Teignbridge gears up for annual Sports and Community Awards 2017

The stage is set for this year’s glittering Teignbridge Sports and Community Awards and for the first time you can vote on who will be crowned on the night as 2017 People’s Champion. Active Devon are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Unsung Hero Award and there are two extraordinary finalists in the category.

Returning to the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren on Friday 1 December, the awards celebrate local sporting success and community projects across the district, recognising athletes, volunteers, sports teams, committee members, coaches, and community champions that go the extra mile to keep Teignbridge active all year round.

In association with main sponsor Kitsons Solicitors and supported by media partners Breeze FM and Mid-Devon Advertiser, the awards see nominations across 12 categories. From those shortlisted in each category, you can vote for your choice as People’s Champion at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/sportscommunityawards, with the winner announced on the night. You can vote for your People’s Champion from 10am, Monday 27 November right up until the night of the awards ceremony.

Popular presenter Ben Moseby is making a welcome return to the event, which will be opened by the event’s headline sponsor and Managing Partner of Kitsons Solicitors, James Cross. There will also be a charity raffle in aid of the Council’s Chairman’s Charity, which this year has been chosen by Cllr Timothy Golder as the Devon Memory Café Consortium and a ‘Give me five’ donation campaign for the South West Youth Games Charity.

Event organisers are keen to wish all the nominees’ good luck in their categories and thank the sponsors involved with this year’s awards.

Sport, Health and Community Champion – sponsored by Teignbridge Leisure’s Sports Bug Project

Carole-Anne Barr – Fit Steps Instructor/Dance/Champions
Maria Shelton – Active Mums Ride Leader
Teignmouth Thunderbirds – Netball Club
Personal Achievement Award – sponsored by Ripple Events

Charley Ellis Belka
Ethan Kirby
Darren Maynard
Unsung Hero Award – sponsored by Active Devon

Glynn Ballman
Claire Twitchin
Coach or Manager of the Year – sponsored by Lamars Decorators Ltd

Chantelle Cox – Teignbridge Titans Netball Club
Matthew Hodgson – Dawlish United U16s Girls Football Club
Angela Rimmer – Teignmouth Thunderbirds Netball Club
Community School of the Year – sponsored by Complete Estate Agents

Bovey Tracey Primary School
Rydon Primary School
South Dartmoor Community College
Junior Sportsperson of the Year – sponsored by Seymour Horwell Volvo Specialists

Ethan Kirby – Newton Abbot Athletics Club
Sam Taylor – South Dartmoor Community College
Jack Willis – Teignmouth Surf Life Saving Club
Senior Sportsperson of the Year – sponsored by Bayside Graphics

Lauren Dolan – Mid Devon Cycling Club
Elliot Fay – Angling
Emily Green – Decoy BMX Race Club
Team of the Year – sponsored by Westcountry Services

Buckland Athletic Ladies FC
Haldon Tug of War Team
South Dartmoor Under 15s Cricket Team
Charity or Business Contribution to Sport and/or Community – sponsored by Breeze FM

Dartmoor Classic Sportive
Firewatch Group
Richard’s Wish
Sherwoods Ltd
Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Langstone Cliff Hotel

Ray Moore – Rotarian and Community Volunteer
Iain Palmer – Teignmouth Beach Surf Life Saving Club
Richard Parker – Retired teacher and volunteer
Young Persons Services to Sport and/or Community – sponsored by Dartmoor School Sports Partnership

Paul Corbiere – Lodge Indoor Skatepark CIO
Rob Gale – South Dartmoor Community College
Megan Lowe – South Dartmoor Community College
PR and Media in Sports and/or Community Award – sponsored by Mid-Devon Advertiser

Georgina Davie – Haldon Tug of War
Graydon Widdicombe – Teignbridge Trotters
Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Teignbridge District Council’s Leader said:

“These awards are always a highlight of the Teignbridge calendar, as we come together to celebrate sporting achievement and community champions. It is fantastic to recognise such passion and enthusiasm, which I hope will encourage and inspire other people to get active and support their community. Thank you to all the sponsors involved who play a crucial part in the events success and good luck to everyone on the night.”

James Cross, Managing Partner of Kitsons Solicitors said:

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event, the evening is always inspiring and I am sure this year will be another one to remember. Many of our staff at Kitsons are keen sports people and therefore we like to take the sporting ethos of preparation, commitment and dedication and put those sporting qualities into the way we work. We would like to wish the best of luck to all of this year’s nominees and thank Teignbridge Council for doing this award evening so well.”