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New awards celebrate city's sporting heroes

07/12/2012

LOCAL sporting heroes will be celebrated at Leicester Sports Partnership Trust's inaugural Sports Awards ceremony next week.

The awards ceremony - which will be held on Monday (Dec 10) at the King Power Stadium - will name the winners in nine categories that celebrate the sporting achievements of local teams and individuals as well as the coaches and volunteers who work behind the scenes at schools and clubs across the city.

All winners were decided following a public vote. The nominees all live, attend school, volunteer or represent a club within Leicester.

Former England Rugby international Rory Underwood will be among the guests presenting awards on the evening. He said “As chair of the Leicester Sports Partnership Trust, I am delighted to be able to present our inaugural Sports Awards at the close of what has an incredible year for sport.

"These awards are about bringing the city's sporting and physical activity communities together, celebrating the achievements of the teams and individuals who have enjoyed sporting success, and giving recognition to those unsung heroes who work tirelessly in their communities to deliver sport and physical activity."

Among the sporting stars joining Rory Underwood to present awards will be Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson and captain Wes Morgan, 'Boxing Binman' Rendall Munroe, Olympians Alistair Wilson and Nicola White, Leicester Tigers' hooker George Chuter, coach Rob Paternostro and players from the Leicester Riders, Leicester Warriors' Karl Brown, and Ned Eckersley and Greg Smith from Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

Presentations made on the evening will include awards for sports person and young sportsperson of the year, disabled and young disabled sports person of the year, coach, team and club of the year, volunteer of the year, event of the year, school sports champion of the year, and the Leicester Gets Active 4 Life award.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor for heritage, leisure and sport said “The inaugural Leicester Sports Partnership Trust Sports Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for the community to recognise the achievements of the many inspirational people involved in local sport, particularly in this fantastic Olympic and Paralympic year.”

A full list of winners will be available at www.Leicester.gov.uk/LSPTsportsawards from December 11.

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Note to editors: media opportunities will be available during the Sports Awards presentation evening which will be held at the King Power Stadium, on Monday, December 10, from 7pm.

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