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Dennis Walls scoops coveted Outstanding Contribution to Sport award in addition to Volunteer Services to Sport at Devon Sports Awards this year.

Devon Sports Awards 2009

The contribution from outstanding sports people across Devon was acknowledged at last nights prestigious Devon Sports Awards, held at the Tiverton Hotel.

Club chair for Exeter Canoe Club, Dennis Walls scooped the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Sport award in addition to Volunteer Services to Sport in the ceremony dedicated to sports coaches, officials and volunteers this week.

Dennis has been the club chair for the last 10 years in addition to Race Director of the Exe Descent, Club Race Organiser, SW Regional Tours Organiser, Regional Secretary for the SW British Canoe Union and member of Exeter City Sports Council.

Other winners included:

Devon Sports Awards Winners 2009
Winner Sport Award Category
Denise Austin Volleyball Senior Female Coach
Lauren Bawden Netball

Young Female Coach

Sponsored by University of Exeter
Robin Brew Swimming Coach of Disabled Performers
Karen Dent Netball Newly Qualified Coach
Kevin Hack Football, Baseball, Tri-Golf

Services to Sport in Education

Sponsored by Midas
Steve Hobbs Archery Services to Sport as Official
Graham Skinner Hockey Senior Male Coach
James Taylor Football

Young Male Coach

Sponsored by University of Exeter
Sharon Terry Athletics Services to Sport as Mentor / Tutor
Dennis Walls Canoeing/Kayaking

Services to Sport as Volunteer

Sponsored by Midas
Dennis Walls Canoeing/Kayaking Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Devon

The annual Devon Sports Awards, co-ordinated by Active Devon (the County Sports Partnership) attracted over 100 nominations of which 28 finalists were congratulated for their achievements in sport during 2008.

Mark Tyler, Westcountry TV presenter and Active Devon Board Member, hosted a very successful evening paying tribute to the hundreds of individuals ‘behind the scenes’ around the county who devote their time to sports clubs and organisations. The trophies and certificates were presented by Andrei Burton, who attended despite a recent injury that has prevented him from competing. Andrei, who lives locally in Exeter, is a top master rider in the sport of Trial Biking and represents Great Britain in the World Cup travelling far and wide for the love of his sport. Andrei is also a champion for Cycle Exeter and promotes cycling for Devon County Council at a wide variety of shows and local initiatives.

On behalf of all its partners Active Devon wishes to acknowledge and congratulate all those who were nominated for an award.

Photography for the event was conducted by Phil Mingo (Pinnacle Photo Agency UK), all prints can be found by visiting www.ppauk.com/dsa2009 or clicking the relevant link on this page.