Sport­ing he­roes from across the county are recog­nised at an­nual awards cer­e­mony

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THE he­roes who make lo­cal sport hap­pen in Bucks were hon­oured at a glit­ter­ing awards night.

More than 200 peo­ple gath­ered at Ayles­bury’s Wa­ter­side The­atre on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4 for the 10th an­nual Bucks and MK Sport Awards af­ter a record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions.

The event, which in­cluded spe­cial guest Par­a­lympic gold medal swim­mer and cy­clist Dame Sarah Storey DBE, paid homage to un­sung in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions from all across the area.

Roger Fen­nemore, Chair­man of Leap – the county sport and ac­tiv­ity part­ner­ship which co­or­di­nated the awards – said: “This is the Bucks sport­ing version of the Os­cars, with the mes­sage be­ing to recog­nise the peo­ple be­hind the peo­ple in sport – all the vol­un­teers who make sport hap­pen.

“Fri­day was a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion of their tire­less work, and we were de­lighted to have or­gan­ised such a suc­cess­ful and re­ward­ing event.”

As in pre­vi­ous years, win­ners in some cat­e­gories fed into the Re­gional BBC Sports Awards, and any qual­i­fy­ing un­sung hero nom­i­na­tions were el­i­gi­ble to win in the same cat­e­gory at the Na­tional BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year on De­cem­ber 20.

Above, Brian Lu­cas re­ceives his award. Be­low, Heidi Le­seur and left, Dame Sarah

Storey with the awards’ or­gan­is­ers

Brazil­ian Car­ni­val Dancers en­ter­tained the au­di­ence at the awards cer­e­mony

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