1st March 2019, 10:48 |
Rugby League wins big at Leeds Sports Awards
Lois Forsell was named Leeds' Sportswoman of the Year as Rugby League representatives collected a fine haul of seven gongs at the Leeds Sports Awards last night.
England hooker Forsell was influential in the creation of the Leeds Rhinos Women's team, while she captained the team to Challenge Cup success, as well as helping them finish top of the Women's Super League table in their first-ever season.
The England international was unable to attend the event due to an ACL operation, but sent her thanks for honour.
"I am hugely proud to win this award," she told therhinos.co.uk.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that voted for me and I am thrilled to have won the Leeds Sportswoman of the Year award and am quite shocked. To be up there in a category with so many top female athletes was more than enough for me but to have actually won it is something I am really proud of.
"I would have loved to have been at the event to collect the award and represent the club, but unfortunately I have had recent operations on my knee following my ACL injury last year and so I was unable to go.
"2018 was a great year and as a Leeds lass I was so proud to represent my home town club, Leeds Rhinos, and captain them to the Challenge Cup and League Leaders' Shield and it will be something I will remember forever.
"I would like to thank all my friends and family for their support in good times and also the difficult times. I would also like to thank all the players and coaches who I have played with over the years, as I wouldn’t be where I am or collecting this award without them."
It was a great night for club and school Rugby League at the Leeds Sports Awards last night. @corpus_pe won the Young Club/Team Community award and @GuiseleyRangers were the Highly Commended Young Club/Team! 🏉👏— Rhinos Foundation (@RugbyLeeds) March 1, 2019
Well done to the players and coaches of both teams! #LSA19 pic.twitter.com/Ks49vO5Juv
Elsewhere, it was a double success for the Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair team. Centre James Simpson claimed the Disability Sportsman of the Year Award, while Jodie Boyd-Ward was named Disability Sportswoman of the Year after they helped the Rhinos win the Wheelchair Rugby League Grand Final for the first time last year.
Not to be outdone, their teammate Nathan Collins, who has also taken to the field as a Physical Disability Rugby League player, won the Disability Young Sportsman of the Year Award for his contributions.
Earlier in the evening, Corpus Christi Catholic College Year 7 Girls picked up the Young Achievers Community Team Award after winning the Year 7 Girls Champion Schools title in 2018 - becoming the first Leeds-based team ever to win a national schools Rugby League title in the process.
There's certainly only one @LoisForsell— Farnley Falcons RLFC (@Farnley_Falcons) March 1, 2019
There are probably hundreds of girls, and boys, who play the sport because of Lois' work, both on and off the field. No doubting she's an inspiration to many many people.
A thoroughly well deserved award. Congratulations from us all! https://t.co/6FBdWOdtih
Meanwhile, Guiseley Rangers u12s were the Highly Commended Young Team, as Leeds Beckett Rugby League trio Connor Davies, Curtis Davies and Sion Jones were jointly rewarded for their Special Contribution to Student Sport.
Leeds Sports Awards 2019 Winners