Exceptional work to support local people of all ages and abilities to access sport and physical activity and to promote wellbeing has been celebrated at the Active Durham Sport and Physical Activity Awards.
The awards, hosted by the Active Durham partnership, recognised the outstanding achievements of participants in all aspects of sport and physical activity: athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials and teachers who develop and deliver sport and physical activity in schools, clubs and community settings throughout County Durham.
The awards ceremony, held at the Gala Theatre in Durham City, is the culmination of four local awards held in Derwentside, Durham and Chester-le-Street, East Durham and Sedgefield and Mid-Durham and Dales, with the winners in 13 categories from each area competing against each other for the county accolades.
The 13 categories celebrated high-level performance as well as the achievement of individuals and groups, those who have overcome challenges in order to achieve their personal and team goals and those who have made a real difference in the county through demonstrating the positive impact physical activity can have on people’s lives.
Former England international rugby player, Maggie Alphonsi MBE attended as special guest speaker to give an inspirational talk to more than 300 guests and present trophies to the winners.
The partnership would like to extend thanks to those individuals and groups that supported the awards.
Independent Chair of the Active Durham partnership, Annie Dolphin OBE, was delighted by the number and standard of nominations received.
“These events have provided an opportunity to recognise some amazing people and their organisations for their contributions to health and wellbeing, as well as the personal achievements of some extremely talented individuals,” she said.
“Without the commitment and dedication of so many people, sporting and physical activity opportunities across our county would be far fewer and this was the partnership’s way of saying thank you for all that they do.”