A top sportsman paid tribute to Cheshire’s sporting heroes at the fifth annual Cheshire West and Chester Sports Awards.

Paralympic cyclist Mark Colbourne MBE was keynote speaker at the ceremony at the Macdonald Portal Hotel in Tarporley, which was attended by more than 200 guests.

The event was sponsored by housing and care provider Sanctuary Group.

Mark, who won gold and two silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, spoke about his inspirational journey after breaking his back in a horrific paragliding accident in 2009.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed learning about the fantastic work Cheshire West and Chester and Sport Cheshire have been doing together to get more people, more active, more often – particularly with cycling which is obviously very close to my heart.

All the nominees should be very proud of themselves - the standard of the competition was extremely high and I know the judging panel had a very difficult time choosing the winners in each category. I would like to wish everyone great success for the future."

Mark completed his talk with a presentation of a framed poster of one his Paralympic gold medal winner stamps to Cllr Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester’s executive member for culture and recreation.

Mark Colbourne presents Cllr Stuart Parker with the framed gold medal stamp
Mark Colbourne presents Cllr Stuart Parker with the framed gold medal stamp
 

Cllr Parker said: “The awards are a great occasion to recognise and celebrate the wonderful and talented individuals who dream of competing at the top of their chosen sport or work to make sport happen in their local area.

“It was a real pleasure to meet tonight’s keynote speaker, Mark Colbourne. Mark was truly motivational and his very personal journey shows that through hard work anyone can achieve their ambitions”.

Cllr Parker closed the evening with a special lifetime achievement award for Clive Roberts, Cheshire West and Chester cultural business excellence manager. The award recognised Clive’s role in making sport happen at a grass roots level over his years of dedicated service.

Anne Boyd, CEO Sport Cheshire said: “Sport Cheshire is passionate about improving lives through sport and is proud to have organised these awards on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council. All tonight’s nominees deserved the recognition that they have received.

All award winners will now go forward to represent the borough in the Cheshire and Warrington Sports Awards that take place at Tatton Park Knutsford on Friday, July 4.

 

Winners:

  • Young Volunteer of the Year - Bethany Brizell
  • Junior Sports Achiever of the Year - Emily Oakes
  • Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year - Nathan Maguire
  • Volunteer of the Year - Debbie and Andrew Donaldson
  • Coach of the Year - Gary Bassett, co-founder and managing director of A-Star Sports
  • Primary school of the Year - J H Godwin Primary School
  • Secondary school of the Year - The Whitby High School
  • Special School of the Year - Dee Banks School
  • Club of the Year - Gymnastics 4 Cheshire
  • Special Recognition - Sara Braidwood
  • Lifetime achievement award - Clive Roberts