YEARS of exceptional sporting achievement, it seems, are rather like London buses.
Who would have thought that after the heroics of 2012, Britain would see another flurry of incredible sporting moments?
Take for example, Chris Froome in the 100th Tour de France matching the success of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah clinching another world title, or England winning the Ashes for the third consecutive time.
But look closer to home and you will see that these successes have also been mirrored by our south Devon sporting stars with an array of national call-ups, titles, and stories of triumph over adversity.
The opinion that this has been a year filled with exceptional talent in our area is carried by several leading members in our sporting community.
Head of the Torbay Sports Council, Roger Mann, describes the work of volunteers among his personal highlights.
"Former Premiership referee Lester Chapter one was at one point one of the best referees in the country.
"When he retired he started refereeing down here and now arranges the indoor soccer league.
"It is very rare for someone after the peak of their career to come back and contribute to local sport.
"Another example of that is Roger Tolchard, a former England cricketer who comes down to umpire local games.
"Quite often volunteers are people who do so much that we never recognise.
Mann also recognised some of the achievements of younger members of the community.
"Rebecca Ley is going to be a future champion; so far she has looked as if she could be really good in a few years.
"One of my main highlights was seeing 200 young children wanting to join local sports clubs at the Talent Scout open day, for example Chelston Cricket Club took in 30 children, and has now made a team of youngsters who otherwise would not have joined a club.
"I'd also like to say that over the last year, Torbay Council have been very sympathetic to sport in Torbay, and have made our jobs at the Sports Council much easier.
Torbay councillor Robert Excell is a notable fan of the upcoming Torbay Sports Awards, saying : "These annual awards provide us with a great opportunity to celebrate local sporting success.
"Torbay Council is keen to encourage sport across the Bay, where we are fortunate to have a wonderful range of sports clubs and facilities.
Excell also picked out some of his personal highlights of the year so far: "We were delighted to host the recent highly successful Devon Games to Inspire, which attracted around 1,000 young people from all over the county.
"There were some superb performances at these games, and I am pleased that Torbay was well represented among the medal winners.
"Congratulations to the Torbay table tennis team on winning two gold medals and the triathlon team for winning gold and bronze medals.
Among the other Torbay medal winners at the event were cricket, sailing, BMX, Volleyball, Bowls, Hockey and Tennis.
"All these medals gave Torbay the best result ever of second place overall.
"We are looking forward to receiving many entries for the awards, and the judges will no doubt be spoilt for choice".
Catherine Williams, Torbay Council's Community and Sports Officer, said: "The last year has been an iconic year for sport with amazing results.
"Local sports clubs and athletes in Torbay have achieved amazing success, all of which would not have been possible with out the dedication and enthusiasm of volunteers and coaches.
"We are looking forward to receiving a high number of quality entries for this year's sports awards and are looking forward to a prestigious evening at the Riviera International Centre."
Is there someone in Torbay you think is deserving of an award?
Nominations are now open until September 17, with categories ranging from 'Club of the Year' to 'Outstanding Contribution'. To nominate, go to www.torbaysportsawards.co.uk.
A shortlist of nominees will be invited to attend to awards evening to be held on November 7.