NEW Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Award Shortlist Unveiled
Ten Parliamentarians from across the United Kingdom make up the shortlist for the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Sports Parliamentarian of the Year 2011 – with the awards taking place at the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 December.
This is the first year for Sports Parliamentarian of the Year, which has been established to recognise the efforts of Members of the Commons and the Lords who have worked tirelessly with local people, clubs, organisations and governing bodies to promote and protect the interests of sport and recreation.
Andy Reed, chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said:
“Sport and recreation are important tools for politicians. They can improve health, reduce crime and increase educational attainment, all of which are key public policy goals for any government.
“It’s great that this award presents an opportunity to pay tribute to those Parliamentarians who recognise the positive impact that sport and recreation have on people’s lives. We hope that the award will encourage even more Parliamentarians to make sport and recreation an even greater priority in years to come.”
The shortlist (highlights below) in alphabetical order is as follows:
- Ian Austin MP, Dudley North
- Lynne Featherstone MP, Hornsey and Wood Green
- Rt Hon Don Foster MP, Bath
- Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
- Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Ogmore
- Brendan Lewis MP, Great Yarmouth
- Stephen Lloyd MP, Eastbourne
- Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West
- Derek Twigg MP, Halton
- John Woodcock MP, Barrow and Furness
Candidates were nominated by sport and recreation clubs, governing bodies and other organisations from the sector, and whilst all will be recognised and thanked for their contributions to sport and recreation, an awarding panel will choose one of the shortlisted individuals as the overall Sports Parliamentarian of the Year.
The 2011 awarding panel is as follows:
- Lord Addington Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport
- Michael Crick, Political Correspondent for Channel 4 News
- Alec Stewart OBE, Former England cricketer and Executive Director of Surrey CCC
- Tim Lamb, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance
- Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive, StreetGames
To view the nominees profiles please click here or see the downloads section of this news article.