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The 2003 Lee Thompson Memorial Trophy was awarded to Under-10s player Nathan Cooper at the club's annual presentation evening at the home of Norwich City on May 9th, 2003.
Norfolk County FA Deputy Chairman Stuart Dracup presented the club awards and heard how Nathan had overcome illness to play for the club.
Nathan was nominated by his coaches Neil Carle and Simon Crowe for his tenacity as part of a small Hethersett Athletic Under-10s squad.
The nomination was as follows:
"Nathan is a hard working player who always trains and plays with a positive attitude. He has been an asset to the squad throughout a very difficult season with very little to cheer about.
Nathan's attitude and hard work have been all the more remarkable when his recent health problems are taken into account.
It was known for some time that Nathan had asthma but his condition was always considered to be very mild. This opinion was, unfortunately, about to change dramatically. During a school trip last year Nathan suffered a major asthma attack. He stopped breathing and was rushed to hospital where he was put on a ventilator. After a few very anxious days, Nathan was allowed home, where he continued on his road to recovery.
After only a few weeks, Nathan was back training and playing for the team. He and the rest of the squad continued to work hard into the new year.
All seemed well with Nathan and his asthma seemed to have settled down again until the beginning of this month (April). Nathan again suffered a serious attack and was again admitted to hospital. This time Nathan showed huge character and was back playing with the team within two weeks!
This time Nathan's attitude was justly rewarded. He put in a superb performance at the heart of a team that worked their socks off to earn their first victory of the season.
Nathan is an excellent example to not only the Under-10s squad but to players of all ages. He has worked his way back from very serious health problems to regain his place in a squad that benefits greatly from his presence."
The other finalists for the award were Harley Hamill from the Under-9s, Jack Tarrant from the Under-14s and Carla Allen from the Under-15s.
Harley was nominated for his boundless enthusiasm and outstanding performances in goal.
Jack's nomination was for his work and commitment in captaining the Under-14s to the sectional championship.
Carla's nomination was to remark her outstanding service in an administration and support role for the Under-15s.