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2013 CORNWALL SPORTS AWARDS:
Sports Volunteers from across the County have been recognised and rewarded at this year's Cornwall Sports Awards
The 2013 Cornwall Sports Awards invited our many unsung sporting heroes to take centre stage thanking them for helping to bring the Olympic legacy to life.
The annual event, held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay on Friday 8th November, welcomed over 200 of Cornwall's dedicated volunteer sports coaches, officials, clubs, organisations and young leaders.
They were joined by special guests Chris Opie, Cornish Born British Cyclist with Team UK Youth and Robbie Hampshaw, Special Olympic Gold Medalist in Tennis who lives in Cornwall.
Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the event is now in its eighth year of celebrating and paying tribute to the many volunteers from across the duchy who dedicate their time and efforts to supporting our strong sports community and inspiring the next sporting generation.
This year 17 awards were presented and the worthy winners are as follows:
• Children's Coach of the Year - Jeremy Crapp, River Fowey Gig Club
• Community Coach of the Year - Richard Hurst, Penrose Judo Club
• Young Coach of the Year U25 - Robin Mills, Castledore Rowing Club
• Performance & Development Coach of the Year - Julian Wills, Triathlon
• Official of the Year - Marianne Oliver, Cornwall Netball
• Disability Coach of the Year - Neil Tunstall, Cornwall Athletic Club
• Adult Club of the Year - Mounts Bay Harriers
• Junior Club of the Year - Callywith Gymnastics & Trampolining Club
2013 Club of the Year - St Agnes Athletic Football Club
• Sport Maker of the Year - Collette O'Shea
• Active Workplace of the Year - GE Money
• Sportivate Project of the Year - Archivate
• Sportivate Participant of the Year - Charlie Harris
• Young Leader of the Year - Eleanor Harding, Helston Community
• Community Volunteer of the Year - Rose Stuart, Tamar Canoe
• Community Volunteer of the Year U25 - Rose Pannell-Hitchens, Illogan
RBL Ladies Football Club
• Lifetime Services to Sport - Terry Williams, Cornwall Football Association
Guests heard from British Cyclist Chris Opie, who spoke personally about the volunteers that supported him at the beginning of his career and how they played an important part in him becoming the athlete he is today. Chris said about the evening "It was an honour to have been invited to the Cornwall Sports Partnership Awards as guest speaker. It was really inspiring to meet and talk to so many motivated individuals who selflessly give up their time to help support and encourage others to participate in the many varied sports available throughout Cornwall. The Awards Evening was a fantastic opportunity for all nominees to celebrate their work in making Cornwall the great sporting County it is".
Cornwall Sports Awards organiser, Natasha Howard of the Cornwall Sports Partnership, says: "We are extremely proud to organise this event which recognises and rewards the many volunteers who give their time to inspire people to get involved in sport. We encourage them to continue their great work creating a legacy of increased participation and enjoyment of sport throughout Cornwall. We would also like to say a big thank you to all those who took the time to nominate, without which these awards could not take place".
A variety of Cornish companies and organisations support the event, including: Tempus Leisure, Truro & Penwith College, Sport England, Miller Countrywide, Tony Pryce Sports, Cornwall & Devon Media, Pirate FM, St Austell Print, Cornwall Council, Pyramid Production Services and the NHS Health Promotion Service.
To see photographs and videos of the evening please visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's Facebook page: