Greater Manchester’s unsung sporting heroes were honoured by Olympian, Beth Tweddle, at this year’s Greater Manchester Sports Awards. Nominees had already succeeded and been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester awards which took place at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 20th November.
The night was hosted by BBC North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson and included a variety of special guests and inspiring personalities. With a drinks reception, a four course dinner and disco, the night was broadcasted live by BBC Radio Manchester as official media partners of the event, showing the exciting atmosphere throughout the venue.
With a wide range of ages, cultures and backgrounds, all under one roof, the diversity was really highlighted whilst awarding sport stars across Greater Manchester for their phenomenal successes, achievements and involvement in grassroots sport.
Yvonne Harrison, Chief Executive of GreaterSport, organisers of the Greater Manchester Sports Awards, said: “Here at GreaterSport we are honoured to host these iconic, annual awards to recognise and congratulate the people who devote their lives to sport, day in, day out, making a huge difference in their local communities”.
“Celebrating the hard-working, inspiring nominees from across the 10 local districts at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards is important as they are making sport happen and developing community sport across our county.”
The categories and winners were:
- Glen Ragou (Manchester) Coach of the Year – sponsored by Gorilla BC
- Irlam Vale F.C. (Salford) Club of the Year – sponsored by City in the Community
- David Gibson (Stockport) Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Journey 9
- Jennie Myler (Wigan) Sports Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Urban Attack
- Frank Morgan (Wigan) Unsung Hero - sponsored by Manchester United Foundation
- Janine Paine (Wigan) Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Volunteer Kinetic
- Mayri Alejandra Diaz (Manchester) Changing Lifestyle Award – sponsored by WorkSmart VPA
Glen Ragou from Manchester was also named the winner of this year’s Be Inspired Award judged by an independent panel. This honour goes to the winner who is seen to be creating the widest impact in sport across Greater Manchester.