This award is in memory of former Plymouth Herald Journalist Bill Richards. Bill died in 2017 at the age of 69 and was a passionate advocate of grassroots sport in the city.
The award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated real passion for their sport over the last 12 months.
They are highly regarded among their peers, team mates and managers for not only their sporting performance but also their drive and attitude.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be bought at www.dcsportsawards.co.uk/tickets .
These are the nominees for the Bill Richards Amateur Sports Personality of the Year award for 2018:
Underwater hockey is not a sport than many will know a great deal about but it is a sport that takes a lot of dedication from its competitors.
Alyssa Oates has been representing Great Britain in the sport since 2010 but 2018 has been one of high achievement.
She won a silver medal at the World Championships in Canada and was also made vice-captain for a game against Argentina.
Devon and Cornwall Sports Awards 2018
Two bronze medals were added to Alyssa’s haul, one from the Ladies Nationals and the other from the European Championships in Hungary.
Such have been the level of her performances, Alyssa has been selected as captain for the team that will compete in the 2019 World Age Group Championships.
As the winner of this award last year, Jacob Dawson knows the competition he faces to pick up the prize.
There has been no case of Jacob resting on his laurels, with another glut of medals picked up in 2018.
As part of the 2018 Great Britain squad he won a silver medal in the European Championships and a bronze at the World Championships.
Jacob also picked up results closer to home, he was part of the team that won the Stewards Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
To compete at a high level in one sport is tough enough but to do it in three is bordering on insane.
That is exactly what triathlete Kenneth Holder has done, he had to teach himself to swim properly in order to compete.
Kenneth dedicated time to his discipline and in 2015 he won bronze at the European Championships before going one better in 2016 and winning silver.
That wasn’t enough for Kenneth, he worked harder and pushed himself further and in 2018 he achieved his dream, a gold medal.
He became European Champion in the age group of 45-49 and he did it in some style by finishing 35 minutes quicker than the runner-up.
Described as ‘a true sports personality’ in his nomination, Kenneth is a worthy contender for this award.
Part of being a top athlete is learning how to pick yourself up when events don’t go the way you had hoped.
So much time and hard work goes into preparation for an event and Max Gregory has shown huge desire to achieve great things over the years.
Max is the current -90kg British Cadet Judo Champion and was this year selected as one of just 12 athletes to attend the Great Britain Futures Camp in Tokyo.
He has represented England at Cadet Cups throughout Europe which culminated in his selection for Great Britain at the European Championships in Sarajevo.
Described as a role model for young judoka in Devon and Cornwall, Max gives plenty back and trains with people of all ages and abilities.
Becoming a European Champion because you finish first in your age group is a huge achievement but Trish Deykin managed to go one better.
Trish, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and told to stop competing in triathlons, lifted the title and was faster than any female in any age group by 2.40 seconds.
It was Olympian Heather Fell that was in second place, which shows just how incredible Trish’s achievement was.
She was also given the Helen Rollason award for inspiration at the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year event.
Trish has never let her diagnosis stop her from achieving in sport and is a huge inspiration to many who know her.
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