GYMNAST Bethany Paull has been 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.

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.

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 (below), who claimed the same honour in 2019.

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And there was more good news for Anderson’s academy courtesy of a special editor’s award in recognition of their efforts during lockdown.

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

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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, also revealed the winners of the Newport County AFC and Dragons player of the year votes.

It was a landslide victory for Scot Bennett (below) in the County vote, with the versatile midfielder finishing well clear of second-placed Josh Sheehan and 2019 winner Padraig Amond, who was third.

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There were just four votes separating first and second in the Dragons vote, and it was flanker Taine Basham (below) who just edged out prop Leon Brown. Matthew Screech was third.

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You can still watch the awards by visiting the South Wales Argus Facebook page at

2020 Roll of Honour

Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Niche) – Bethany Paull

Professional Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Monmouthshire Building Society) – Jack Shore

Grassroots Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Western Power Distribution) – Simon Weaver

Young Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Coleg Gwent) – Harper Leigh

Disability Sports Performer of the Year (sponsored by George St Furnishers) – Bethany Paull

Community Club of the Year (sponsored by Melin Homes) – Cwmbran Youth Netball Club

Junior Team of the Year (sponsored by Uskmouth Power Station/Atlantis Energy) – Usk Valley Trampoline Club U14s

Senior Team of the Year (sponsored by Newport City Council) – Risca United

Coach of the Year (sponsored by St Joseph’s Hospital) – Angus Rogers

Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Newport City Homes) – Sharon Ahern

Outstanding Services to Sport in Gwent (sponsored by Nuffield Health) – Melissa Anderson

Junior Coach of the Year (sponsored by Sport Caerphilly) – Georgina Ahern

Newport County AFC Player of the Year (sponsored by Pure Vans) – Scot Bennett

Dragons Player of the Year (sponsored by Cintec International Ltd) – Taine Basham