Sport Awards: Duo get top award

Paralympic champion Stephen Miller was last night crowned Sports Personality of the Year at Sport Newcastle's 30th annual awards dinner.

Paralympic champion Stephen Miller was last night crowned Sports Personality of the Year at Sport Newcastle's 30th annual awards dinner.

The 26-year-old from Cramlington (pictured above) was joint winner with mum Ros, who is also his coach. They are preparing for their fourth Paralympic games and, having won the gold medal in the club throw in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, will head to Beijing next summer as the overwhelming favourites.

An athlete who has held the world record for 10 years, Stephen succeeded Shay Given in winning an award that has been also held by Alan Shearer, Steve Harmison and Kevin Keegan.

There have been few more popular recipients than the reigning World and European champion, who accepted his prize before a star-studded audience at Newcastle's Civic Centre.

Other winners included Steve Black - Newcastle Falcons' fitness coach - who received the Wilkinson Sword for his outstanding contribution to sport.

BBC Radio Newcastle's Barry Hindson collected the Frank Brennan Trophy for services to North-East sport.

Denise Egan won the Stan Calvert (coach of the year) Award for her work with Team Northumbria's netball squad.

South Northumberland Cricket Club received the Team/Community Award having won the Cockspur Cup at Lords last summer. Also honoured were Sport Newcastle's Rising Stars.

The winners were Andy Carroll (football), Rebecca Anson (field athletics), George Laughton (rowing), Dominique Allen (basketball), Robbie Woods (judo), Alexandra Walker (tennis), Frederick Burdon (rugby union), Ami Campbell (cricket), William Smith (badminton), Nikki Hunter (golf), Rebecca Liddell (athletics), Lee Storey (judo) and Jessica Thielman (swimming) and Lara Wilson (gymnastics).

Among the guests at the Civic Centre were Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder and Newcastle Eagles coach Fabulous Flournoy, along with the Newcastle Falcons director of rugby, John Fletcher.

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