Daniel celebrates after scooping top prize at High Peak awards ceremony

Daniel Gregory receives his award from Deputy Mayor of High Peak Lynn Stone.
Daniel Gregory receives his award from Deputy Mayor of High Peak Lynn Stone.

A young sportsperson from Buxton and Leek College is celebrating after scooping a top accolade.

Daniel Gregory has been named Disabled Sportsperson of the Year by High Peak Borough Council.

He was also put nominated for an award at the 2014 Derbyshire Sports Awards, which was staged last week in Derby.

The 22-year-old from Buxton has problems with his speech and is studying on the ‘Learning for Living and Work’ programme at the town’s Campus.

Daniel, a keen footballer, was presented with his High Peak Borough Council award by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lynn Stone and Council Sports Development Officer Mark Rushworth at the Buxton Sportability Club at Fairfield Youth and Community Centre.

Daniel has been a member of the Buxton Sportability Club since its inception in 2012 and he has gone on to represent the club playing in the Derbyshire Inclusive Football League every month from January to May.

He also played in the Stockport icount Football League as well as representing Buxton Sportability at Chesterfield College and in the Riverside inclusive football league tournament in Long Eaton earlier this year.

The keen young sportsman has also represented his club in the National Pan Disability Boccia League playing teams from Nottinghamshire and taking part in the Sport Without Barriers event in Buxton in May.

His college tutor Alice Wright said: “Daniel is a very popular team member, always smiling and willing to give his all.

“His attendance is 100% and he was a very worthy winner of the Thomas Theyer Sports Award at the Buxton Campus in June.

“He fully deserves his latest award.”

Daniel’s mum Ann says she is immensely proud of her son.

She said: “Daniel has done fantastically well and I am immensely proud of him.

“He has quite severe problems with his speech but seems to communicate very well on the sports pitch.”