Engineer gets kick out of BBC event final

British Steel Engineer Stuart Usher heads for national final (courtesy of BBC Look North)

A British Steel Engineer will be rubbing shoulders with sporting royalty this weekend when he represents the East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero awards.

Stuart Usher scooped the regional title last month for his work setting up and running Messingham Martial Arts club. This weekend he will go head-to-head with winners from the other UK regions at the BBC’s flagship Sports Personality of the Year event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Stuart, who works at British Steel's Ore Preparation Plant in Scunthorpe, said: “I’m very excited about the event and the prospect of meeting some of our country’s top sports stars, it will be an evening I’ll treasure forever.

“It’s fantastic that a world-renowned organisation like the BBC takes the time to recognise the volunteers who are helping people, young and old, get the most out of sport – they’re all amazing and making a huge difference.

“I know I’m up against some remarkable people this weekend, but in my eyes, every single one of us is a winner.”

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards is the highlight of the sporting year, when Britain’s best sportsmen and women get together to celebrate their achievements, and the overall Sports Personality of the Year is crowned.

Caroline Le Beau, Chairman of the Judging Panel and Assistant Editor of BBC Look North East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said: “He was the unanimous choice of the regional judging panel. What emerged from the nomination form was the story of a humble, but clearly exceptional man who had overcome personal battles and who just wanted to give something back to the community where he lives. The hours and the energy Stuart puts in to the classes and the running of Messingham Martial Arts on top of the responsibilities towards his day job and his own family impressed the judges.”

The event will be broadcast live on BBC1 at 6.30pm on 17 December.