The cream of Bolton’s sporting crop was celebrated at the Bolton Active Sports Awards.
The awards were a packed evening of entertainment and celebration, with former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba as special guest and North West Tonight and BBC Breakfast presenter Roger Johnson as host.
It was one of the biggest sports ceremony of its kind in the country with nearly 1000 people attending. Fabric picked up at surprise Special Recognition Award for his contribution to sport and raising awareness of defibs in the country from Deputy Leader, Cllr Linda Thomas.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “Some of the borough’s biggest and best achievements in the sporting world took centre stage at this year’s awards ceremony.
“Bolton has a fantastic network of sports teams and physical activities, and it’s encouraging to know that so many people enjoy taking part and keeping fit. Not only that, there are scores of people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure things run smoothly, including coaches, mentors and volunteers.
“The sports awards are an ideal opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate each other’s achievements. We appreciate all the support from our awards sponsors who enable us to pay tribute in this way.”
Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award sponsored by USN Bolton Arena
At the young age of 37, Charlene’s life changed incredibly from being fit and active to having a heart attack, cardiac arrest and then having to be fitted with a portable machine attached to her heart to keep her heart pumping and ultimately keep her alive.
She has worked incredibly hard on her physical and mental recovery week in week out and is determined to get fitter and stronger, regain her independence and be in a position to accept a heart transplant when one becomes available.
Club/Class of the Year sponsored by Decathlon Bolton
AFC Masters is a pan-disability football club which means it provides football for players with all abilities. Players have a broad spectrum of disabilities from autism to cerebral palsy, visual impairments to epilepsy. They have five open age senior squads (Blacks, Reds, Blues, Greens, Whites), one U16s squad and one U11s squad. Greens and Whites came second in their leagues and the Blues came third. The U16s won their league. AFC Masters are very much a family based organisation, with many foster carers, parents, brothers and sisters involved in what they do.
Coach of the Year sponsored by Nissan Bolton
Iain is unstinting in the giving of his time and enthusiasm to AFC Masters and the individuals who make up the club. He is extremely empathic towards the needs of all players, coaches and other volunteers within the club. Iain's most significant work is done with our U11s squad. Through his determination and generous spirit, he has been the kingpin in the club developing into probably the largest of its kind in the North West, with about 80 active regular players.
Disabled Achievement Award sponsored by Bolton Council
Emily has Downs Syndrome and has overcome many barriers to be able to participate in and enjoy sport. She has taken part in various dance shows and dances as well as everyone in the group. She is passionate about being involved in dance and doesn’t let her disability phase her. Other members of the group look up to her as she always smiling.
Disability Sports Achiever of the Year sponsored by Air Vaut Trampoline Park
Megan has been stunt cheerleading for two years and joined the BGC squad in January 2016. She has been a valued and dedicated member of the competition squad, attaining championship status at three different levels. She also holds the UKCA Level 3 Stunt Group Champion 2017 title. Her hard work and determination to develop new skills have secured her a place on the North West Tumbling Team after winning her first competition this year and shows what a remarkable athlete she is, despite living with the daily struggles of Cystic Fibrosis.
Junior Sports Team of the Year sponsored by The Emerson Group
Bolton Futsal U12’s
The talented individuals in this inspirational team are some of the most driven and determined sporting athletes. Unbelievably, Bolton Futsal U12's defended their national title, undefeated, an accomplishment never performed before against 1000 teams across seven regions. The team also won a regional tournament, Bolton League Cup, Manchester Futsal Cup and Liverpool County Cup. They have achieved international success in the Barcelona Mamut tournament, performing exceptionally throughout and never conceding a goal.
Senior Sports of the Year of the Year sponsored by Agilisys
Horwich Hockey Club Ladies 1st Team
Horwich Hockey Club has been operating for three years. They introduced a ladies team two years ago after successfully backing an England Hockey Back2Hockey Campaign to get more women and girls into hockey. After their second season they have won division 4, winning all 10 of their league games with a staggering goal difference of 78 and winning the division 3/4 cup beating a team in the league above. A remarkable double and a big change from last season winning 1 league match all season. They did not their let heads drop and have come back this season a stronger and better team.
