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Unsung hero Beryl wins Manchester Champions award
- 21 November 2016
Unexpecting Beryl Birch carried home two awards from the annual Greater Manchester Sports Award, held at the Point, Old Trafford Cricket ground on 4 November 2016. The 74 year old, collected the 'Unsung Hero' award on a fabulous evening in the illustrious company of many Olympians. To go one better Beryl was also crowned Champion of Champions.
Beryl was one of seven finalists from the borough who, alongside with representatives from 9 other Greater Manchester local authorities, were all challenging the top honour of being crowned a GM champion.
Beryl had a long and interesting career working in the mills, as a cook supervisor and as a care worker before retiring at the age of 60. She always found time for her passions of Rounders and Netball and it was in Rounders that she made a real difference across the borough of Rochdale.
Beryl has been actively involved in the Rochdale Ladies Rounders League as Chair for over 20 years, forming part of a group of ladies that have sustained and grown the league. The league now has 3 divisions. Beryl biggest strength (one of many) is in inspiring players of different backgrounds and ages to play to the best to their ability.
After the event Beryl said ‘I am over the moon, really chuffed and overwhelmed. Before this year I have never been nominated for an award, let alone win an award. This year I have won 3. This award is testament to the hard work of a group of 6 committee members. We are all coming to the end of our time on the committee and hope we have inspired the next generation of players and committee members.’
Donna Livesey, Sport and Physical Activity Manager for Link4Life said ‘This award is testament to the work Beryl has done for Rounders and Women’s sport in the borough of Rochdale. Beryl is a real role model and we are delighted for her to have been recognised by winning two awards within the Greater Manchester Sports Awards’.
Each year Link4Life host Rochdale’s Sports & Cultural Awards, the winners of each sporting category then progresses to the Greater Manchester event.