Dean Sugden added to Newark and Sherwood Sports Awards' roll of honour list for services at Newark Amateur Boxing Club and Suggy's Gym
A father of three professional fighters and coach to an academy of young boxers and kickboxers was added to Newark and Sherwood’s roll of honour for his services to sport.
Dean Sugden, owner of Suggy’s Gym, Castlegate, became the 16th sports star to be added to the list in its 13 years of existence.
And, the former world kickboxing champion, Sugden, said winning the award was a reflection of the progression his gym offers.
“We just wanted to give people opportunities and that is something that I have always focused on,” he said.
“About seven years ago you could hold a professional trainers’ licence as well as an amateur training licence, so now, not only can you learn the grassroots’ skills at Newark ABC, but you can then go on and become a professional fighter at the same gym.
“I hold a dual licence, so now Sam (Hardy) and Chloe (Davies) have got a pathway to not only be great amateurs, and hopefully represent England as an adult, but do the unthinkable and bring a gold Olympic gold medal back to Newark. That is the first target.
“And from there they can turn professional and follow the likes of Chad, Regis and Bailey, who are great mentors.”
Both Davies and Hardy were nominated for the Warwick Lane youngperson of the year award, named after the late Advertiser sports journalist Rick, with National Championships winner Hardy picking up the prize.
Radio Newark presenter Mick Bradley was full of praise, saying Dean a true icon of Newark.