News: Kneale Named Sportsman of the Year

Tim Kneale has been honoured as the Isle of Man’s Sportsman of the Year for 2015.

The award recognises his brilliant year that included winning a silver medal in the double trap at the Lonato World Championships.

As well as winning the silver medal in Italy, his great performance also earned a quota place for Team GB at the Rio Olympics.

Kneale faced tough competition for the award from the likes of Mark Cavendish and European under-21 snooker champion Darryl Hill.

Also, in contention for the award were Peter Kennaugh, Daniel McCanney, Jamie McCanney and David Knight.

Other award winners on the night include Catherine Reid who was named Sportswoman of the Year after winning bronze in the Junior World Athletics Championships and swimmer Ben Grainger who picked up his second successive Disability Sportsperson of the Year award.

Minister Tim Crookall said: “These awards recognise the time, effort and personal sacrifice made by the athletes, their families, their coaches and the vast army of volunteers who bring sporting success to the island.”

After winning the award, Tim Kneale said: “It’s great to win the award! There are some really high-profile athletes on the Isle of Man competing at International level.

“For a non-mainstream sport to come away with such a prize is just a fantastic achievement.

“I’m from the island and I love to go back there so to get that support from the Isle of Man is great.

“I’m off the Rio test event on Thursday with Steve Scott and Matthew French. Me and Steve are heading out to the holding camp in Belo Horizonte for a week then meeting up with Matt in Rio and heading to the Olympic ranges ready for the cup competition on the 19th.

 

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