Devon Sports Awards 2016
Nominations have now closed for the prestigious Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards, which took place at the home of the Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park, on 13th May 2016.
The awards, which are held in association with The Exeter Foundation and Active Devon and in partnership with Exeter College, celebrate the best in sport throughout Devon, with all funds going to the Exeter Foundation.
Organisers of the event are always keen to celebrate a wide cross-section of sport from community to elite level and there has been a reorganisation of the categories from previous years to reflect this.
Performers and teams were recognised in the ‘Community Sport Performer of the Year’ category, which this year aimed to acknowledge achievements from teams or individuals across a wide range of community sports in Devon thanks to additional support from various governing bodies.
As in previous years, coaches and volunteers were commended with the Devon Young Coach and Devon Coach of the Year awards, and Devon Young Volunteer and Devon Volunteer of the Year. In addition, those who have successfully increased opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in activity and sport in Devon were celebrated in the Contribution to Inclusive Sport award.
Outstanding clubs and elite performers also featured in the awards line-up and the highlight of the evening is the award presented to the person who is considered to make made an Outstanding Contribution to Sport, which is chosen from among the winners of all of the other categories.
Exeter Foundation Chairman, Tony Rowe, said: “The Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards aim to recognise as many people as possible who contribute to all levels of sport throughout Devon.
“The county has a proud sporting history and it is a privilege of the Exeter Foundation, with Active Devon and Exeter College, to be able to celebrate this and the bright future of sport in Devon.”
“The level of entries we have had over the past few years has been outstanding,” said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon. “It is always amazing to see the amount of voluntary effort that underpins sport in Devon and enables the teams and performers to achieve great things.”
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Devon Sports Awards:
Awards and winners:
Exeter Golf and Country Club Community Sport Performer of the Year (Golf) - Jessica Bradley
PKF Francis Clark Community Sport Performer of the Year (Gymnastics) - Gracie Mitchell
Exeter Foundation Community Sport Performer of the Year (Inclusive Sport) - Luca Wickens
SW Comms Community Sport Performer of the Year (Skiing) - Jack Cox
PKF Francis Clark Community Sport Performer of the Year (Cricket) - Tom Lammonby
Exeter College Community Sport Performer of the Year (Athletics) - Rachel Champion
SW Comms Community Sport Performer of the Year (Basketball) - Joshua Williams-Clifford
Michael Caines Ltd Community Sport Performer of the Year (Football) - Abbie Burrows
SW Comms Community Sport Performer of the Year (Rugby) - Billy Searle
Active Devon Community Sport Performer of the Year (Netball) - Net Prophets
Michael Caines Ltd Community Sport Performer of the Year (Rowing) - Phoebe Campbell
Exeter Golf and Country Club Community Sport Performer of the Year (Archery) - Sophie Woolcock
Exeter College Devon Young Volunteer of the Year – Sarah Devon
Active Devon Devon Volunteer of the Year – Jill Dupain
Michael Caines Ltd Contribution to Inclusive Sport – Stuart Disney
Exeter College Devon Young Coach of the Year – Lorna Burston
Exeter Golf and Country Club Devon Coach of the Year – Mark Taylor
PKF Francis Clark Devon Club of the Year – Exe Hockey Club
SW Comms Outstanding Performance in Elite Sport – Jimmy Mullen
Exeter Foundation Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Devon – Jill Dupain
Finalists were presented with their awards and certificates by star hurdler Colin Jackson, Olympic silver medallist and twice world champion.