Top spot for teacher Laura Webb and tennis player Jake Hersey
The ninth annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards ceremony has been held with two winners from Rugby.
The awards, which are organised by Coventry University and supported by regional partners, celebrate those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at all levels as well as outstanding sporting success across the region.
Fifteen awards were presented during the evening at St John’s Hotel on Warwick Road in Solihull with Rugby claiming two.
Jake Hersey won the Young Sportsman of the Year award after securing the top tennis ranking in the country for his age group as well as winning the AEGON Under-14 Junior International Edinburgh July.
Avon Valley school teacher Laura Webb was also named PE Teacher of the Year for guiding students to success at the CSW School Games as well as training the under-16s football County Champions and organising various taster sessions to spark enjoyment and enthusiasm in sport.
Webb said: “I am chuffed. I can’t believe it given the number of teachers there are in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.
“We took part in the Warwickshire School Games, with trampolining and rounders teams and we took some table tennis boys and the girls went off, of their own accord and nominated me.
“It’s always tough to motivate young girls and that is the biggest challenge, to make the lessons fun and engaging so they actually want to take part and to engage the ones that have no interest whatsoever.”
Hersey cited Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success as a key encouragement this year.
He said: “I’ve done well this summer compared to previous summers, I feel I have progressed.
“Andy Murray winning Wimbledon showed me that we can do it and it inspired me to train even harder to do the same thing that he has.
“I want to keep progressing do well in Europe and then to make it onto the professional circuit.”
The event is organised by a representative group of six partners including Coventry University, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, Coventry PE and School Sport and Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Trust with Coventry City Sports and Arts Team.
The event is also supported by Solihull Council and Solihull Sport, Coventry City Council, Kitlocker.com, Coventry Sports Foundation, Coventry Sports Trust, EnV and the University of Warwick.
PE Teacher of the Year: Laura Webb with Tony Wilmot (Head Teacher at Queen Elizabeth School and Sports College)
Young Sportsman of the Year: Jake Hersey with Paul Breed (Coventry Sports Foundation)
Full list of winners:
Community Project of the Year: Kickz AT7 Goals Soccer Centre, Coventry.
BBC Newcomer of the Year: Coventry Handball Club, Coventry.
PE Teacher of the Year: Laura Webb, Avon Valley School, Rugby.
Coach of the Year: Sarah Biggs, Coventry.
Unsung Hero: Sandra Price, Copsewood Diamonds Netball Club, Coventry.
Young Sports Volunteer of the Year: Hannah Richards: Willenhall Community Primary School, Coventry.
Junior Team of the Year: RLS Elite Cheerleaders, Leamington Spa.
Young Sportswoman of the Year: Paris Jackson, Coventry.
Young Sportsman of the Year: Jake Hersey, Rugby.
Higher/Further Education Sportsperson of the Year: Emily Hickman, Coventry University.
Community Club of the Year: Old Silhillians Hockey Club, Solihull.
Team of the Year: Coventry Dynamite Cheerleaders, Coventry.
Sportswoman of the Year: Sue Harrison, Hatton Park, Warwick.
Sportsman of the Year: Tom Price, Leamington Spa.
Lifetime Achievement: Robert Macvie, Stratford upon Avon.