Kingston Upon Hull swimmer James Flintham is the toast of the Hull club at the moment. Hull College student James has just scooped the Sportsperson of the year award for 2009/2010 in the Spotlight award ceremony. The second annual Spotlight Awards was presented in a glitzy ceremony at the KC Stadium in Hull.
Hull City Council and 96.9 Viking FM had announced the launch of the Spotlight Awards for the second year running. These awards celebrate the amazing achievements of Hull's children and young people and the adults who work with them, whether it's showing courage, helping others, or overcoming barriers to succeed in sport, arts, or at school. This award is open to children or young people who have performed exceptionally well at their sport either as an individual or as a member of a team.
Children and young people in Hull do lots of good work that often goes unnoticed, and these awards are a chance to recognise their efforts and achievements as well as inspire others to get involved. It is also a chance for children and young people to nominate adults who have gone the extra mile to work with them and recognise the hard work and dedication of professionals as well as carers.
They're for children and young people who've achieved amazing things. Whether it's showing courage, helping others, or overcoming barriers to succeed in sport, arts, or at school – now is the time for Hull's children and young people to be recognised for their amazing achievements.
17-year-old James was nominated for this award by trustee and Hull coach Claire Baker and impressed the panel of Spotlight judges so much so that he was short-listed for the final 3. In 2005 James had a liver transplant but fought his way back to full fitness in the swimming pool. James who swims for the Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club continued to improve not only his health but also his swimming ability and in 2009 was selected to represent Great Britain in the transplant games in Australia.
The trustees, coaches and members of the club are delighted James has been recognised for his courage and determination.