Doncaster Sports Awards Roll of Honour: Epworth Bells Sports Superstar - Sammie Fritchley

South Yorkshire Newspapers Group Editor Chris Burton presents Sammie Fritchley with the Epworth Bells Superstar Award at the Doncaster Free Press 2014 Sport Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe
South Yorkshire Newspapers Group Editor Chris Burton presents Sammie Fritchley with the Epworth Bells Superstar Award at the Doncaster Free Press 2014 Sport Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

Race ace Sammie Fritchley spoke of her delight after being crowned the Epworth Bells Sports Superstar at this year’s Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards.

The inspiring awards event saw an Unsung Hero crowned, a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award dished out and a gong for Disabled Sports Personality of the Year alongside several other sporting accolades.

The sixth annual ceremony also saw the first ever award for our Epworth Bells Sports Superstar.

Following scores of nominations, our Bells readers helped crown championship-winning racing driver Fritchley at a winners’ ceremony, staged at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“It’s great to be recognised for what I am doing, it’s really great, I’m delighted,” said the 32-year-old from Haxey.

“I had no idea I would be nominated, let alone win the award.

“To win it on the back of Bells readers’ nominations is really great.”

Fritchley celebrated becoming a British Automobile Racing Club champion for the third time in four years.

And without exception, her long list of nominators for this award said she was a girl causing a real stir in a ‘man’s world’.

She was also described as fearless and someone who pushed herself and her car to the limit, showing true grit in her chosen sport.

Having won the championship for a third time of asking, the garage owner has also scooped the Densley Trophy for the Oustanding Female Achievement in Motorsport category - a historic benchmark for the accolade.

The Isle driver is currently mentoring a young racer in Louis Tyson and the pair are preparing their onslaught in their latest championship which includes taking on Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park this summer.

Fritchley’s fellow shortlisted finalists were runner Jayne Baldwin and billiards player Branson Hoole.

PE teacher Baldwin has won the Isle of Axholme Half Marathon the last two years as well and also clinched the Cusworth 10k back in September.

The Isle athlete, who finished first in her age category at this month’s Epworth Triathlon, will also represent Great Britain in the World Championship Age Group Duathlon later this month.

Meanwhile, Hoole - also know in the Isle as ‘Chum’ - is living proof that you’re never too old to fulfill your sporting dream.

Aged 84, he represented England at billiards last year and his international career has taken him as far afield as Malaysia and New Zealand.

Hoole has also been captain of Epworth billiards and chairman of the Isle of Axholme Billiards League.