Doncaster Sports Awards Roll of Honour: Sports Personality of the Year - Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell, in training for his world title fight, receives his award from coaches Dave Hulley and Jimmy Harrington.

Jamie McDonnell, in training for his world title fight, receives his award from coaches Dave Hulley and Jimmy Harrington.

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Jamie McDonnell scooped the top award at this year’s Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards.

The 28-year-old was named Sports Personality of the Year at the sixth annual celebration of sport in Doncaster.

The evening, hosted by Free Press sports writer Paul Goodwin, threw up several memorable stories and tales of achievement.

Among the highlights, new National One champions Doncaster Knights claimed three awards, football coach Eddie Beaglehole won Lifetime Achievement and Wheatley Hill Tennis Club were named Amateur Club of the Year.

The 300-strong audience at the Keepmoat Stadium were also moved by the story of Unsung Hero John Hargate, a boxing coach at Lindholme Gym diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Ahead of next week’s coverage in the Doncaster Free Press, we’ll be profiling some of the 14 winners right here at www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk.

We start today with JAMIE MCDONNELL, who has had a quite extraordinary last 12 months.

In May last year he became Doncaster’s first ever boxing world champion, beating Julio Ceja at the Keepmoat Stadium to land the IBF World Bantamweight title.

Five months later he was stripped of the belt due to a technicality.

But McDonnell was not about to just lay down and take it.

Later this month he’ll fight on arguably the biggest night of British boxing for decades - on the Froch Groves undercard at Wembley - for the WBA World Bantamweight title.

Doncaster Rovers’ James Coppinger and Winter Paralympics star Mick Brennan were also named as finalists in the Sports Personality of the Year category.