TWO sporting stars from Rugby have been recognised for their achievements at the region’s largest community sports awards ceremony.
A total of 16 award titles were handed out at the tenth annual Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sports Awards to celebrate the cream of the sporting scene in the area including those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at all levels.
Sailor Jack Lewis received the Young Sportsman of the Year award and now the 11-year-old is eager to follow in Ben Ainslie’s footsteps and sail in the Olympics.
He has already achieved a number of prestigious titles including RS Feva Junior World Champion, RS Feva Junior European Champion and RS Tera Pro National Champion.
The second Rugby winner was David Murley, chairman of Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He completed 30 years’ voluntary service as a player and administrator of flat green bowls and said the award tops a long but fantastic journey.
“Bowls has been a way of life for me and my family. We are a bowling unit and have got a great amount of satisfaction out of it. I am glad now to be able to put something back into the sport.” he said.
“The younger players are coming in and we need them because I’m 78 next year and I have done my bit. Now it is time for the younger ones to come through and do the same again.”
Winner of the Lifetime Achievement award, David Murley, receives his honour from Emma Morris of the University of Warwick. (s)