The Annual Living Sport Sports Awards took place on Thursday 23rd November to celebrate the amazing sporting achievements within our local community. The Awards now in their 11th year, honour sports men and women, coaches, volunteers, young people in sport, schools and businesses.
Finalists and winners were treated to an evening of celebration at Burgess Hall in St. Ives. Hosted by Living Sport, guests enjoyed a formal dinner, after which the finalists and winners were announced and received their prestigious awards from leading industry figures from our region.
The list of awards, sponsors and winners on the evening:
Coach of the Year (BGL) – Ben Howells, Huntingdon Gymnastics Club
Community Club of the Year (Birketts) – Cambridge Gymnastics Club
Community Volunteer of the Year (Support Cambridgeshire) – Charlotte Bruce, Athletics
Disabled Sports Performer of the Year (Anglia Ruskin University) – Dan Roper, Goalball
Jonnie Peacock Award – Sandra Acton, Athletics
Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award (3B Design & Print) – Cambridge United Community Trust
Primary School of the Year (Everyone Health) – St Laurence Catholic Primary School
Secondary School of the Year (Rawlinsons) – St Ivo School
Services to Sport (Abbeycroft Leisure) – Wendy Chambers, St Ives Rangers Football Club and St Ives Swimming Club
Sports Performer of the Year (CBA Asbestos Ltd) – Tom Westley, Cricket
Team of the Year (Grosvenor) – Ely City Football Club
Workplace of the Year (Anglian Water) – Cambridge City Council
Young Community Volunteer of the Year (Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust) – Ellie Allen, Swavsey Village College
Young Sports Performer of the Year (Chromasport) – Charlie Rolls, Bike Trials
Living Sport, Chief Executive, Simon Fairhall speaking about at the awards said; “The Living Sport Sports Awards are the event that I look forward to most every year. It’s a Living Sport event but its an opportunity to celebrate everybody else – all that is good about community sport across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. You can’t fail to be inspired by the quality of the nominees Living Sport receives every year – young people whose log of their community volunteering hours is so impressive. Whilst the contribution made by the nominees for Community Volunteer of the Year and Services to Sport Awards are absolutely outstanding.
The agenda these days is very much about the contribution to community health and wellbeing outcomes and our Power of Sport Award in particular showcases that sport can play a significant role in supporting this. And I haven’t even mentioned yet the quality of the on-the-pitch or court performances of individuals and teams and the great activity of clubs and workplaces. It’s an honour for Living Sport to host this event; a great opportunity to offer congratulations and thanks to all the winners and nominees.”