Devon Sports Awards 2011

Perry Sprung -  winner 2011DEVON SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Sports personalities from across the county descended on the home of Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park on 17th February 2011 for the Devon Sports Awards, organised by Active Devon, the County Sport Partnership.

Competition was stiff with 31 finalists covering over twenty different sports competing in just 10 Award categories.  The nominees shortlisted covered a variety of important roles such as volunteers, officials and coaches – the driving force behind the scenes that help develop athletes in the county, coming from backgrounds including sports clubs, coaching sessions and community initiatives.

The winner of the coveted ‘Outstanding Contributor to Sport’ Award, sponsored by Team Devon was awarded to Perry Sprung from Exeter who has single-handedly raised the profile of disability cricket in the county in just 20 months by setting up and running a Devon Disability Side.  He has already secured £15,000 in funding for Devon Disability Cricket and through his ‘can do’ attitude; he has inspired other local volunteers to run a Devon Deaf Team in 2011.

Perry was delighted at winning “I am very honoured to be amongst nominees who have achieved so much this year.  I’m so pleased to win but didn’t expect it in my first year.  The Devon Disability Side is branching out in terms of the groups we are working with and we are seeing results, with our first four qualified cricket coaches.”

Perry also took home the Volunteer of the Year Award highlighting a true dedication to sport in Exeter.

Tim Jones, Chairman of Team Devon, sponsors of the ‘Outstanding Contributor to Sport’ Award said “The importance of volunteers in supporting Devon’s athletes, sports people and amateur players should not be underestimated. Volunteers and coaches are especially vital in developing the passion and skills required by sports people to achieve participation and ultimate success in future Olympic and Paralympic Games.  We are delighted to work with everyone who is encouraging achievement in sport and culture. These awards recognise both achievement and ambition in addition to motivating others to raise aspirations.”

Other category winners included:

o       Official of the Year - Stephen Bishop of Tarka Tennis Centre

o       Young Coach of the Year – Robin Shute of TSW Juniors Underwater Hockey

o       Young Volunteer of the Year – Morgan New of Langtree Reunites Netball Club

o       Newly Qualified Coach of the Year – Jack Howden of Kingsbridge RFC

o       Physical Activity Volunteer of the Year – Jean Green of Dawlish Diva’s

o       Coach of Disabled Performers – Ian Vosper of Devon Racqueteers

o       Senior Male Coach of the Year – Kevin Sellar of Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club

o       Senior Female Coach of the Year – Dotty Allan of Tavistock Athletic Club and Bere Alston Trekkers

 

Neil Roberts, Chief Executive of Active Devon added “We ensure the Devon Sports Awards are firmly on our calendar each year to acknowledge all those unsung heroes across the county who offer their time and expertise, more often than not for free, for the good of Sport in Devon.

From those that train and develop our athletes to those who wash kits and ensure playing facilities are clean and safe, every one of them plays a valuable role and is integral to the continuing development of sport across our county”. 

Fin Barnes of 5-a-day Fitness who sponsored the Young Volunteer of the Year Award said “5-a-day Fitness are proud to be sponsoring the Young Volunteer of the Year award 2011 and feel that the finalists and winner truly represent all that is positive and inspirational in sport today.”

Chris Bentley and Charlie Walker-Blair from the Exeter Chiefs presented the finalists and winners with their certificates and trophies.  Mark Tyler (ITV Westcountry and Exeter FM presenter) interviewed Charlie and Chris on their meteoric rise to the Aviva Premiership.  Charlie commented that “it is the strength of good coaches and volunteers that make teams within sport such a success“.  Chris confirmed this sentiment by highlighting the contributions of coaches to both the Exeter Chiefs success and that of Exeter Football Club stating “Exeter is now punching well above its weight in professional sport and long may it continue”.

For photographs of the evening, please visit: www.ppauk.com/dsa2011·        

The shortlisted nominees are listed below by name, area and sport. 

Winners are highlighted in blue, highly commendeds are highlighted in purple.

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Team Devon

Kevin Curran

East Devon

Cricket

Perry Sprung

Exeter

Cricket

Sheila Radgick

West Devon

Swimming

Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by 5-a-Day

Zoe Gray

Teignbridge

Trampolining

Louise Hooker

Teignbridge

Hockey, Netball, Rounders

Rachel Short

Teignbridge

Badminton

Morgan New

Torridge

Netball

Physical Activity Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Team Devon

Jean Green

Teignbridge

Dance

Anne & Bob Hughes

Teignbridge

Walking

Margaret Silver

Teignbridge

Dance & Walking

Ruth Boyne

Torbay

Wheelchair Dancing

Senior Coach of the Year – Male

Paul Bounden

Exeter

Wheelchair Basketball

Kevin Sellar

Plymouth

Rowing

Phil Burford

Teignbridge

Rugby

Mark Wickett

West Devon

Football

Senior Coach of the Year – Female

Katrina Venner

Torridge

Netball & Gymnastics

Dotty Allan

West Devon

Running & Athletics

Sue Hammond

West Devon

Football

Young Coach of the Year

Hollie Greenaway

Exeter

Netball

Rhiannon Lawrence

Plymouth

Fencing

Jake Durant

Teignbridge

Cycling

Robin Shute

Teignbridge

Underwater Hockey

Coach of Disabled Performers

Paul Bounden

Exeter

Wheelchair Basketball

Perry Sprung

Exeter

Cricket

Ian Vosper

Exeter

Wheelchair Badminton

Kevin Titchard

Torbay

Football

Newly Qualified

Jack Howden

South Hams

Rugby Union

Ryan Grant

West Devon

Roller Hockey

Ruth and Anna Russell

West Devon

Roller Hockey

Official of the Year

Julia Harvey

Exeter

Netball

Stephen Bishop

North Devon

Tennis