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Celebrate Cumbria’s Sporting Achievements

Lutalo Muhammad
Lutalo Muhammad

[T]he Cumbria Sports Awards nomination period opens today (Friday 30th September 2016).

The prestigious annual event will be held on Friday 25th November at The Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere. The event recognises the outstanding talents, commitment and successes of teams and individuals throughout Cumbria who are involved in sport. The awards also highlight the dedication and commitment of the vast number of volunteers who make sport happen across the county.

The event has attracted many high profile guest speakers over the years and this year the Organising Committee is delighted to welcome Rio 2016 Silver Medal Winner Lutalo Muhammad.

Born and raised a few miles from London’s Olympic stadium, Lutalo began practising taekwondo at the age of three with his father Wayne, who has more than four decades of experience in martial arts. In the summer of 2011, Lutalo joined the GB Academy and as well as his achievements at this year’s Olympic Games he won bronze medals in the 80kg category at London 2012 and at the 2015 inaugural European Games in Baku.

Lutalo is a GLL Foundation Ambassador. His attendance at Cumbria Sports Awards coincides with the official launch of the GLL Foundation in Cumbria, which will take place at the awards dinner.

Last year, the county’s top sporting honour of ‘Cumbria Sports Personality of the Year’ went to Brad Singleton, who had a truly outstanding 2015 in his sport of Rugby League.

Performance of the Year for 2015 was picked up by Nick Miller who had another outstanding year as the reigning British Hammer Champion.

The Special Award was awarded to Barry Johnson for his work supporting the fitness of many athletes and sportsmen and women across Cumbria.

Community Club of the Year went to Penrith Golf Club who became the first golf club in the North-West to achieve the new higher level Golfmark accreditation.

There were many more awards given out for Volunteering, Coaching, Services to Sport, Teams, Disability Performance and Rising Star awards.

Awards organisers Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership are asking Cumbrian clubs, governing bodies, sports fans, parents, coaches or teachers to submit their nominations.

But it is not only the headline-grabbing professional stars they are looking to honour. In total, thirteen categories recognise various levels of sporting success, in addition to the support services of volunteering, administration, and coaching.

It could be your child’s teacher who coaches after school and works tirelessly to train a team for the next sports championships. Or it could be a coach at your local sports club who has spent hours doing voluntary coaching, and you feel it is time they got the recognition they deserve, or has your cub been affected by the after effects of storm Desmond, and your voluntary workforce has jumped to the task of getting your club back up and running. If so, we want to hear from you.

Nominations can be made for:

  • Sports Personality: Finest Individual Achievement
  • Team: Best Team Achievement
  • Performance: Best Individual Performance
  • Special: Extra Special Achievement
  • Service: Extra Dedicated Service
  • Community Club or Group: Quality Local Opportunities
  • Young Volunteer/Leader: Extra Dedicated Young Person
  • Junior Team: Best Team Achievement
  • Rising Star (five awards): Best Young Talent
  • Coach: Delivering Exceptional Impact
  • Junior Personality: Exceptional Rising Star
  • Volunteer: Greatest Volunteering Contribution
  • Disability Performance: Excelled Beyond Barriers

The deadline for nominations is Friday 21st October 2016 nominations can be made on-line at www.activecumbria.org/cumbriasportsawards

For more information on any of the award categories or the nomination process please contact: Michelle Young on 01228 226885.

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