Record nominations for top sport awards
9:20am Thursday 13th November 2008 in Sport Pembrokeshire Awards
The Sport Pembrokeshire Awards scheme has seen a record number of nominations this year.
No fewer than 101 nominations were put forward for 15 categories – the largest number of nominations of any sports award scheme in Wales.
The Awards Panel will be meeting this week to decide on three finalists for each category – all of whom will be profiled in the Western Telegraph and on local radio.
Winners will be announced at the 2008 Sport Pembrokeshire Award ceremony on November 28th, at Folly Farm. Councillor Rob Lewis, Pembrokeshire County Council cabinet member for sport said the scale of the nominations was unprecedented.
“The awards ceremony will be an opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation for the many backroom coaches and organisers – as well as for the high level achievers that are a feature of our county’s strong sporting tradition.
“I would also like to thank our main sponsors – Chevron, Western Telegraph, Folly Farm and Radio Pembrokeshire – for their continuing support.”
John Deason, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire said Pembrokeshire led the way in Wales in the numbers participating in club-based sport.
“The scale of support for these Sport Pembrokeshire Awards reflects the strong base of community-based sports clubs across the county – and the wide range of different sports that are played,” he said.
The Sport Pembrokeshire Awards were first held last year with the aim of celebrating the efforts of sportsmen and women across the county, as well as the volunteers and sponsors that keep grassroots sport growing.
This year’s nominations are: Coach of the Year Andy Edmundson Ben Field Colin John Christine Burton Dean Gough Dorian Phillips Ian Hough Mark Watson Malcolm Brown Paul Rogers Paul Murphy Peter Freeman Ronnie Beynon Steve Brown Female Sporting Achievement of the Year Becky Harries Sarah Thomas Sophie Rees Male Sporting Achievement of the Year Daniel Court Elliot Harding Jack Christopher Jason Scourfield Jonathon Twigg Lloyd Phillips Paul Murphy Boys (Under-16) Sporting Achievement of the Year Andrew Salter Ashley Sutton Ceri Brace Harry Owen Jack Murphy Jonathon Stowell Joe Dennis Kyle Morrison Matthew Richards Michael Beckett Girls (Under-16) Sporting Achievement of the Year Analee (Molly) Griffiths Bethan Davie Ellie Meopham Gemma Amos Hannah Williams Isie White Lauren Bell Molly Furnival-Doran Poppy Lewis Zoe Priestley Male Disability Sport Award Darren Briggs Jamie Jay Ron Hovell Female Disability Sport Award Amy Barret Rhianne Cole Boys (Under-16) Disability Sport Award Joshua George Jacob Thomas Louis White Marcus James Girls (Under-16) Disability Sport Award Emma Martin Poppy Kirner Unsung Hero Arwyn Thomas Helen Evans Jeremy Brock June Harries Paul Hughes Stuart Beresford Stuart Blaxland Club Organiser of the Year Andrew James Bill Marchant Darren Thomas Ian Eynon Stuart Blaxland Wendy Bradshaw Yvette Bevan, Mandi Foot, Sue Cole and Denise Walters (Haverfordwest Special Needs Gymnastics Club committee) Team Achievement of the Year Whitland RFC Youth Rugby Team Whitland Ormond Youth Cricket Team Whitland RFC Ladies Rugby Team Hook CC Ladies Cricket Team Junior (Under-16) Team Achievement of the Year Clarbeston Road AFC under-16s football team Manorbier under-16 girls football team Pembrokeshire County under-12s tennis squad Pembroke Dock Harlequins under-14s rugby team Poppy Lewis, Jasmine Raymond, Joanna Weedon, Charlotte Rees, Sophie Storrow (Pembrokeshire Members of the Welsh tumbling squad) St Teilo’s Catholic School football team Primary School Teacher of the Year Anne Mear Elin Robinson Lynn Hart Sharon Osbourne Secondary School Teacher of the Year Annie Osbourne Meredith Richards Merion Owen Sue Beasley