PRO-ACTIVE LONDON AWARDS RECOGNISE OLYMPIC LEGACY IN LONDON COMMUNITY SPORT
The PRO-ACTIVE London County Sports Partnership held their annual Awards Evening on Friday 26th April 2013 at the KIA Oval, hosting a mixture of grassroots coaches and volunteers and elite athletes that represent London’s sporting landscape. The Awards, sponsored by GLL, are the only regional awards which celebrate the contribution of thousands of people, the majority of whom are volunteers, and who make it possible for so many people to take part.
The 280 guests in attendance were treated to a keynote speech from Alan Watkinson, former PE teacher of Mo Farah, who recounted stories of the young athlete’s rise from reluctant cross-country runner to double Olympic Champion. The evening also hosted the UEFA Champions League and Women’s Champions League trophies, with both finals due to take place in London in May. But the highlight of the evening was six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir receiving the Inspirational Sports Performance Award, and presenting his long-term coach Jenny Archer with the Elite Coach of the Year Award.
David and Jenny closed the evening with a Q&A session, where they recognised the importance of community sport, embodied by the many coaches and volunteers in attendance, and discussed their new Weir Archer Academy which aims to offer top-class coaching and facilities to aspiring young disabled and able-bodied athletes.
Christine Double, Director of PRO-ACTIVE South London said “Following London’s incredible Olympic and Paralympic year, the PRO-ACTIVE London Awards area fantastic opportunity to reward the excellent work undertaken in community sport to deliver a lasting legacy. Recognising coaches, volunteers, clubs and sports projects alongside last years’ heroes such as David Weir emphasises the importance of grassroots sport in offering sports participation to all.”
This year the PRO-ACTIVE London Awards received over 700 nominations and were attended by 280 guests, including seven former Olympic or Paralympians.