Awards highlight Teignbridge sports, community and green heroes

Teignbridge is honouring a host of local heroes, as it unveils the Sports, Community and Green awards in a video premier being released just before Christmas.

The awards, sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors and the Rotary Club, have been held ‘virtually’ this year, because of the impact of lockdown and Covid restrictions meaning it has not been possible to host the usual live event.

The video awards, which go live on Thursday 19 December at 7pm, will feature nominees from across a range of categories including sports, health and community champion, coaches/managers, schools, teams and young and senior sporting individuals.

The awards also honour contributions to business, charity, and special categories of lifetime achievement and people’s champion.

Councillor Andrew MacGregor, Executive Lead for culture and leisure services, said: “Despite the tumultuous year sport has had, we wanted to recognise the enormous contribution local individuals and groups have made to Teignbridge’s sporting legacy, as well as supporting local clubs – many of whom are struggling to continue after the pandemic and lockdown.

“Sport, activity and volunteering are fundamental to our physical and mental wellbeing; giving us a sense of worth and helping us thrive; and the individuals featured in this film provide incredible role models for us all.”

And for the first time there will also be a category in recognition of individuals who have made a positive contribution towards tackling climate change and improving the environment.

Executive Lead for the Environment, Cllr Jackie Hook, said: “We’re really pleased to be adding this important category to this year’s awards, in recognition of individuals and groups who have made it their mission to tackle climate change and take important steps to address our climate emergency.

“Whether it’s recycling rubbish, finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint or educating people on climate change, I’d like to thank everyone who’s helping make Teignbridge a cleaner, greener and safer place to live.

James Cross, Chairman and Partner at Kitsons Solicitors said: “After an incredibly challenging year for us all with Covid-19, this is our chance to celebrate and recognise all the volunteers, charities, schools, clubs and businesses in our area who have made a difference to our community and its local residents over the last 12 months.

“This year’s awards are brought to you virtually, which gives us the unique opportunity to present the awards to thousands more people through social media and other digital platforms. Kitsons are thrilled once again to be part of such an exciting and popular event and we’d like to thank everyone that has played a part in pulling these awards together; the nominators, the nominees, the charities, schools, teams and communities that work tirelessly for the community of Teignbridge.”

Rotarian Martin Smith, of RC Newton Abbot, congratulated the winners, saying: “The five Rotary Clubs of Teignbridge are delighted that the awards have been able to go ahead and on behalf of all the clubs, Rotarian Martin Smith of RC Newton Abbot would like to congratulate all the winners.”

All the categories and finalists are on the Teignbridge website, and the announcement will be made on the film which will debut on the Teignbridge District Council Sports and Community Awards page at 7pm on Thursday 17 December.