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BBC South West Sports Awards 2009

Tom Daley
Tom Daley - BBC South West Sports Personality of 2009

Plymouth teenager Tom Daley has been named BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year for 2009.

Tom, 15, was also announced as the region's Young Sports Personality of the Year at the awards ceremony in Plymouth on Sunday, 29 November.

He is now in the running for the national BBC Sports Personality of the Year title on 13 December.

Tom became Britain's first ever diving World Champion in Rome in July. He produced an outstanding final dive in the 10m platform event to ensure his position in the history books.

"This is a massive shock," said Tom as he was presented with the Sports Personality of the Year Award from BBC Spotlight editor Simon Read.

BBC Spotlight reports on all the winners

"This is the big one. It really means a lot to me - everything is worthwhile now."

Rome wasn't Tom's only successful outing in 2009.

In February, he retained his individual British 10m title, then in March he came third at a Diving World Series event in China, following that with a second-placed finish at another World Series event in Sheffield.

Tom won an individual title in Fort Lauderdale, setting a new personal best of 554.90, which included scoring a perfect set of seven 10s for one of his dives.

Tom was among the region's sporting stars to attend the BBC South West awards night at the University of Plymouth's Roland Levinsky building.

Here are the other category winners:

UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Watch Spotlight's film on John Charles

The BBC South West Unsung Hero Award was presented to John Charles from Brixham.

John, 75, was one of the co-founders of Brixham Villa Football Club in 1953 - and he is still involved as a coach and general helper, 56 years on.

John also teaches football and swimming to children at Eden Park Primary School in Brixham.

"This is a surprise and an honour," said John. "I feel very humble, to think I've been asked to collect this award."

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Andy Caddick
Andy Caddick

Somerset cricketer Andy Caddick picked up the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Andy was a loyal servant to both club and country for many years. The pace bowler was a consistent wicket taker at both domestic and international level, taking 13 five-wicket hauls in Test matches fro England.

Andy spent his entire English domestic cricket career at Somerset County Cricket Club.

He announced his retirement from first class cricket this summer because he'd reached the age of 40 and wanted to bow out on his terms.

Over the course of his career, he took 1,178 first class wickets, including 234 test wickets for England.

"It's a great honour," said Andy, on collecting the award. "I came to the South West in 1989 - it has been a wonderful 20 years. I've loved every minute of it."

TEAM AWARD

Exeter City's 2008-9 squad
Exeter City's 2008-89 squad

The award for the South West's team of 2009 went to Exeter City Football Club.

City created history in 2009 by winning their second successive promotion, to put themselves into the third tier of English football.

It's been an amazing couple of years for the St James' Park club, who were languishing in the Conference just a couple of years ago.

The Grecians are now in League One, where they are settling in well to the higher level.

On picking up the award, City coach Steve Perryman said: "We have a wonderful manager, Paul Tisdale, and committed players. Everyone is together - it's a group effort."

COACH AWARD

Andy Banks
Andy Banks

Tom Daley's coach Andy Banks was named South West coach of the year.

Andy is also the coach of Tonia Couch and Brooke Graddon, and runs the Plymouth Diving Centre of Excellence.

Andy took Tom to the 2008 Olympics and helped him become World Champion in 2009. Andy is at the helm of a factory of diving stars and has been for many years.

FOOTBALL AWARD

Chris Hargreaves
Chris Hargreaves

The football award went to Torquay United captain Chris Hargreaves.

Hargreaves led Torquay United back into the Football League in May, after two years in the Blue Square Conference.

Chris opened the scoring for the Gulls in their play-off final at Wembley, with his side going on to win 2-0 over Cambridge.

His inspirational performances in vital matches at the end of last season were key in helping the Gulls win promotion.

2009 also saw Chris take his first steps into the literary world, publishing his Captain's Blog, and recently he has become one of BBC Spotlight's Monday evening football pundits.

WATERSPORTS AWARD

Liam Tancock
Liam Tancock

Exeter's Liam Tancock was named the South West's watersports personality of 2009.

