The 2006 Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards took place at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday, 5 October.
It was the second year of the awards to recognise the achievements of sportsmen and women in our local area.
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire broadcast the whole event live. Geoff Foster and Vic Minett presented the show and Annie Othen hosted the event itself. You can Listen Again to the entire programme in full by clicking on the links below.
This year Warwickshire and England's Ian Bell walked off with the title of Sportsman Of The Year. The batsman was part of 2005's triumphant Ashes squad, but it was in 2006 that he truly established himself as one of the finest , with three successive Test match hundreds against Pakistan.
Leamington archer Naomi Folkard took the title of Sportswoman of the Year. In March she gained a silver medal in the European Indoor Target Championships and two months later, she gained a team gold in the European Grand Prix in Croatia.
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The Coventry Bees deservedly took the title of Team Of The Year. The Bees were Elite League Champions in 2005. An achievement which just missed the deadline for 2005's awards, but that was honoured belatedly at the 2006 awards.
Narrowly missing out on the title of Team Of The Year were Nuneaton Borough, but their amazing FA Cup run took the award for Sporting Occasion Of The Year.
For a full list of winners, take a look below.
Full Winners List
- Sportsman Of The Year: Ian Bell
- Sportswoman Of The Year: Naomi Folkard
- Team Of The Year: Coventry Bees
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Nick Selwood
- Professional Manager/Coach Of The Year: Gerry McManus
- Community Coach Of The Year: Kim Nurden
- Young Sportsman Of The Year: Mark Strachen
- Young Sportswoman Of The Year: Kelly Sibley
- Junior/School Team Of The Year: Warwick School U16 Channel swimmers
- Disabled Sportsman Of The Year: Nigel Murray
- Disabled Sportswoman Of The Year: Iris Bingham
- Sports Volunteer Of The Year: Stuart and Elaine Parker
- Media Reporter Of The Year: Kev Monks
- Higher/Further Education Sportsperson Of The Year: Cayley Ennett
- Sporting Occasion Of The Year: Nuneaton Borough’s FA Cup Run
- Community Sports Award: Edgwick Sports Project