The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo Diamond Jubilee Sports Awards
DOUBLE Olympic champion Pete Reed was last night crowned Professional Sports Personality of the Year at the Gloucestershire Media Diamond Jubilee Sports Awards.
The Naval officer from Nailsworth, who scooped Olympic rowing gold at Beijing four years ago, claimed his second gold medal in the men's four at London 2012.
Reed fought off incredibly strong competition from our county's legion of Olympic gold medallists to claim the top prize at a night when elite and grassroots sports stars rubbed shoulders at Cheltenham Racecourse.
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Lansdown Hockey Club chair Sally Privett was rewarded for a superb career which culminated in selection for the England Masters squad with a win in the Sports Personality of the Year category.
Privett has a 25-year association with Lansdown and she divides her time between playing and coaching the Cheltenham-based club's thriving youth section.
Cleeve Colts coach Jim Wyatt was also rewarded for years of unstinting commitment to grassroots sport with a win in the Outstanding Services to Gloucestershire Sport category.
Wyatt has overcome personal tragedy from the death of his son Matthew to dedicate hours of his time to coaching youngsters over the last 35 years.
Years of dedication to sport has also netted rugby league enthusiast Lionel Hurst the win in the Administrator of the Year category.
Hurst's boundless enthusiasm for the 13-man code in a rugby union heartland earned special praise, as did his fantastic work in setting up the University of Gloucestershire All Golds rugby league team.
In the Young Sports Personality of the Year category, Deer Park Archers starlet Lucy Mason took the honours after a superb season of success with bow and arrow.
The 12-year-old has enjoyed a stupendously successful 12 months, with two national titles as well as 12 national records have coming her way.
And Deer Park Archers were celebrating a double success as they walked off with the senior Club of the Year crown, while the Oxstalls Tennis Centre claimed the Junior Club of the Year title.
In the Disability Sports Performer of the Year category, Tewkesbury-based wheelchair racer Mel Nicholls was rewarded for a superb year that culminated in an appearance in the T34 Paralympic 200m final.
Nicholls, a teaching assistant at Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, took up wheelchair racing only four years ago, shortly after suffering a series of strokes that left her unable to use her left arm and leg.
Further success at London 2012 was noted with shooting coach Ian Coley picking up the Coach of the Year award after he played a leading role in Team GB's Peter Wilson scooping Olympic gold.
Coley, who coached Richard Faulds to gold in Sydney in 2000, was again first on the scene celebrating as Wilson shot his way to the title.
Paul Greenaway claimed success in the Teacher of the Year category, after 30 years of dedicated service to Balcarras School in Cheltenham.
As well as running the Year 7 and Year 10 rugby teams, Greenaway helps run the school tennis squads as well as being chairman of the Cheltenham District Schools Athletics Association.
The final award of the evening saw two men who have made an enormous contribution to Gloucestershire sport rewarded with a place in the Gloucestershire Sport Hall of Fame.
Introduced for this year's awards, the Hall of Fame recognises individuals whose contribution to Gloucestershire and its sporting prowess goes beyond the norm.
And in recognising the efforts of departing Cheltenham Racecourse managing director Edward Gillespie and retiring Hartpury College principal Malcolm Wharton, the judges have done just that.
Gillespie retired earlier this month after 32 years as first general manager and then managing director of Cheltenham Racecourse.
Having signed off in a year where the Festival attracted its largest-ever attendance of over 237,000 over four days, few could argue that the Gotherington resident hasn't quit at the top.
Wharton, meanwhile, was rewarded for the remarkable job he has done in transforming Hartpury College into a nationally-recognised centre for elite sport.
In danger of closure when he arrived to take the post 22 years ago, with just 60 students and an income of just £800,000, Wharton leaves with the college in rude health with more than 3,000 students and an annual turnover of £25 million.
Gloucestershire Media Diamond Jubilee Sports Awards:
Junior Club of the Year, sponsored by Aspire Sport and Cultural Trust: Winner: Oxstalls Tennis Centre. Finalists: Gloucester Blazers Basketball Club, Leckhampton Rovers Football Club, Tuffley Rovers Under-18s.
Senior Club of the Year, sponsored by Active Gloucestershire: Winner: Deer Park Archers. Finalists: Cheltenham Cricket Club, Cheltenham Town FC.
Coach of the Year, sponsored by NHS Gloucestershire. Winner: Ian Coley. Finalists: Stella Ben Hania, Katie Noonan.
Sports Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the University of Gloucestershire. Winner: Paul Greenway, finalists: Paul Griffiths, Rhys Williams.
Sports Administrator of the Year, sponsored by The Citizen. Winner: Lionel Hurst. Finalists: Alan Roberts, Rob Webber.
Disability Sports Performer of the Year, sponsored by Hartpury College: Winner: Mel Nicholls. Finalists: James Brown, Sue Johnson.
Outstanding Services to Sport in Gloucestershire, sponsored by Brickhampton Court Golf Complex. Winner: Jim Wyatt. Finalists: Roger Crang, Barbara Warburton.
Young Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by the Gloucestershire Echo. Winner: Lucy Mason. Finalists: Rosie Hegarty, Kristof Willerton.
Professional Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. Winner: Pete Reed. Finalists: Team GB Dressage (Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester), Ed Clancy.
Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. Winner: Sally Privett. Finalists: Mel Nicholls, James Gilchriest.
Inducted to the Gloucestershire Sport Hall of Fame: Edward Gillespie, Malcolm Wharton.