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Shaun Murphy
Maria Costello presents Murphy's award

County triumphs at Sports' Awards

Northamptonshire claimed three winners at this year's Sports' Awards for the East Midlands at a ceremony held in Leicester on Monday night.


Three of Northamptonshire's sports' people walked away with awards at the BBC East Midland Sports Awards on Monday night.

Embassy World Snooker Champion, Shaun Murphy won Sportsman Of The Year while Sian Edwards from Kettering won the Junior Sportswoman Of The Year.

(L) Winner Charley Hull, 9, from Kettering
Hayley Turner presents Charley's award

Also, nine year-old Charley Hull from Burton Latimer won a Special Achievement Award.

This year she beat over 20,000 competitors to win the Ladies Amateur Championship at Turnberry, despite the wind blowing her over on the course twice.

She's now qualified for the Ladies’ Open.

Shaun’s shock

Shaun Murphy made snooker history last season. He became the first qualifier to win the sport's biggest prize – the Embassy World Championship - since Terry Griffiths in 1979 and the lowest ranked player to take the title; all at the age of 22.

"It’s taken 15 years of hard work to get here, but each one of these awards represents some of that time grafting away."
Shaun Murphy

Speaking after winning the award, Shaun said, “Every time you win an award is absolutely amazing.

“It’s taken 15 years of hard work to get here, but each one of these awards represents some of that time grafting away.”

Murphy now lives in Rotherham with his wife but still has close ties to Northamptonshire.

County swimmer Caitlin McClatchy, who is based in Brixworth but trains in Loughborough, was also nominated for an award but failed to win.

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