Community sporting heroes and heroines across Devon were recognised at Sandy Park on Thursday 11th July 2019 during the 22nd Devon Sports Awards. The evening was an opportunity to pay tribute and thank those groups and individuals who enable thousands of people in Devon to be active and enjoy sport at a grass-roots level.
The celebration evening was a culmination of a six month nomination and shortlisting process organised by a partnership of the Exeter Chiefs Foundation, Active Devon and Exeter College. With guest speakers from Kate Salmon from Row the Ocean, sharing her experience of rowing the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, December 2018, in order to raise awareness of the ocean plastics crisis, and inspire a Plastic Free Generation and create a Plastic Free Exeter by 2020. along with her hard hitting message of the stream of plastic pollution she witnessed, guests also took away thoughts of how sore ones bum gets on an Atlantic row and how valued Hobnob biscuits are!
A Q & A with Rob Baxter, Director of Rugby at the Exeter Chiefs also provoked an enlightening and entertaining midway break to the awards and responded well to guest host for the evening, Jenny Walrond. He’s still to answer the thought provoking question about when dogs lick your face, but did give a good insight into his journey through rugby and thoughts on youngsters and sport.
The sports awards showed how dedicated our sporting community hero’s truly are and paid tribute to all the hard work which is going on within Devon with the winners listed below (the nominees can be found here )