SAINTS enjoyed a double success at last night’s Solarking Commercial Pride of St Helens 2016 ceremony at Langtree Park.
Academy 19s Head Coach Derek Traynor won the Carmel College Leadership Award whilst fullback Jonny Lomax scooped Saints Sportsperson of the Year.
“This is great news for the club and recognises the hard work of both Derek and Jonny,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said. “They have had superb years and we are proud that their achievements have been recognised in this way.
“The club would also like to congratulate all the other winners and nominees. They show that this town has a lot to be proud of.”
Derek led Saints 19s to the Academy Championship following an unbeaten season.
His side won 20 from 20 in the regular season and beat Wigan Warriors 22-20 in sudden death overtime in a famous game at Langtree Park.
“Derek would the first to admit this was a team effort and shies away from the plaudits,” Mike added, “but his work deserves to be recognised.
“The club’s ethos is to progress players through to the first team and anything other than that is a bonus. The 19s, led by Derek and his team achieved this remarkable season with a young squad, many of whom are eligible for next season’s 19s competition.”
Jonny Lomax beat out Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and darts star Dave Chisnall for his award.
The full-back has shown great determination to come back from serious injury and this was rewarded with not only a stellar season with the Saints, but recognition in being selected by Wayne Bennett in the England 4 Nations squad.
Lomax is also one of Saints Community Development Foundations ambassadors, playing a vital role in highlighting its work in the local community.