The Greater Manchester Sports Awards take place on 16th November at The Point Emirates Old Trafford. For the last 18 years, they have celebrated the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester. BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Chelsea Norris is hosting the evening, joined by guest speaker, Claire Lomas; marathoner, motor biker, hand cyclist and campaigner.
The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester hold their own awards and the winners from eight categories are invited to the Greater Manchester event. The Stockport Sports Awards were held at Houldsworth Golf Club on 5th October. The finalists representing Stockport are;
Lizzie is an international swimmer with a big reputation. Over the past 12 months she has won 5 British National titles and also went to Casablanca for the World School Games where she won 2 tiles. She has also represented Great Britain and England, which is a fantastic achievement. Lizzie currently trains 10 times a week and on top of that has to fit College work in.
Sophie is a Rhythmic Gymnast who has competed at International Competitions. Over the past 12 months she has worked hard to overcome many barriers and is now training 5 times a week and although she has a disability she competes in mainstream competitions. At a recent competition in Bulgaria she finished 5th and 7th, and was part of the group who finished 7th in the British Championships.
Before she joined the gym, Laura weighed 14 stone 2 pounds, and after having her second child she could not lose the weight. She was very low and lacking in confidence and through her doctor was referred to the PARiS scheme. Through setting small targets and the introduction of new classes she has transformed her figure and life. She has now become a 10-stone confident lady!
Richard is the Chairman of Stockport Metro Football Junior League and has been since the league began in 1981. Richard spends numerous hours dedicated to the cause and in addition to negotiating venue hire, organising fixtures, competitions and trips abroad, he is also the Cyber and Welfare Officer of the league. He is always happy to help, going out of his way to get a suitable solution for all involved.
Ian has been coaching at Stockport Basketball Club for 15 years, volunteering over 20 hours a week. A level 3 coach, referee and table official, Ian has coached thousands of people and built long standing relationships with many club members encouraging them to stay involved in the sport. His team won the WMABL plate for the third consecutive year and his NW U13 girls team won the National Championships.
Rod has been refereeing football throughout Stockport and Cheshire for over 35 years and during this time he has donated all of his fees (over £50,000) to local children’s charities. Thousands of people have benefited from Rod giving his time to the sport and more recently he has mentored many younger referees and is a fantastic role model within the game.
In addition to the school offering two hours per week of PE and ensuring children take part in 30 minutes of physical activity per day, they have a wide range of extra-curricular activities. CPD is offered to all staff from a range of trainers/partners and there are fantastic cross-curricular links, for example Maths of the Day. Young Ambassadors also organise and deliver innovative projects such as Active Through the Ages.
Currently the club has 350 swimmers from ages 7-28 years. Over this season at the BritishNationals they were the 2nd top club (joint top on golds with 12), regional champions in the NW, County Champions for Cheshire, Arena League Finalists, and Junior League A Finalists. Club member, Holly Hibbot won a silver and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and a gold and 2 bronze medals at the European Championships.
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