On Sunday 9 December, guests, athletes and nominees gathered at the stunning Mercedes Benz World, to celebrate an outstanding year of sport in Surrey.
The event, organised by Active Surrey, now in its sixth year, was hosted by BBC Surrey presenter Tim Durrans, and welcomed back four of the previous Surrey Sports Personality of the Year Winners: Rachel Morris, two time Paralympic Handcycling Medalist; Chris Martin, World Record holding Ocean Rower; Edward Upcott – Gymnastics Acrobatics World Champion and member of Britain’s Got Talent winning “Spelbound”; Liam Heath – a London 2012 kayaking Olympic bronze medallist; who were all inducted into The Surrey Hall of Fame.
London 2012 athletes Sophia Warner, James Tindall, Helen Turner and bronze medallist Karina Bryant as well as local torchbearers James Topping (Paralympic torch), Megan Munro (Olympic torch) and torch legend Austin Playfoot (1948 & 2012 torchbearer ) also took to the stage to share experiences of their Olympic & Paralympic journeys.
Active Surrey believes events such as the Surrey Sports Awards will help ensure the Olympic legacy message continues at a local level for years to come.
Campbell Livingston of Active Surrey comments: “The 2012 Surrey Sports Awards is one of the most significant yet and gives us many reasons to celebrate. Firstly, it brings the curtain down on what has been a defining year in sport on both a national and regional scale. Secondly it gives us great reason to recognise the talented sports stars that grace our county. I hope that the winners, and of course all of those shortlisted, use this as a platform to push-on and strike gold at a future major event. We were also lucky enough to welcome some of our own Olympic heroes to the event which gave us the chance to express our gratitude for their efforts.”
Thanks should be paid to local acrobatic gymnastics club L&G and vocal group Sing for Fun who wowed guests during the drinks reception whilst Rock Choir provided the musical entertainment following the ceremony. The Children’s Trust was in attendance as Active Surrey’s chosen Charity. Julia Hart, Community Fundraiser from The Children’s Trust comments: “We were delighted to be involved in the Surrey Sports Awards and we thoroughly enjoyed what was an excellent and successful evening.”
The Surrey Sports Awards is an annual celebration event bringing together athletes, clubs, coaches, volunteers, teams, businesses and the wider professional partnership to reward outstanding achievements, exceptional determination and extraordinary commitment to sport. Surrey winners have been put forward for other regional and national awards, including BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Children’s Trust Raffle: Would Julia Watson please get in touch (01483 518944) as you have won a prize and do not have your contact details. Thank you.
Photos to follow shortly
Coach of the Year, sponsored by Active Surrey – Seamus O’Connell
Young Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by Surrey FA – Howard of Effingham’s Yr 7 Boys Rugby League Team
Sports Team of the Year, sponsored by 3Wise – Surbiton Hockey Club’s Ladies 1st XI
Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle – Gerald Gregory-Jones
Sports Professional of the Year, supported by Sport England – Tamsin Greenway
Disability Sports Award, in aid of the Children’s Trust – Helen Turner
The High Sheriff Sports Project of the Year – Longmeadz Kickin
Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Surrey County Playing Fields Association – John Humphreys
Young Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Surrey Sports Park – Connor Sawenko
Sports Club of the Year, sponsored by Seymours Estate Agents – Farnham Rugby Club
Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Freedom Leisure – Karina Bryant
Outstanding Service to Sport, sponsored by BBC Surrey – Chris Evans
News story via: http://activesurrey.com/courses-events/surrey-sports-awards