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A celebration of sport!

Inspirational achievements in sport by were celebrated in the prestigious Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2018 on Friday evening.

Fourteen award-winners were announced in a variety of categories, together with the winners of two special awards – the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Special Achievement Award.

Now in its 12th year, the gala ceremony at Folly Farm was hosted by sports journalist Bill Carne and Cllr Huw George and organised by Sport Pembrokeshire, the sport development team at Pembrokeshire County Council.

The event was sponsored by Valero, Sport Pembrokeshire, Western Telegraph, Radio Pembrokeshire and Folly Farm.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Peter and Karen Bowen described by Geoff Williams, Head of Sport at BBC Wales, as a couple ‘at the forefront of British horse racing’.

Presenting them with their award, he said: “Peter and Karen Bowen have transformed a bungalow and a few fields into one of the best yards in the United Kingdom. Their complex at Letterston now boasts over seventy boxes and state-of-the-art all weather facilities.

“But team Bowen is very much a family outfit. Karen was no stranger to the show ring, and is a former champion point-to-pointer. Eldest son Mickey has built a reputation as a successful point-to-point trainer; and Sean and James are both professional jockeys. James became the youngest ever winner of the Welsh Grand National this year, aged just 16.

“They achieved a clean sweep at the recent inaugural Welsh Racing Awards – when Peter won the Welsh Trainer of the Year award; Sean picked up the Welsh Jockey of the Year award and James was honoured as the Rising Star of the Year.

“Incredibly, the stable is now on the verge of achieving a thousand winners.”

The Special Achievement Award, presented by the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, was presented to 27-year-old footballer Kristian Speake from Crundale.

“The Award is given to a sportsman or woman who has overcome great adversity – and tonight’s winner is certainly no exception,” said Cllr Aden Brinn, Chairman.

“Kristian played for Haverfordwest AFC until last February when he was grievously injured in an incident in the town which resulted in a serious injury to his skull.

“He was in a coma for 24 days in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff before being placed on a neurological ward for several weeks.

“Kristian then spent a further six weeks in a special unit in Port Talbot where he underwent extensive physical and cognitive rehabilitation. During this time, he had three eye operations as well as brain surgery in which surgeons fitted a titanium plate in the right side of his head.

“However, there is a happy ending. Though his determination and the support of his family and friends, Kristian has made a miraculous recovery and completed the Cardiff half marathon in October, raising money for the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity as a thank you to all the medical staff involved in his treatment.”

Ben Field, manager of Sport Pembrokeshire, congratulated all the winners, finalists and nominees, and said he was very grateful to the sponsors for their support.

“We received more nominations than ever before this year – 192 – which is a brilliant reflection on how sport is growing and thriving across the county,” he said.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, added his congratulations and said: “The Sports Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of sportspeople across Pembrokeshire, and the very hard work that takes place behind the scenes.

Sport Pembrokeshire Awards 2018 - Winners

Coach of the Year

Simon Roach (Weightlifting)

Female Sporting Achievement

Caryl Jones (Athletics)

Male Sporting Achievement

Seth Morris (Surfing)

Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement

Alex O’Sullivan (Boxing)

Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement

Ella Wintle (Athletics)

Disability Sport Award

Ryan Foot (Rugby)

Junior (U16) Disability Sport Award

Lily Rice (WCMX - Wheelchair Motocross)

Unsung Hero

William McGarvie (Neyland Judo Club)

Club Organiser of the Year

Kathy Hicks (Narberth Netball Club)

Team Achievement of the Year

Neyland Cricket Club 1st XI 2017/2018

Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year

Sir Thomas Picton Inclusive Zone Basketball Team 2018

Contribution to School Sport award

Alfie Wheeler (Haverfordwest High VC School)

Student Contribution to School Sport award

Nichola Hayton (Platinum Young Ambassador)

Club of the Year

Strength Academy Wales

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter and Karen Bowen (Horse racing)

Chairman’s Special Achievement Award

Kristian Speake (Football)


Captions

Coach of the Year
Pictured is winner Simon Roach (Weight Lifting), with his award, presented by Sport Wales’ Carwyn Young. The finalists were Finola Findlay (Dance) and Richard Owen (Sailing)

Pictured is winner Simon Roach (Weight Lifting), with his award, presented by Sport Wales’ Carwyn Young. The finalists were Finola Findlay (Dance) and Richard Owen (Sailing)

Female Sporting Achievement
Winner Caryl Jones (Athletics) is presented with her award by Western Telegraph Sports Editor Gordon Thomas. The finalists were Heather Lewis (Athletics) and Gabrielle Ridge (Kayaking).

Winner Caryl Jones (Athletics) is presented with her award by Western Telegraph Sports Editor Gordon Thomas. The finalists were Heather Lewis (Athletics) and Gabrielle Ridge (Kayaking).

