The winners were announced at the prestigious 2017 Sussex Sports Awards. In its 15th year and held at The Grand Hotel, the 2017 Sussex Sports Awards welcomed special guest and Invictus Games champion Mike Goody, along with regular host BBC Sussex presenter Danny Pike. Both were on hand to offer their congratulations to all winners on what has been another highly successful year for the county both at elite and grassroots levels.
Mike Goody, also a Southern Water Learn to Swim Ambassador, lost his leg after a roadside bomb hit his armoured vehicle whilst he was serving in Afghanistan in 2008. Sport has helped Felpham-based Mike come to terms with his injuries, and after winning numerous medals at the Invictus Games, he now has his sights set on the Paralympic Games.
The full list of winners is:
BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award: Les Kempster, Sussex County FA and Mid Sussex Youth and Minor Football League
Coach of the Year: Emily Nemeth, Sussex Netball Club
Witness BTN Community Impact Award: START Wellbeing
Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year: Katie George Dunlevy, Crawley
The Grand Hotel Club of the Year: Worthing Gymnastics Club
Southern Water Primary School of the Year: Herstmonceux CE Primary School, Hailsham
Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year: Worthing Town Football Club Inclusive Football Team
Sport England Outstanding Contribution to Sport: Sarah Hogg, Sport Brighton
Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year: Luke Boorer, Eastbourne
University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year: Katie-George Dunlevy, Crawley
Juice 107.2 Young Volunteer of the Year: Beth Garner, Brighton
Young Sports Personality of the Year Award: Jemimah Berkeley, Staplecross
Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive said: “This brings down the curtain on what has been another highly successful year for, not just British sport, but also Sussex sport and our sporting competitors. A host of Sussex-based sports stars have been setting their sports alight, not just domestically, but overseas too. I would like to congratulate all our winners and nominees throughout Sussex on their wonderful achievements this year. The awards ceremony rewards quality, achievement, determination and commitment by those involved in sport across the county. They can now use this as a springboard towards further success in competitions throughout 2018.”