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Picture: Tyler with his award

This week the 2012 Cornwall Sports Awards invited our many unsung sporting heroes to take centre stage, to receive well-deserved applaud for all their incredible volunteering efforts and helping to bring the Olympic legacy to life.

The annual event, held at The Headland Hotel in Newquay on Friday 9 November, welcomed over 250 of Cornwall’s dedicated volunteer sports coaches, officials, clubs, organisations and young leaders. They were joined by special guests, including a number of Cornish Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and Tim Bunting, General Manager of ShelterBox UK & Ireland.

Organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the event is now in its seventh year of celebrating and paying tribute to the many volunteers from across the duchy who dedicate their time and efforts to supporting our strong sports community and inspiring the next sporting generation.

Mounts Bay Academy were well represented on the evening. Both Tyler Richards and Ben Gilo were shortlisted for Young Leader of the Year Award . It is excellent to see our two students rewarded for the great work they have done this past year and more.

The eventually winner was Tyler Richards, Tyler was presented with the award by Linda Plowright from Sports Leaders UK (sponsor) and James Honeybone, Olympic Fencer. Mr Eddy said “I hope he has room on his mantelpiece for all these awards.”

During the ceremony there was a special message played from Cornish gold medal winning Olympic Rower, Helen Glover, offering her thanks for all the support she has received. Also, Tim Bunting, General Manger of Shelterbox UK & Ireland which is based in Helston, accompanied Olympic rower, Annie Vernon from Wadebridge, in delivering an inspirational speech for the 250 members of the audience.

Annie Vernon commented: “I’ve been really excited about the 2012 Cornwall Sports Awards, being a very proud Cornishwoman, as it is a great opportunity to bring together and celebrate all the athletes, coaches and volunteers that contribute to the sporting life in this county.

Cornwall Sports Awards organiser, Natasha Howard of the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: “Volunteers are the backbone of sport and the true stars of the Cornwall Sports Awards. We are thrilled to celebrate their great achievements as part of this extraordinary year of sport and encourage them to continue their good work, creating a legacy of increased participation and enjoyment of sport.”

A variety of Cornish companies and organisations support the event, including: Truro College, Sport England, Miller Countrywide, Tony Pryce Sports, Cornwall & Devon Media, Sports Leaders UK, Pyramid Production Services and NHS Health Promotion Service.

To see photographs and videos of the winners and event, visit the Cornwall Sports Partnership’s website and Facebook page: www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk and www.facebook.com/cornwallsportspartnership