West of England Sporting Stars Honoured

24th November 2014

Sports men and women across the West of England were honoured for their outstanding contribution to sport and physical activity at the 2014 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening.

The now annual event, organised by the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) and supported by Nuffield Health in Bristol, celebrated the achievements of outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs and organisations in a glittering awards ceremony hosted by Steve Parry, 2004 Olympic Bronze Medallist for the 200m Butterfly. 

A total of 12 awards were presented on the evening, including Children’s Coach of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, the Contribution to Inclusive Sport Award and a tribute to the organisation that had made the largest contribution to sport in education in the West of England.

Steve Nelson, Chief Executive Officer at Wesport, said:

“There are some truly inspiring people working every day to make sure that the West of England is the best experience for sport and physical activity. This is our 3rd West of England Celebration of Sport Evening and I am honoured that Wesport can pay tribute to these great sporting heroes. I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time out to nominate someone this year. We have already started to plan for the 2015 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening so keep an eye on the Wesport website for more information!”

Some of this winners included Team GB Gymnastics coach Elizabeth Kincaid and Team GB Gymnast Rugby Harrold both from the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead. One of the biggest cheers of the night was for the 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Denise Snow from South Gloucestershire, for her fantastic work with the Avon County Netball Association.

Suzanne Davies, Hospital Director for Nuffield Health, added:

“We’re delighted to have partnered with Wesport to help celebrate the achievements of our local sports men and women.  This event marks the continuation of a long-term relationship between Nuffield Health and Wesport and we look forward to working closely with them to continue their great work in promoting and supporting participation in sport in our region.”

To find out more information about the 2014 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening please visit www.wesport.org.uk/cose. The 2015 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening will be held on Friday the 23rd October 2015 with nominations opening on Monday 18th May 2015.


The 12 winners of the West of England Celebration of Sport Evening Awards were:


Children's Coach of the Year Award – Dean Garrett from Bristol & West Athletics Club, Bristol.

Dean Garrett was nominated by Keith Brackstone, for his involvement in several sports at various levels for over 4 years. He has had tremendous results within Bristol & West Athletics Club & the range of local schools that he coaches within.  Dean is making a real difference to the lives of the children in the West of England, including training many school champions.


Participation Coach of the Year Award Sponsored by Nuffield Health – Dean Teyla from PHNX Fitness, Bristol.

Dean Teyla was nominated by Ceri Naylor, for bringing focus, fun and innovation when working with groups of disadvantaged youths.  He has made physical activity available to a wide range of people that wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity.  Dean has proven himself to be dedicated to his work, going above & beyond to provide quality opportunities & guidance.


Young Coach of the Year Award Sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, WISE – Cormac O’Callaghan from Bristol Flyers, Bristol.

Cormac O’Callaghan was nominated by Guy Coles, for his dedication, commitment, and passion for Basketball.  He has recently completed a Level 2 coaching award & has become an integral part of a successful sports programme ran by Bristol Flyers. Cormac has been heavily involved with both the Under 14’s and Under 12’s teams, making a real difference to those teams.


Performance Coach of the Year Award Sponsored by University of Bristol – Elizabeth Kincaid from the Academy of Gymnastics, North Somerset.

Elizabeth Kincaid was nominated by Janet Hartnoll, for her work in creating a performance pathway for the UK that has created a succession of medals & awards, including at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  She always seeking of ways to improve her coaching, introducing innovative practices that get great results.  Elizabeth has an excellent record of nurturing talented individuals and their results are a testimony to their dedication to the sport. This year alone Elizabeth helped Team England to win 6 Gymnastic medals at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.


Young Volunteer of the Year Award – Emily Hoggefrom the University of Bath Triathlon Club, Bath and North East Somerset.

Emily Hogge was nominated by Felix Young, for showing enthusiasm, passion, and drive for the University of Bath Triathlon club, which has made it into the success that it is today. She has been resourceful in securing funding & local support, ensuring the members get the best experience possible. The profile of the club has also seen a significant increase due to all of the work this Emily has contributed.


Volunteer of the Year Award Sponsored by Richmond Event Management – Denise Snow from Avon County Netball Association, South Gloucestershire.

Denise Snow was nominated by Jude Groves, for giving a considerable amount of time as a volunteer in Netball, not just with participants and teams but to young people in the wider community.  She has been fundamental to the success of the local league and the sport as a whole.  Denise has made a huge positive impact both in the local community and within the sport.


Club of the Year Award Sponsored by Circadian Trust – Bath Canoe Club from Bath and North East Somerset.

Bath Canoe Club was nominated by Paul Carroll, for the progress they have made over past year. The club has rapidly increased its activity & membership.  Demand has been such that the club has put on over 160 different types of events, keeping their members engaged & enthusiastic.  Bath Canoe Club is ClubMark accredited & affiliated with the National Governing Body, and is working with 4 of its local schools to help give their pupils a fantastic first experience of Canoeing.


Official of the Year Award – Mike Strange from Bristol & West Athletics Club, Bristol.

Mike Strange was nominated by Keith Brackstone, for the high level of passion and enthusiasm for Athletics, and has worked & volunteered within it for many years.  He has shared his experience freely with those that are newer to the sport, ensuring high standards of professionalism at all times.  Mike is in high demand due to their wealth of knowledge & dedication to the sport.


Contribution to Inclusive Sport Award – Vickie Mitchell from Dancing4Fun – TLF Dance Centre, North Somerset.

Vickie Mitchell was nominated by Bob Hill, for creating a range of exciting new opportunities for those with disabilities in North Somerset. Her classes are in different locations & at different times to ensure as many people as possible can attend. She has attended relevant training & made excellent contacts within the disability sector & local organisations.  Vickie has made a real difference to the local community by providing these inclusive sessions.


Aspiring Young Performer of the Year Award – Rugby Harrold from the Academy of Gymnastics, North Somerset.

Ruby Harrold was nominated by Janet Hartnoll, for inspiring many with her successes, from local to international competitions. The time, dedication, and effort that she puts into Gymnastics & her club is phenomenal. Rugby is a credit to her club & to the region as a whole. Most recently Rugby was part of the Team GB Gymnastics Team that went to the European Championships in Bulgaria where she achieved a Silver medal in the Team event.


Contribution to Sport in Education Award – Empire Fighting Chance from Bristol.

Empire Fighting Chance was nominated by Jamie Parry, for their work with over 200 young people every week, primarily in areas of deprivation.  Their work is aimed at tackling disengagement from education in young people, and has had some outstanding results.  This is making a significant difference to the local community and the people within it.


Wesport Try it Love it Live it Award Sponsored by Oaks Consultancy – Mei-Man Lee from School Games Makers, Bath and North East Somerset.

Mei-Man was nominated by Hannah Davis, for her involvement in the School Games Maker programme her in the west of England. Mei-Man’s exceptional delivery of her work, striving for improvement & volunteering her time to build up her confidence and experience.  Mei-Man has shown great enthusiasm in working with a range of people & has made a significant impact in the West of England.

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