COMMONWEALTH women’s boxing champion Stacey Copeland was guest of honour at the Pride of Tameside Sports Awards.
Stacey, who comes from Hyde, joined the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise McNally, at Dukinfield Town Hall for an evening celebrating the dedication, motivation and passion of coaches, volunteers, schools and clubs in the borough, as well as the hard work and achievements of sportsmen and women.
A record number of nominations were received for the awards, which reflects the huge number of people involved in sport in Tameside.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “It was fantastic to see the awards get such a warm and enthusiastic response from the community, who clearly value the many people who put so much time and effort into sport in Tameside.
“It was very inspiring to meet Stacey, a woman who has achieved so much, and I hope the awards will inspire others to get involved in sport by taking part themselves or by helping others.”
Achiever of the Year: Max Charlett (fencing)
Alex Williams Volunteer of the Year: Adam Hawley (Denton St Lawrence CC)
Changing Lifestyle Special Recognition Award: Gary Minister
Club of the Year: Dom Doyle FC
Coach of the Year: Steve Bates (Mossley AFC Running Club)
Disabled Achiever of the Year: Katie Toft (para-cycling)
School Commitment to PE and Sport Award: Russell Scott Primary School, Denton.
Unsung Hero of the Year: The late Yvonne Kelley (swimming and water polo)
A special award from the Believe and Achieve Trust went to eight-year-old Lucas Rhodes for his work to raise awareness of meningitis and to generate funds.
All proceeds from the raffle, for which prizes were donated by the event’s sponsors, were given to the Believe and Achieve Trust.
The presentation ceremony was sponsored by Tameside Council, Active Tameside, New Charter Homes, Manchester Airport, Pulse Energy, Myson, Legend, Wilkes Group, MID Communications, Belle Vue Coaches and Davies Sports.
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