Devon Sports Awards 2013 - Finalists Announced

The Exeter Foundation will be joining forces with Active Devon to host the regional Devon Sports Awards that year on year encompass the entire county in order to celebrate local sport and its various achievements. This year, Active Devon will be celebrating its tenth anniversary of hosting the awards however, it will be the first time since the awards began that they have joined forces with the Exeter Foundation and are proud to announce this year's finalists.

Active Devon is a not-for-profit organisation, so unlike similar awards, all monies raised on the night will go directly to the Exeter Foundation.

Tony Rowe, Chairman of the Exeter Foundation said, ‘this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about local sport and raise money for good causes at the same time.’

The ceremony, hosted by Jenny Walrond (BBC Spotlight) takes place at Sandy Park, Exeter on Friday 10th May where the winners of each category will be announced. Tickets are available for the evening at a cost of £65.00 or a table of ten is £625.00, this includes a three course meal, entertainment and access to the Awards Ceremony. CLICK HERE FOR BOOKING FORM (all ticket booking forms to be returned to Exeter Foundation directly).

Helen Pope, Marketing Manager at Active Devon said “the judges were stunned by the quality of nominations this year, there is an army of volunteers, coaches and officials across the county that give their time week in, week out for the good of sport in Devon, not to mention the clubs, teams and players that achieved fantastic success at local, regional and international level last year.  I feel all of the nominees deserve congratulations for their dedication and devotion to sport.”

The finalists are as follows:

Coach of the Year (senior)

  • Lisa Kemp, Newton Abbot Swimming Club – Teignbridge

  • Kevin Skinner, Exeter Harriers Athletics Club – Mid Devon

  • Steve Squire, South Brent Judo Club – South Hams

Coach of the Year (youth)

  • Jazmine Hervin, Football – Teignbridge

  • Tom Vinall, Westward Ho! Tennis Club – Torridge

  • Scott White – Exe Calibre Dragon Boat Club – Exeter

Club of the Year (amateur)

  • Barton Cricket Club – Torbay

  • Honiton Running Club – East Devon

  • Kingsley School Judo Club – North Devon

Volunteer of the Year (senior)

  • Neil Parsons, Lympstone Amateur Boxing Club – East Devon

  • Dave Turner, Exeter Saracens RFC – Exeter

  • Sue Whiffin, East Devon County Netball Association - Exeter

Volunteer of the Year (youth)

  • Becci Helliwell, Cullompton Community College – Mid Devon

  • David Morris, Devon Golf Partnership – Plymouth

  • Chantelle Prowse, TAS Netball Club - Torbay

Sports Performer of the Year (amateur)

  • Tom Daley, Diving – Plymouth

  • Ruta Meilutye, Swimming – Plymouth

  • Jay Thompson, Gymnastics - Torbay

Contribution to Inclusive Sport

  • Paul Gray, Special Olympics – Exeter

  • Allen Lewis, Tavistock Specials FC – West Devon

  • Jeff Rawlings, Twyford Spartans – Mid Devon

Team of the Year

  • South Dartmoor U16 Hockey Team – Teignbridge

  • Plymouth Leander Swimming – Plymouth

  • Newton Abbot Swimming Club Senior Squad - Teignbridge

In addition to the categories above, there two categories that celebrate programmes delivered by Active Devon partners;

Active Villages Project of the Year

  • Junction Archers – Torridge

  • Chagford Cricket Club – West Devon

  • Age UK Yoga – East Devon

Sportivate Project of the Year

  • Creating Chances (Exeter City FC) – Exeter

  • Torbay Surf Life Saving Club – Torbay

  • Ivybridge Community College & Mountbatten Centre - Plymouth

Other categories where the finalists and winners will be announced on the evening include Professional Club of the Year and Professional Sports Performer of the Year.

If you have any questions or wish to receive a ticket booking form please don’t hesitate to contact Laura or Aimee on or call us on 01392 671674.

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