Blackpool Community Sports Awards took place on 6th June at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The first awards of the evening to be presented were the Quayle Trophy and Quayle Shield which recognise outstanding rising stars and young achievers in Blackpool.
And the winners were…
Erin Green was announced as the Quayle Trophy winner after outstanding success at the Special Olympics where she won a swimming silver medal.
Paige Wilding-Merry claimed the Quayle Shield following a great year of karate where she scooped a total of 16 medals ranging from gold to bronze at national events.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Celebrating those who gave given numerous years to support sports people across the Fylde this year saw three worthy winners, Lynda Inglis, Joan Barnes and Ivor Cooke.
Lynda Inglis helped to form the Blackpool Polar Bears over 20 years ago to provide aquatics opportunities for people with a range of abilities. Lynda organises galas, outings and other activities for the swimmers and families on top of her poolside hours. Lynda has supported club members to realise their potential at local level through to the Special Olympics.
Joan Barnes was instrumental in the creation of Newton Hall ASC and was part of the establishment of the Modern Pentathlon section of Biathlon and Triathlon at the club. Ivor Cooke has been coaching with BATs since 2011 and continues to participate as a GB Triathlete.
Coach of the Year
The award which recognises high quality coaching and commitment went to Gabrielle Towell for her contribution to netball. Gabrielle has had a very successful year which has seen her balancing grass roots level coaching with her role with Manchester Thunder junior teams.
Disability Sports Award
This award saw participants in ice skating, judo and swimming nominated for this award. Erin Green took the title which gave her a second award of the evening. Erin’s aquatic journey saw her compete in Abu Dhabi at the World Special Olympics where she claimed a silver medal before winning a gold medal at the National Special Olympics in Sheffield.
Adult Volunteer Award & Junior Volunteer Award
As well as performance and achievement being recognised, the contribution to community to community sport by volunteers was also celebrated.
The adult category saw Martin Ireland walk away with the top prize for his tireless work in developing table tennis within Blackpool and promoting the sport to young and old alike. Martin has been an integral member of the team driving the National PING programme in the town which is designed to take the sport out into the community in a host of venues and settings.
The junior Volunteer Award was claimed by Megan Hunter for her volunteer coaching with Blackpool FC Ladies and Girls which has seen her supporting the creation of two new Under 10 teams and delivering weekly coaching sessions. Megan has worked hard in her volunteer role but still finds time to train and play for the ladies team as a goalkeeper.
Ted Schools Team of the Year
The talented young footballers from Park Community Academy were crowned Team of the Year after an amazing season in the Lancashire FA Ability County League which produced league wins at Under 12 and Under 14 level, along with silver medals for the Under 16 girls and bronze for the Under 16 boys.
Club of the Year Award
This award brought double success for Blackpool FC Ladies and Girls as they were announced winners. The club is staffed solely by an army of volunteers and the season has seen success in regional competition along with a Cup Final victory for the Under 16 squad.
Primary School Award
Holy Family, Blackpool claimed this award after a very successful year that saw victories at the Quadkids Athletics, Tri-GOLF, Indoor Athletics and Cross Country. Off the field success also came in the shape of the School Games Platinum Award which was presented in recognition for the whole school approach and ethos for sport and physical activity.
Secondary School Award
Park Community Academy added to their Team of the Year Award. An outstanding OFSTED inspection along with a Platinum School Games Award and a Distinction AfPE Quality Mark highlighted the dedication to school sport adopted by everyone at the Academy.
The Wilkinson Sword recognises outstanding achievements and progress of an individual elite athlete on the Fylde Coast.
Former winner of the Wilkinson Sword, Brian Rose, stepped forward to present the award to this year’s winner Lucie March for her achievements within martial arts. Lucie is a national and international competitor and has been a member of the England squad for seven years. Lucie was World Champion in 2015, has a number of European medals and over 20 national titles.