Night celebrates Valley sports stars
A BRITISH champion gave a stirring speech at this year’s Rossendale Celebration of Sport.
The Riverside in Whitworth hosted the annual event, organised by Rossendale Leisure Trust, which saw inspirational success stories from across the Valley.
Nathan Bibby, schools games organiser, shared the success of the borough’s schools sport programme, ranked in the top 10 per cent in the country for engaging school children in competitive sport.
International water polo star Niamh Campbell O’Donnell spoke of how her dream came to be a reality this summer when she competed in Serbia representing Great Britain.
Paul Young, from Rossendale Harriers, shared stories of junior running successes both in fell running and cross country, including stories from Matthew Mackay who represented England in the European Fell Running Championships, finishing ninth overall.
Souta Van Wick, from Stubbylee Greenhouses, ●● British trampolining champion Luke Strong was guest speaker explained the invaluable work that happens at the greenhouses to support some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
The evening concluded with guest speaker, Luke Strong, British Trampolining Champion who spoke of sustaining a serious break to one of his legs in training which left him minutes away from losing his leg. He bounced back to full fitness, winning bronze at the European Championships and has now got his eyes set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.