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Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Lewis White's Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award was collected by step-dad Phil Smith and mum Jo Smith.

Teenage swimmer Lewis White, an athlete on the Derbyshire Institute of Sport and ICON bursary programmes, beat off stiff competition from fellow Derbyshire Paralympians Phil Hogg, Ryan Taylor and Ryan Cowling to clinch the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award, collected on the night by his proud parents.

The 16-year-old, from Swadlincote, trained while sitting his GCSEs at the Pingle School just weeks before flying out to the Rio Paralympics, where he smashed his personal best to take a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle S9.

The freestyle and backstroke swimmer was also a finalist in the Sportsman of the Year category alongside Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty and table tennis player Liam Pitrchford, who also competed out in Brazil.

Matlock's Wheelchair rugby player Ryan, part of the Great Britain squad to take on some of the best teams in the world including Canada and Australia in the summer, said: "Rio was a tremendous experience, my first Paralympics, and it was a huge success following on from the London Games.

"Even though we didn't get the results we wanted, we have closed the gap to the top four nations in the world.

"It's not just a proud moment to represent your country, but also your local area and county too. It was a surprise to be nominated, and I'm not one for accolades, but it was great to be here with so many other talented athletes, volunteers and coaches."