MORE than 80 people attended the third Wellington Sports Awards dinner on Saturday night.
The black-tie event was organised by the town’s Federation of Sports Clubs and held at the Cleve Hotel and Country Club.
Guest of honour was the MP for Taunton, Jeremy Browne, and the MC was Clinton Rogers of BBC Points West.
Eight awards for sporting achievement – both on and off the pitch – were presented during the evening.
Welcoming the guests, federation chairman Ken Bird said the organisation had three main aims – promotion of sport in Wellington, joint fund-raising by the 14 member clubs and youth development.
The past year had seen taster sessions in different sports organised for local youngsters.
The federation had also helped secure funding for a new sports hall at Court Fields Community School.
And it had also worked to see the old Beech Grove School Field turned into a rugby pitch, which would allow a second football pitch on the town’s playing field.
International Achievement (presented by Wellington Town Council): Ian Stonebridge – football.
International Achievement (presented by Tone Leisure): Edward Ling – rifle shooting.
Lifetime Award (presented by Barclays): Graham Sprague – rugby.
Lifetime Award (presented by Wellington Chamber of Commerce): Julie and John Morten – squash.
Outstanding Award (presented by the Cleve Hotel): Ian Grabham – rugby.
Outstanding Award (presented by Gill Knott Insurance): Colin Waller – football.
Special Award (presented by Towergate Lloyd and Whyte Farm Insurance and Towergate Risk Solutions): Jeff Brown – football.
Junior Award (presented by Wellington Sports): Christopher Hay – fencing.