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HGA celebrates the unsung heroes in physical activity and sport

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    9th November 2018

Tags: GMSportsAwards, unsung heroes

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.

HGA are official sponsors of the Unsung Hero Award which celebrates the unrelenting commitment and passion shown by all ten finalists. The finalists in this category often go underappreciated for the sheer amount of time they sacrifice in order for others to take part in physical activity and sport. Often the finalists wear many hats, being team managers, secretaries, kit-washers and everything in between, all for the benefit of others. The people battling it out to become Greater Manchester champions are;

  • Bolton - Susan Bingham (Football)
  • Bury - Vivien Makin (Hockey)
  • Manchester - Paul Colton (Roller Hockey)
  • Oldham - Dave Donlan (Football)
  • Rochdale - Lynn Jopson (Dance)
  • Salford - Keith Brookes (Multi-sports)
  • Stockport - Rod Pimlott (Football)
  • Tameside - Yvonne Kelley (Posthumous)
  • Trafford - Jill Langley (Tennis)
  • Wigan - Kath Pilkington (Dance)

This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps Wigan’s Mike Hack, 2017’s Greater Manchester Unsung Hero. Mike was a founder member of Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club, and has held a number of roles in that time including: Secretary, Press Officer, Development (grant) Officer, Coach and Grade ‘A’ International Referee. He was also Chair of the Northern Cycle Speedway League, General Secretary of International Cycle Speedway Federation and has worked with British Cycling.

For nearly thirty years, HGA has been exceeding expectations, pushing boundaries and exploring the latest technology to create unforgettable live experiences for our clients. Working together under one roof, we produce events, design creative campaigns, build digital solutions and make films to strengthen brand identities, communicate stories and inspire delegates to drive real results. Within the HGA family we have decades of experience, a diverse mix of backgrounds and are defined by a shared ambition to create, innovate and to challenge the ordinary.

Dan Laurence Managing Director at HGA said;

“We’re excited to be involved in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards, both as a category sponsor and as event deliverers. This event is about recognising the hard work and dedication of the many worthy nominees and we can’t wait to deliver a night to remember for them.”

Sara Tomkins, GreaterSport CEO said;

“We’re delighted to be working with HGA to deliver the Greater Manchester Sports Awards. The team are committed to making the event a true celebration of the finalists and their achievements, one that they will all remember!”

The other categories on the evening are;

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

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