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Carl Froch named BBC East Midlands Sports Personality
Nottingham boxer Carl Froch celebrates victory over Jermain Taylor
Froch was unable to attend the Awards night as he was at his brother's wedding

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch has been voted BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year.

The result was revealed at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards which were held at Loughborough University on Thursday, 3 December, 2009.

World champion Froch topped a poll of BBC viewers, listeners and web users.

He has had a sensational 12 months, winning the WBC super-middleweight title in a classic fight against Jean Pascal at the Nottingham Arena.

BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2009: Ceremony highlights

Froch has since defended his title twice, including a sensational final-round win over Jermain Taylor in Connecticut.

The 32-year-old was one of 13 winners at the event, which was hosted by John Inverdale, and included an indoor pole vault display by British champions Kate Dennison and Steve Lewis.

Football Achievement Award

BBC East Midlands Sports Awards: Nigel Pearson picks up his award

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson collected Football Achievement Award ahead of his team's local derby against Nottingham Forest.

In 2009 Pearson's team became League One Champions.

He has helped stabilize the club and has surprised many by taking them to third place in the Championship table.

Team Of The Year

Loughborough University's star-studded swimming club were named Team of the Year.

Liam Tancock

Replay Liam Tancock's world record at the World Championships

The swimmers have set four world records and eight Commonwealth records.

They have also broken 43 British records during 2009 and the club had 15 swimmers at the World Championships in Rome.

One of those swimmers was Liam Tancock, who won gold in the 50m backstroke, beating his own world record.

Disabled Sportsperson Of The Year

Nottinghamshire athlete Richard Whitehead is the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year after a record breaking 2009.

Whitehead, who is a double leg amputee, has smashed world bests for the marathon and half-marathon.

He set a new world record in the 2009 Chicago Marathon, on 11 October, with a time of two hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds having become the first ever leg amputee to break the three-hour barrier at the Rome Marathon earlier in the year.

Coach Of The Year

BBC East Midlands Sports Awards: Richard Cockerill picks up his award

Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill won the Coach of the Year Award.

Cockerill has had a tremendous first season as head coach.

He took the Tigers to the Premiership title and narrowly missed out on the Heineken Cup where they were beaten by Leinster 19-16 in the final.

Leicester are currently fourth in the Premiership.

Junior Sportsperson Of The Year

British elite gymnast Sam Oldham collected the Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Sixteen-year-old Sam, from Nottingham, won gold at the European Youth Olympics and all seven gold medals at the English Championships.

Junior Disabled Sportsperson Of The Year

Fourteen-year-old Maddie Thompson was named the Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

The Derbyshire schoolgirl made her debut for the GB senior team at wheelchair basketball in 2009 and is now a hot prospect for London 2012.

Power Of Sport Award

The new BBC Power of Sport Award went to the Nottingham Unity Football and Education Programme.

Unity FC players on what they love about their football club

The award recognises how sport can change communities.

Unity is a voluntary football and education project which has brought together 16 to 25-year-olds from Nottingham's rival gang areas of Radford, Broxtowe, Bestwood, the Meadows and St Ann's.

They played their first match against an IX from Ilkeston Town on 23 November, 2005 and now Unity has over 100 young people from inner city Nottingham on its books.

BBC Sports Unsung Hero

Roger Jones is described as the lifeblood of Clifton Cricket Club

Roger Jones of Clifton Cricket Club in South Derbyshire is the 2009 BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero.

Roger has spent 43 years at the club.

He is groundsman, tea maker, coach and fund-raiser.

Colleagues describe him as the lifeblood of Clifton.

Roger progresses to the national Sports Personality final at Sheffield on 13 December.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Athletics coach George Gandy was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.

George Gandy has been honoured at the BBC Sport Awards

In the last 40 years he has nurtured and coached some of the best known sportspeople.

The impressive list includes Sebastian Coe, Paula Radcliffe, Dave Moorcroft and more recently Lisa Dobriskey.

George has coached 75 athletes to international honours.

He left his role at Loughborough University after 33 years this summer to take up a position with UK Athletics.

Brian Clough Breakthrough Award

James Taylor
Taylor's current batting average in four day county cricket is 65.77

Leicerstershire cricketer James Taylor won the Brian Clough Breakthrough Award.

The 19-year-old from Melton had a stunning first season for Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

He is currently training with England's development squad in South Africa.

Judges Special Award

The Judges Special Award went to Lee Penfold of Hinckley in Leicestershire.

Lee not only won medals at the highly successful Special Olympics in Leicester in July 2009 but he also was a tireless ambassador for the event, helping to raise its profile in the media and win sponsorship.

Enterprise In Sport Award

Abacus Lighting of Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire collected the Enterprise in Sport Award.

This medium-sized company literally lit up cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.

It designed and built floodlights for all three venues - Trent Bridge, The Oval and Lords.

Viewers and listeners, along with County Sports Partnerships and BBC staff nominated sportspeople for the 13 categories. BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year was judged purely on text votes while a panel of nine judges, four BBC, one Audience Council and four sports experts from outside the BBC determined the final three and winners in each of the other 12 categories.




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