Cross-country runner Innes Fitzgerald, from Beer, has been named Young Athlete of the Year at the BBC Green Sport Awards, with Australia cricket captain Pat Cummins winning the senior award. 

The awards, which are in partnership with the Sport Positive Summit and available to watch on BBC iPlayer and across the BBC Sport website, celebrate individuals and organisations from around the world who are using their sporting profile to make change towards a more sustainable future.   

Innes, who attended Axe Valley Academy, has emerged as a bold activist over the past 12 months. She won the award after declining to take part in the World Cross Country Championships in Australia due to concerns about the impact of flying on the environment.  

FitzGerald said: “I feel like it's a real privilege [receiving this award]. I never set out to achieve awards from this, I just wanted to raise awareness about climate related issues within the athletics and sporting world. Trying to get up and coming athletes to think about what they're doing and their impacts on the climate as well.”  

This year’s Evergreen Athlete award went to former Major League Baseball player, Chris Dickerson. Dickerson has been recognised for his work building awareness of the climate crisis and plastic pollution. This includes founding the Players for the Planet foundation in 2008 which has created a number of initiatives to positively help the environment, such as beach clean-ups and recycling at stadiums.   

Forest Green Rovers Football Club (FGR FC) have been awarded Elite Organisation of the Year. The EFL League 2 team, which became the world’s first vegan football club in 2015 have continued to lead the way sustainability with sport. This includes their stadium being powered by 100% green energy - with solar panels on the roof of the stands – no single use plastics on site, rainwater being collected to prevent water waste, and the team travelling on an electric coach.   

Winning this year’s Grassroots organisation of the year is Rhino Cup Champions League (RCCL). Over the last year the league, which is across Africa, has continued its work on wildlife conservation. The RCCL uses the popularity of football to forge a connection between the youth in rural communities and the protection of rhinos, as well as offering social and economic benefits for the communities.