Male Sporting Achievement
Seth Morris (Surfing) receives his award from Folly Farm’s Alex  Torok. The finalists were Will Lloyd (Athletics) and Simon Holliday (Cricket)

Seth Morris (Surfing) receives his award from Folly Farm’s Alex  Torok. The finalists were Will Lloyd (Athletics) and Simon Holliday (Cricket)  

Boys (U16) Sporting Achievement
Alex O’Sullivan (Boxing) was presented with his award by Stephen Thornton of Valero. The finalists were Alfie Luger (Gymnastics) and Dylan Phillips (Athletics).

Alex O’Sullivan (Boxing) was presented with his award by Stephen Thornton of Valero. The finalists were Alfie Luger (Gymnastics) and Dylan Phillips (Athletics).  

Girls (U16) Sporting Achievement
Ella Wintle (Athletics) receives her award from Radio Pembrokeshire’s Nia Thomas. The finalists were Kasumi Tran (Golf) and Lowri Hart (Badminton).

Ella Wintle (Athletics) receives her award from Radio Pembrokeshire’s Nia Thomas  

Disability Sport Award
Ryan Foot (Rugby) displays his award for Disability Sports alongside Sally Inglesant of Snowdrop Independent. The finalists were Rhys Davies (Swimming) and Alex Gulliksen (Sailing)

Ryan Foot (Rugby) displays his award for Disability Sports alongside Sally Inglesant of Snowdrop Independent. The finalists were Rhys Davies (Swimming) and Alex Gulliksen (Sailing)  

Junior (U16) Disability Sport Award
The winner of the award was Lily Rice (WCMX - Wheelchair Motocross) whose mother accepted it on her behalf of Disability Sport Wales. The finalists were Leon Davies (Target Shooting, Cricket, Swimming and Gymnastics) and Libi Phillips (Wheelchair Racing).

The winner of the award was Lily Rice (WCMX - Wheelchair Motocross) whose mother accepted it on her behalf of Disability Sport Wales. The finalists were Leon Davies (Target Shooting, Cricket, Swimming and Gymnastics) and Libi Phillips (Wheelchair Racing).  

Unsung Hero
William McGarvie (Neyland Judo Club) receives his award from the Western Telegraph’s Fraser Watson. The finalists were Trefor Evans (Cricket) and Lawrence Worth (Athletics).

William McGarvie (Neyland Judo Club) receives his award from the Western Telegraph’s Fraser Watson. The finalists were Trefor Evans (Cricket) and Lawrence Worth (Athletics).  

Club Organiser of the Year
Kathy Hicks (Narberth Netball Club) won the award. The finalists were Alison Dixon (Tennis) and Steve Whitmore (Disabled bowls)

 Kathy Hicks (Narberth Netball Club) won the award. The finalists were Alison Dixon (Tennis) and Steve Whitmore (Disabled bowls)

Team Achievement of the Year
Neyland Cricket Club 1st XI 2017/2018 receive their award from Valero Energy’s Stephen Thornton.

 Neyland Cricket Club 1st XI 2017/2018 receive their award from Valero Energy’s Stephen Thornton.

Junior (U16) Team Achievement of the Year
Sir Thomas Picton Inclusive Zone Basketball Team 2018 receive their award from Alex Torok of Folly Farm

Sir Thomas Picton Inclusive Zone Basketball Team 2018 receive their award from Alex Torok of Folly Farm  

Student Contribution to School Sport award
Alfie Wheeler (Haverfordwest High VC School) receives his award from Simon Roach of Strength Academy Wales.

Alfie Wheeler (Haverfordwest High VC School) receives his award from Simon Roach of Strength Academy Wales.  

Contribution to School Sport award
Nichola Hayton (Platinum Young Ambassador) was presented with her award by Carwyn Young of Sport Wales. The other Finalists were Matthew  Vaughan (Fenton) and Duncan Hart (Tasker Milward, Haverfordwest High VC School)

Nichola Hayton (Platinum Young Ambassador) was presented with her award by Carwyn Young of Sport Wales. The other Finalists were Matthew  Vaughan (Fenton) and Duncan Hart (Tasker Milward, Haverfordwest High VC School)  

Club of the Year
Strength Academy Wales with their award which was presented by the Pembrokeshire Youth Service

Strength Academy Wales with their award which was presented by the Pembrokeshire Youth Service  

Lifetime Achievement Award
Karen Bowen (Horse racing) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC’s Head of Sport Geoff Williams. The award was a joint award to Peter and Karen Bowen although Peter was unable to attend.

Karen Bowen (Horse racing) receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC’s Head of Sport Geoff Williams. The award was a joint award to Peter and Karen Bowen although Peter was unable to attend.  

Chairman’s Special Achievement Award
Kristian Speake (Football) receives his award from PCC Chairman Cllr Aden Brinn.

Kristian Speake (Football) receives his award from PCC Chairman Cllr Aden Brinn.


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