Courtney is "proud" to win BBC sports award.
PUBLISHED: 10:55 20 December 2012
TEENAGE football coach Courtney Pettifor shared the stage with Britain's Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford when he was awarded the Young Unsung Sports Hero of the Year from BBC East.
Ely Sixth Form College student Courtney, 17, coaches two teams in the community and another two teams at Ely College, where he also supports the work of the PE department with younger pupils and its partner primary schools.
He was presented with his award by BBC news presenter Stewart White at a prestigious ceremony at the University of Bedfordshire.
Speaking to Paul Stainton on the BBC’s Bigger Breakfast Show, Courtney said: “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m very honoured to get the award. I sat in the audience and couldn’t believe it. It was a crazy feeling. To see children enjoying sports because of something I do feels great, especially in this great sporting year.”
The award is the second accolade won by Courtney, he was declared Young Community Volunteer of the Year at the 2012 Living Sports Awards in Newmarket last month.
Greg Rutherford won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for Eastern England, and paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock from Doddington won the Disabled Sports Personality of the Year.
There was also an award for Peterborough’s gymnastics silver medallist Louis Smith, who was recognised for being a sporting role model, and who has previously coached some of Ely’s aspiring young gymnasts.