Award ceremony for local sporting stars 

Winner of the Unsung Hero award, Rachel Burke, and Dave Jolly from BOSPAA.
Winner of the Unsung Hero award, Rachel Burke, and Dave Jolly from BOSPAA.

The winners of the sixth annual Bolton Sports and Physical Activity Awards have been revealed at a ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.

Last Friday (April 23) 11 winners – either clubs, teams or individuals – were honoured by Bolton Sports and Physical Activity Alliance (BOSPAA) and Bolton Council for the contributions they have made to sport and physical activity in the borough throughout 2009.

Individual awards were given for the year’s best: coach; sports achiever; disabled sports achiever; unsung hero; volunteer of the year; young volunteer; active achiever; mentor; and contribution to school sports.

Teams and clubs were eligible to win club of the year and school sports team of the year.

The awards are given to reflect the growing and important role that sport and physical activity plays in promoting both healthy lifestyles and pride in the community.

All the winners will now go forward to represent Bolton at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards to be held in November 2010.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “To win an award like this is a fantastic achievement. Everyone who was nominated has made their own contribution to sport and physical activity, and should be very proud of the way they represent the borough.”

The winners were:
• Active Achiever of the Year - Marian Higginbottom
• Club of the Year - Oxford Grove Junior Football Club
• Coach of the Year - Matthew Clempner
• Contribution to School Sports - Geoff Watson
• Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year - Paul Mills
• Mentor of the Year - Joan Grady
• School Sports Team of the Year - Canon Slade Pentathlon Team
• Sports Achiever of the Year - Steven Williams
• Unsung Hero - Rachel Burke
• Volunteer of the Year - Hannah Aldcroft
• Young Volunteer of the Year - Natasha Jones

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