Basham named Argus Player of the Year


Back row Taine Basham was crowned the Dragons Player of the Year at the South Wales Argus Sports on Thursday evening.

The sports awards, which featured video messages from stars including Shane Williams, Sam Warburton and Tanni Grey-Thompson, went online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And in a closely fought battle it was Basham – just four votes ahead of team-mate Leon Brown – who took the top gong. Matthew Screech was third.

Gymnast Bethany Paull was crowned South Wales Argus Sports Personality of the Year. The Valleys Gymnastics Academy teenager took the title after winning the disability sports performer of the year prize for the second time in three years.

It was also a special night for Cwmbran Youth Netball Club as mum and daughter Sharon and Georgina Ahern received the volunteer and junior coach accolades respectively. On top of that, the club itself landed the community club of the year honour, while founder Vicki Randall was a runner-up in the outstanding services to sport category. That award went to Valleys Gymnastics Academy head coach Melissa Anderson, who claimed the same honour in 2019.

Heads of the Valleys Tang Soo Do chief Angus Rogers was crowned coach of the year again following his victory last May, while UFC star Jack Shore took the professional sports personality prize.

Long-serving Torfaen Warriors ABC head coach Simon Weaver was named grassroots sports personality of the year and badminton star Harper Leigh took the young sports personality award.

The senior team award went to Risca United and the Usk Valley Trampoline Club U14 quartet of Evie McLoughlin, Evie Forrest, Millie Forrest and Eleri Davies took the junior team title.

The event, which was hosted by Jason Mohammad and had independent financial advisers Niche as its headline sponsor.

The Newport County AFC player of the year award was a landslide victory for Scot Bennett. The midfielder finishing well clear of second-placed Josh Sheehan and 2019 winner Padraig Amond in third.

You can watch the awards by visiting the South Wales Argus Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southwalesargus

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