AWARDS: Kimberley Woods is Young Sportswoman of the Year

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The eighth annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards ceremony has been held with a Rugby canoeist picking up one of the top awards.

The awards, which are organised by Coventry University and supported by regional partners, aim to celebrate those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at all levels as well as outstanding sporting success across the region.

Rugby’s winner on the night was Rugby Canoe Club member Kimberley Woods, who was named as the Young Sportswoman of the Year.

Woods also recently became the 2012 European Junior Champion in the women’s C1 class.

She said: “It is fantastic to win this award, it’s been a really good year.

“Winning this award is a great inspiration to keep on doing what I do, but the Olympics also provided a massive kick, seeing people I know personally win gold and silver medals was amazing. I’ll definitely be targeting Rio in four years’ time!

“Breaking into the senior GB team was my main aim this year, so it was good to achieve that, and to go to the Junior World Championships was great.

“My auntie has competed at the Junior Worlds in the past, she is who inspired me to get into canoeing, she won a silver medal there and I aimed to go one better!

“I didn’t manage to get the medal, but I did come quite close.”

During the evening at St John’s Hotel on Warwick Road in Solihull, there were four awards handed out to Nuneaton representatives, three for Coventry, three for Stratford, two for Solihull and one for Rugby with four more shared across Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.

The event is managed by a representative group of six partner organisations, led by Coventry University, including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, CSW Sport, Coventry City Council, Coventry PE and School Sport Partnership and Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Trust.

The event is also supported by Coventry City Football Club, Kitlocker.com, Decathlon, Ricoh Arena, The University of Warwick, Coventry Sports Foundation and Coventry Sports Trust.