Examiner Community Awards 2011: Bay Athletic win Sports Team of the Year Award
BAY Athletic made history at a high standard of football and notched up a treble this season – and are already looking to take their game to an even higher standard.
Bay Athletic have won the West Riding County Amateur Football League title for the fourth successive year – the first team in the league’s history to achieve this feat.
And they have also just revealed they are looking to the future by setting up an Academy team to start next season.
The ambition now is to move up to another level and play in the Northern Counties East Football League which could be as early as 2012 if they keep up their winning ways.
The club, based at Canalside on Leeds Road, is also representing the West Riding League in the Counties Cup after lifting the league trophy this season.
Chairman Martin Byrne said: "This award is fantastic, coming from people in Huddersfield. We are delighted with what we have achieved and we have a long-term plan to develop the club still further.
"A lot of our people have been with the club for many years and have it at their heart.
"Huddersfield deserves another semi-pro club and we would like to see the players from this town who go elsewhere, to other leagues, to stay here with us. The players we have now are good enough but there are others to come in the years ahead of us.
"We are so pleased to win this award."
Other nominees in this category, sponsored by Ramsdens Solicitors, were Deighton’s Demons and Diamonds basketball teams and Honley High Year 11 Netball Team.
Examiner Community Awards 2011: Reddin Rizgar wins Young Personality of the Year Award
REDDIN Rizgar overcome physical disabilities, language barriers and an epic journey in every sense of the word to become an absolute inspiration to everyone who meets him.
The 16-year-old, who is from a Kurdish background, came to Britain at the age of four from Northern Iraq after his father, a deserter from Saddam Hussain’s army, carried him on his back during a year-long journey.
He learned to speak English and acted as an interpreter for his father even though he has physical disabilities including Growth Hormone Deficiency.
Now at Moor End Technology College, headteacher Jane Acklam said: "Reddin is considered the life and soul by many of his peers and a great friend. He is ready to attempt and surpass all obstacles that life throws him.’’
Such is the dedication of Reddin to his studies that he brought his physics revision notes to the awards last night in preparation for his exam today(Tuesday).
Reddin, who was visibly emotional after receiving the award, said: "I’m really astonished, but very proud. It is all down to my parents that I have achieved this success."
His 18-year-old sister Rezhin Ahmed said: "The whole family are very, very proud of him. I never thought I would be so proud of him. He is wonderful."
Other nominees in this category, sponsored by Huddersfield Common Good Trust, were Jhovan Hanson and George Jackson.