David and Jack among local sporting stars honoured at awards

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Sporting stars from Rugby were among those recognised for their achievements at the region’s largest community sports awards ceremony.

The 10th annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards have been held at St John’s Hotel on Warwick Road in Solihull with two of the winners coming from the Rugby area.

The awards celebrated the cream of the sporting scene across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire including those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at all levels.

A total of 16 award titles were handed out on the night including categories covering both professional and amateur fields as well as recognising the young and upcoming stars of the future.

This included Jack Lewis an 11-year-old sailor who received the Young Sportsman of the Year award.

The youngster is eager to follow in Ben Ainslie’s footsteps and sail in the Olympics.

He has already achieved a number of prestigious titles including RS Feva Junior World Champion, RS Feva Junior European Champion and RS Tera Pro National Champion.

The second Rugby winner was David Murley, chairman of the Rugby Thornfields Indoor Bowls Club, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He completed 30 years voluntary service as a player and administrator of flat green bowls and said that the award tops a long but fantastic journey.

“Bowls has been a way of life for me and my family. We are a bowling unit and have got a great amount of satisfaction out of it.

“I am glad now to be able to put something back into the sport,” he said.

“The younger players are coming in and we need them because I’m 78 next year and I have done my bit. Now it is time for the younger ones to come through and do the same again.”

The Sports Awards are organised by a representative group of partners including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, Coventry University, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Coventry City Council.