CHRISTIAN Malcolm capped a successful night for Newport at the 2017 Wales Sport Awards as he was named coach of the year at the Celtic Manor.

Malcolm has made an immediate impact following his transition from athlete to relay coach with Team GB.

Malcolm’s men won gold at the World Championships, setting a British and European record, while the women won silver.

Then at the IPC Paralympic World Championships, he coached Jordan Howe to silver and Rhys Jones to a personal best in finishing in fourth place.

The award comes just three days after Malcolm won the High Performance Coach of the Year prize at the UK Coaching Awards.

Newport County AFC manager Michael Flynn was also nominated for coach of the year after guiding the Exiles to safety in League Two last season.

Meanwhile, Mark James of Somerton Amateur Boxing Club won the Community Coach of the Year award.

And Newport RFC legend Dai Watkins was honoured with a Special Recognition Award.

Scarlets, Wales and British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies was crowned the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2017 ahead of runner-up Geraint Thomas, with Natalie Powell finishing in third place.

The Team of the Year award went to ice hockey champions Cardiff Devils and Swansea City hero Alan Curtis received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Carwyn James Young Sportswoman of the Year is Anglesey weightlifter Catrin Jones with the young sportsman of the year award went to Liverpool and Wales forward Ben Woodburn.

Cardiff swimming coach Fateha Ahmed was named Volunteer of the Year, while Hannah Nolan of Llandudno won the Inspiring Young Person of the Year award.

Organisation of the Year is Disability Sport Wales, while Us Girls won the Sporting Experience of the Year prize.

Caernarfon fell runner Mike Blake won the Unsung Hero award.

He will now go on to represent Wales in the UK final, which will be announced during BBC Sports Personality of the Year on BBC One at 6.45pm on December 17.

Lawrence Conway, Chair of Sport Wales, said: “We received a record number of inspiring nominations for this year’s awards and tonight’s finalists showcase the passion and hard work going on in the communities here in Wales.

“I am proud of all the volunteers, coaches, leaders and organisations who are helping to build a more active and healthier nation, and it was a real honour to see them recognised as the true heroes of Welsh sport.

“Their achievements will no doubt encourage others across the country to get engaged in the community and help shape their Welsh sport of the future.”

The Wales Sport Awards 2017 will be available on BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days and will also be shown on the BBC Red Button at 5.30pm on Saturday.