Special award for cycling star 

Jason Kenny
Jason Kenny will receive a special award to recognise his achievements

Cycling hero Jason Kenny will be honoured at a glittering ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.

Kenny will be presented with an ‘Outstanding Elite Achievement Award’ at the eighth annual Bolton Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (BoSPAA) awards, on Friday, October 5.

The new award has been created especially to recognise his achievements.

Kenny is Bolton’s most successful Olympian to date after winning gold in the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint at London 2012. He also won gold and silver medals in Beijing four years ago.

Kenny will be attending the awards, which also recognises local sporting stars for their contribution to sport and physical activity in the borough.

Around 100 individuals or sporting clubs are competing for awards in 10 categories: Sports Achiever, Club, Coach, Volunteer, Unsung Hero, School Team, Senior Sports Team, Young Volunteer, Active Achiever, and Disabled Achiever.

The awards have been organised by BoSPAA, which is made up of local organisations, including Bolton Council, who support clubs and organisations to deliver sport. The University of Bolton is sponsoring the event and Kenny’s special award.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport and Chair of BoSPPA, Councillor Chris Peacock, said: “Jason’s achievements are outstanding. He has not only inspired his home town of Bolton but he has inspired a whole nation and it is only fitting he receives this award. He is a fantastic role model and sporting ambassador for Bolton.

“The council has marked 2012 as its Year of Sport and these awards also recognise the contributions of our town’s unsung sporting stars. I’d like to wish good luck to everyone who has been nominated.”

Dr George Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, added: “Jason Kenny demonstrates what hard work and dedication can achieve; his commitment to his sport and to doing his absolute best is an inspiration for all of us. The University awarded Jason a master’s degree just after his medal win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and we were overjoyed to see him achieve further Olympic success in London this year.”

The award is the latest accolade for Kenny from his home town in recognition of his achievements.

Thousands gathered in Victoria Square last month for a homecoming celebration. A cycling trail and the sports centre at the Bolton One complex are also going to be named after him.

The BoSPAA awards are also supported by Balfour Beatty, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, the Emerson Group and Serco.

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