Buy tickets for the 2017 Express & Echo Sports Awards – Devon Live
Tickets are on sale for the celebration of sporting excellence that is the Express & Echo sports awards. A diverse group of finalists, from youth team coaches to professional athletes, will be honoured at a glittering event at Exeter City Football Club’s St James’s Park.
Judges Exeter city Football Club chairman Julian Tagg, Catherine Hill, of Exeter City Council, rugby referee Sara Cox, Ross Morshead, of Exeter College and DevonLive editor Patrick Phelvin have selected a shortlist and winners for 12 categories which recognise both professional and amateur achievements in the sporting world, with new categories such as best sporting moment, which celebrates a memorable moment from sport that stood out over the last 12 months, and the school team of the year award.
Vying for the Best Sporting Moment award are Exeter City striker Ollie Watkins, for scoring twice to win the Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle, and the Exeter Chiefs, who were awarded a penalty try to win them a place in the Premiership play-offs and their fans a trip to Twickenham.
The awards night, presented by former ITV Westcountry sports reporter Mark Tyler, will be held at the Grecians’ St James’s Park stadium on Wednesday, April 26. It promises to be an entertaining event, with a revamped ceremony focusing more on the award winners.
Also new this year is the Eamonn Dolan award, named after the Exeter City legend who died last year, aged just 48, following a battle with cancer. The award will be given to someone nominated from a different category that the judges feel deserve extra recognition and praise for their achievements in their nominated field.
The shortlist is as follows:
Amateur Sports Personality
Best Sporting Moment
Big League Wrestling
South West Athletics Club and CEDA
Business Contribution Sport
Refrigerated Vehicle Rental
Coach of the Year
Health & Wellbeing Award
Outstanding Contribution to Sport
Exeter City Ability Counts FC
Professional Sports Award
School Team of the Year
Exeter College Hockey Academy
Alphington School Football Team
The Maynard School Under-14 Netball Team
Exmouth Community College Trampoline Team
Team of the Year
Haldon Ladies Tug of War Team
River Teign Rowing Club
Exeter City Reds Walking Football Team
Exeter City FITC Futsal Team
Exeter College Mixed Hockey
Triumph Over Adversity
Young Sports Personality