Multi-tasking Morgan proves she’s a good sport

Young netball player is among those honoured at this year’s Devon Sports Awards

A TORRINGTON teenager has been crowned Young Volunteer of the Year at the Devon Sports Awards.

Judges said Morgan New, 14, had a bright future and represented all that is positive and inspirational in sport today.

A member of Langtree Reunites Netball Club for the last five years, Morgan not only plays for the team; she is also the club captain, umpire, committee member and coach.

Last year, she was selected as one of only two Youth Sport Trust Gold Young Ambassadors for North Devon, a role that she uses to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Games in her school, and to encourage other young people to take up physical activity.

A delighted Morgan said: “I’m really pleased to have won; I didn’t expect to as the competition in my category was so strong, but I had the whole of my school behind me.”

Morgan was one of 31 shortlisted finalists representing more than 20 different sports at the ceremony held at Exeter Chiefs’ Sandy Park ground on Thursday night.

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The awards, coordinated annually by Active Devon, are held to recognise unsung heroes across the county who offer their time and expertise for the good of sport.

Also among this year’s winners was Wimbledon tennis line judge Stephen Bishop, from Lower Loxhore, who won the Official of the Year award.

Senior coach Katrina Venner, from Westward Ho!, was also highly commended on the evening for her commitment to the North Devon Display Gymnastics Club and Venner’s Netball Team.

Neil Roberts, chief executive of Active Devon, said: “From those who train and develop our athletes, to those who wash kits and ensure playing facilities are clean and safe, every one of them plays a valuable role and is integral to the continuing development of sport across our county.”

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