Celebration of Sport Evening
The West of England Celebration of Sport Evening recognises the outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs and organisations in the West of England.
The 5th West of England Celebration of Sport Evening was held on Friday 21st October 2016 at the Bristol Marriott Hotel (City Centre). The event was hosted by Steve Backley OBE, 2 times Olympic Silver Medallist and former Javelin World Record holder.
Throughout the evening, a total of 12 awards were presented to the winners, including Children’s Coach of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year and the Contribution to Inclusive Sport Award. Finally, the event closed on a tribute to the organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to sport and physical activity in the West of England.
Steve Nelson, Chief Executive Officer at Wesport, said:
“There are some truly inspiring people working tirelessly every day to make sure that the West of England offers the best experience possible for sport and physical activity. I am honoured that Wesport can pay tribute to these great sporting heroes at our 5th West of England Celebration of Sport Evening. I would like to personally thank everyone who nominated someone this year. The planning for the 2017 West of England Celebration of Sport Evening will commence soon, so keep an eye on the Wesport website for more information!”
One of this year’s winners included Lauren Kianchehr, who received two awards for both Young Coach and Young Volunteer of the Year. She has become an inspirational figure for the development of Boccia, devoting countless hours to help local schools and clubs have an enjoyable experience of the sport. Notably, this year’s Club of the Year award was duly presented to Gordano Valley Archers; this year they became one of only three clubs in the country to be Club Mark accredited and have helped to develop Archery in the local area. The evening also included an interview with the inspirational Eme Shattock who was diagnosed with a very rare condition called LCH and is currently receiving treatment through chemotherapy. Despite this, Eme continues to be heavily involved in Aqua Sulis Swimming Club as part of their performance pathway.
Sheryl Krause, Hospital Director for Nuffield Health, added:
"We are delighted to be involved with the Celebration of Sport Evening again this year, having been sponsors from the very beginning. We have very similar goals to Wesport in terms of trying to improve the health of the nation, and increasing our levels of physical activity is a big part of this. Any move to make sport more accessible is something that we want to encourage and support.’ Sheryl Krause- Hospital Director at Nuffield Health."