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​Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership celebrates the success of disabled athletes

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    8th November 2018

Tags: Disability, sport, GMSportsAwards

The Greater Manchester Sports Awards, now in their 18th year, take place on 16th November at The Point Emirates Old Trafford. They celebrate the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester. BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chelsea Norris is the night’s host, who will be 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.

Supported by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year award, celebrates the incredible determination and will power of a disabled sportsperson in Greater Manchester. These athletes fail to allow their physical impairments to thwart their commitment and passion for sport. All finalists have achieved outstanding sporting accomplishments, and act as role models to others who wish to compete in sport. The athletes battling it out to become Greater Manchester champions are;
  • Bolton - Ayaz Bhuta (Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Bury - Daniel Hart (Triathlon)
  • Manchester - Tully Kearney (Swimming)
  • Oldham - Mary Shaw (Athletics, Badminton, Boccia)
  • Rochdale - Bridgeability Football Club (Football)
  • Salford - Danny Royle (Rugby League)
  • Stockport - Sophie Forsyth (Gymnastics)
  • Tameside - Katie Toft (Cycling)
  • Wigan - Anya Butterworth (Multi-sports; Football, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Boccia, Athletics)

This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Dawoud from Wigan, 2017 Greater Manchester Disabled Sports Achiever. Daniel started playing wheelchair rugby in university and has progressed to become one of the top players in the country. In 2017, his hard work paid off when he was selected for the Great Britain squad who won the European Championships in Germany. This achievement made all the more remarkable when considering that he broke his leg during the selection process, and only had his cast removed the day before a pre-tournament training camp.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of the city region’s local NHS organisations and councils, plus NHS England, emergency services, the voluntary sector and others including the mayor of Greater Manchester . It was formed to oversee the devolution of health and social care services and aims to achieve the biggest, fastest improvement to the health and wellbeing of our region. This includes investing £2 million to deliver a vision of 75% of Greater Manchester residents being active in the country’s first walking city-region.

David Boulger is Head of Population Health Transformation at the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who will be presenting the Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year award. He said:

We’re proud to be part of this year’s Greater Manchester Sports Awards. People and communities are at the heart of our vision to transform the health, wealth and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million residents. The awards are a great moment to celebrate some amazing individuals who are leading the way in making our vision a reality across our city region.”

Sara Tomkins, GreaterSport CEO said;

“Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership are great supporters of the importance of physical activity and sport for a healthy life. We are delighted to have them involved in this year’s Greater Manchester Sports Awards as we celebrate the success of disabled athletes from across the region.”

The other categories on the evening are;

  • Changing Lifestyle
  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Achiever
  • Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award for commitment to Greater Manchester Moving
  • School Commitment to PE and Sport
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Unsung Hero

Winners will be announced on the evening and shared on twitter #GMSportsAwards.

Join us at the event, buy your tickets  here.