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Saturday 6 November 2010

Cheshire East’s sportsmen and women heralded

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Unsung sporting heroes across Cheshire East have been recognised for their efforts at an awards ceremony at Congleton Town Hall.

It was the very first combined Cheshire East Sports Awards in which the work of local volunteers, clubs, coaches and schools in developing sport in both the northern and southern areas of Cheshire East was recognised.

Around 150 people attended the event, hosted by BBC Radio Manchester presenter Mike Shaft.

Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey, fresh from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, received the Disability Sports Achiever award and also spoke of her experience and achievements.

The certificates and awards were presented by the Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Gordon Baxendale.

Cheshire East Council and the school sport partnerships of Crewe and Nantwich, Macclesfield and Sandbach funded and organised the evening on behalf of the Cheshire East Community Sport and Physical Activity Network.

Its chairman, David Newton, said: “It really did demonstrate the high quality of commitment, hard work, and excellent performance of all the volunteers and athletes who were honoured for their achievements.

“I would also like, especially, to record my thanks to Cheshire East Council and school sport partnerships for the way they helped to make the evening such a success, and also for their effective contribution throughout the year to the work of the community sports network.”

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, added: “These awards show the sheer quality of the athletes, coaches, clubs and volunteers that we have in Cheshire East.”

The winners and runners up are:



Young Volunteer of the Year

Joel Evans (Knutsford Hockey Club)

Zoe Perera (Wilmslow Lightning Netball Club)

Volunteer of the Year

James Partridge (Cheshire East Volunteer Programme)

Lorraine Weekes (Ladyhawks Netball Club – Crewe)

School of the Year

Leighton Primary School

Weston Village Primary School

Disability Sports Achiever

Sarah Storey (Paralympic Athlete – Disley)

Omar Haddad (Gymnast – Crewe club. Lives in Widnes)

Young Sports Achiever of the Year

Matthew Nottingham (Badminton Player – Wilmslow)

Charlotte Bradbury (Swimmer – Nantwich)

Coach of the Year

Mark Russell (Team Chongi – Crewe)

Jane Whetnall (Cheshire Academy – Crewe)

Club of the Year

Congleton Lawn Tennis Club

Crewe and Stoke Youth Ten Pin Bowling Club

London 2012 Award

Malbank Organising Committee for the Olympic Games

Macclesfield School Sports Partnership

Special Recognition

Ron Booth (Henbury and Broken Cross Football Club)

Imogen Williams (Ladyhawks Netball Club – Crewe)

The event also recognised the efforts of Cheshire East leisure and play development volunteers who have given 2,814 hours in total since the turn of the year. They also received certificates for individually achieving more than 50 hours of volunteering.

The winners and runners-up of the majority of the categories will represent Cheshire East at the Cheshire and Warrington Sports Awards at Mere Golf Club on Saturday, November 13.

Crewe and Nantwich Sports Council also presented its two annual awards. The Malcolm Case award was given to Wendy and Dennis Beech who have been coaching disability table tennis in Crewe for many years.

The Vernon Cooper award was jointly given to Charlotte Bradbury and Liam Clowes to recognise the efforts to try and compete at the Olympics in London in 2012.

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