More people than ever are being given the opportunity to take part in sporting achievement awards this year with the announcement of two sports awards for West Suffolk. Abbeycroft Leisure will be holding the 10th anniversary sports awards for St Edmundsbury, as well as our very first for Forest Heath.

For the first time, anyone can come along to the awards and help us celebrate sporting achievement in our regions, as well as pay tribute to the volunteers who support our local sporting heroes. St Edmundsbury Sports Awards will be held at The Apex Venue, October 11, while Forest Heath Awards will be held on September 30 at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

We want to make this the best awards yet, so if you have a local sporting talent, amazing volunteer or inspiring coach, we need you to nominate them! There are 11 categories for the Sports Awards, including Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero, Individual Achievement and Triumph Over Adversity.

Nominations have now closed for the 2016 Sports Awards - good luck to all shortlisted!


2016 Winners: St Edmundsbury Sports Awards

The Sports Personality of the Year Award

The Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

The Unsung Hero

The Lifetime Achievement

The Triumph Over Adversity


2016 Winners: Forest Heath Sports Awards


2015 Winners: St Edmundsbury Sports Awards

The Greene King Sports Personality of the Year Award

Callum Wilkinson, Race Walking

Suffolk Sport Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

Esther Little, Basketballer

Music Sales Club of the Year

Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club

Newmarket Motor Company Coach of the Year

Phil Ward of West Suffolk Swimming Club

Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Pullen of Haverhill Rugby Club

Revel Outdoors Individual Performance of the Year Award

Rhys Turnbull-Bester, T20 athlete

Greene King Triumph Over Adversity Award

Brian Cash of Bury St Edmunds Croquet Club

Bury Town Football Club Most Active Workplace Award

Ashton KCJ

Sodexo Community Volunteer Award

Allan Loveday of Thurlow Sports Club

Unison Unsung Hero Award

Allan Loveday of Thurlow Sports Club

The Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo People’s Champion Award

Julie Ankers of Haverhill Rovers Football Club