2014 Cornwall Sports Awards - And the winners are...
Sports Volunteers from across the County have been recognised and rewarded at this year's Cornwall Sports Awards
Sponsored by A Game Sports Ltd, Tempus Leisure and Truro College
The annual event, held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay on Friday 7th November, welcomed over 200 of Cornwall's dedicated volunteer sports coaches, officials, clubs, organisations and young leaders.
They were joined by special guest Chris Attis, Invictus Games Athlete and Help for Heroes Ambassador who was born and raised in St Austell, Cornwall.
Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the event now in its ninth year pays tribute to our many volunteers from across the duchy who dedicate their time and efforts to support 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 - Carrie Short, Bude Bay Netball Club
• Community Coach of the Year - Anna Searle, Boscastle & Crackington Gig
• Young Coach of the Year U25 - Beth Willshaw, Cornwall Football Association
• Performance & Development Coach of the Year - Michael Kent, Carn Brea &
Helston Swimming Club
• Official of the Year - Denise Wilson, Callywith Gymnastics & Trampolining
• Disability Coach of the Year - Freddie Kemp, Kernow Boccia Club
• Adult Club of the Year - Truro Running Club
• Junior Club of the Year - Bodmin Youth Football Club
• 2014 Club of the Year - Lanner Rugby Football Club
• Community Participation Project of the Year - 2nd Chance Project
• Active Workplace of the Year - Ginsters
• Sportivate Project of the Year - Bocciavate
• Sportivate Participant of the Year - Vicky Rowe
• Young Leader of the Year - Vicky Burlingham, Camborne Science &
• Community Volunteer of the Year - Sam Boston, Goonhavern Athletic
• Community Volunteer of the Year U25 - James Lynham, Cornwall Cougars
Wheelchair Basketball Club
• Lifetime Services to Sport - Nigel Sanders, Grampound Road Cricket Club
Guests heard from Chris Attis, who spoke personally about his journey. After studying at Cornwall College, Chris signed up for the Army and served with the Coldstream Guards when he was injured in 2012. He now plays Wheelchair Basketball and represented Great Britain at the recent Invictus Games held in London where he scored the winning goal against the USA to win Gold!
Chris said: "it was amazing to see how many inspirational people there is in all areas of sport in Cornwall from young volunteers to those with years of experience of coaching and volunteering, and to be involved in such an occasion was a great way to finish of a great year of sport for me."
With Chris present the evening raised nearly £1,000 for Help for Heroes to support injured servicemen like Chris. The charity actually funded the chair Chris played in at the Invictus Games.
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: Sport England, Miller Countrywide, Tony Pryce Sports, Cornwall & Devon Media, Pirate FM, St Austell Print, Jamie Spencer Films, St Austell Conference Centre, Clockwork Audio Systems Ltd, The Headland Hotel and the NHS Health Promotion Service.
Adrian Noott from A Game Sports Ltd, one of the main sponsors of this year's Cornwall Sports Awards said: "We were delighted to be given the opportunity to sponsor the Adult and Junior Club categories for this year's sports awards. We, as a business, wouldn't exist without the support from many of the finalists so it's a real honour to be able to give something back to the community in which many of our customers operate."
"The evening can only be described as a very professional and slick operation that really showcases the wealth of talent that exists in the Cornish sporting community and we congratulate all those who were recognised."
Simon Blamey from Tempus Leisure, another main sponsor said: "Tempus Leisure endeavours to provide opportunities that inspire active communities across Cornwall and we are delighted to be a lead sponsor for the 2014 Sports Awards. The awards are a fantastic way to recognise the success and hard work of individuals and clubs throughout the county. A massive congratulations must go to everybody who was nominated and to the Cornwall Sports Partnership for organising such a prestigious evening."
To see photographs and videos of the winners and event, visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's Facebook page: