Wainwright wins at Argus Sports Awards


Back row ace Aaron Wainwright was crowed Dragons Player of the Year at last night’s South Wales Argus Sports Awards.

Wainwright – who made 17 appearances for Dragons last season – impressed for region and country during 2018/19, making his first start for Wales against Tonga in the autumn and featuring in every game of the Six Nations Grand Slam.

The 21-year-old had already swept the board at the region’s end of season awards with a hat-trick of successes.

And he followed that up with being named the Dragons Player of the Year honour, in an award sponsored by Monmouthshire Building Society.

Dragons Rugby was proud to support the 2019 South Wales Argus Sports Awards, held at Chepstow Racecourse, and sponsored the Senior Team of the Year award that went to Pontypool.

Newport County AFC striker Padraig Amond was the big winner at the event, claiming a hat-trick of prizes including the Sports Personality of the Year crown.

The Irishman also landed the Professional Sports Personality of the Year gong and County Player of the Year accolade.

In all, 13 awards were handed out during the ceremony at Chepstow Racecourse, three of which were won by members of Valleys Gymnastics Academy.

Melissa Anderson scooped the Outstanding Services to Sport in Gwent accolade, Shauna Morgan received the Disability Sports Performer of the Year award, and the TeamGym quartet of Harry Mannay, Ethan Smith, Ethan Edwards and Tom Brooks won the Junior Team of the Year prize.

Meanwhile, Richard Shore, who trains UFC star Jack Marshman and Cage Warriors world champion, and son, Jack Shore, is the Grassroots Sports Personality of the Year.

Taekwondo ace Kriya Adoniel Pahimna has designs on the Olympics one day, and he added another achievement to his collection in the shape of the Young Sports Personality of the Year gong.

Cwmbran Swimming Club stalwart Gerald Sims won the Volunteer of the Year crown, Heads of the Valleys Tang Soo Do supremo Angus Rogers was named Coach of the Year, and Risc-a-Tri Triathlon Club received the Community Club of the Year award.

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