Mole Valley Winner Stars at County Sport Awards
Select winners of local sports awards from across the county came together at a celebratory dinner and ceremony on Monday 3 December 2018. Active Surrey's prestigious Sports Awards provide a unique opportunity each year to recognise sporting talent and honour the passion for sport.Of the nine winners of Mole Valley Sports Awards* held earlier in the year, one standout individual was invited to join other celebrated winners from across Surrey in being recognised for having excelled in their respective district or borough at some aspect of sporting activity.
A ceremony to award one of ten winner's trophies, with recipients achieving the ultimate prize of being recognised as the best in Surrey, followed a decadent dinner. Mike Knott was one of a select few to be honoured on the evening as the winner of the BBC Surrey Outstanding Service to Sport Award. Naomi Young was a worthy runner-up in the Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year category.
Winner of the BBC Surrey Outstanding Service to Sport Award, Mike Knott, said: "Although I was aware that I had been put forward by fellow club members for Mole Valley's Outstanding Service to Sport award, I was somewhat taken aback to learn that I had been chosen as the county winner of the BBC Surrey's Outstanding Service to Sport category. I can only be one of many who give their time to encourage others to participate in sport in Surrey and do not see myself as being other than someone putting something back into the sports which have been a major part of my life. My contribution, along with the efforts of fellow members, has seen both Dorking Badminton and Dorking Cricket clubs prosper particularly in getting youngsters, boys and girls, involved in sport from an early age."
Naomi Young, runner-up in the Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year category, said: "I am very grateful to have been nominated by Mole Valley District Council and Active Surrey and great to raise the profile of women in rugby. I love volunteering and the fun, achievements and friendships that I witness as a coach are hugely rewarding in themselves, but I'm also very excited to have been shortlisted for this award."
Councillor David Hawksworth CBE, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone who attended this wonderful celebration of talent across the county. Mike and Naomi should be very proud of their achievement in being recognised at county level. The profound affect every single person at the event has had in encouraging and influencing sport in their own communities should be commended. I hope this event inspires a new generation to get involved and drive home the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of taking part in sport."