Friday, September 13, 2013
Club’s 11 title successes in 2012/13 marked in style
The Academy of Beach Sports recently celebrated a fantastic season at their annual awards night at Barnstaple Rugby Club.
Members of the club secured a total of 11 titles and six silvers in 2012/13, including successes at the National British Open Tournament at Sandbanks in Dorset – the blue chip event in the Volleyball England calendar.
Seven of the academy’s youngsters now represent the country and are part of the national squad and a further five represent the South West region.
Head coach Denise Austin, a former Great Britain international player, won three of the titles, including the Volleyball England Beach Tour at the Gold Coast Ocean Fest competition in Croyde.
She was recognised by her fellow members at the awards evening, and was presented with the ‘outstanding commitment to the club’ award by her daughter Ellie.
“The achievements are testament to the hard work that players put in throughout the year and the excellent coaching they receive,” she said.
“I’m so proud of how well respected the club is in the sport of volleyball and it is growing and becoming more and more successful all the time.”
U11 Player of the year: Molly Tuohey;
U14 Girls Player of the year: Ellie Austin;
U16 Girls Player of the Year: Anaya Evans;
U19 Girls Player of the Year: Millie Constable;
Senior Female Player of the year: Denise Austin & Claire Fallow;
U14 Boys Player of the year: Alfie Constable;
U16 Boys Player of the Year: Harry Constable;
U19 Boys Player of the Year: Haydn Lawson;
Senior Male Player of the year: Márcio Marques De Menezes;
Most Improved Player of the Year: Sophie Watts;
New Volunteer of the Year: Richard Mulford;
Volunteer of the Year: Jackie Watts;
Young Coach of the Year: Tim Latcham;
Official of the Year: Sam Dunbavin;
Commitment to the Club: Denise Austin.
The Academy are also seeking sponsors for the forthcoming season, and to send a team to Austria at the end of September. For more information on playing for or sponsoring the club, visit www.academyofbeachsports.org.uk or contact Denise Austin on 07773382305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.