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16th October 2020

 

Olympic medallist Louis Smith announced as host of Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020

 

Strictly Come Dancing winner and former British gymnast, Louis Smith, has been announced as this year’s Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards celebrity host.

The Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of talented sports people, the significant contribution made by coaches and volunteers, and showcases the organisations and clubs who are using sport and physical activity to make a positive impact on people’s lives across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s awards are being held virtually and will be live-streamed on the Living Sport Facebook page on Thursday 3rd December.

Louis Smith, himself a former Sports Award winner, said: “It is an absolute honour to host the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020 and a real pleasure to be involved in such a great cause.

“In a year defined by unprecedented challenges, Living Sport and myself feel it is even more important to shine a light on the extraordinary accomplishments so many have achieved across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in such challenging circumstances.

“I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our 'lockdown heroes' and make the online event a huge success.”

Louis Smith

The charity, which aims to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, has adapted the award categories to reflect the little face-to-face sport and physical activity taking place this year.

Nominations have flooded in for the categories including Coach of the Year, Community Club of the Year and Community Volunteer of the Year.

The public is now able to read the list of nominees and vote for their favourite by midnight on Sunday 25th October. The public vote will combine with the judging panel assessment to create a shortlist for each category to be announced mid-November, with the winners then revealed by Louis Smith during the online event in December.

The judging panel includes former Paralympian Dr Dan Gordon and sports journalist Steve Jackson.

Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive at Living Sport, said: “We are all thrilled to have Louis Smith onboard and have been blown away by all the incredible nominations received in the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020.

“Now the public vote is open, I encourage you to head to our page and have your say. Be sure to read the inspiring stories and achievements of our remarkable nominees before you vote.

“A huge thank you to Louis as we look forward to welcoming you all to our Facebook live event at 7pm on 3rd December - get the date in the diary, we promise it'll be one not to miss!”

To vote for your favourite 'lockdown hero’ from the list of nominees, visit: https://www.livingsport.co.uk/public-vote

 

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Media contact: Tom Evans, Athene Communications, 01733 207340, [email protected]

 

Notes to Editor:

Living Sport is a charity, set up in 2006, to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by inspiring them to get active.

For further information, visit: https://www.livingsport.co.uk/