Tuesday 27th October 2009 by C. Freeman
Dermot Bailey was given two awards at a ceremony to highlight local sporting achievement. Dermot, who is currently ranked 13th in the world at junior wheelchair tennis, scooped the top prize, the Arthur Nicholson Sports Personality of the Year award, as well as the Local Sportsman award.
He was presented with the trophies by Kettering Mayoress, Cllr Ruth Groome and Leader of the Council Cllr Jim Hakewell at the 2009 Kettering Sports Award ceremony which took place at Wicksteed Park.
Dermot, who represents Great Britain, said: 'I thought I was just going to be nominated for disabled sportsman of the year but then I found out about the Arthur Nicholson award online and when I got there on the night I found I was nominated for local sportsman as well. I wasn't expecting to win the Arthur Nicholson but I was really happy to have got it.'
Dermot, who is in Year 11, trains four times a week with coaches Waynes Tideswell and Kevin Hoey. He has got two more tournaments lined up this year and wants to get to the top seven in the world to qualify for next year's Junior Masters Tournament. He played in the competition this year in Tarbes, France on a wild card entry as only the top seven competitors are guaranteed a place and has also set his sights on competing against adults in the senior class and wants to get into the top 150 ranking.