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Jordan Black has paid tribute to the Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club (NCTC) after he was among the winners at last week’s Greene King IPA West Suffolk Sports Awards.

Jordan Black. West Suffolk Sports Awards. Tattersalls. (4522244)
Jordan Black. West Suffolk Sports Awards. Tattersalls. (4522244)

Black, who suffers from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), beat off competition from Anna Street and Brian Aldis to clinch the KiiWii Triumph Over Adversity accolade at the Tattersalls-hosted event.

Black’s condition at one stage robbed him of the ability to bear weight on his foot and he was confined to a wheelchair much of the time.

However, he has used his love of sport to help get him through and after joining NCTC five years ago, has gone from strength to strength.

The 21-year-old is now a regular finisher of time trials, coming in the top five on a number of occasions.

“I did not expect it at all. After reading the other nominees’ stories, they were so inspiring,” said the former Soham Village College student.

“I was thinking all day that I was not going to win.

“I just see what I do as a normal way of getting through things. Sport helps to keep my mind off it.

“The club has been massive for me. Without it, I would not be where I am today.

“It has helped get me back walking, in a way it has given me a name.

“Without biking and the support I have been given, I do not know where I would be.”

Elsewhere on the night, Laureate Academy Primary School won the West Suffolk College School of the Year award (see page 9), while New Astley Boxing Club’s Demie-Jade Resztan made the three-person shortlist for the Iliffe Media People’s Champion and Music Sales Ltd Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Ultimate Dodge coach Michael Grant was also among the nominees for the Unison Unsung Hero award.