Talent shines at Believe Sports Awards

Danielle Knowles – Wigan Vipers Cheer and Dance Photo
Danielle Knowles – Wigan Vipers Cheer and Dance

SPORTS stars of the future were celebrated at the 18th annual Believe Sports Awards at the DW Stadium, Wigan, on Friday 12th October.

The prestigious event, organised by Inspiring healthy lifestyles and sponsored by Wigan Council, also recognised the dedicated volunteers who support grassroots sports across the borough.

Highlights of the evening saw guest speakers taking to the stage, including Taekwondo World Champion Mahama Cho.

Gareth Cross, Chair of Trustees at Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, said: “What a night. “It was a real privilege to meet so many inspirational people and hear their stories. “From those who strive to be the best in their sport to those making a real difference in their communities through the power of sport.”

Some of the latest successful applicants for the borough’s Believe Talent Fund also took to the stage for recognition on the evening. Ten young sport stars will receive up to £500 from the Believe Talent Fund (part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund) to help them pay for travel, accommodation, competitions or training fees and equipment.

This year’s awards were made possible through kind support and sponsorship of Wigan Council, Link Contracting Ltd, Big Wave Media, Alliance Leisure, DFC, Agilisys, Wigan Athletic Community Trust, F Parkinson Ltd, Technogym, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and the NPS Group.

Winners on the evening were:

Coach of the Year: Danielle Knowles – Wigan Vipers Cheer and Dance.

Apprentice of the Year: Thomas Little – Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Disabled Sports Achiever: Anya Butterworth, Tyldesley – Dwarf Sports Association UK.

Sports Achiever of the Year: Keely Hodgkinson – Leigh Harriers.

Deal Community Programme of the Year: Bowl and Plate – Garswood Hall Bowling and Community Club.

Martin Lynn School Commitment to P.E and Sport: St George’s Central Primary School, Tyldesley.

Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award: Sally Skellern.

Volunteer of the Year: David Clarke – Disability Dance, Wheels For All.

Club of the Year: Astley and Tyldesley Cycling Club.

Wilf Brogan Unsung Hero: Kath Pilkington – Vogue Morris Dancers.