It was a GBGB Awards ceremony with a difference this year, as the canine stars of 2020 were celebrated at a special virtual event held and broadcast online on the evening of Sunday 14th February.

The ceremony, hosted by Darrell Williams and Jonathan Hobbs, gave viewers a chance to look back at the racing highlights of 2020 and the phenomenal performances of our sport’s top athletes. This year, the most hotly contested award of the night, the GBGB Greyhound of the Year 2020, was won by Aayamza Royale, trained by Mark Wallis for the Ayamzaboys Syndicate.

The evening was also an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of the trainers, owners and kennelhands who care for our canine athletes and ensure they have everything they need to perform at their very best.

Congratulations to connections of all the nominees and award winners.

For those who missed the live ceremony, or want to replay any key moments, a catch-up recording of the broadcast, with complete versions of every video clip (including the few affected by technical issues on the night) is available here.

The 2020 category Award winners are:

BAGS Kennelhand of the Year – Megan Flood

GWA Services to Greyhound Racing – Ben Keith

GBGB Best Dam of British Bred – Skate On

Owners: K.S.S. Syndicate

GBGB British Bred Greyhound of the Year – Queen Jessiej

Owners: K.S.S Syndicate

Trainer: Liz McNair

 ARC Graded Greyhound of the Year – Cold Mountain

Owners: William Adamson, Martin Lloyd & Lee Onions

Trainer: Paul Sallis, Monmore

 GBGB Newcomer of the Year – Tenpin

Owners: Kane Messenger, Michael Olley & Robert Olley

Trainer: David Mullins

 Ladbrokes Trainer of the Year – Patrick Janssens

Coral Owner of the Year – K.S.S. Syndicate

Star Sports Bitch of the Year – Queen Jessiej

Owners: K.S.S. Syndicate

Trainer: Liz McNair

Colossus Hurdler of the Year – Roxholme Biscuit

Owner: Hayley Keightley

Trainer: Ricky Holloway

 GBGB Marathon Performer of the Year – Aayamza Royale

Owners: Ayamzaboys Syndicate

Trainer: Mark Wallis

Charles Russell Speechleys Sprinter of the Year – Shrewd Call

Owner: Kelly Searle

Trainer: David Mullins

PA Betting Services Standard Distance Performer of the Year – Kilara Lion

Owners: Chris Crampton, Harry Crapper, David Priestley & Nigel Thomas

Trainer: Patrick Janssens

Racing Post Greyhound TV Stayer of the Year – Smallmead

Owners: Lee and David Calcutt

Trainer: David Mullins 

GBGB Greyhound of the Year – Aayamza Royale

Owners: Ayamzaboys Syndicate

Trainer: Mark Wallis