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Channel Islands Sports Awards: Inspiring stars celebrate 2017 triumphs

Friday 26 January 2018

Jersey’s sportsmen and women were among those reflecting on the past year of achievements at the Betway Channel Islands Sports Awards last night, with Jersey competitors winning three of the six honours.

While Guernsey’s Commonwealth Games-bound fighter Billy Le Poullain was crowned Sports Personality of the Year, there was still plenty for Jersey’s stars to celebrate.

Alex Buesnel (pictured with thanks to ITV Channel) was recognised with the Michael Lucas Sporting Hero Award after a year in which he became the first disability competitor to represent Jersey at an Island Games. Not only that, but he returned from Gotland with a team silver medal and narrowly missed out on an individual bronze.

Meanwhile, Jersey and England international netballer Serena Guthrie won the Judges Award and Jersey Reds took the Team of the Year trophy, after reaching the final of the British and Irish Cup in 2017 and narrowly missing out on a spot in the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs.

Jersey Sport CEO Catriona McAllister was on the nominee shortlisting panel for the awards and was in attendance at Beau Sejour in Guernsey for the ceremony, which was shown live on ITV Channel.

There were a record number of votes.

Betway CI Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Billy Le Poullain (Alderney/Guernsey, boxing)

Runners-up:

  • Cameron Chalmers (Guernsey, athletics)
  • Alex Coleborn (Jersey, BMX)
  • Lucy O’Sullivan (Jersey, archery)

PraxisIFM Rising Star

Winner: Alastair Chalmers (Guernsey 400m hurdler, athletics)

Runners-up:

  • Ed Fossey (Jersey, motorsport)
  • Cameron Pirouet (Jersey, shooting)
  • Sebastian Priaulx (Guernsey, motorsport)

Waves Team of the Year

Winner: Jersey Reds (rugby)

Runners-up:

  • Guernsey Ladies Rugby
  • Jersey Cricket
  • Jersey Rowing Club
  • Victoria College Prep Football

Source Recruitment Coach of the Year

Winner: Chris Griffiths (Guernsey, rugby)

Runners-up:

  • Ben Duff (Guernsey, boxing)
  • Jez Robin (Guernsey, football)
  • Yana Vibert (Jersey, gymnastics)

Michael Lucas Sporting Hero Award

Winner: Alex Buesnel (Jersey, gymnastics)

Judges Award for Achievement

Winner: Serena Guthrie (Jersey and England, netball)

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