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Kettlebell king calls for entries to Best of South Tyneside Awards

Role Model of the Year award winner Ant Clennan.
Role Model of the Year award winner Ant Clennan.

Ultra-fit fundraiser Ant Clennan has looked back on the night he collected a Gazette honour for his amazing charity efforts.

Ant shifted one million kilograms in weight as he embarked upon world record kettlebell attempts.

Best of South Tyneside Awards sponsors.

Best of South Tyneside Awards sponsors.

The owner of South Tyneside Kettlebells did it to raise cash for causes including the Freeman Hospital’s Children’s Heart Unit and the Great North Children’s Hospital.

His excellent efforts impressed the judges of the 2017 Best of South Tyneside Awards but it meant Ant had to do some more lifting - this time of the trophy after being chosen as the Role Model of the Year.

He’s now urging people to nominate candidates for this year’s competition which has just got under way.

He said: “People don’t do what they do for recognition but it is nice when you are nominated.”

The evening was lovely and it was nice to be nominated

Ant Clennan

He raised just under £5,000 for charity and was amazed to be chosen as a Best of South Tyneside winner.

He added: “The evening was lovely and it was nice to be nominated.”

You have plenty of time to out forward the names of those you want to see in the running.

Once we pass the competition deadline, a panel of judges will meet to draw up the shortlist.

STK Fitness Ant Clennan won a Best of South Tyneside Award last year.

STK Fitness Ant Clennan won a Best of South Tyneside Award last year.

Then it’s on to the grand finale at the Roker Hotel where we will be revealing the winners on Wednesday, September 19.

It promises to be a fantastic occasion and we can look forward to it with the backing of a string of fantastic backers.

The Best of South Tyneside awards, this year, have the backing of Barbour; Harlow Printing Limited; JML; BT South Tyneside; Northumbrian Water and The Customs House. Watch out for more details on them in the days to come.

In the meantime, let’s start that process of honouring all those unsung stars. We know there are heroes galore out there who are worthy of awards.

So now all we need are entries for this year’s awards and we want you to inundate us with impressive nominations.

Let’s make this a year when the judges have a tough task when it comes to drawing up the shortlist because the standard of entries is so high.

To nominate, send your entries by email to: lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk or posted to: Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

THE CATEGORIES.

Role Model.

Neighbour of the Year.

Greener South Tyneside.

Child of Achievement.

Fundraiser of the Year.

Entrepreneur of the Year.

Carer of the Year.

Sporting Excellence.

Sports Team of the Year/Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Community Champion.

Student of the Year.

Community Group.

Volunteer of the Year.

Child of Courage.

Young Performer of the Year.

Lifetime Contribution.