Night cel­e­brates Val­ley sports stars

Rossendale Free Press - - Time Trip -

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.

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