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Byline: AMATEUR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR - LAUREN ROWLES

LAUREN Rowles fended off a tough field of talented young sportswomen to claim the award with gymnast Holly Riseborough and cycle speedway champion Sammi Jayne Marsh also nominated.

Lauren represented England in the Commonwealth Games this year, finishing fifth and won the Virgin London Mini Marathon.

She is currently training for the mixed-double scull for the Rio 2016 Paralympics along with partner Laurence Whiteley.

Lauren posted on Instagram after the event: "I am very proud to have won the Coventry and Warwickshire Amateur Sportswoman of the Year 2015 award! "Congratulations to the other finalists, pleasure to be amongst such amazing athletes!" Gymnast Holly Riseborough has Down's Syndrome but doesn't let that get in the way of putting in spectacular performances. She has won gold medals in regional, national and international competitions and has represented the UK with the British Gymnastic Disability Team. This year Holly represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, where she dominated the competition, winning four gold medals and a silver.

Also honoured was Sammi Jayne Marsh who has been a member of Coventry Cycle Speedway Club for three seasons. This season Sammi became national intermediate champion after winning four rounds of a nationwide competition. In August, Sammi became the youngest rider to be called into the GB senior squad for the ashes series against Australia helping them to a 3-0 series win. She then became the youngest girl to qualify for the Women's World Championship final and finished the season as world number 14.

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Alpine skier Anna Turney, finalist Sammi-Jayne Marsh, winner Lauren Rowles, finalist Holly |Riseborough, racer Mel Nicholls and Decathlon store manager Ashley Wright enjoy a great night

Lauren Rowles shows off her Amateur Sportswoman of the Year award

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 15, 2015
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