- Exeter Saracens coach receives Lifetime Achievement Award
- Dave Turner a driving force behind girls' rugby in Exeter and Devon
Photo: RFU Archive
Exeter Saracens’ Dave Turner has collected the Lifetime Achievement award at the Exeter Express and Echo Sports Awards for 2013.
Turner has been coaching at the Whipron-based club for nearly twenty years and has been the driving force behind girls’ rugby in Exeter and Devon for almost a decade. He founded the girls section at the club in 2004 and his success is shown in the number of girls who reach county and divisional standard. His coaching has also seen girls from the club progress into the England setup, where three players have represented their country, several players have appeared for England Colleges and one has featured for the England Fire Service. He also works with local schools in terms of teacher development, and tag and contact festivals for the girls.
Turner was delighted to receive the award and said: "It was great to be nominated and to win the award is fantastic. Hopefully it'll inspire other people to keep going and doing the same thing, whatever sport they're in.
"I've always played rugby and to see other people benefiting from a sport I've always enjoyed is fantastic and is what keeps me going”.
The award ceremony took place at the Rougemont Thistle Hotel in Exeter and starred local sporting stars such as Liam Tancock, Sarah Pavey and Mary King, and also saw England and Exeter Chiefs player Tom Johnson win the main award of the night as Sports Personality of the Year.
Darren ‘Daz’ Mullin from Exeter Saracens was runner-up in the Coach of the Year award. The judges said: “Over six years, Darren Mullin has raised thousands of pounds for the club through various fund-raising events. With no coach for the Under 11s team, Mullin successfully amalgamated them into the Under 12s and now coaches the expanded age group, allowing the club to honour its youth fixtures for the season. His enthusiasm has been an integral part of Exeter Saracens youth setup.”
The above photo features Turner (fourth from right) with other winners, including Tom Johnson (fifth from left).