9th November 2012, 3:47pm
More medals for Paralympic star Sophie as she claims top county sports honour
John Inverdale and Sophie Wells Paralympic star and University of Lincoln student Sophie Wells added to her collection of medals last night by claiming the title Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012.

Sophie won the top honour at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2012, held on Thursday (8th November) at the Lincolnshire Events Centre at Lincolnshire Showground.

The awards, sponsored by Lincolnshire Media, were hosted by BBC TV presenter John Inverdale who fronted much of the BBC's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Almost 400 guests celebrated Lincolnshire's year of sporting success at the annual event, which is organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to recognise those involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.

In total 16 awards were presented to county sportspeople, coaches, volunteers and organisations who have made significant contributions to sport at all levels.

The University of Lincoln sponsored the award category 'Sportsman of the Year', which was presented to international sprinter Rob Tobin by the University's Director of Sport, Robin Wright.

The culmination of the ceremony came with the announcement of the winner of the title Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012. Sophie Wells, who had already received the award for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, was invited to the stage to collect the trophy to rapturous applause.

Dressage rider Sophie, who deferred her studies in Sport and Exercise Science at Lincoln to compete with Team GB, won one Gold Medal and two Silver Medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games this summer.

Elsewhere, the University of Lincoln was represented among the nominees in the categories Sports Educator of the Year (Adam Evans), County Sports Organisation of the Year (University of Lincoln Students' Union) and Contribution to Physical Activity (HE/FE Games).

Guest speaker for the evening, Richard Sargent, also thanked the University for its support of the county's elite athletes in his speech, in which he described the thrill of carrying the flag at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: "This was an exciting and memorable awards evening and being in the same year as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games gave it a unique dimension. The University of Lincoln demonstrated its leadership in sporting success and its ability to develop sporting programmes that sit at the frontier of international sports excellence."

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: "2012 has been a fantastic year for sport and the Lincolnshire Sports Awards were a perfect opportunity to celebrate Lincolnshire's sporting success."
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