-up.

Go Sports Volunteer Coach of the Year

Julian Allen; Ken Day and Lande Fourie runners-up.

In pictures: Essex Sports Awards 2010

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