THERE was double celebration for retired teacher and volunteer Richard Parker as he was crowned People’s Champion of the Year 2017 along with receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at Teignbridge’s Sports and Community Awards.

The former Teign School teacher has dedicated more than 40 years’ service in education, integrating his love for the outdoors in the school curriculum. Dick was also the recipient of the Army’s Platinum Award for this work on the annual Ten Tors expedition.

For the first time the People’s Champion was decided by an online vote leading up to and on the night of the awards, receiving more than 4000 votes across all the nominees in contention.

Richard was among a number of sporting stars celebrating success at the awards night staged at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren, on December 1. The awards ceremony recognises athletes, volunteers, sports teams, committee members, coaches and community champions who all go the extra mile to help keep Teignbridge active all year round.

A raffle on the night raised £411 for Teignbridge District Council’s chairman’s charity, the Devon Memory Café Consortium. Donations totalling £1,500 were also made to the Give Me Fiv” campaign which supports the Rotary Youth Games Charitable Trust, including a generous donation of £600 from Will Smith, managing director of Complete Estate Agents.