Surrey Heath’s sporting talent was celebrated at the Sports Awards 2018 with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre.
The awards recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.
More than 300 members of the local sporting community attended the awards on 15 October, alongside special guests including the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Dan Adams, and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan.
Nominations were across a wide spectrum of sports including equestrian, inline puck hockey and pickleball. These were whittled down to a shortlist in each category before the winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.
Active Surrey Coach of the Year – Claire Murray, Heatherside Social Walking/Cycling
The Massage Company Sports Club of the Year – Camberley Rugby Club
Camberley Theatre Disability Sports Award – Yasmin Somers, Harlow Athletics Club
Highly Commended – Surrey Chargers (Mixed Ability Rugby)
Outstanding Service to Sport – Grant Simmons, Ravenscote Junior School
Legacy Sportswear Sports Personality of the Year – Samantha Taylor, GB Age Triathlete
National Tennis Association Sports Team of the Year – Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 2nd XI
Complete Coaching Young Sports Personality of the Year – Owen Heard, Camberley & District Athletics Club
Specsavers Young Sports Team of the Year – Bisley & Sandown Chase Pony Club Mounted Games Junior Team (Equestrian)
Robin Elsdon-Dew Award for Young Volunteer of the Year – Alivia Leahy, Liberty Gymnastics Club
Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Awards
Performance of the Games – Parami Aye
Coach of the Games – Mark Dodson (Football)
Young Ambassador of the Year – Dylan Wright
Most Supportive School – Crawley Ridge Junior School
Surrey Heath Sports Council member Cllr Charlotte Morley said: “Many congratulations to all the award winners, and everyone who was nominated this year.
“It’s been a great year for Surrey Heath sport, with fantastic performances and participation rates from clubs at all levels.
“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the coaches, volunteers and parents who dedicate so much of their time and effort.
“The awards are an excellent opportunity to recognise the achievements of all involved.”
Sports Personality of the Year, GB Age Triathlete Samantha Taylor, said: “I had a fantastic evening at the Surrey Heath Sports Awards and am honoured to have won Sports Personality of the Year.
“Thank you to everyone that has supported me to achieve so much - here's to seeing what we can do next year, and who else I can inspire to be more active!"
To be eligible for the awards, you need to be a Surrey Heath resident, or play or be involved in sport in the Borough.
All the winners in the Surrey Heath Sports Awards are automatically entered into the Surrey Sports Awards.
Last year, two Surrey Heath winners - Bagshot Tennis Club (Club of the Year) and John Wickens (Outstanding Service to Sport - Bagshot Football Club) – went on to triumph at the county-wide event.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Active Surrey, Camberley Theatre, Complete Coaching, Legacy Clothing, The Massage Company, National Tennis Association, Places for People, Specsavers and Surrey Playing Fields Association.
Congratulations to all the winners.