Friday November 03, 2017
7-time British Champion Scott Nicholls was handed the Outstanding Contribution Award at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Motorcycle Speedway annual reception.

There was another impressive turnout at the Houses of Parliament in London as a whole host of promoters, management, riders and MPs gathered to celebrate the success stories of 2017.

39 year-old Nicholls led the individual accolades with his Outstanding Contribution honour, recognising his dedication to the sport during a 20-plus year career.

Said Nicholls: "It was a total shock if I'm being honest.

"As far as I knew I was coming to give a speech about the sport and about some of my career highlights.

"I have many in British Speedway, and being in the Grand Prix Series for a whole number of years were going to be the sorts of things I was talking about.

"But in the end I was delighted to accept the award and it's a very proud moment for me indeed."

Scott’s nomination follows his earlier award as the BMR Rockets’ Rider of the Year after captaining the side to within two match points of a place in the play-offs in what was their first ever season in the sport’s top flight. On a personal note, he finished as the Rockets’ top scorer, with 256 paid points in a near 8 point all-inclusive average, and was Rye’s only ever-present throughout the season in being absent from not a single fixture.

Rye House Co-Promoter Steve Jenson said of the Outstanding Contribution award, “We are absolutely delighted for Scott. He is a great ambassador for the sport, and we have already seen not only what he gives back, but what he has given to us as a club.

“He has already made a huge difference to the way we look at the sport, and to the way the fans look at us as a club. He has been absolutely brilliant, both as part of our team on the track and our team off it.”