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.
Perrys Motor Sales Limited
Barnsley S75 1LR
Telephone: 01226 776100www.perrys.co.uk
Perrys has been located in Barnsley for over ten years, selling a wide variety of vehicles and running very successful service and parts departments.
Its Claycliffe Road branch, situated in Barugh Green, is home to three major franchises – Vauxhall, Citroën and Mazda – selling all the latest models.
In addition, Perrys, which is the only award winning Motability dealership in Barnsley, sells a wide variety of quality, used cars and has a trade centre with vehicles from only £995.
Most of its employees live in and around Barnsley and the branch gives back to the community by taking part in local annual shows and holding its own events and open days throughout the year, welcoming customers and locals for fun, food and fantastic savings.
They take great pride in supporting local charities including Barnsley Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
A recent fundraising campaign by the entire Perrys Group saw the Barnsley site host a launch night to kick-off a special charity eBay auction which included the sale of a 1970’s Vauxhall Viva as well as many other fantastic items. This auction along with raffles, events and other fundraising efforts held by individual Perrys dealerships raised over £10,000 for Bluebell Wood – a worthwhile and humbling cause.
Alan Greenwood, general manager of Perrys, Barugh Green, says the motor sales group wanted to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards for a third year as the company believes in rewarding and recognising special people within local communities.
“We are really proud to be part of the Barnsley community,” says Alan. “Without it we wouldn’t be in the position we are today as we very much rely on business from the people of Barnsley, and strive to provide a service to keep our customers coming back time and time again.”
“We chose to support the sporting achievement category as sport in all ages is something we believe in as it brings people together.”
“We have strong ties with sport in the community, currently sponsoring Hickleton Golf Club’s resident PGA Golf Professional, Sam Law. We previously sponsored Barnsley FC for seven seasons and have also supported local BPL sports centres.”