By Emily Goddard
Donna Cross, who won a bronze medal for Great Britain in football at the 2013 Deaflympics, has been named as the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year for 2014.
The multi-talented athlete, who also plays futsal, squash and golf, scooped the award with 24.75 per cent of the vote after becoming the first English woman to compete at the World Deaf Golf Championships for more than 15 years and placed 11th at the competition in the United States in July.
As well as being last year’s female champion in Four Nations Golf, Cross was a runner up at this year’s National Deaf Squash Championships and was a member of the winning Yorkshire team at the 2014 British Deaf Futsal Tournament.
She was presented with the award at a special ceremony, which featured video speeches from golfer Tony Jacklin, ex-sailor Robin Knox-Johnston and former rugby union player Ben Cohen, at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.