Tom Westley heads impressive list of winners at Living Sport Sports Awards

PUBLISHED: 14:10 24 November 2017

Tom Westley has won a Living Sport Sports Award. Picture: Richard Marsham

Tom Westley has won a Living Sport Sports Award. Picture: Richard Marsham

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Fourteen gongs given out to recognise a year’s achievements

Tom Westley was one of the major winners at the Living Sport Sports Awards.

At the ceremony at Burgess Hall in St Ives, the 28-year-old cricketer was named sports performer of the year.

It was a breakthrough season for the Cambridgeshire-based player, who plays for Essex, as he was called up to play for England against South Africa and the West Indies.

Westley played in five Test matches and made one half-century; he is currently on tour in Australia with England Lions.

Cambridge United Community Trust won the Matthew Warn Power of Sport award, which is given for a sport project or initative that is making an impact and is really involving the community using sport.

Cambridge City Council were named workplace of the year for their commitment to promoting a physically active workforce and their continual well-being.

Swavesey Village College’s Ellie Allen was the young community volunteer of the year after giving up more than 350 hours of her own time to community and school projects.

St Laurence Catholic Primary School are the primary school of the year after giving pupils a wide range of PE and extra-curricular opportunities and enabling their students to make considerable improvements in sport.

The community club of the year prize went to Cambridge Gymnastics Club, recognising the significant impact to the development of sport in their community and the impact they have made within their sport.

Charlie Rolls, who competes in mountain bike trialling, was the winner of the young sports performer of the year award.

Simon Fairhall, the chief executive of Living Sport, said: “The Living Sport Sports Awards are the event that I look forward to most every year.

“It’s a Living Sport event but its an opportunity to celebrate everybody else – all that is good about community sport across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“You can’t fail to be inspired by the quality of the nominees Living Sport receives every year – young people whose log of their community volunteering hours is so impressive.

“Whilst the contribution made by the nominees for community volunteer of the year and services to sport awards are absolutely outstanding.

“The agenda these days is very much about the contribution to community health and wellbeing outcomes and our power of sport award in particular showcases that sport can play a significant role in supporting this.

“And I haven’t even mentioned yet the quality of the on-the-pitch or court performances of individuals and teams and the great activity of clubs and workplaces.

“It’s an honour for Living Sport to host this event; a great opportunity to offer congratulations and thanks to all the winners and nominees.”

Full list of award winners: BGL Coach of the Year – Ben Howells; Birketts Community Club of the Year – Cambridge Gymnastics Club; Support Cambridgeshire Community Volunteer of the Year – Charlotte Bruce; Anglia Ruskin University Disabled Sports Performer of the Year – Dan Roper; Jonnie Peacock Award – Sandra Acton; 3B Design & Print Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award – Cambridge United Community Trust; Everyone Health Primary School of the Year – St Laurence Catholic Primary School; Rawlinsons Secondary School of the Year – St Ivo School; Abbeycroft Leisure Services to Sport – Wendy Chambers; CBA Asbestos Ltd Sports Performer of the Year – Tom Westley; Grosvenor Team of the Year – Ely City Football Club; Anglian Water Workplace of the Year – Cambridge City Council; Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust Young Community Volunteer of the Year – Ellie Allen; Chromasport Young Sports Performer of the Year – Charlie Rolls.

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