Tameside sports stars shine brightly

WITH winners aged from 11 to 75, The Pride of Tameside Sports Awards this year proved you can never be too young or old to shine in sport.

Ashes winning England cricket captain Michael Vaughan OBE was guest speaker at the glittering event held at Dukinfield Town Hall on Friday 23 September, which recognised sporting achievements from around the borough.

There were more nominations than ever before this year and they were of such a high quality that the judges had their work cut out deciding winners for the seven categories.

The finalists represented a wide range of sports and ages – the youngstest winner being Sports Achiever of the Year Eve Loughman, a world champion kickboxer and the oldest being Unsung Hero of the Year Peter Brocklehurst, who has devoted over 60 years to pioneering cycling in the borough.

The full list of award winners were as follows:

Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year

1st place Mark Clough

2nd place John Ward

3rd place Sasha Smith

Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award

1st place Linda Denidni

2nd place Kayliegh Graham

3rd place Chris Bradley

Coach of the Year

1st place Jason Craven

2nd place Nicola Lawton

3rd place Delphine Wright

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Award winner: Peter Brocklehurst won the trophy for Unsung Hero

Unsung Hero of the Year

1st place Peter Brocklehurst

2nd place Allan Acton

3rd place Gerard Redman

Sports Achiever of the Year

1st place Eve Loughman

2nd place Mike Coogan

3rd place Karen Elly

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year

1st Place Jordan Williams

2nd place Jamie Tregaskiss

3rd place Chloe Knight

Club of the Year

1st place Curzon Ashton FC

2nd place West End AFC Denton

3rd place Stalybridge Celtic FC Community Development

The evening, hosted by Tameside Radio’s award-winning breakfast presenter Louise Croombs, raised £615 for the Believe and Achieve Trust.

Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, who opened the event, said: “The winners are just a snapshot of the many committed men, women and children who dedicate so much of their lives to sport in Tameside – be it individually, as part of a team or to helping others get involved and achieve their best. They make a huge contribution to their local community as well as raising the profile of the borough and keeping active and healthy. Congratulations to all the winners – they richly deserve this recognition.”

The night was sponsored by New Charter Housing Trust Group, Tameside Council, Manchester Airport, Myson Pages, Hilly Clothing, Sportmax, Obson and Co, O2 Ashton-under-Lyne, Davies Sport, Delicious and Belle Vue Coaches.

Winners will go on to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.

You can read a two-page special on the awards in this Thursday’s Tameside Reporter.