Sport Newcastle has always looked beyond the city boundaries to embrace and support sporting achievement from across the North East.
Boxer Glenn McCrory became a local legend when he won the IBF World Cruiserweight crown in 1989, the First North East fighter to win a world title. Glenn’s continued involvement with sport beyond his native Co Durham earned him a unique treble of all three of Sport Newcastle’s major awards - and he’s still one of our most consistent supporters.
The North East is a hotbed of local rivalry yet the amazing rise of Durham County Cricket Club has uni ed the region in admiration and support. England internationals Steve Harmison and Paul Collingwood have won individual awards while the club itself has won the Frank Brennan Trophy four times as the silverware regularly headed to the Riverside. Former Chairman Don Robson and inspirational coach Geo Cook were also honoured.
The old Durham Wasps ice hockey team dominated their sport in the 80s and early 90s and their 1992 award saluted their second British and Premier League double in a row.
Since Sport Newcastle gained charitable status, its stated brief has been further extended into the region - in time to recognise South Tyneside teacher Katy McLean who led England women’s rugby team to 2014 World Cup glory.