Hosted by BBC North West Tonight’s presenter Roger Johnson, the evening of the 4th November saw a variety of special guests and inspiring personalities. The night was broadcasted live by BBC Radio Manchester as official media partners of the event and included a drinks reception, a three course meal and a live band.
Showing a wide range of ages, cultures and backgrounds, all under one roof, the event awarded sporting champions across Greater Manchester for their outstanding successes, achievements and involvement in grassroots sport. To celebrate the successes within the room, several inspiring Olympians joined the event:
- Team GB Hockey player and gold medalist Nicola White
- Team GB Paralympian, double gold medalist and bronze medalist Kadeena Cox
- Team GB cyclist gold and silver medalist Callum Skinner
- Team GB taekwondo athlete and bronze medalist Bianca Walkden
- Team GB Paralympic swimmer and gold medalist Claire Cashmore
- Team GB track and field athlete and bronze medalist Kelly Massey
- Team GB Paralympic athletics head coach Paula Dunn
- Britain’s most successful gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE
Yvonne Harrison, Chief Executive of GreaterSport, organisers of the Greater Manchester Sports Awards, said: “GreaterSport are delighted to present these iconic awards to celebrate and recognise the champions who devote their lives to sport, day in, day out, making a huge impact in their local communities”.
“Acknowledging the hard-working, inspiring nominees from across the 10 local districts at the annual Greater Manchester Sports Awards is important as they are making sport happen and developing community sport across our county.”
The categories and winners were:
- Jemma Entwistle (Bolton) Coach of the Year – sponsored by Why Sports Media Group
- Curzon Ashton FC (Tameside) Club of the Year – sponsored by Rapport: The People Activation Agency
- Andy Small (Stockport) Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Mills & Reeves
- Jessica Eadsforth-Yates (Stockport) Sports Achiever of the Year – sponsored by Total Gymnastics Academies
- Beryl Birch (Rochdale) Unsung Hero - sponsored by Manchester United Foundation
- Dave Grundy (Wigan) Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University
- David Webb (Oldham) Changing Lifestyle Award – sponsored by Work Smart VPA
Beryl Birch from Rochdale was also named the winner of this year’s Champions Award judged by an independent panel, presented by Louis Ragou, in recognition of his father, last year’s winner Glen Ragou, who sadly passed away in December. This honour goes to the winner who is seen to be creating the widest impact in sport across Greater Manchester.