Jade Etherington and Spalding Hockey Club crowned at Lincolnshire Sports Awards

Jade Etherington, named Lincolnshire Sportswoman and Sports Personality of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sport Awards 2014.  ''Photo by Chris Vaughan of Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.
Jade Etherington, named Lincolnshire Sportswoman and Sports Personality of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sport Awards 2014. ''Photo by Chris Vaughan of Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.
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Winter Paralympics skiing multi-medallist Jade Etherington (23) and Spalding Hockey Club both came away as winners from the 2014 Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

Jade, formerly of Bourne and who announced her retirement from visually impaired skiing on Wednesday, was named Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year at the star-studded event held at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Umpire Matthew Pilgrim, first team goalkeeper Richard Price, first team captain Josh Rowbottom, club chairman Fred Morris, social manager Helen Jex, ladies coach Michael Morris and coach Stuart Cunnington of Spalding Hockey Club, named Sports Club of the Year at the Liincolnshire Sport Awards 2014.  Photo by Jane Harrison of Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.

Umpire Matthew Pilgrim, first team goalkeeper Richard Price, first team captain Josh Rowbottom, club chairman Fred Morris, social manager Helen Jex, ladies coach Michael Morris and coach Stuart Cunnington of Spalding Hockey Club, named Sports Club of the Year at the Liincolnshire Sport Awards 2014. Photo by Jane Harrison of Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.

There was double success for Jade as she also took the Sportswoman of the Year award in a year when the former pupil at both Baston and Langtoft Primary Schools became Britain’s most decorated Winter Paralympian, winning four medals in Sochi, Russia earlier this year.

Jade said: “This is the first time I’ve been to the Lincolnshire Sports Awards, so to come and win two awards is something I’m really proud of.

“Sochi feels like it was so long ago already and winning Sports Personality of the Year is truly special as it’s not just about the skiing.

“It’s about me as a person so it feels like winning in a different way.”

Meanwhile, Spalding Hockey Club was rewarded for a year when both its men’s and women’s teams were crowned county champions by lifting the Sports Club of the Year award.

Club chairman Fred Morris said: “As a club, we are very proud to have received this award and it is yet another feather in our caps as we enjoy a hugely successful period at the club.”

Spalding Hockey Club currently has approximately 250 members, eight adult teams and a thriving junior section, including an Under-18 girls’ team which reached the finals of the England Hockey Place last season.

The club celebrated its 60th anniversary last year following which the men’s first team were semi-finalists in the England Hockey Vase..

Men’s first team captain Josh Rowbottom said: “Last year, the club’s success was immense with five teams promoted out of eight, so the Sports Club of the Year award tops off a fantastic year.

“It feels amazing to win this award, even though everyone has worked so hard, and it’s extremely rewarding.”

WEDNESDAY 5.30PM: Four-time Winter Paralympic Games skiing medallist Jade Etherington (23) has announced her retirement from the sport today.

The former Deepings School student, who won three silver medals and a bronze alongside her guide Caroline Powell at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, earlier this year, has decided to focus on her teaching career and opportunities as a motivational speaker.

In a statement, Jade said: “After many discussions with Caroline, we have both decided to retire from competitive ski racing as part of the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST).

“We will be sad to leave the Paralympic Alpine Skiing programme and we will both miss our sport, as well as the athletes on the team and circuit.

“It was an honour to represent Paralympics GB and to make history at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.”

Jade, who lives in Lincoln but whose parents live in Bourne, has Axenphelds Syndrome and Glaucoma which means she has about five per cent vision in both eyes.

Caroline, who first teamed up with Jade in August 2013, has also decided to retire in order to concentrate on working as a ski instructor in Switzerlands.

Jade said: “Caroline and I are Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympians, with four medals from our first games, and we really hope to inspire more people to enjoy skiing as a result.

“We have both immersed ourselves in ski racing for many years and now we look forward to achieving our goals in other spheres.”