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2017 Cornwall Sports Awards Winners

2017 Cornwall Sports Awards
And the winners are...
Sponsored by University of Exeter and Truro & Penwith College

Recognising people who inspire others to be physically active!
Winners of the 2017 Cornwall Sports Awards were announced at the annual event, held at The Headland Hotel, Newquay on Friday 6th November 2017.

The awards which are now in their twelfth year recognise and reward volunteers and organisations from across Cornwall who inspire others to be physically active.

Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the event was presented by Pirate FM's very own Neil Caddy and saw over 200 of Cornwall's inspiring volunteers, coaches, community groups and organisations come together to help celebrate the amazing achievements and impact theses volunteers have had on people being active.

Neil Caddy said: "As well as celebrating success, the Cornwall Sports Awards tells the amazing stories behind the performers. Sport is not just the activity or discipline, nor is it just the competitor - it's their family and friends, their coach, their club and in many instances a much wider support network...and the fact that they all receive a nod of acknowledgment makes me very proud to be a part of the evening. Well done on another fantastic awards!"

This year 11 awards were presented and the worthy winners are:
Disability Activator of the Year
- David Painter, Special Olympics Cornwall
Young Coach of the Year U25 - Ryan Borley, FXU Dodgeball Club
Coach of the Year - Matthew Gale, Roselyon Fencing Club
Community Participation Project of the Year - Plymouth Raiders Foundation
Social Impact in the Community - SPARC Sport
Club of the Year - Special Olympics Cornwall
CAPH Time 2 Move Primary School of the Year - Treleigh Community Primary School
Active Workplace of the Year - Truro & Penwith College
Young Volunteer of the Year U25 - Jay Davies, The Wave Project
Volunteer of the Year - Darren Kirwan, St Blazey CC / AFC St Blazey Youth
Lifetime Services to Sport - Peter Thorne, Wendron CC / Wendron United FC

2017 Cornwall Sports Awards

Guests heard from Pegleg Bennett, a local Adventurer and Adaptive World Championship Surfer from Perranporth. Pegleg inspired the audience with his stories of physical and mental challenges including climbing Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, running the London Marathon twice and competing in the World Adaptive Surf Championships. Pegleg overcame numerous mental challenges after being born with one leg and shares his stories and achievements with other young people going through life changing circumstances.

With the evenings focus on the role Sport and Physical Activity can have on your mental health the 2017 Cornwall Sports Awards supported the charity MIND who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and also raised the awareness of The Mental Health Charter for Sport. If you would like to make a donation to this amazing charity please visit

Cornwall Sports Awards organiser, Natasha Howard of the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said:  "This event is truly inspirational, the stories we hear throughout the evening are humbling but also motivational and in particular this year understanding the role sport and physical activity can have on improving our mental health as well as our physical health."

A variety of companies and organisations support the event each year, including:  University of Exeter, Truro & Penwith College, Better Leisure Ltd, St Austell Printing Company, St Austell Conference Centre, AGAME Sports Ltd , CAPH, Clockwork Audio Systems, Lightbox Inc, Toby Weller Commercial Photographer 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 sponsor the Cornwall Sports Awards, and more specifically to present awards to volunteers within sport, who dedicate so much of their time in coordinating and delivering such a wide range of sporting activities in Cornwall. Recognised for our academic and athletic achievements, we truly value the benefits sport can bring to everyone in terms of health and wellbeing, collaboration, raising aspirations and achieving personal goals. We would like to congratulate all award winners and nominees for their amazing achievements. "

Vicky Pearson from Truro and Penwith College, another of the main sponsors said: "Truro and Penwith College were delighted to sponsor the coaching award category at the Cornwall Sports Awards. It's great to see such outstanding coaching that takes place in Cornwall week in week out.  We are proud to be a main sponsor of the Cornwall Sports Awards and congratulations to all the nominees and award winners. "

Want to nominate next year?
Nominations for the 2018 Cornwall Sports Awards will be opening spring 2018!

To see photographs and videos of the winners and the event, visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership's Facebook page: