Vote for your Stourbridge News sports personality of 2012

Audy Alexander

Richard Sykes

Jamie Beach

Neil Mitchell

First published in Local Sport

ANOTHER year is coming to a close which means it’s time to choose the Stourbridge News Sports Personality of 2012.

Over the past few weeks we have been inviting your nominations and now the results are in, it’s time to cast your vote on our online poll.

Our first nomination is Stourbridge director of rugby Neil Mitchell.

In truth, 2012 looked like being a forgettable year for the man nicknamed The Hoff when the Saxons suffered the ignominy of relegation from National One.

But the transformation since then has been remarkable.

Where others might have called it a day, Mitchell has faced his critics head on and rebuilt the squad, leading to a record-breaking start to life in National League Two North. The Saxons now look a sure bet to gain promotion at the first time of asking.

Our next nominee only lives in the area a few months of the year but his impact cannot be denied.

West Indian all-rounder Audy Alexander has played a big role for Stourbridge Cricket Club the past two seasons as they achieved successive promotions.

In 2012, Alexander scored more than 1,000 runs at an average over 78, while taking 34 wickets as the War Memorial side clinched promotion from Birmingham League Division Three.

Our third nominee has also enjoyed a year to remember.

Rally ace Richard Sykes went into the season aiming to claim the BRC Challenge title and did so in style, winning the championship with a round to spare.

Last but not least is kickboxer Jamie Beach, who battled through the pain barrier to become a double world champion.

The 28-year-old achieved his dream of world glory in November when he clinched the ISKA and ICO titles within the space of a week.

This was despite breaking four ribs during training, which hampered his preparations.

Voting closes on Monday January 7.

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