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 Salford Sports Awards were held at The Lowry Hotel on 21st September. The finalists representing Salford are;
Sports Achiever of the Year - Ewan Wilson
15-year-old Ewan Wilson of Salford Swimming Club impressed judges with his commitment to training (7-8 times a week), sometimes training twice in a morning before school and competing most weekends. He competed at the 2017 British National Championships and made it into the National finals in all his events achieving a highest rank of 4th in Britain. He was selected for and represented Lancashire at the UK Inter-County Championships.
Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year Award - Danny Royle
Danny Royle plays mainstream Rugby League for Cadishead Rhinos and is an integral part of the Cadishead Rhinos family and was part of the 2017 Simon Annis Cup winning team. Being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (which severely affects the lungs) at an early age didn’t stop him pursuing his love of sports. Danny’s intensity of training helps to keep him fit and helps to keep his chest clear and also makes him a better player.
Changing Lifestyle Award - Kellie Shiers
Kellie Shiers worked with Salford’s Active Lifestyles Team to overcome fatigue brought on by chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She signed up to the Can – Move programme and has become an important figure in the sessions, often helping new starters joining the classes. She’s changed her life and her career through fitness classes and the gym to improve her health following a further 2 surgeries.
Volunteer of the Year Award - Angela Rittaler
Angela holds various key roles at Cadishead Rhinos providing over 20 hours a week voluntary support including touchline manager for the open age team, kitchen manager and a committee member. Her involvement in meetings with Sport England, Hamilton Davies Trust and Salford City Council/Salford Community Leisure played a huge part in securing the funding and completion of a new, state-of-the art club facility for the community.
Coach of the Year Award - Jessica Fletcher
Jessica is the leading synchronised swimming coach in the North West. She passes her knowledge and expertise onto swimmers, poolside helpers and coaches through her own club and through her commitment to clubs and coaches in the region through the regional development programme. She’s recently extended this support into a formal commitment to developing new coaches by undertaking tutor training so she can guide new coaches through their coaching journeys.
Unsung Hero of the Year Award - Keith Brookes
Having dedicated over 60 years of his life to Monton Sports Club including 1000’s of voluntary hours over the years, Keith truly is an unsung hero. He plays a major role in securing grants and fundraising and has been the driving force behind the major improvements to the club’s facilities and keeps them moving forward.
School Commitment to PE & Sport - Oakwood Academy
Oakwood Academy was commended in Salford for its commitment to providing high quality PE and school sport for its pupils that have special educational needs and disabilities. Pupils participate in a varied PE curriculum which focuses on developing confident young people that have skills, understanding and resilience to lead and maintain a healthy active lifestyle including trampolining, swimming, rock climbing; cycling; athletics; dance and more.
Club of the Year Award - Cadishead Rhinos ARLFC
This award caps a key year in the club’s 25-year history. After many years of planning, a new accessible clubhouse was completed in April 2018. The club retained the Simon Annis Cup in 2017 and continues to develop strong roots in the community by providing holiday sports camps, afterschool clubs, partnering with local football clubs & providing children with even more sporting opportunities including a commitment to growing female rugby.
Winners will be announced on the evening and shared on twitter, follow along using #GMSportsAwards.