Paralympian star Jade Etherington was recognised for her fantastic achievements over the past year in sport at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2014.
Having only announced her retirement from professional alpine skiing 24 hours before, Jade walked away with two awards from the evening; Sportswoman of the Year and the prestigious Coveris Sports Personality of the Year.
Jade, who is originally from Bourne, is Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian after winning four medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics.
Jade won three silvers in the women’s downhill skiing, combined and slalom, and a bronze medal in the Super-G at the 2014 Games, along with her guide Caroline Powell.
Their three silvers and a bronze at the Winter Paralympics made them the most successful female British Winter Paralympian’s of all time, and the first Britons to win four medals at one Paralympics. Because of her success at the 2014 Paralympics, Jade was the British flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Paralympics closing ceremony.
Jade says: “This is the first time I’ve been to the Lincolnshire Sports Awards, so to come tonight and win two awards is something I’m really proud of. Sochi feels like so long ago already and winning Sports Personality is truly special as it’s not just about the skiing, it’s about me as a person. It feels like winning in a different way.”
After announcing her retirement to focus on her teaching career, Jade is looking forward to being able to spend time supporting other athletes through inspirational speaking and the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme. She says: “I’ve had so many messages of support from people and I’m really looking forward to focusing on new challenges. I think I will be able to really help with the LEAP programme and supporting athletes in Lincolnshire. Having this programme and support structure is so important and I’m really excited to be the ambassador for it.”
Over 350 guests celebrated Lincolnshire’s year of sporting success at the annual Sports Awards which are sponsored by Lincolnshire Media and organised by Lincolnshire Sport to recognise those involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.
Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sport, says: “The Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2014 were a huge success; we celebrated and recognised some of our top sportsmen and women as well as volunteers, coaches, clubs and individuals whose lives have been impacted by sport and physical activity.
“As well as celebrating ten years of Lincolnshire Sport, the generosity of our guests and sponsors in helping us to raise funds for the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme was huge, with over £4,000 being raised.”
“2014 has been a fantastic year for sport and the Lincolnshire Sports Awards were a perfect opportunity to celebrate Lincolnshire’s sporting success.”
“Lincolnshire Sport would like to thank host Ed Chamberlin, local businesses and organisations for their support, award sponsors Lincolnshire Media, Coveris and University of Lincoln, guests and nominees for making the event so successful.”