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Teignbridge Volunteer Wins Top Award For Contribution To Sport In Devon (published 16.02.12)

Teignbridge resident Julieanne Fewings, of Newton Abbot, has been recognised for her invaluable contribution to local sport at the Devon Sports Awards.

The Awards, held at the Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Lane home on Thursday 9 February, saw Julieanne firstly recognised as 'Volunteer of the Year - Senior' before going on to be awarded the most prestigious prize at the ceremony - 'Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Devon'.  The news follows Julieanne's earlier success at Teignbridge District Council's Teignbridge Sports Personality of the Year Awards last November, where she won the 'Services to Sport (Community)' award.

Organised by Active Devon, the Devon Sports Awards recognised athletes, coaches and volunteers from all over the County.  Having been short-listed in January, Julieanne attended the awards with fellow Teignbridge-based nominees Tracey Roberts (Sports Performer of the Year nominee) and Holly Willing (Young Volunteer nominee).   Tracey went on to win her category, the award recognising her achievements in Dragon Boat Racing, while Holly was a close runner-up in her category. 

Cllr George Gribble, Teignbridge Executive Spokesperson for Communities, Recreation and Leisure attended the Awards on behalf of the council.  Speaking afterwards he said:

"On behalf of Teignbridge Council I'd like to congratulate Julieanne and all the award winners from Teignbridge for their amazing achievements in sport across our district.  Julieanne is an extremely deserving winner and a credit to Teignbridge, devoting much of her spare time to developing sporting opportunities for children and young people locally. Without volunteers like Julieanne, we would not have such a strong local sporting scene as we do today.

"My congratulations also go to Tracey Roberts for winning the category of Sports Performer of the Year recognising her for her achievements at a national level in Dragon Boat Racing, and to Holly Willing from Newton Abbot Swimming Club who was runner up in the Volunteer of the Year - Youth category.

"These achievements are further proof that we have some outstanding sporting talent in the district, and in our role we continue to provide leisure services and sporting opportunities to help develop even more talented performers, coaches and volunteers for the future."

Julieanne's award came following more than a year of dedication to local sports activities.  She first started Buckland & Milber Football Club and soon became coach and manager to the Under-8's team.  She was Secretary of the club until being promoted to Chairperson, while in more recent times she has continued to expand the Football Club into a Sports Club for the local community, catering for all ages.

Among her achievements Julieanne has set up a cricket club, developed a women's netball team and has also implemented a range of after school sports clubs for primary schools, where she runs all sorts of different sports for local children.  She is also starting a Rounders Club in 2012 and continues to devote huge amounts of her time, voluntarily, to the development of sport in Buckland and the surrounding areas.

Julieanne Fewings, winner of 'Volunteer of the Year - Senior' and 'Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Devon' at the Devon Sports Awards said:

"I'm honoured to be recognised by the Devon Sports Awards in this way, especially with so many worthy nominees around the county.  Sport is a big part of my life, and it's a pleasure to help get more people involved.  Although I volunteer my time I find it tremendously rewarding, and would encourage anyone to give it a go.

"It's great to live in an area where sport is taken seriously and people get the opportunity to try new things.  There's a lot of talent around Newton Abbot and the whole Teignbridge district, and I only hope that I'm contributing something good towards developing more of that talent."

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