Shortlisted nominations revealed for Torbay Sports Awards
JUDGES have unveiled the shortlisted nominations for this year's Torbay Sports Awards – having whittled them down from a record number of entries.
A maximum of four nominations have been put forward for each of the 10 categories, with nominees including men, women and children from across Torbay's diverse sporting community.
Regional, national and international champions are among those on contention for an award – with the winners set to be revealed at a star-studded gala dinner on Thursday, November 29.
Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy MBE is among the guest speakers at the event at the Riviera Centre, and will outline his current work as President of the Special Olympics GB.
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Other guests include six-time World Snooker champion Ray Reardon MBE and Paralympic bronze medal-winning shooter James Bevis.
Torbay Community Sports Co-ordinator Kirsty Parker-Calland said the overall number of nominations was up by more than double on last year.
"We had a 167 per cent rise in the number of nominations which is fantastic," she said.
"And just the quality of those nominations has been fantastic compared to previous years. The quality has been amazing – I was blown away."
Parker-Calland added that while the majority of categories were over-subscribed in terms of entries, there were several surprises.
"Outstanding Contribution is always a big category but this year the surprise was the Junior Sports Personality," she said. "The quality and the depth of nominations really stood out this year."
Sponsorship packages are still on offer for several categories at the Torbay Sports Awards – for further details contact Justin Hall at the Herald Express on 07703 502478, and visit the event website for further details on the event.
SENIOR SPORTS PERSONALITY: Marcus Bateman (rowing), Paul Harrison (Zumba), Andrew Perkins (cycling), Sophie Tolchard (bowls).
JUNIOR SPORTS PERSONALITY: Charlie Bradford-Gibbs (taekwondo), Lydia Harris (cricket), Cameron Thomas (skiing), Jay Thompson (gymnastics).
Disabled Sports Personality: Craig Binnie (football), Tiri Hughes (gymnastics).
YOUNG VOLUNTEER: Sam Evans (gymnastics), Harry King (athletics).
Outstanding Contribution: Jane Perry (rowing), Ken Robertson (cycling), Dave Stacey (boxing), Nicci Tucker (gymnastics).
COACH OF THE YEAR: Robert Helmore (football), Robert Maslin (racquets), Steve Millis (martial arts), Jim Parker (cricket).
SENIOR TEAM: Brixham RFC 1st XV; Jon Lees and Dan Ling, TYGA (Martial Arts), Paignton Amateur Rowing Women’s Senior Crew; Torquay Golf Club men’s team.
JUNIOR TEAM: South Devon College Basketball Team; South Devon College Rugby Academy; Torquay Community Colllege Futsal Team.
CLUB OF THE YEAR: Barton Cricket Club; Paignton Amateur Rowing Club; South Devon School of Gymnastics; Torquay Alpine Ski Club.
CONTRIBUTION TO LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPICS: Jack Hazlewood (Torquay Academy); Jason Murphy (torchbearer).