Landé Fourie has competed at the karate world championships
Landé Fourie, a karate instructor from Colchester, has been named the Essex Sports Personality of the Year 2009 at a ceremony in Chelmsford.
She recently won gold at the world championships in South Africa, and also runs her local Colchester club.
Landé told BBC Essex: "I'm speechless, which is quite rare for me!"
Essex cricket coach, Paul Grayson and England rugby World Cup winner, Jason Leonard joined Olympic athletes, and sports volunteers for the event.
The awards were organised by sportessex and broadcast live by BBC Essex from the Waterfront Place restaurant in Chelmsford. You can hear the full ceremony on the
Landé Fourie broke her arm in 2005 and had to spend time away from international karate.
"I was pretty much determined that I would go back and carried on training. You just don't give up," she said.
The Essex and Suffolk Water Sports Personality of the Year award was presented by the sponsors and last year's winner, Olympic fencer, Alex O'Connell.
Paul Grayson, Alex O'Connell and Jason Leonard presented awards
"The award really does mean a lot and I have my students to thank," Landé added.
The Essex County Council Paralympic Hopeful award went to blind sailor, Lucy Hodges, with Dilwyn Charles of Harlow Recreational Tennis Club picking up the Services to Sport award.
Dilwyn, 86, has coached tennis for over 53 years, 35 of those in Harlow as a dedicated volunteer.
The full list of winners
Pad Creative Innovative Scheme of the Year - Colchester Phoenix ASC - Swimming; Highly commended: Doug Haines, disabled water skiing and Dave Hare, Basildon Rugby Club.
Skanska School of the Year - St Martin's School, Brentwood; Highly commended: Moulsham High School, Chelmsford and Passmores School, Harlow.
Wilson James Community Club of the Year - Booth Academy of Table Tennis, Harlow; Highly commended: Braintree BMX Club and Hawkwell Football Club.
Go Sports Volunteer Coach of the Year - Matt Roberts, Colchester Gladiators American Football team; Highly commended: Mick Ellis, Harlow Judo Club and Robert Hardy, Braintree Tennis Club.
inspiredspaces Young Community Volunteer - JJ O'Leary, football Kickz Project, Harlow; Highly commended: Ian Cornell, FA Step into Sport programme and Holly Monk, gymnastics.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Services to Sport - Dilwyn Charles, Harlow Recreational Tennis Club; Highly commended: Elaine Horner, Hockley Netball Club and Steve Dowding, Hawkwell Athletic Football Club.
Essex County Council Paralympic Hopeful - Lucy Hodges, sailing; Highly commended: Charlie Russell, judo and Richard Chiassaro, wheelchair athletics.
SEEVIC College Olympic Hopeful - Roberto Pavoni, swimming; Highly commended: James Huckle, shooting and Marcus Hunt, athletics.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Young Sports Personality of the Year - Joe Perrett, cycling; Highly commended: Emma Hollis, swimming and Jo Jo Cranfield, swimming.
Essex and Suffolk Water Sports Personality of the Year - Landé Fourie, karate; Highly commended: Chloe Rogers, hockey and Joanne Harton, netball.