PARALYMPIAN swimming stars Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis will be carrying off top honours next week at the 2008 Herefordshire Sport’s Awards.

The Credenhill couple have been named the county’s Senior Sportsman and Senior Sportswoman of the year.

They will be collecting their awards at next Monday’s ceremony at the Royal National College for the Blind, which starts at 7.30pm.

Kindred has enjoyed a remarkable 12 months which includes two gold medals and a bronze for Great Britain at the Paralympics in Beijing.

He completed a hat-trick of winning gold medals, at three successive Games, in the 100-metre breaststroke and 200-metre individual medley.

As well as his medal success, Kindred broke two world records at the Paralympics.

He has now been awarded an OBE for services to disabled sport.

Kindred’s partner, Lewis, to whom he got engaged last year, won a silver medal in the women’s 100-metre backstroke in Beijing.

She clinched a gold and two bronze medals at the British Championships and broke the 100-metre world record for the backstroke.

Another Great Britain Paralympian, Josie Pearson, 23, has won the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award.

Pearson, from Brilley, created history in Beijing when she became the first woman to represent Great Britain in wheelchair rugby.

The Cardiff Pirates player also came on as a substitute in Britain’s bronze medal play-off against Canada. But she could not stop her team from suffering a 47-41 defeat to Canada.

Gymnast Emily Goring, from Dorstone, has won the Junior Female of the Year honour.

Goring was selected for the England Senior Squad in 2008 and finished fifth overall in the senior section at the 2008 English Championships. She placed second on the floor and third on the bars.

The 16-year-old, who has a gymnastics scholarship at Wrekin College, also competed in Russia for the England Senior team.

A member of Park Wrekin Gymnastic Club, Goring won the West Midlands Senior title.

There is no winner in the Junior male section but David Skyrme, from Ross-on-Wye Cricket Club, is the Junior Volunteer of the Year.

The 17-year-old is a qualified coach who works with junior players and manages one of the club’s junior teams.

Skyrme is the junior fixture secretary and a regular player for the senior second team.

He has been a member of the Ross club for seven years and counts umpiring, scoring and ground preparation among his other roles.

Hereford Lads Club’s Terry Marsh, from Venns Lane, will pick up the Service to Sport award.

Marsh guided the Harold Street-based territorial army football team to nine regional finals.

He ran junior football teams at Hereford Lads Club for around 13 years and has also managed the under-18 and reserve teams.

Marsh is now manager of the Lads Club’s first team, chairman of the general management committee and chairman of junior football.

Marsh, who was awarded the MBE in 1995 for his services to Reserved Forces, is regarded as an inspiration by his colleagues and players.

Vic Tarrant, from Belle Bank Avenue, is the Coach of the Year and has played a major role in coaching athletics in the county over many years.

In addition to his work with Hereford & County Athletic Club members, Tarrant has coached runners for cross-country, road running and triathlon.

In 2008, one of his protegees, Sarah Waldron, was selected for the England Ladies’ national cross-country team.

Tarrant has been credited with reviving and developing athletes by using his infectious enthusiasm and deep understanding of the sport and his athletes.

Hereford and District Wheelers’ cycling team are the Senior Team of the Year.

Team members Jon Tetley, Ian Rivers and Alex Haines secured wins in races over a range of distances and a three-mile sapping hill climb.

Their outstanding feats were rewarded in receiving the 2008 top team award from the Welsh Cycling Association.

Hereford and County Athletic Club have scooped the Junior Team award after successes at under-11, under-17 and under-19 age sections in 2008.

Burghill & Tillington Cricket Club are the Club of the Year after gaining promotion with their first-team from Division 4 South of the Crusader Worcestershire County League.

The club provides their 70 junior members - including 13 girls - with competition at under-11 and under-13 levels and opportunities for players with disabilities.

Almeley Primary School has been recognised as the Primary School of the Year.