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Sporting Achievement

Sporting Achievement

Young tumbling gymnast Eleanor Simpson has dominated her sport in both domestic competitions and on the world stage.

She won the British Championships in consecutive years and has just found out she will compete in the European Championships in Portugal in a few months.

Last year she won a gold medal in every major competition she entered.

But she was still humbled to win a Proud of Barnsley award.

“I never thought I would win - gymnastics is not a big sport and I thought someone else would get the award.”

At the time of the ceremony, Eleanor was away at a competition and her award was collected by her mother Kirstie McEnhill.

Eleanor said Kirstie had enjoyed the evening and was shocked when her name was called out.

Collecting Eleanor’s award, Kirstie said: “It’s nothing less than she deserves.”

Eleanor has done gymnastics since she was a youngster and trains five times a week at the Wakefield Gym Club.

She also raises funds for her sport and gives talks in schools on behalf of British Gymnasts.

Eleanor said it was important to encourage people to nominate saying: “I think it helps people to push themselves in what they do.”

We are looking for Barnsley’s outstanding sports personalities who have shown nothing but dedication in their field.

The winner could be a household name who has put Barnsley on the map or someone relatively unknown who has achieved exceptional sporting feats.

They may be a great coach or a competitor, a sportsman or woman who has achieved great things in their chosen field, someone who has inspired others to excel or a club official who is a positive role model for their club and sport.

  • Someone who dedicates their own time to coaching or organising sporting events.
  • Someone who demonstrates positive action to benefit the local community.
  • Someone who encourages and supports their club or volunteers their time.
  • Someone whose positive manner, enthusiasm and willingness for their role encourages and inspires others.

We know that Barnsley is a hub of famous sporting talent, but why not nominate the unsung heroes in our borough? This category is open to anyone connected with sport in Barnsley.