Hon­our­ing our sport­ing he­roes

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - rochda­le­ob­server@men­media.co.uk @RochdaleNews STEVE COOKE

ROCHDALE’S sport­ing and cul­tural he­roes were cel­e­brated at an an­nual awards cer­e­mony.

Vol­un­teers, sports clubs and schools were among the win­ners at the Rochdale Bor­ough Sports and Cul­ture Awards held at Mid­dle­ton Arena.

The Mayor Ian Duck­worth gave the open­ing speech, form­ing an un­likely dou­ble act with the evening’s com­pere, Rochdale ac­tress Sue De­vaney.

In her inim­itable style Sue em­pha­sised 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. Guests were also treated to live per­for­mances by foot­ball freestyler Ro­man Bre­zovskis, M6 Youth Theatre, Sue De­vaney and Robyn Chicot.

Blind foot­baller Azeem Amir, who went on to win the Sports Achiever of the Year award, also gave an in­spir­ing talk and a rous­ing fi­nale was per­formed by War­dle Academy Youth Brass Band.

The event was or­gan­ised by Link4LIfe.

Shine Youth Theatre (M6 Theatre and Barnar­dos) won the Com­mu­nity and Ed­u­ca­tion Project Award

The School Com­mit­ment to Arts, Her­itage and Cul­ture Award was claimed by War­dle Academy

Chang­ing Life­styles Recog­ni­tion of the Year award went to Catherine Szy­man­skyi

Stu­art Bloor won the Dis­abled Sports Achiever of the Year Award

North East Manchester Hawks Hand­ball Club are Club of the Year

Mark Bet­teridge col­lected the Artist of the Year Award

Blind foot­baller Azeem Azir is Sports Achiever of the Year

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