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And the winners are........
Inspirational Sports Volunteers from across the County have been recognised & rewarded at this year's Cornwall Sports Awards!
Sponsored by University of Exeter and Truro & Penwith College
The annual event, held at The Headland Hotel, Newquay on Friday 4th November 2016 saw over 300 of Cornwall's dedicated volunteers, coaches, officials, organisations and young leaders from over 28 different sports come together to celebrate Sport in Cornwall.
Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the event now in its eleventh year was presented by Pirate FM's Neil Caddy and pays tribute to the many volunteers who give their time and efforts to support our sports community and inspire the next sporting generation.
This year 19 awards were presented and the worthy winners are:
Young Coach of the Year U25 - Charlotte Collier, St Agnes Football Club
Children's Coach of the Year - Simon Richards, Penzance Hockey Club
Community Coach of the Year - Charlotte Bennett, Hayle Runners
Disability Coach of the Year - Steve Borlase, Bodmin Dragons Ability Football Club
Performance & Development Coach of the Year - Allan Reid, St Austell Swimming Club
Coach of the Year 2016 - Charlotte Collier, St Agnes Football Club
Junior Club of the Year - Saints Netball Club
Adult Club of the Year - Caradon Hockey Club
Community Club of the Year 2016 - Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club
This Girl Can - Inspirational Women of the Year - Louise Mallas
Sportivate Project of the Year - Stand up Paddleboard for Women, Ocean Sports
Sportivate Participant of the Year - Kitty Odle, Polmartin Riding
Time 2 Move Primary Award - Marazion School
Community Participation Project of the Year - Mines a Swim, Tempus Leisure
Active Workplace of the Year - PKF Francis Clark
Young Leader of the Year - Fergus Connolly, Cornwall College
Community Volunteer of the Year U25 - Kellie Williams, Penzance Cricket Club
Community Volunteer of the Year - Shirley Pitts, Pendeen Gig Club
Lifetime Services to Sport - Jackie Tresidder, Penryn Netball Club
Linking with Sport England's 'This Girl Can' campaign this year's awards focused on 'Celebrating Women in Sport' in Cornwall. Guests heard from Coxless Crew Member Laura Penhaul from Redruth Cornwall, an inspirational women who along with 5 other girls rowed across the Pacific Ocean = 8446 miles, breaking 2 world records! Laura presented the BRAND NEW 'This Girl Can - Inspirational Woman of the Year' award. This is presented to someone who has been inspired by the campaign herself and has gone on to motivate others to get active.
Guests also heard from Mellissa Reid, Paratriathlete from Porthtowan in Cornwall. Melissa Talked about her recent experience at the Paralympic Games in Rio this September where she won a Bronze Medal.
Cornwall Sports Awards organiser, Natasha Howard of the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: This is a fantastic event, an opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who give their time freely so others can be active. We hope the evening inspired those who attended to continue volunteering and to motivate others to become volunteers. Giving your time to an activity you are passionate about is a hugely rewarding experience and you also get to become part of a community.
A variety of companies and organisations support the event each year, including: Sport England, University of Exeter , Truro & Penwith College, Health Promotion Service & Workplace Health, St Austell Printing Company, St Austell Conference Centre, AGAME Sports Ltd , This Girl Can, Miller Countrywide, Tempus Leisure, Arena , Penwith School Sport, Peninsula School Sport Partnership, Mid Cornwall Sports Network, Clockwork Audio Systems, Lightbox Inc, and The Headland Hotel.
Professor David Hosken from the University of Exeter and one of our main sponsors said: "The University of Exeter is delighted to support these awards and I'd like to congratulate all the winners. I'd also like to thank Cornwall Sports Partnership for the evening's celebration rewarding sporting achievements".
Emma Seward-Adams from Truro and Penwith College, another of the main sponsors said: "As an Outstanding educational establishment, Truro and Penwith College always ensures that we provide the best possible opportunities for our students to develop and learn. This is why we are proud to sponsor the Coaching category of the Cornwall Sports Awards as we know the winners and those who were nominated, have created the best possible coaching environments for their athletes".
Want to nominate next year?
Nominations for the 2017 Cornwall Sports Awards
will be opening Spring 2017!
To see photographs and videos of the winners and the event, visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's Facebook page: