The Pride Of Tameside Sports Awards held at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday 18 September was the most popular ever with with the public making more than 140 nominations.
Olympic swimmer Mark Foster made an inspiring speech and took questions from the audience. The finalists represented a wide range of sports from across the borough and reflected the passion, energy and hours of dedication that go into sport locally.
This year was a particularly special as the night marked what would have been Alex William’s 22nd birthday. Alex was a previous recipient of the volunteer of the year award which is now named in his honour and all proceeds from the raffle went to the Believe and Achieve Trust.
Active Tameside's Mark Tweedie said: “The awards just get better and better every year. Tameside is full of sporting talent and you see a lot of that future talent at the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards.
“The awards should reflect what we are trying to achieve as an organisation, it’s not just about competing in sport; it’s about having a healthy lifestyle, supporting people to train as coaches, acknowledging volunteers and a variety of other aspects. It’s great to be able to celebrate that.”
List of awards:
Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year
Steve Shilley – Ashton-u-Lyne Swimming Club community champion, teacher, lifeguard and fundraiser.
Club of the Year
Tameside School of Gymnastics
Sports Achiever of the Year
Anthony Harding – Team GB diver
Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
Anya Waugh – fastest under11 wheelchair racing in Europe and Tameside4Good fundraiser
Coach of the Year
Wayne Heywood, Ashton Albion boxing club
Unsung Hero of the Year
Donal Townson, teacher, secretary of Tameside Schools Football Association and Catholic School Sports Association representative.
Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award
Suzanne Fuller, fitness convert