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Heroes of grassroots sport collect their awards at council ceremony

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018

LOCAL heroes of grassroots sport in the city have been recognised for their achievements at the city council’s Sports and Physical Activity Awards.


The awards ceremony, which took place at City Hall earlier this week (15 Jan), drew attendees from across the spectrum of local sport, as well as local sporting personalities including former Leicestershire and England cricketer Paul Nixon.


Winners included 16-year-old Lauren Henry, of Leicester Rowing Club, who bagged the Young Sportsperson of the Year award for her outstanding contribution and commitment to rowing.


Neville Turner, of New Parks Club for Young People, was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his work supporting young people in a variety of sports. Neville has been a club committee member and chief fundraiser for 50 years.


The Coach of the Year award went to Jamie Evans, of City of Leicester swimming club. Jamie leads a team of three further coaches and seven squads, ranging from grassroots development to international swimmers.


Subayr Shire, from the CKI School of Martial Arts, was named Sportsperson of the Year. Subayr recently went to the World Kickboxing Championships in Portugal, returning with two world titles.  He has trained with CKI from a young age, and now helps to train other young people at the club.


Youth and community development club Pink Lizard, based in Eyres Monsell, supports people using sport and physical activity, and have been rewarded for their efforts with the Community Club of the Year award, while Ishawrlal Joshi, who started to learn how to swim at the age of 73, won the Get Active Award for people who have made healthy changes to their lifestyle.


The Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award went to Special Olympian Patrick Cox, who inspires others in his role as a table tennis coach, running after-school and other activities at a local primary school. Patrick also competes in the local table tennis league.


And the award for lifelong contribution to sport and physical activity in Leicester went to ex-Great Britain basketball player and Leicester Warriors founder Karl Brown. Karl tirelessly helps young people to achieve their potential in sport, education and life in general, championing local clubs and making the case for investment in grassroots sport.


Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, who is responsible for culture, leisure and sport, said: “This was a fantastic celebration of the people and organisations that work so hard to offer sporting opportunities to local people.


“As well as inspiring others with their sporting achievements, their dedication and commitment benefits whole communities, and especially young people.


“I congratulate all the nominees and winners – they are a credit to our city.”