BRIXHAM Rugby captain Adam Thomas was named the Herald Express Torbay Sports Personality of the year at the awards ceremony held at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay.

Thomas led Brixham to a 39-31 win over Newton Abbot in the final of the Devon Cup ending an 83-year wait for the club to lift the cup – and he did so with a broken foot.

The Fisherman were also named Team of the Year at the glittering awards ceremony, while Thomas also was named Senior Sports Personality of the Year.

After accepting the award, Thomas said: "I don't know what to say really. I wasn't expecting the first award. I am really proud to have won this award and I want to say thank to everyone who made this possible.

"I am massively happy to be recognised. I am really proud, but I look at this as being on behalf of the team."

"I feel a bit guilty accepting this, as a lot of the boys work really hard and play really hard."

"If it wasn't for the boys then I definitely wouldn't be here accepting the award."

Last year the overall award was won by Commonwealth Gold Medal winning bowler Sophie Tolchard, and Thomas said that he was honoured to be in the same company as her.

He added: "The award is something I will keep for the rest of my life and I am very proud of."

Other winners on the night included Beryl D'Alessandro, who walked away with the Unsung Hero award in recognition of her being the driving force behind Netball in South Devon.

Paignton Community and Sports Academy 18-year-old Charlie Thorpe was named young volunteer of the year.

Nine-year-old champion skier Jack Cox was named Promising Young Athlete of the Year.

Curledge Street Academy were named Health Champions, swimmer Tom Fannan was named Junior Sports Personality of the Year, and Luca Wickens was named Parasport Athlete of the Year.

Coach of the Year went to John Pressling from Torbay Tri Club, while Torquay Cricket Club were named Club of the Year.

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