Hudgell Solicitors were privileged to hand over a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award to one of Hull’s most successful sports coaches at the Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards.
As sponsors, senior solicitor Simon Wilson presented the award – handed out for the very first time – to St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Club coach Mike Bromby, the man who led Luke Campbell to his Olympic gold medal, and is now one of the biggest names in the sport.
Mike has worked tirelessly over three decades by giving his time to club and producing champions such as Campbell, and Tommy Coyle, who is the official patron of the Neil Hudgell Trust and was the special guest speaker.
Announcing the award, Hull Daily Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson said: “When it comes to leaving a lasting legacy in amateur sport in this city, our winner has done that on a level unmatched by many.
“The head coach of a sporting club which stands for all that is right about sport, with success in life skills as important as on the winning podium, our winner has still managed to produce champions this city can be proud of.
“With too many schoolboy, Yorkshire, English and Great Britain champions to name, his success as a coach is unquestionable, his success as a role model and at nurturing boys and girls to become the type of men and women who represent themselves and their families is undeniable, and evident everywhere you look.
“He has been at the forefront not just in this city, but at a regional and national level for the best part of four decades.”
Mr Wilson, who also handed over the Junior Boy of the Year (over 16) Award to Bishop Burton College student Bradley Spriggs, in recognition of achievements in rugby with the college both in regional and national competitions, said it was great to be involved in a night reflecting on sporting excellence at all ages and levels.
“It was fantastic to hear so many stories of sporting success in our region, and it demonstrated the wealth of talent we have across East Yorkshire,” he said.
“It was particularly pleasing to have the chance to present Mike Bromby with his Lifetime Achievement Award, and to see how emotional he was, given all he has achieved, at being recognised by those from his own community.
“His success with the likes of Luke Campbell and Tommy Coyle has put the city on the map, whilst his dedication to supporting children into developing into good people has made a tremendous contribution to the community for many years. He was certainly a very worthy winner, as was Bradley in the Junior Boy category.”
Elsewhere on the night, St Paul’s and England squad member India Wilkinson was named overall Sporting Champion, as well as claiming the Junior Girl of The Year (over 16) prize.
Her team-mate Millie O’Neill was named Junior Girl of The Year (under 16), while St Paul’s were also crowned Amateur Club of the Year for their success in being home to three current national champions.
Away from boxing, 15-year-old tennis star Paul Jubb was named the Junior Boy in the under 16 category, and Mike Swainger, who established and plays for the Hull Wheelchair Rugby League team, was named Disabled Athlete of The Year.
There was also rugby league success for Norland Sharks’ Open Age side, who were crowned Team of the Year, whilst North Ferriby United won the Sporting Moment Award for their FA Trophy success at Wembley in March.
David Wobey was named Volunteer of The Year for his work in the sport of badminton, while St Mary’s Sixth Form were crowned School/College of the Year.
Cricketer Ben Hatfield scooped the Amateur Sports Person award, whilst Connor Lynes and James Martin were joint winners of the Sporting Inspiration Award.