Here are the sporting heroes of the Harborough district

Local sporting heroes were recognised at the annual Active Harborough District Sports Awards on Wednesday night (Nov 13) in an evening of celebration at Leicester Grammar School.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Friday, 15th November 2019, 12:27 pm
The sports awards winners.
The sports awards winners.

The popular event, hosted by Harborough District Council and main sponsor for the evening Everyone Active, was attended by over 200 people to celebrate sporting achievements across the District.

Nominations for the awards were made by residents across the district, and an independent panel of judges made the difficult final decisions within each category.

International Welsh Master’s hockey captain, Gaynor Nash and Active Harborough’s Leanne Plummer were entertaining comperes for the evening.

Norman Proudfoot, joint chief executive of Harborough District Council, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many inspirational local sports people at the event. We have some amazing and very dedicated nominees who are integral in supporting an accessible Healthy Harborough for all.”

Each award was sponsored by a local business, which also provided a prize for the winner.

This year sponsors included ASA Physio and Podiatry, MJ Engineering, HFM, The Training Shed, Harborough Lotto, Harborough District Council, Everyone Active and Active Harborough.

List of 2019 winners:

Club of the year: Borough Alliance Junior Football Club

Twilight Achiever: Jane Strachan

Sports Person of the Year: Lily Taylor

Junior Sportsman of the Year: Thomas Dixon

Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Mille Van Neirop

Physical Activity Star: Chris Matthews

Community Impact: Wheels for All

Unsung Hero – Coach of the Year: Kevin Howley

Unsung Hero – Junior Inspiration: Matt Moir

Unsung Hero – Inspiration Award: Michael Scully

Team of the Year: Market Harborough Meerkats Netball Team

Lifetime Achievement: Lindsey Bates

Lifetime Achievement: David Lowe

Harborough Hero: Terri Picton Clark

Community Champion: Laurence Jones and Liz Adams

Everyone Active Manager, Matthew Hopkin said: “Everyone Active are proud to sponsor this fantastic event which celebrates the achievements of our local sports people – many of whom often go without recognition”.

The event also raised money through a raffle in aid of Gems Charity and The Lewis Foundation – two local cancer charities which provide support for people having treatment for cancer.