Sports win­ners work for the Greater good

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - GREATERSPO­RT AWARDS

SHIN­ING a spot­light on the role sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity plays in chang­ing lives is very im­por­tant to GreaterSpo­rt.

The 19th an­nual awards re­turned to Emi­rates Old Traf­ford last month with more than 500 guests com­ing to­gether to cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing tal­ent, hard work and pas­sion of those who go the ex­tra mile to de­liver com­mu­nity grass­roots sport across the city re­gion.

Recog­nised for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions over the last 12 months, ten win­ners en­joyed a fan­tas­tic evening packed with in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries, in­clud­ing Kirsty Rowl­in­son-Groves – the win­ner of the Com­mit­ment to GM Mov­ing award.

An ex­pert fit­ness in­struc­tor, Kirsty de­vel­oped and led the suc­cess­ful CAN:Move can­cer ex­er­cise re­fer­ral scheme in Sal­ford.

Kirsty is now the GM Ac­tive pro­gramme man­ager for the re­gion wide Pre­hab4Cancer pro­gramme.

Her ‘can- do’ at­ti­tude, plus ex­pert knowl­edge was cru­cial in the code­sign and de­liv­ery of this in­no­va­tive scheme.

It will en­able 2,000 Greater Manch­ester res­i­dents di­ag­nosed with can­cer to en­gage in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for im­proved clin­i­cal out­comes and life­time ben­e­fits.

Kirsty’s knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence, warmth and em­pa­thy help­ing them start and cru­cially, con­tinue ex­er­cis­ing through­out their can­cer path­way and be­yond.

Other win­ners on the evening were:

Cait­lyn com­petes in Para Dres­sage at Gold level and be­came Na­tional Gold Cham­pion in Fe­bru­ary 2019. Cait­lyn rep­re­sents Great Bri­tain in 2* and 3* events, achiev­ing 2nd place at in­ter­na­tional level this year.

Alan Rich­mond – Wi­gan.

Alan at­tended the ‘Lets Get Movin’ pro­gramme and has lost two stone over the last 12 months. He now inspires peo­ple around him to make health­ier choices and vol­un­teers at ‘Go Wild Camps’ and ‘Lets Get Movin’ ses­sions weekly.

El­ham Afzal – Rochdale.

A sports vol­un­teer for sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions, El­ham has ded­i­cated over 540 hours since Septem­ber 2017.

Ai­dan Tevlin – Tame­side.

Ai­dan is a swim­ming teacher who works with 10-16-year-olds on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Roger Boyer – Stock­port.

Roger has de­voted his adult life to vol­un­teer­ing his time and ex­per­tise to Stock­port Metro Swim­ming Club, lo­cal church, char­i­ties and the Cheshire County & North­ern County Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tions.

Sole­mother was es­tab­lished by Grace Lees in Jan­uary 2017 af­ter she couldn’t fit any other kind of ex­er­cise into her busy life as a work­ing mum.

Sole­mother has grown over the last year and cur­rently has 933 mem­bers.

Holy Fam­ily RC Pri­mary School – Rochdale.

‘Wake up and shake’ is car­ried out daily, lessons are taken out­side where pos­si­ble and ad­di­tional spe­cial­ists are brought in. PE is a fo­cus on the timetable with all classes re­ceiv­ing at least two hours per week.

Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil. Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil sup­ports em­ploy­ees to be phys­i­cally ac­tive in part­ner­ship with Link4Life through a new staff well­be­ing strat­egy, Your Work­place Well­be­ing.

To see more de­tails of the event, visit greaterspo­rt.co.uk/awards.

Kirsty Rowl­in­son-Groves col­lects her award

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