YOUNG Huddersfield athletes are celebrating a string of awards.

They have achieved sporting success in the 2004 Npower Active Sports Awards, which are organised by the Federation of Disability Sports Organisations.

The awards recognise individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution or achievement in sports for people with disabilities.

Vickyleigh Tullett, aged 13, from Newsome High School and Sports College, won the Most Promising Junior Newcomer Award.

She was also nominated for the Young Achiever prize for her skills in equestrian dressage.

Vickyleigh has previously represented the region in the Riding for the Disabled regional round, qualifying for the National Championships.

Young Achiever Award winner Sheraz Ali was the first disabled pupil at Newsome High School and Sports College to do a full course in PE, where he achieved an A grade.

Sheraz took part in athletics, boccia - a form of bowls - and polybat table tennis.

He has achieved three gold medals in regional championships and two silver and a bronze in national championships.

Sheraz was the National Boccia Champion in 2002.

Mark Ashley White, from Holmfirth, received the Most Promising Senior Newcomer accolade in snooker.

Mark, who has played in the World National Open Snooker Championship, is a member of Huddersfield's number one team in the Yorkshire Snooker League. He has also represented Yorkshire at the national championships.

A goalball team, the Moor End Butchers from Moor End Technology College, Crosland Moor, won the Junior Team of the Year at the annual awards ceremony at Leeds United's Elland Road ground.

The team is ranked 12th in the country and has previously won Npower's annual goalball tournament.

Newsome High School and Sports College gained top honours by winning the School of the Year award for its work in helping to raise the profile of disability sport.

The school's pupils include a group of physically disabled young children who compete nationally and represent Yorkshire in various events. The school has also allowed the junior boccia event to be held at its sports college free over the past five years.

Kevin Rodgers, Npower's community relations manager for Yorkshire, said: "Npower has hundreds of staff and thousands of customers in the area, so we want to help with what's important to them.

"Npower rewards customers in its communities that are creative with their energies," he added.

"The Huddersfield athletes swept the board due to their excellent athletic ability. They all remain an inspiration to others.

"I look forward to seeing them carry on the good work over the next year."