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Devon Sports Awards 2012

We were delighted to recognise and celebrate the wonderful achievements of all the nominees for this year’s Awards at the ceremony held on 9 February 2012 at Sandy Park, Exeter.
Devon should be rightly proud of its extensive and diverse sporting community which makes such an extensive contribution to the people and communities of our wonderful county. This year’s nominations reflected that diversity and we had an unprecedented number of nominations of exceptionally high standard in over 30 different sports and from throughout Devon.
With the Olympics and Paralympics just around the corner, it was more important than ever to acknowledge and reward all the fantastic sport, sport players and sport providers within our county. From the unsung heroes such as the army of volunteers that make sport happen to the ‘people behind the people’ such as coaches, clubs and officials, to the athletes who inspire and motivate others to take part.
The evening was a glittering success and we were honoured to have two wonderful athletes join us for the evening to present the awards to our finalists and winners, Gorgs Geikie and Keryn Seal. Gorgs, known in the media as ‘Britain’s Lara Croft’ is the British number one Lady Pistol Shooter. And Keryn, self confessed Arsenal fan is a member of England’s Blind Football Squad. Both of them have their aims pinned on a London 2012 Olympic Medal and we had the opportunity to find our more about this when they were interviewed by our compere for the evening, Mark Tyler from Exe FM.
Active Devon Chief Executive Matt Evans said "I know that London 2012 will provide many inspirational moments but what is just as important to me is the inspiration that we should all draw from the dedication and achievements of the nominees and finalists in this year’s awards. It tells me that the sporting community in Devon is continuing to punch above its weight and it reassures me that by working together we can achieve our aim of everyone in Devon active for life. On behalf of everyone at Active Devon it is a great privilege to offer my congratulations to all the winners."
The Outstanding Contribution to Sport award was given to Julieanne Fewings of Newton Abbot, who also took home the Senior Volunteer of the Year award. Julieanne was stunned into silence as she collected her award from Georgina. Julieanne started Buckland and Milber Football Club in 2003 and soon became coach and manager to the under 8s. She continued to manage and coach, taking on the 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s and 13s. During this time she has been secretary of the club until been voted on as chairperson in 2006. As mentioned earlier this evening, she has continued to expand the football club into a sports club, creating a dance group for 3 to 14 year olds which now boast up to 25 girls in weekly attendance. She has also established a cricket club offering training to children and adults in addition to a women’s netball team with 14 members. She also managed to find the time to implement running after school sports clubs for local primary schools and running a local community fete. A full list of all our Finalists & Winners on the evening can be found below.
In addition to the category winners, two special awards were presented on the evening to deliverers of projects coordinated by Active Devon. The first was for the 'Sportivate Project of the Year'.
Sportivateis a £32 million Lottery programme that gives 14 to 25 year olds access to six week courses in a range of sports. The programme is aimed at those who are not currently choosing to take part in sport in their own time, or are doing so for a very limited amount of time, and will support them to continue playing sport in their community after the six weeks is up. Devon Sportivate delivery partners were invited to submit a nomination demonstrating innovation and success against a number of specific programme aims. Exeter University Athletics Project was selected by the judging panel as winner and the project was put forward for the Regional ‘Best Sportivate Project 2011’ Award. Sonya Ellis, project co-ordinator collected a certificate on behalf of the project. Members of the project are pictured with their trophy below.

The second special award went to Princetown Football Project forthe 'Active Villages Project of the Year'. Active Villages delivery partners were invited to submit a nomination demonstrating innovation and success against a number of specific programme aims.
Active Villages is a countywide programme which seeks to support rural communities to develop long-term sports opportunities which enable people of all ages to experience the fun of sport and build a life-long love of being active and healthy. Working with parishes with between 500 and 2000 people, the programme has already reached 3000 people through taster sessions that bring affordable sporting opportunities right to the doorstep of our most rural communities. Below are members of the project pictured with their trophy.

Active Devon would particularly like to thank our sponsors - Team Devon, The Sunday Independent and sports coach UK – without whom this event would not be possible. We would also like to thank our hosts, Sandy Park, our event photographer, Phil Mingo andour compere Mark Tyler.

Award Winners

Official of the Year

1st - Jayne Reed, Athletics (Kenton)
2nd - Brett Huxtable, Football (North Devon)

Coach of the Year - Senior

1st - Sonya Ellis, Athletics (Exeter)
2nd - Jon Rudd, Swimming (Plymouth)
3rd - Jon and Becky Lees, Martial Arts (Torbay)

Coach of the Year - Youth

1st - Troy Culley, Basketball (Torbay)
2nd - Alexander Carr, Cricket (Plymouth)
3rd - Wayne Downham, Football (Tavistock)

Club of the Year

Joint 1st - Croyde Surf Club (North Devon) & Okehampton Hockey Club (Okehampton)
2nd - TYGA Martial Arts Club (Torbay)

Volunteer of the Year – Senior

1st - Julieanne Fewings, Football (Newton Abbot)
2nd - Mike Carpenter, Football (Princetown)
3rd - Sheila Thomas, Tennis (Torbay)

Volunteer of the Year - Youth

1st - Laura Tucker, Rowing (Torbay)
2nd - Holly Willing, Swimming (Newton Abbot)
3rd - Emily Chilcott, Gymnastics (Tiverton)

Team of the Year

1st - Stoodley Knowle School Girls Cricket Team (Torbay)
2nd - Park Community School U14s Rugby Team (Barnstaple)
3rd - Torbay Tigers Basketball Team (Torbay)

Sports Performer of the Year

1st - Tracey Roberts, Dragon Boat Racing (Kenton)
Joint 2nd - Ruta Meilutyte, Swimming (Plymouth) & Elliot Barton, Rowing (Torbay)

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Julieanne Fewings, Football (Newton Abbot)

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