The Greene King 10th St Edmundsbury Sports Awards took place at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday 11th October, celebrating sporting heroes, volunteers, clubs, coaches, teams and individuals from within the Bury St Edmunds area.
There were twelve categories including Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year and Lifetime Achievement plus two public vote awards; the People’s Champion and People’s Youth Champion.
Record breaking Race Walker Callum Wilkinson, aged 19, took the title of Sports Personality of the Year for the second year running, as well as Individual Performance/Achievement of the Year. Callum has had a phenomenal year, creating British records and being crowned World Junior Champion at the World Championships. He shows great passion for the event, especially in his post-race interviews, receiving plaudits from Seb Coe and Paula Radcliffe. Callum wasn’t able to collect his award in person, as he’s currently at University, but his younger brother George stepped in to accept it on his behalf.
The Young Sports Personality of the year was won by Rhys Turnbull-Bester who also won the public vote award, People’s Youth Champion with over 400 votes. Rhys pulled together a very nervous Eastern Region 400m relay team at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships earlier this year, and continues to inspire other young athletes.
Warren Smyth, Chief Executive, Abbeycroft Leisure said “It was a superb evening and our pleasure to host the 10th St Edmundsbury sports awards. We firmly believe that the sporting talent we have in this area as well as the many people behind the scenes deserve an evening of celebration such as this, and it provides yet another opportunity to underpin our ambition to become England’s Most Active County.”
The full results were as follows:-
Music Sales Club of the Year Award was won by Jetts Netball Club
Linnet Homes Most Active Workplace Award was won by Focus 12
Unison Unsung Hero Award was won by Louise Sparks
Sodexo Community Volunteer of the Year award was won by Steve Pretty
Greene King Triumph Over Adversity Award was won by Angie Underdone
Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Jo Bruton
Matrix Individual Performance/Achievement of the Year Award was won by Callum Wilkinson
Newmarket Motor Company Coach of the Year Award was won by Mick Graham
Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo People’s Champion Award was won by Karen Smith
Newmarket Racecourses People’s Youth Champion Award was won by Rhys Turnbull-Bester
Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year Award was won by Rhys Turnbull-Bester
Greene King Sports Personality of the Year Award was won by Callum Wilkinson