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Rochdale Borough Sports & Culture Awards 2016/2017
- 22 September 2017
At the end of this inspiring and life-affirming event, Liz McInnes M.P. summed up the general feeling of all those privileged to be at the Rochdale Borough Sports & Culture Awards 2016/17 with, ‘How wonderful to be here, our Borough has so much to be proud of!’
Guests to the Rochdale Borough Sports & Culture Awards 2016/17, in the excellent hosting venue, Middleton Arena, were welcomed by Youth Parliament.
Mayor Ian Duckworth gave the opening speech, developing what has the potential to become a double act with Sue Devaney. Sue went on to compere the evening in her inimitable style emphasising again and again just how proud she was of her home-town and the amazing amount of great work done by so many unsung heroes.
We were also treated to live performances by Roman Brezovskis – Football Freestyler, M6 Youth Theatre, Sue Devaney (accompanied by Robyn Chicot), Azeem Amir with an inspiring talk and a rousing finale given by Wardle Academy Youth Brass Band.
The worthy winners who took to the stage to receive their awards were:
- Community and Education Project Award – Shine Youth Theatre (M6 Theatre and Barnardos)
- Facilitator of the Year – Parvez Qadir
- Culture and Health Award – Clueless (M6 Theatre)
- Cultural Champion Award – Mark Doyle
- Young Creative Award – Georgia Woodhead
- School Commitment to Arts, Heritage and Culture Award – Wardle Academy
- Sports Achiever of the Year – Azeem Azir
- Unsung Hero – Lina Vincent
- Changing Lifestyles Recognition of the Year – Catherine Szymanskyi
- Volunteer of the Year – Sue Whitehead
- Coach of the Year – Steve Connellan
- Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year – Stuart Bloor
- Club of the Year – North East Manchester Hawks Handball Club
- School Commitment to PE and Sport Award – Holy Family Primary School
Link4Life, along with sponsors Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – Rochdale Infirmary, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bigwave media, Pelican Rouge, Recruitment Solutions North West, Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale AFC, Revolution 96.2, Rochdale Hornets, Debit Finance Collections, Hopwood Hall College and Rochdale CVS, must be congratulated for this celebration of all things that are good about the Borough of Rochdale and the tremendous talent we have.
By Steve Cooke