Eastbourne doctor scoops sports trophy at top awards ceremony

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A doctor from Eastbourne has been given a award for his contribution to sport.

Dr Nick Webborn celebrated success on Friday (November 23) when he was presented with the award at the Sussex Sports Awards.

He was handed the accolade was the 10th annual award ceremony, held at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton.

Dr Webborn of Sportwise scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award.

The 55-year-old is based at the University of Brighton’s Chelsea School and Dr Webborn is regarded as one of the most eminent sports doctors in the UK.

He has undertaken voluntary and professional roles.

He supports high performance athletes through his work with elite Olympic and Paralympic sportspeople and professional tennis and football players.

He was also selected to be a Torchbearer at the pre-games Olympic torch relay.

He was nominated to carry the torch through Lewes because sport has always been a major part of Nick’s life.

At the age of 24 he was paralysed from a spinal injury playing rugby.

Since then he has devoted most of his professional life to helping others achieve their goals in sport.

Not only has he helped many athletes at all levels to keep going with their chosen sport but has himself played wheelchair tennis internationally.

Nick said, “This is a great end to a really amazing year.

“Carrying the torch and working at the Olympics and Paralympics was a great experience earlier this year.

“The awards ceremony on Friday was a great evening and very well organised. I was up against some stiff competition so I was both surprised and delighted to win.

“It is always nice when people in your community recognised the work you do.”

Danny Pike, BBC Sussex presenter, co-hosted the awards with Olympic bronze medallist and cancer survivor Steve Parry who provided inspirational tales of his journey to sporting success.

Active Sussex says it believes events such as the Sussex Sports Awards will help ensure the Olympic legacy message continues at a local level for years to come.

Sadie Mason, active sussex chief executive said, “The 2012 Sussex Sports Awards is one of the most significant yet and gives us many reasons to celebrate.

“Firstly, it’s our tenth anniversary of holding this wonderful event which rewards quality, achievement, determination and commitment to those involved in sport throughout the county.

“Secondly, it brings the curtain down on what has been a defining year in sport on both a national and regional scale. This year we hosted the Sussex School Games which showcases the very best sporting talent Sussex schools has to offer. And of course the UK had the small matter of hosting the biggest sporting event on these shores as we were all engrossed in one of the most enthralling Olympic Games in modern history. I hope that the winners, and of course all of those shortlisted, use this as a platform to push-on and strike gold in less than a year’s time.”