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Nominations for the Living Sport Sports Awards 2019 now open

Do you know someone in sport that has achieved or made a contribution in sport this year?  If so now is your chance to nominate them for a Living Sport Sports Award as nominations are now open.

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of talented sportsmen & women and teams, the significant contribution made by coaches and volunteers to the development of their sport, and the organisations and clubs from all across the county who are using sport and physical activity to have a positive impact on peoples lives.

Individuals and organisations can now be nominated by the general public for one or more of the 12 categories which include Coach of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year and Workplace of the Year.  With community sport continuing to flourish across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Living Sport is expecting to receive a high volume of quality nominations.

The Living Sport Sports Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 28th November 2019 at the Burgess Hall in St Ives.  Shortlisted nominees in each of the categories will receive a free ticket to the Awards ceremony.

Previous winners of the prestigious awards include Peterborough’s Community First Boxing Club for the Power of Sport Award; Alan Hannibal (BRJ Run & Tri Club, Huntingdon) and Sue Rich and Sally Tippen for their significant contribution to county and club Tennis and Hockey respectively who each received a Services to Sport Award. Jonnie Peacock has also contributed his very own award which recognises someone who has gone above and beyond to make a difference while overcoming personal adversity – and last year this was won by Paul Clark who played a huge role in bringing the amputee community together and giving them a focus to achieve something extraordinary.  Paul and 30 amputee families climbed Snowdon last year in aid of Steelbones charity.

There are also awards for Young Community Volunteer and Community Club of the Year to recognise the great work volunteers do across the county. Last year the Sports Performance of the Year category was won by Lauren Steadman for her outstanding achievements within para-triathlon.  Young Sports Performance of the Year went to Thomas Keen for his growing success in middle distance running.  We also recognised Harston & Newton Community Primary School as School of the Year in 2018.

Finally there is the Impact Award which is for partnerships, projects or individuals who have improved sport and physical activity participation within their local community including developing people, and unlike other Awards there is the expectation of more than one ’winner’ being announced.

Commenting on the Awards, Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive of Living Sport said “our Awards have been developed to link more closely with our work to improve health and wellbeing by supporting people to get active, increasingly recognising the contribution of sport to wider outcomes of physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, social and community development, economic development and personal development.  These Awards are a highlight of our year and are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution made by people and organisations and the positive impact that participating in sport and physical activity can have.”

To make a nomination please click here.  Closing date is 29th September 2019.

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