The borough’s top sporting talents and achievers have been honoured at the annual Bury Sports Awards.
Men, women and children were all praised for their individual, team or community success at the ceremony, which was held on Friday (19 September) at Radcliffe Civic Suite.
This year’s event was supported by I Will If You Will (IWIYW), which is a national pilot running in Bury which aims to encourage more women and girls to get more active. There was a special IWIYW award for the female who has made a special effort to get active in 2014 through the programme. I Will if You Will is funded by the National Lottery through Sport England and delivered by Bury Council.
The awards are organised by Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service and Radcliffe and Bury South Sports Forum.
Winners in each category are as follows:
- Volunteer of the year – Paul Belston
- Coach of the year – John Burston
- Sports achiever of the year – Bryn Davies
- Disabled sports achiever – Daniel Bird
- Club of the year – Bury Hockey Club
- Unsung hero of the year – Sue Lawson
- Changing lifestyle recognition award – Sylvia Hudson
- IWIYW active female of the year – Suzanne Byrne
- Primary school special recognition award – St Stephen’s
- Secondary school special recognition award – St Gabriel’s
- Young leader - Cameron Burns
- Prestwich special recognition - Etta Kessebeh
- Radcliffe special recognition - Jasmin Nicole Short
Among those presenting the awards was Councillor Sharon Briggs, the deputy mayor of Bury Council, while guest speaker was Jenny Meadows.
Councillor Rishi Shori, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “These awards remind us what a huge amount of sporting talent there is in Bury, whether in playing, coaching or volunteering. They fully deserve our recognition and thanks for helping to ensure that sport and getting active and healthy in general is thriving in our borough.”
Press release issued: 23 September 2014.
Picture: Winners of this year’s Bury Sports Awards (picture courtesy of Andy Walmsley).