Sports stars set to celebrate local champions at Manchester Sports Awards
A star-studded selection of sporting heroes will help Manchester show its appreciation for the hard work and commitment of the city’s best sports clubs, coaches, athletes and volunteers at the Manchester Sports Awards, on Friday 25 October at Wythenshawe Forum.
The awards recognise the huge achievements of Manchester’s sports volunteers and clubs while also celebrating Manchester City Council’s partnership with external organisations - who play an important role in putting on sports events and development programmes.
In the last twelve months local volunteers have given more than 7,000 hours of their time and the Manchester Volunteers Sports Bureau now boasts more that 4,000 registered members.
Former GB athlete and 400m Olympic bronze medalist Katherine Merry will act as compere for the evening. Helping present the awards will be some of the country’s top athletes and sports people, including Johnnie Peacock, gold medalist at London 2012 Paralympic Games, Shanaze Reade, 3-time World BMX Champion, James Gaskell of Sale Sharks and Jenny Meadows, GB 400m athlete.
This year’s awards include:
• Club of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• Unsung Hero in Sport
• Sports Achiever of the Year
• Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Contribution to PE & School Sport
• Event of the Year
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The Manchester Sports Awards give us the chance to celebrate the achievements and contribution made by local teams and individuals who thoroughly deserve recognition.”
“Manchester is a world renowned sporting city and that reputation would not exist without grass routes support that could well produce the elite athletes of the future. So I am proud that we can celebrate the time and effort of everyone that makes Manchester a great sporting city.”
“It has been a phenomenal year of sport in Manchester, building on the passion and excitement of 2012. With the Commonwealth Games in 2014 next year promises to be just as, if not more, exciting. “
Updated 16:52 - 28 Oct 2013 by John Brennand