Salford wins two (three) awards at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards 2018
The 18th Greater Manchester Sports Awards took place on 16th November. The event celebrates the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester over the past 12 months.
Following the Salford Sports Network Awards in September at The Lowry Hotel, the Salford winners were then submitted to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards to represent the area. In total, two individuals from Salford picked up awards and one club based at a Salford sports venue.
The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award was selected and presented on the night by Mayor Andy Burnham. The winner was the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League which is a volunteer-run multi-impairment football league for all ages, genders and abilities based at Salford Sports Village, which is operated by Salford Community Leisure. With over 50 teams from across Greater Manchester and the North West, the league provides the opportunity for disabled footballers to get active and socialise.
The Sports Achiever of the Year went to Ewan Wilson of Salford Swimming Club. Judges were impressed with Ewan’s commitment to training (7-8 times a week), sometimes training twice in a morning before school and competing most weekends. He competed at the 2017 British National Championships in Sheffield and made it into the National finals in all of his events and achieved a highest rank of 4th in Britain. He was selected for and represented Lancashire at the Inter-County Championships of the United Kingdom.
The Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year supported by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership went to Danny Royle from Cadishead Rhinos who is an integral part of the Cadishead Rhinos family and was part of the 2017 Simon Annis Cup winning team. Having been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which severely affects the lungs, at an early age he didn’t let this stop him pursuing his love of sports. Danny’s intensity of training helps to keep him fit and helps to keep his chest clear and also makes him a better player.
Mark Chew, Director of Leisure at Salford Community Leisure, which runs the Salford Sports Network, said:
“We’re delighted that Salford individuals picked up two awards at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards. We are very proud of Ewan and Danny and indeed all the local finalists that were put forward. Sport is an essential part of any community and it enables people to come together, build community spirit and promotes health and wellbeing. To get recognised regionally is a fantastic achievement not only for the individuals but for the people that support them including family, friends and clubs”.