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Published on 29 November 2018

Stage set for Teignbridge’s glittering Sports and Community Awards 2018

Celebrating its 40th anniversary and with a public vote to decide the People’s Champion, Teignbridge’s Sports and Community Awards are set for a night to remember.

Returning to the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren on Friday 7 December, the awards are a highlight on the Teignbridge calendar and one of the largest events of its kind. The awards celebrate local sporting success and community projects across the district, recognising athletes, volunteers, sports teams, committee members, coaches, and community champions that go the extra mile to keep Teignbridge active all year round.

Teignbridge is proud of its long-term commitment to provide opportunities for healthy active lifestyles, outlined in the Council’s Ten Year Strategy. The wide range of leisure facilities, open spaces and events accessible to communities show that Teignbridge understands the importance of offering an array of inclusive and award winning leisure, sports and open space facilities that benefit local people.

Popular presenter Ben Moseby is making a welcome return to the event, which will be opened by the event’s headline sponsor and Managing Partner of Kitsons Solicitors, Nick Johnson. There will also be a charity raffle in aid of the Council's Chairman's Charity, which this year has been chosen by Cllr Avril Kerswell as the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and Moorland Community Care Group.

In association with main sponsor Kitsons Solicitors and supported by media partners the Mid-Devon Advertiser, awards will be presented across 12 categories and culminating in the presentation of the People Champion’s award – as chosen by the public who can vote from 10am, Monday 3 December at

Event organisers are keen to wish all the nominees’ good luck in their categories and thank the sponsors involved with this year’s awards.

Sport, Health and Community Champion - sponsored by Ashburn Springs Spa & Leisure

Caroline Bailey – Independent walking group

Dartmoor Classic volunteers – Dartmoor Classic

Rex Meredith – Castle Inn Rowers

Personal Achievement Award - sponsored by Stover School

Ian Lesley – Shaldon Bowling Club

Molly Mayhew – Team Lodge/Step2Starz

Coach/Manager of the Year Award - sponsored by Bayside Signs & Display

Phil Shears – Newton Abbot Swimming Club

Ryan Bougard – Bovey Tracey Lawn Tennis Club

Sarah Lakey and James Gilbert – South West Underwater Hockey

Community School of the Year Award - sponsored by Stover Golf Club

Bearnes Primary School

Decoy Primary School

Young Persons Services to Sport and Community - sponsored by Lamars Decorators

Amber Halliday – South Dartmoor Community College

Kelvin Hickerman – Newton Abbot Martial Arts

Libby Hill – Teignbridge Titans Netball Club

Junior Sports Person of the Year – sponsored by Teignbridge Leisure

Alfie Collier – Newton Abbot Somersaults

Rachael Fee – Team Bath and England

Roxanna Howlett – Team Lodge

Senior Sports Person of the Year - sponsored by Peplows Accountants

Bryony Frost – Professional jockey

Sam Simmonds – Exeter Chiefs and England

Tom Manley – Newton Abbot Water Polo and England U19

Junior Team of the Year Award (Sport or Community) - sponsored by Langstone Cliff Hotel

Dawlish United Ladies Football Club U18

Newton Abbot Water Polo U17

South West Underwater Hockey U12

Senior Team of the Year Award (Sport or Community) - sponsored by Devon FA

Ashmoor Hockey Club

Buckland Athletic Ladies Football Club

Decoy BMX Club

Business Contribution to Sport and/or Community – sponsored by Pavey Group

Muscle Mental Health

Sea Sports South West


Charity Contribution to Sport and/or Community - sponsored by Waggle Events

Alice Cross Centre


Volunteering in Health

Lifetime Achievement Awards (Sport or Community) - sponsored by Cavanna Homes

Bill Moody – Newton Abbot Squash and Tennis Club

Janice and Mike Hindle – Newton Abbot Athletics Club

Pam Terrill – Kingsteignton Swimming Club

The People’s Champion 2018 – sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors

Voted online throughout the night via social media from the final shortlisted nominees.

Cllr Philip Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council's Portfolio Holder for Recreation and Leisure, said:

"Recognising the people and organisations from Teignbridge who go that extra step to achieve excellence in their sport or give their time to help others is important. We are delighted to be hosting this event for its 40th year and congratulate all who are taking part. 

"We are grateful to our sponsors and thank them for the support they give to this event and also the Teignbridge staff who give their time to make this an evening to remember."

Nick Johnson, Joint Managing Partner at Kitsons Solicitors said:

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event, the evening is always inspiring and I am sure this year will be another one to remember. Many of our staff at Kitsons are keen sports people and therefore we like to take the sporting ethos of preparation, commitment and dedication and put those sporting qualities into the way we work. I would like to wish the best of luck to all of this year’s nominees and thank Teignbridge Council for continuing to do this awards evening so well.”