SPORTING success was celebrated at the annual Stratford-on-Avon District Sports Awards.
The Stratford District Council organised awards, now in its fifteenth year, celebrated the sporting achievements of clubs and individuals across and also recognised the valuable contributions made by volunteers and parents.
The event at Stratford Artshouse, hosted by Ollie Gallant and Simon Alexander from Touch FM, was attended by 330 guests, including Wasps star Guy Thompson.
It was a good night for football in the district, with four of the nine awards being won by players or teams.
The Senior Sports Person of the Year Award was shared by Aston Villa Ladies & England team-mates, Lucy Shepherd and Mollie Rouse.
Martyn Brookhouse of Stratford Special Football Team picked up the Coach or PE Teacher of the Year Award and his team were victorious in the Senior Team category
Patrick Halton of Stratford Town Colts won the Community Sport Award for his tireless dedication to the club and its players.
The Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Sandy Green of Stratford Athletic Club. Sandy was rewarded for the combination of support and expertise he provides to all athletes and coaches.
King Edward VI Rowing Team’s top form meant they were successful in the very competitive Junior Team of the Year category.
The youngest winner of the night was in the Alternative Sport Award where nine-year-old Demi Barnett of Stratford Tae-kwondo took the prize. Junior Sports Person of the Year was British champion fencer Sophia Potter (Shakespeare Swords).
The prestigious Service to Sport award went to Norton Bloomfield (Stratford RFC) for his outstanding ongoing commitment to rugby in the district.
A Special Recognition Award was presented to the parents of Enzo Buquet. Enzo was a key members and popular character in the Stratford Town Colts Under 10s and Under 11s. He tragically died in December from acute T cell lymphoma.