This evening the 2012 Cornwall Sports Awards invited our many unsung sporting heroes to take centre stage, to receive well-deserved applaud for all their incredible volunteering efforts and helping to bring the Olympic legacy to life.
This year 15 awards were presented and the worthy winners are as follows:
Children's Coach of the Year - Jim Hilton, Newquay Football Club
Participation Coach of the Year - Brian Smallworth, Cornish Sharks American Football
Young Coach of the Year U25 - Melissa Reid, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club
Performance & Development Coach of the Year - David White, Storm Netball Club
Official of the Year - Yvonne Turner, Mounts Bay Harriers
Adult Club of the Year - Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving Club
Junior Club of the Year - Cornwall Youth Badminton
2012 Club of the Year (chosen by postal vote, in collaboration with Cornwall & Devon Media Group Newspapers) - Liskeard Girls Football Club
Sport Maker of the Year - Mo Salome
Active Workplace of the Year - TRAC Services
Sportivate Project of the Year - Sportivate Explores Rowing at Nankersey
Young Leader of the Year - Tyler Richards, Mounts Bay School
Community Volunteer of the Year - Revis Crowle, East Cornwall Harriers
Community Volunteer of the Year U25 - Tony Pellow, Penryn Rugby Club
Lifetime Services to Sport - Shane Sullivan, Charlestown Rowing Club
During the ceremony there was a special message played from Cornish gold medal winning Olympic Rower, Helen Glover, offering her thanks for all the support she has received. Also, Tim Bunting, General Manger of Shelterbox UK & Ireland which is based in Helston, accompanied Olympic rower, Annie Vernon from Wadebridge, in delivering an inspirational speech for the 250 members of the audience.
Annie Vernon comments: "I've been really excited about the 2012 Cornwall Sports Awards, being a very proud Cornishwoman, as it is a great opportunity to bring together and celebrate all the athletes, coaches and volunteers that contribute to the sporting life in this county.
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