Meet the finalists and winners for the 2019 awards

Changing Lifestyle Award sponsored by Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

The Changing Lifestyle Award recognises a person who has used physical activity to transform their lifestyle for the better.

Winner: Alan Richmond (Wigan)


Bolton: Sam Ormrod

Bury: Katherine Edge


Oldham: Reddy Lenge

Rochdale: Gordon Aaron

Salford: Lesley Wiszniewski

Stockport: Denise Cowgill

Tameside: Gaynor Nightingale-Patterson

Trafford: Victoria Lysaght

School Commitment to PE and Sport Award sponsored by School Lettings Solutions 

The School Commitment to PE and Sport Award recognises schools that have gone above and beyond in respect to incorporating activity into a school day for their pupils and staff. 

Winner: Holy Family RC Primary School (Rochdale)


Bolton: Sacred Heart School

Bury: Park View Primary School

Manchester: Abbey Hey Primary School

Oldham: The Oldham Academy North

Salford: Light Oaks Junior School

Stockport: Rose Hill Primary School

Tameside: Arlies Primary School

Trafford: Heyes Lane Primary School

Wigan: Landgate School


Young Sports Achiever of the Year sponsored by GM Active

This award is for young athletes (aged under 18) who are not professionally funded who have had significant success in their sport throughout the year.

Winner: Caitlyn Saddington (Wigan)


Bolton: Emily Hesford

Bury: Berri Neil

Manchester: Success Eduan

Oldham: Libby Genge

Rochdale: Peter Reilly-Day

Salford: Joe Stout

Stockport: William Shirt

Tameside: Jack Green-Wilson

Trafford: Akyra Rodgers-Plummer

Unsung Hero sponsored by HGA Creative

This award recognises long term volunteers (over 10 years) who have made a significant difference over that timeframe.

Winner: Roger Boyer (Stockport)


Bolton: Robert Naylor

Bury: Kath Pemberton

Manchester: Terry Surridge

Oldham: Gareth Evans

Rochdale: Mohammed Sheraz

Salford: Ian Keymer

Tameside: Paul Harper

Trafford: Damian Preston

Wigan: Tom Harrison


Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Emirates Old Trafford

This award is for volunteers who have given up their time to volunteer over the given time frame.

Winner: Elham Afzal (Rochdale)


Bolton: Ellie Winnard

Bury: Ken Buggie

Manchester: Nazim Darr

Oldham: Pam Hazelton

Salford: Rob Wilson

Stockport: Lee Price

Tameside: Julie Briggs

Trafford: Jamie Barry

Wigan: Peter Hill

Club of the Year supported by Sport England

For a community club or community group who has had an impact in their local community in the given time period.

Winner: Rammy Men Football Club (Bury)


Bolton: Wave Adventure

Manchester: Active Communities Network (ACN)

Oldham: Oldham Netball Club

Rochdale: Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation

Salford: Eccles RFC

Stockport: Cheadle and Gatley Junior Football Club

Tameside: Hyde Running Community (HRC)

Trafford: Moss Lane Rovers

Wigan: Orrell Ju Jitsu

Workforce Advocate Award supported by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

This award recognises an individual that has used physical activity or sport within their professional role to have positive impacts.

Winner: Aidan Tevlin (Tameside) 


Bury: Deborah Bancroft

Manchester: Claire Duffy

Oldham: Claire Timms

Rochdale: Shirley Waller

Stockport: Jan Sinclair

Trafford: Dr Yvonne Burke

Wigan: Nicola Leyden

Initiative of the Year sponsored by GM Active

This award recognises a physical activity initiative by an organisation which has made a difference in communities and achieved positive social outcomes.

Winner: Solemother (Trafford)


Bolton:The Young Mentor’s Programme

Bury:Bury FC Womens Vets

Manchester: Over 50’s project – Love Withington Baths

Oldham: Mental Health Football

Rochdale: GM Walking Football

Salford: Roe Green Cricket Club

Stockport: The Cherry Tree Project

Tameside: Tour of Tameside – Running Bee Foundation

Wigan: WigLe Dance CIC

Active Workplace of the Year supported by GM Moving

An employer (no matter of size) for making a difference on employees levels of activity during the working day.

Winner: Rochdale Borough Council


Salford City Council

Wigan & Leigh College

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Award supported by That counts! Collective

This award recognises an individual or organisation who is showing outstanding commitment to Greater Manchester Moving and the plan’s twelve priorities to increase activity across our county. This commitment could be as part of their day job or it could be a voluntary role they take on in the local community.

Winner: Kirsty Rowlinson-Groves

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 co-design and delivery of this innovative scheme. It will enable 2,000 GM residents diagnosed with cancer to engage in physical activity for improved clinical outcomes and lifetime benefits. Many have been sedentary prior to participating; Kirsty’s knowledge, experience, warmth and empathy helping them start and crucially, continue exercising throughout their cancer pathway and beyond. She is a fantastic role model to her staff and the healthcare professionals involved in Prehab4Cancer, making the seemingly impossible, possible.


Diane Modahl MBE

Diane is hugely passionate about young people and sport and through founding the registered charity Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF), she has enabled countless children from poverty stricken backgrounds to become fit, active and part of a supportive team. Diane works tirelessly to make sport fun and attractive to young people who may have previously been unmotivated, unfit or having serious problems in life. The home of DMSF is a hub of high energy, with children feeling comfortable to express themselves and enjoy physical activity. Diane leads with passion, resilience and never-faltering can-do attitude which naturally rubs off on the children the foundation supports, who not only become more active, improve their own health, well-being and fitness levels, but become valuable, contributing members of the community.

Ben Andrews

Ben has spent ten years developing Empower You, supporting disabled people to do physical activity. He works with young people and adults with learning, physical and sensory impairments. Ben’s approach directly enables disabled people to sustain independent physical activity, both individually and in groups. He also trains both leisure and care professionals in working with disabled people. This both increases activity levels and the income of leisure providers. He influences policy and strategy for active lives, ensuring that provision is made accessible and appropriate for disabled people. Other than Paralympians, disabled people are rarely reflected in marketing on physical activity. Ben is working to change this, enabling visual reflection in marketing, as well as his own series of videos on physical activity by disabled people.