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Sussex Sports Awards 2019 winners revealed

Sussex Sports Awards 2019 winners revealed

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Winners of the Sussex Sports Awards 2019 have been announced.

At a glittering ceremony, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, finalists and sporting stars gathered to hear who had won the hotly contested 12 award categories up for grabs, and two additional inspirational awards, after this year’s event received a record-breaking number of nominations from across the county.

The black-tie event, organised by Active Sussex was this year themed #SussexSuperheroes and the memorable evening was hosted by legendary GB athletics star Kriss Akabusi, who inspired and motivated the 350+ audience with tales of his glittering sports career and revered BBC radio presenter Danny Pike on Friday 22 November.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate success and recognise performance but also celebrate all those involved in sport, at all different levels,” enthused Akabusi.

The star runner will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold from the mighty Americans at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

“That was my career highlight… being part of the British team that beat the mighty Americans,” said Akabusi.  “There was a huge sense of elation, happiness and extreme joy. We accomplished what we set out to do but it was not a surprise. It’s one of those rare moments where strategies and plans come into fruition and dreams do come true.”

The Sussex Sports Awards 2019 full list of winners: 

Active Champion Award

Sian Fletcher (The Ferring walking group) (Ferring)

VIDEO: Watch 'More than just walking' here.

Inspiring Sussex Award

David Cumming (Swimming) (Eastbourne)

University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year

McKenzie Howell (University of Brighton Netball Club) (Brighton)

Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year

Bryony Pitman (Archery) (Worthing)

Quality Start Active Primary School of the Year Award

Little Common School (Bexhill)

Everyone Active Community Impact Award

Brighter Outlook (Albion in the Community) (Brighton)

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year

Worthing College Under 19 Netball Team (Worthing)

Southern Combination Football League Coach of the Year

Marie Pickering (The Rowans Gym) (Worthing)

Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

Ricky Perrin (Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club) (Brighton & Sussex)

Active Sussex Club of the Year 

*This category was decided by a public vote and the winner was revealed on the night.

Whitehawk Football Club (Brighton)

Active Sussex Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

Isabelle Everest (Judo) (Hastings)

Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

Ian Richards (Athletics) (Worthing)

BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award

Keith Soane (Broadbridge Heath Football Club) (Horsham)

Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Sandy Fell (Education) (Littlehampton)

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive, said: “This year was the hardest round of nominations that we have ever had to judge, so to have come out on top of such a competitive and quality field of nominees speaks volumes about what these winners have achieved.”

“Winning a Sussex Sports Award is known to have helped propel teams and individuals onto to even bigger things, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for all the winners. I’d like to also congratulate all those nominated for an award and wish everyone luck in their future sporting and physical activity endeavours.”

Sussex Sports Awards 2019 media

The Sussex Sports Awards 2019 highlights and individual winner videos will be available to view soon by visiting the Active Sussex YouTube channel.  

If you would like to be involved with next year's event, including sponsorship, please contact Ed Bartram, Active Sussex's Event Officer: E: ebartram@activesussex.org / T: 01273 644103.