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The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions, Feb. 10, 2013Passionate people and their inspirational impact on New Hampshire’s sporting life were recognized Sunday at the New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual recognition banquet, The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions.

2012 Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen, of Exeter, meets Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead, while attending The Leaders, A Celebration of Sports Champions, hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Gov. Maggie Hassan, left, talks with William Loeb Scholar-Athlete Award winner Louisa Carter, of the Derryfield School, Louisa's mother Dr. Mary Halpin Carter, Interim Head of the Derryfield School, and Louisa's sister Paully Carter, at The Leaders, A Celebration of Sports Champions, hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
The Walter A. Smith Coaches Awards were presented to, from left, Alan Halpern of Goffstown; Stan Lyford of North Hampton; Tony Johnson of Manchester; Debbie and Charlie Beach, both of Keene, at The Leaders-A Celebration of Sports Champions event hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
2012 Paralympic Games Swimming Gold and Silver Medalists Victoria Arlen, of Exeter, with her parents Larry and Jacqueline Arlen, attend The Leaders, A Celebration of Sports Champions, hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Plymouth High School football coach Chuck Lenahan, left, jokes with Roland Bourque, a John R. Clark Officials Award Winner, as Plymouth assistant football coach John Spear, behind, looks on during The Leaders, A Celebration of Sports Champions event, hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Exeter football captain Tyler Grant, center, is surrounded by his grandfather Bill MacHardy, left, mother Karen Grant, grandmother Judy MacHardy, and Tyler's dad Mike Grant, as they attend The Leaders, A Celebration of Sports Champions, hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday. Tyler was chosen as the 2012 Football Player of the Year. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
New Hampshire Union Leader Athletes of the Month Award winners, July's winner Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead, left, and September's winner Victoria Arlen, of Exeter, attend The Leaders-A Celebration of Sports Champions event hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
New Hampshire Union Leader Athletes of the Month Award winners, from left, July 2012 winner Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead; September's winner Victoria Arlen, of Exeter, and December's winner Jennifer French of Nashua, attend The Leaders-A Celebration of Sports Champions event hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Louisa Carter of the Derryfield School is presented with the William Loeb Scholar-Athlete Award by Joseph McQuaid, President/Publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, at The Leaders-A Celebration of Sports Champions event hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Tom Walton of Contoocook, reacts after receiving the Carl Lundholm Award at The Leaders-A Celebration of Sports Champions event hosted at the Radisson in Manchester Sunday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)