The Greene King 2018 West Suffolk Sports Awards

The second West Suffolk Sports Awards, sponsored by Greene King, took place at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Thursday 27th September in front of almost 200 guests.

The sports awards for West Suffolk were delivered by Abbeycroft Leisure on behalf of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, celebrating sporting heroes, volunteers, clubs, coaches, teams and individuals.

See winners below.

Sports Awards 2018 (62)

The Unsung Hero Award Sponsored by Unison

2018 Winner: Carla Barnes

A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be an official, committee member, helper or anyone else who you feel deserves recognition for their dedication. Please note – qualified coaches should be nominated for the ‘Coach of the Year’ award instead.

The Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Paddy and Scott's

2018 Winner: Maurice Fearn

This award will be made to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sport in West Suffolk over a long period of time. This award looks for someone who has shown considerable commitment to sport and can demonstrate the impact they have made to individuals and the wider community.

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Sports Awards 2018 (74)

The Triumph Over Adversity Award Sponsored by KiiWii Clothing

2018 Winner: Jordan Black

2018 Shortlist: Anna Street and Brian Alldis

An individual, team or organisation that has overcome obstacles and challenges to achieve success or make a valued contribution to their sport. Individuals could include performers, coaches, officials, committee members or other volunteers whom you feel deserves recognition for this effort in the face of adversity.

The Coach of the Year Award Sponsored by Suffolk Sport

2018 Winner: Hayley Rigby

2018 Shortlist: Gary Dourado and Kayleigh Steed

A coach who holds a valid national governing body coaching qualification and is committed to delivering the highest standard of coaching to their performers or to help other coaches develop. This award will be made to a coach who has supported the development and/or performance of athletes or teams and who has significantly increased or improved the sporting opportunities available.

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Sports Awards 2018 (66)

The Community Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsored by the Smarter Drop from Anglian Water

2018 Winner: Carla Barnes

An individual who has given up a substantial amount of time to volunteer in local sport in any capacity.

The Most Active Workplace of the Year Sponsored by Allied Health Professionals Suffolk

2018 Winner: Sanofi Haverhill

A workplace or business which promotes the benefits of participating in sport and physical activity and encourages a healthy workforce.

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The Club of the Year Award Sponsored by Greene King

2018 Winner: Bury Bicycle Collective

A club that has achieved proven success and an excellent reputation in the community. The Club of the Year Award is presented to a sports club that has made a significant impact on or contribution to the development of sport in the community.

The Individual Performance/Achievement of the Year Award Sponsored by Newprint Ltd.

2018 Winner: Steph Hanratty

An individual who has made a significant achievement or an outstanding performance during the year. Awarded to an individual who has achieved considerable success in their chosen sport within a competitive setting.

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Sports Awards 2018 (57)

Sports School of the Year Sponsored by West Suffolk College

2018 Winner: Laureate Academy Primary School

Schools should hold 2016/17 School Games Mark and/or a PE/YST Quality Mark and demonstrate active links with community sports clubs.

Primary Schools should be able to demonstrate innovative use of their PE and Sport Premium to enhance provision and have a report on how the premium has been spent and its subsequent impact available on the school website.

Secondary Schools should demonstrate how they support gifted and talented pupils and show how they actively engage those young people not otherwise participating in PE and School Sport.

Sports Personality of the Year Sponsored by Music Sales

2018 Winner: Harriet Welham (award collected by Kerri Welham)

The following criteria will be considered when shortlisting for Sports Personality of the Year:

An outstanding contribution towards their sport(s) and / or their club(s)

A commitment to developing themselves and others as sporting volunteers

Inspiring others in the community to take part in sport and physical activity

Works towards encouraging sporting participation within but not limited to their peers and the local community.

An ambassador for sporting ethos.

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Sports Awards 2018 (125)

Young Sports Personality of the Year Sponsored by Newmarket Racecourses

2018 Winner: Esther Little (award collected by Terry Rigby)

The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award
The following criteria will be considered when shortlisting for Young Sports Personality of the Year:

An outstanding contribution towards their sport(s) and / or their club(s)

A commitment to developing themselves and others as sporting volunteers

Inspiring others in the community to take part in sport and physical activity

Works towards encouraging sporting participation within but not limited to their peers and the local community.

An ambassador for sporting ethos.

People's Champion Sponsored by Iliffe Media

2018 Winner: Gary Dourado

Every year, all shortlisted nominees are put to the public vote for the People’s Champion. In partnership with Iliffe Media and the West Suffolk Sports Awards Facebook page, the nominee who receives the most votes is crowned the People’s Champion.

In 2018, we received 1,766 votes for the People’s Champion Award

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Sports Awards 2018 (116)

People's Youth Champion Sponsored by Iliffe Media

2018 Winner: Emma Bartley

Every year, all shortlisted nominees are put to the public vote for the People’s Youth Champion. In partnership with Iliffe Media and the West Suffolk Sports Awards Facebook page, the nominee who receives the most votes is crowned the People’s Youth Champion.

In 2017, we received 1,247 votes for the Young People’s Champion Award