Golfer Tom Gandy and equestrian star Yasmin Ingham claimed the top two gongs at the 2020 Isle of Man Sports Awards on Wednesday evening.

Both were recognised at the Microgaming Play It Forward-sponsored ceremony as the awards made a return to the Royal Hall in the Villa Marina, having taken place online last year because of the pandemic.

Tom, 29, enjoyed his best year to date on the PGA European Tour and recorded a string of career-best performances.

Yasmin was named Sportswoman of the Year for a second time in a row after claiming her fifth British eventing title and consideration for a place at the Tokyo Olympics.

In total 11 awards were handed out on the night and there was a guest appearance from former cycling star and Olympic gold medallist Peter Kennaugh.

Christian Varley’s marathon heroics were recognised as he was named Ambassador of the Year before receiving the new Leonie Cooil Courage and Inspiration Award.

The late Judi Clark-Wilson, who dedicated more than 30 years to Isle of Man netball, was recognised with a lifetime achievement award.

Weightlifter Kim Dean, who won a gold medal at the Para World Cup in 2020, was named Disability Sportsperson of the Year

The other awards went to:

Under-21 Sportsman of the year: Jed Etchells

Under-21 Sportswoman of the year:

Sinead Cox

Team of the Year: Manx Harriers senior women’s cross-country team

Sports Coach of the Year: John Whitlow

Sports Administrator of the Year: Paul Jones

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year:

Sarah Webster

Sports Leader of the Year: Cassidy Pizzey

Reaction and photos from the awards in next week’s Isle of Man Examiner and Manx Independent