Sports Achiever of the Year sponsored by University of Bolton
Dylan is only 12 years old and he is regularly competing and winning at British, European and World level at kickboxing. Dylan is the current British, European & World Champion and has won nine World Championship titles to date. Dylan is world number one for his age and weight, which is an amazing achievement for someone his age.
Unsung Hero in Sport of the Year sponsored by iPro Sport
John is a very dedicated man who has volunteered his services to Turton Swimming Club for more than 40 years. He has been a swimming instructor, chief coach, chairman and vice chairman, whilst he has been at the club and has assisted thousands of children how to swim. The club would not have survived without John. He is the anchor and at the grand old age of 85 is still teaching children which is a most remarkable achievement in itself and a credit to the club and everyone he meets.
Volunteer in Sport of the Year sponsored by Carrs Pasties
Kiera volunteers at a variety of centres, such as Ladybridge Disability Swim Club, to support children in learning to swim and coaching cycling at Bolton Hot Wheels. She helps children to learn to swim and to be confident in the water. Kiera is a positive role model as she is a young disabled person herself. Kiera is an inspiration to both disabled and non-disabled children in Bolton. She promotes inclusion and shows that regardless of impairment you can achieve. Kiera is a shining star and a superb inspiration to disabled children and young people in Bolton.
Young Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Saville Audio Visual and Portfolio Design
George has Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Irlen's Syndrome, Autism and continence difficulties. Even at a young age he has a huge amount of wisdom and experience that he willingly shares with others to reassure and support. Because of George's commitment and time, the club are able to include more children and young people with special educational needs in the sessions. This gives families choice and a variety of activities and offers the chance for parents to spend time with others who may be in a similar situation. As a direct result of volunteering we reduce isolation and can be a lifeline to families who feel there is nowhere else to go.
School Commitment to Sport and PE award sponsored by YPO
St Thomas Halliwell C E Primary School
St Thomas Halliwell recently won School of the Year at the Primary School Sports Awards were they showcased their fantastic school, highlighting their platform for school PE and sporting activities. Throughout their nomination the significance of every child and the importance of inclusivity was evident.
St Thomas also emphasised the importance of afterschool provision and the measures they have put in place to increase participation from 2015 until now. Children currently benefit from over four different clubs each half term, along with an active playground during, before and after curriculum time.
This is all due to the dedication and the leadership and teamwork at St Thomas Halliwell.
Liam Chronnell Memorial Trophy for contribution to boxing
Liam was a young sports reporter for the Bolton News, with a passion for boxing. He passed away suddenly just before Christmas 2011. The Bolton News has created this award to be presented to a volunteer dedicated to boxing.
This year’s award went to Winston Miragh.
Winston has worked as a volunteer at Gloves Community Centre for over thirteen years and also has helped to set up Metro Boxing at the Castle Hill Centre. In all those years, he has trained dozens of local youngsters in boxing, driving to boxing shows up and down the country from weekdays to weekends to ensure that the boxers get the best experience possible.
Winston has helped to arrange charity boxing events to raise money for several local charities and always wants to do his upmost for the community. As well as running gloves, he is lucky enough to be part of Metro Boxing, helping to coach future boxing stars with head coach Tommy Battle. He has helped Tommy to develop boxers, with several North West champions and future national champion. More recently the club has had an open class finalist who has since turned professional and is currently unbeaten.
Whether he is coaching boxers for the championships or to compete on local shows, Winston finds it rewarding helping to organize Metro Boxing charity events, training boxers from various disadvantage areas and being part of the amateur boxing world
Winston is a fantastic role model, not only for coaches, but with every other boxer is he has worked with. He is a credit to Metro Boxing and the world of boxing.