England’s rugby world cup winning captain Katy Mclean (South Shields) has been named BBC North East Sports Personality of the Year.
The title was announced at the BBC North East Sports Awards at the Forum Theatre in Billingham on Wednesday.
Other winners included Sunderland Ladies FC, Paralympian Jade Jones and basketball coach Fabulous Flournoy.
Rowing coach Graeme Mark won the unsung hero award and will now go forward to the national awards.
About 600 people attended the awards night which was hosted by BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown and BBC Tees’ Ali Brownlee. Ms Mclean, 28 from South Shields won the award for captaining England to World Cup victory in August with a 9-21 win over Canada.
See a video of Katy’s acceptance speech here.