Liam became Devon's second World Champion in Rome when he won gold in the 50m backstroke final.

He set a new world record in the semi-finals of the event, storming home in 24.08 seconds.

Earlier in the year Liam set a new British record for the 100m freestyle at the British Championships in Sheffield.

DISABLED SPORTSPERSON AWARD

Jonathan Fox

The disabled sports personality award went to Cornish paralympic swimmer Jonathan Fox.

Jonathan won a sackful of medals at the IPC European Championships in Iceland in October. He won three golds and two silvers.

The Newquay Cormorants swimmer won gold in the S7 100m backstroke, the 400m freestyle and also in the 4x100m relay, whilst his silver medals came in the 50m and 100m freestyle.

CRICKET AWARD

Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick

The South West's cricketer of the year was Somerset's opening batsman Marcus Trescothick.

Marcus capped off a sensational year by winning the Natwest PCA Player of the Year award.

Marcus scored 1,817 championship runs at an average of 75 this year, helping to guide Somerset to a third-place finish in the First Division of the LV County Championship. The 33-year-old racked up eight centuries, hitting 281 fours and nine sixes during the championship season.

He also starred in the Twenty20 finals day, racing to a 27-ball half-century in Somerset's seven-wicket victory over Kent at Edgbaston.

"It's been a good season for myself and the team," said Marcus. "Hopefully, we can go one better next season and be the best team in the country."

And he pledged his future to Somerset CCC: "I'll always stay there if they want me to stay there."

RUGBY AWARD

Cullompton rugby team
Cullompton rugby team

Cullompton RFC rounded off a fantastic year by winning the BBC South West Rugby Award.

The Devon side won the EDF Energy Senior Vase by beating Tyldesley 8-7 at Twickenham in May.

They were helped to victory by a try from winger Mark Laskey and a Ross Toms' penalty.

EQUESTRIANISM AWARD

Lucy Wiegersma
Lucy Wiegersma

Lucy Wiegersma from Devon was named BBC South West Equestrian Award winner.

Lucy won the 2009 Blenheim horse trials on one of her top horses, Granntevka Prince.

Lucy also represented Great Britain's senior team for the first time when she competed at Fontainebleau in the European Championships, finishing 13th.

Her success followed last year's huge disappointment when Lucy had to withdraw from GB's Olympic team in Beijing, after a minor injury to her horse Shaabrak.

Lucy's hoping she may now have a London 2012 prospect on her hands, after Granntevka Prince impressed at Pau horse trials in France - the horse's first ever four star competition - where they finished fourth.

ATHLETICS AWARD

Jemma Simpson
Jemma Simpson

The Athletics Award was won by Jemma Simpson from Cornwall.

Jemma moved up to sixth in the world 800m rankings in 2009 after setting a new personal best at the IAAF Super Grand Prix race in Monaco in July.

She recorded a time of 1:59:07, beating her previous best by one tenth of a second.

Jemma, who runs for Newquay & Par AC, is also the current British 800m Champion.

POWER OF SPORT

Fence Cornwall Project
Fence Cornwall Project

The Power of Sport Award recognises a sports project which benefits the local community.

The 2009 South West award went to the Fence Cornwall Project.

Fence Cornwall is a community outreach sports project developed by Truro Fencing Club.

It offers free taster sessions to primary and secondary schools and has established new clubs and and sessions right across Cornwall. In short, it has brought a marginal sport to the masses.

The judging panel were: Jane McCloskey, head of BBC South West; Thelma Holland, chair, Regional Advisory Council; Daphne Skinnard, assistant editor, BBC Radio Cornwall; Heather Fell, Olympic silver medallist; Nigel Walrond, freelance sports journalist; Mark Stevens, sports editor, Western Morning News; Stefan Ellerbeck, producer, BBC Spotlight; Dave Gibbins, sports reporter, BBC Spotlight; Laura Joint, journalist, BBC Devon website.




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