Teignbridge Sports Personality of the Year overall winner is Natalie Melmore for a historic second year running
Sportspeople, clubs and volunteers have been celebrating their success at Teignbridge Council’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which saw Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Natalie Melmore crowned Teignbridge Sports Personality of the Year for the second year running.
No-one has won the overall prize twice before, either in separate or successive years. Melmore also picked up the Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award at the event.
Natalie won the award based on her achievements from April 2010 – March 2011, which included winning a Gold Medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the Ladies Singles Bowls event. She started playing bowls at the age of nine having seen her father playing the sport, and by 11 played at Newton Abbot Bowls Club. Her first England trial came at the age of 12, and she played for England for the first time at 15 in both indoors and outdoors versions of the sport. She’s gone on to win numerous singles and team events for the country.
Sadly unable to attend the event in person due to competition in Hong Kong, the council’s cameras caught up with Natalie before the event on the pretext of her announcing this year’s winner as the existing award holder. You can see Natalie’s reaction online at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/sportspersonalityresults, along with an interview conducted by Palm FM DJ Ben Moseby.
Natalie said: “I can’t believe I won the prize again, I genuinely had no idea that was coming. It means a lot because I know everyone who’s nominated are really talented sportspeople, and it’s humbling to be given the award for a second time.
“The district has tons of sporting talent and everyone at the awards is a winner in my book, as are loads of people who do great stuff but don’t necessarily have people to nominate them for awards like these.
“It’s brilliant that the council takes the time and trouble to recognise local sportspeople, and I’m pleased to come from somewhere that puts so much effort in to supporting sports.”
Read a rundown of Teignbridge Sports Personality winners