Para-badminton star Hazel Johnson has continued her stunning year by being named Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards held last Saturday at Lancashire CC.
Johnson added the accolade to her already impressive haul of two gold and one silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens this summer as well as gold in both the singles and doubles matches at the Four Nations Badminton Championships in Cardiff.
Hazel, who in spite of her impaired sight, hearing and learning disabilities competes in mainstream badminton leagues for Bolton Lads and Girls Club, said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I am pleased to win this award; it is a great honour to be recognised by the wider Greater Manchester sporting community.”
Badminton is a family passion in the Johnson household, as Hazel’s dad Jeff is a badminton coach at Bolton Lads and Girls Club whilst her mum Anne also used to play the sport.
Rachel Burke, Sports Development Manager at Bolton Lads and Girls Club who nominated Hazel, commented: “Hazel is a valued member of our badminton section and we are delighted that she has won this award. It is a reflection of the amazing year she has had so far and testament to her hard work and determination to succeed.
She is a great role model for our younger badminton players and we are proud to have Hazel playing and volunteering for the Club.”
The next leg of the 4Nations Parabadminton series starts on 18 November in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
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