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By GreaterSport | 12 November 2018 | TAGS: sports awards, GMSportsAwards, Awards, Bolton

The Greater Manchester Sports Awards take place on 16th November at The Point Emirates Old Trafford. For the last 18 years, they have celebrated the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester. BBC Radio Manchester presenter, Chelsea Norris is hosting the evening, joined by guest speaker, Claire Lomas; marathoner, motor biker, hand cyclist and campaigner.
The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester hold their own awards and the winners from eight categories are invited to the Greater Manchester event. The Bolton Sports Awards were held at the Macron Stadium on 14th September. The finalists representing Bolton are;

Sports Achiever of the Year - Tim Worthington

Tim has always been a keen all-round sports person, but since the age of 16 his main focus has been cycling. In 2017, Tim entered the National Closed-road Circuit Championships, coming 1st. To achieve this, Tim has to undertake a specialised training regime abroad, working around a hectic work schedule. He did this while competing in other competitions, club training and group rides. Tim is an inspirational mentor and role model for the whole of cycling in Bolton.

Changing Lifestyle Award - Sue Taylor

After recovering from breast cancer 12 years ago, Sue had a quadruple bypass after having a heart attack in 2017. After multiple setbacks slowing her recovery, including developing a rare infection and a broken wrist, she battled on to complete 10 weeks of rehab. After working hard on her physical and mental recovery her health’s improved dramatically; reduced heart rate and blood pressure, weight loss and less breathlessness. She’s now an inspirational volunteer on the scheme.

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year - Ayaz Bhuta

Ayaz is dedicated to the sport of Wheelchair Rugby, raising awareness locally and nationally. He competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and is determined to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Ayaz is an inspiration, showing perseverance, resilience and grit; following a gruelling training schedule whilst travelling the length and breadth of the country, whilst also competing internationally. Ayaz dedicates his spare time to visiting schools, giving presentations to inspire future generations.

School Commitment to PE & Sport - Birtenshaw School

The team utilise their expertise to deliver high quality PE, with each child being offered a varied school sports programme. They work with teachers to make creative cross-curricular links with other learning areas. Birtenshaw’s committed to developing excellence in PE and achieves the target of 2hrs physical activity each week including rebound therapy, horse riding and outdoor adventure. Birtenshaw ensures sport is accessible for all abilities and focuses on what the individual can do, rather than what they cannot.

Unsung Hero Award - Susan Bingham

Susan has been involved in community football for over 20 years and has held many roles including: coach, team manager, secretary, FA Charter Standard Development Officer, Executive Committee Member, stand-in Chairperson and kit-washer. Susan promotes sport as an inclusive activity and is also involved in fundraising, sponsorship and recruitment and in 2018 was awarded ‘Secretary of the Year’. It’s a family affair for Susan, with her children and now grandchildren actively involved in the club too.

Volunteer of the Year Award - Darren Crompton

Darren is a football volunteer for Bolton Lads & Girls Club volunteering three nights a week plus weekends. Due to Darren’s commitment, there are three new FA qualified coaches at the club. He’s launched new girls’ football sessions, which have over 30 girls attending every week. He’s also creating a youth council in line with the new FA vision and will be first in the north of England to have one.

Club of the Year Award - Tri-Rivington UK

In the three years since Tri-Rivington was established it has gone from strength to strength, now having over 180 members. The club engages people of all abilities including those who previously couldn't swim to Ironmen and experienced athletes and is locally known for being friendly and welcoming. 42 people in 2017 and 35 in 2018 completed the Ironman UK and three members have qualified for GB Age Groups having competed for their country all over the world.

Coach of the Year Award - Eddy Kavanagh

Eddy is the Level 2 wrestling coach at Sharples and Castle Hill Wrestling clubs, a voluntary role he juggled whilst being England Team Manager at the Commonwealth Games. Eddy’s coaching success saw wrestlers bring back 10 medals at the 2018 English Championships plus a Commonwealth bronze medal. He also helps the community, recently helping three volunteers gain their Level 1 coaching qualifications, alongside coaching in local schools youth clubs and at Bolton Wanderers.

Winners will be announced on the evening and shared on twitter, follow along using #GMSportsAwards

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