01 Dec 2018

Sussex-based sports stars have had their efforts and achievements recognised after the winners were announced at the 2018 Sussex Sports Awards. Held at The Grand Hotel on Friday 23 November, this year’s event received a record number of nominations from across the county. The black-tie gala dinner, organised by Active Sussex, also welcomed special star co-host, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.

Eddie motivated and inspired the audience with glittering tales of his journey to the 1988 Winter Olympics which saw him become the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. The British sporting legend also became the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing, and a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over six buses.

The full list of 2018 Sussex Sports Awards winners:

Active Sussex Clubmark Award

Hellingly Hound Dogs Youth American Football Club

Active Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year

Sarah Graham

Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year

Jonah Bryant

Active Sussex Special Recognition for Integration, Innovation and Inspiration

Brighton Table Tennis Club

Create Development Active Primary School of the Year

Arundel Church of England Primary School

The Grand Hotel Community Impact Award

Crawley Old Girls (COGs)

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year

Team Santos (Brighton Table Tennis Club)

Active Sussex Coach of the Year

Danielle Lewis-Collins

Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

Eric Douglin

Everyone Active Club of the Year

Burgess Hill Cricket Club

University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

Joe Townsend

Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

Rob Cross

BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award

Peter Witcomb

Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Teresa Bennett

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex CEO, commented: "This year was the hardest round of nominations that we have ever had to judge so to have come out on top of such a competitive field of nominees speaks volumes about what these winners have achieved.

"Winning a Sussex Sports Award is known to have helped propel teams and individuals onto to even bigger things so I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for all the winners. I’d like to also congratulate all those nominated for an award and wish everyone luck in their future sporting endeavours."

Photos from the 2018 Sports Awards HERE