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EATON Socon cricketer David Humphrey, 17, won Young Community Volunteer at Living Sport s annual Cambridgeshire sports awards. He was one of four teenage sporting heroes from Huntingdonshire to be honoured at the awards on Thursday, sponsored by BBC Radio

EATON Socon cricketer David Humphrey, 17, won Young Community Volunteer at Living Sport's annual Cambridgeshire sports awards.

He was one of four teenage sporting heroes from Huntingdonshire to be honoured at the awards on Thursday, sponsored by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, and Archant, the parent group of The Hunts Post.

David has gained representative honours for Huntingdonshire at youth level, playing for the county under-17s last season.

He had just returned, 48 hours before the awards, from a successful tour to South Africa with Huntingdonshire Cricket 2000.


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At club level last year, he was leading run scorer and 1st XI wicketkeeper. David who hopes to study sports science at university, said: "It was a shock getting the letter saying I had been nominated. I was over the moon to win."

Club spokesman, Chris McKay said: "David never ceases to amaze us. Whenever there is a task to be done, he seems to appear. One day he will be at the club helping to coach youngsters from the area, the next he will be painting the club sightscreens. He is the first to offer to umpire for the under 13s. We are all very pleased that he has been rewarded for his efforts."

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Also honoured were Huntingdon Olympic Gym's teenage sporting heroes, Louis Smith, 18, British Under-18s all-round champion, and Marissa King, 16, British champion on vault.

Lauren Steadman, 14, from Sawtry, won Sports Performer with a Disability. Lauren, who has a prosthetic right arm, started competitive swimming last year and won gold medals in all eight events when she competed in the Eastern Region disabled swimming events in Lowestoft.

She was called up to the GB squad this year and took part in the Danish open in Esbjerg, collecting a gold medal, four silvers and two bronzes. Lauren has also represented the Eastern region in UK schools games, where she won three of her races and set two new UK schools games records. Lauren has won a scholarship to Kelly College in Devon.

Louis, won Sports Personality of the Year, Marissa won Young Sports Personality of the Year and Dr Hilary Dixon, a paediatrician at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, who is a volunteer at the Olympic Gym, won Unsung Hero. She trains gymnasts competing at county and regional level.

Louis, from Peterborough, a pommel champion, is a Commonwealth gold medallist and has been twice, European champion and was a bronze medallist at the World Championships in Stuttgart. He has trained at the Olympic Gym since he was six.

Marissa, from Cambridge, is a member of the national squad and was in the British team that won sixth place at the World Championships this year. She has trained at the gym for eight years.

Olympic Gym trainer, Paul Hall said: "I am very pleased, delighted. This has been a most successful year for the gym and this recognition makes taking part in the Olympics in Beijing next year more possible."

He added: "Hilary is very unassuming. She never makes a fuss, she coaches the girl's group and she really is an unsung hero. Gymnastics takes a lot of commitment some of our athletes train twice a day - 25 hours a week."

At the presentation ceremony, at Comberton Performance Centre, Goldie Sayers, the Ely-based javelin star, spoke about the Sporting Champions programme where top sports stars visit schools and community events.

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