||Last Updated: Jul 17th, 2014 - 18:24:19
The Newcastle “Sapphire Engineering” Diamonds’ 2011 rollercoaster has already begun, and all before a wheel has turned in anger.
On Monday night whilst Newcastle United captain, Kevin Nolan, was receiving the North East Sport’s Personality of the Year and Club President, Sir John Hall, received a special recognition award it was the Newcastle Sapphire Engineering Diamonds who were celebrating their win of the team / Community award ahead of the Championship winning football side at a glittering award ceremony hosted by the Newcastle Sports Council.
After receiving the award Diamonds team boss George English said: “We are delighted to once again collect an award from Sport Newcastle and it just reminds everyone how well we did last year in collecting the three national titles that we did and just makes us even more determined to make sure that 2011 is equally as successful for the club.”
Fellow club directors Alan Hedley and Andrew Dalby as well as riders Jason King and Rene Bach joined English at the ceremony in the Banqueting Suite of the Newcastle Civic Centre for the event which saw over 400 of the regions sporting stars and officials recognising the sporting achievements of the last year.
The award was presented by Councilor Pauline Allen, Executive Member of Newcastle City Council as part of her remit in Culture, Heritage & Sport.
Sport Newcastle Secretary, Malcolm Dix said: “We at Sport Newcastle are delighted that "The Diamonds" have had such a successful last season and hope their success will continue.”
Sport Newcastle rose from the ashes of the former Newcastle Sports Council and offers funding and support to men, women and children seeking to realise their sporting dream. Whether backing community projects or local clubs, elite international athletes or individuals of regional repute, they aim to promote success through sport.
Run by a dedicated committee of volunteers working under Chairman Alan Younger, they meet four times a year to discuss where best to allocate funds and where next to target our support.
Skipper King Rocks Diamonds 10 Days Before Season Starts
Newcastle Speedway, on a high from their above mentioned award, were then brought down to Earth once more with the shock news that skipper Jason King will remain on the sidelines for the start of the 2011 season which begins in only 11 days time.
King, a reliable and steady points-piler, was injured mid-season 2010 in a crash at Glasgow which prematurely ended his racing season with a cruciate injury, recently surgically repaired and whilst he’s raring to go, his medical experts have dealt the rider a late hammer blow.
Initially it looked certain that the injury would be completely repaired in time for the first match, but now he has been put back on ice for a further four weeks meaning he’ll miss the opening matches for the Diamonds.
English said: “Obviously this has devastated Jason who was winding himself up to the start of the new season and has severely disappointed us as we now have a last minute rush to examine the options open to us as we intend to make the best start to the 2011 campaigns as we can and we want 2011 to even outshine 2010, but with Jay still laid-up, we would have preferred a much more positive run in to action.”
Sky TV To Cover Live Match Easter Monday In Byker
The Newcastle Diamonds have been granted a major coup early on in the new season with the SKY TV cameras arriving at Brough Park on Easter Monday for the Premier League clash against Glasgow Tigers.
Darryl Illingworth was an excited man, saying: “This is fantastic news to have sky choose our match for their first Premier League Live match of 2011.
“With two past Newcastle captains, James Grieves and Christian Henry, among the Tigers’ ranks, along with former Grand Prix racer and twice British champion Joe Screen, there should be some terrific action when they mix it with our big guns, Rene Bach, Mark Lemon and Stuart Robson.
“I just cannot wait for the match to come around.”
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