SPORTS volunteers and coaches were honoured last week by sports stars for their work in inspiring people to take up sport.

The Sport Caerphilly Volunteer Awards Evening took place at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa, Pontllanfraith, on November 27. The winners included Holly Horton for Young Volunteer of the Year, Tyler Smith for Volunteer of the Year, Jack Mullen for Coach of the Future, Katie Bunston for Coach to Disabled Athletes of the Year, Lowri Edwards for Coach of the Year and Tom Morgan who received the Special Achievement Award.

The ceremony was attended by Rick O’Shea, Scrum V, Hollie Arnold, paralympic athlete and Cllr Michael Gray, the Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Cllr Dave Poole, cabinet member for community and leisure services, who presented the Young Volunteer of the Year Award, said: “At Caerphilly County Borough Council one of our priorities is to improve awareness, access, variety and use of leisure, community and sporting facilities.

“We can only do this through the hard work and dedication of our Sport and Leisure Services Team, and of course the coaches and volunteers who motivate, inspire, mentor and train people in our county borough.

“Every person who has received a nomination for an award is truly deserving and should be recognised for giving their time to improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents.”

Hollie Arnold, 19, first competed at the Beijing Olympics at 14-years-old and this year became the World Champion in her event, the F46 Javelin, at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

She said: “Coaches are never praised enough for what they do and the time that they give. In London 2012 game makers and volunteers played such an important part in the success of the games.

“Without volunteers most paralympic sport would not be what it is today.”

Rick O’Shea, rugby broadcaster and Scrum V regular, said: “I’m very lucky working for Scrum V, I get to meet a lot of amazing people and yet I have never been more humbled than being in this room this evening. Not everyone will go on to be an Olympic athlete, but the fact that there are people in this room encouraging people to do it is what life, and sport, is all about.”