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Living Sport nominee Corey Howard. Picture: Athene Communications (43345512)
Living Sport nominee Corey Howard. Picture: Athene Communications (43345512)

The finalists for the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020 have been announced.

The charity has adapted the award categories this year to reflect the efforts made by the sporting community during the pandemic, and with little face-to-face sport taking place.

There were more than 7,000 votes cast in a public vote, which have been combined with the assessment of the judging panel to determine the winners in each category and they will be announced on a live stream on the Living Sport Facebook page tomorrow (December 3), with the event hosted by Olympic silver and bronze medallist gymnast Louis Smith.

Simon Fairhall, the Living Sport chief executive, said: “After a truly extraordinary year, we felt it was even more important to shine a light on the incredible accomplishments many have achieved in such difficult circumstances.

“We are delighted with the huge amount of nominations we received, and our judges were very impressed by the high quality of all the applications in the eight categories.

“Even though this year we cannot get together as we would normally do, it is inspiring that we can still celebrate the achievements of the region and give credit to those who have a story that deserves to be told. Congratulations and best of luck to all those shortlisted.”

Full shortlist: Anglia Ruskin University Coach of the Year - Ben Yeomans (Trumpington Football Club), Chloe Smith (Willingham Wolves Football Club), Jones De Sousa (Youth Dreams Project); Lifeplus Community Club of the Year (amateur) - Cottenham United Colts Football Club, March Bears Rugby Club, Spiral Gymnastics Club; Bidwells Community Volunteer of the Year - Edwin Fey (March Bears Rugby Club), Jane Reeson (Over Cricket Club), Magdalena Dawczak (freelance fitness instructor), Mark Sanderson (Cambridge City Hockey Club), Vicky Bennett (Chatteris Town Football Club); Azets Jonnie Peacock Award – Gemma Stevenson (wheelchair tennis and adaptive abilities cheerleading), Rick Rodgers (cheerleading), Stuie Delf (running); Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award - Cambridge United Community Trust, Power2Inspire and Oak Activities, Youth Dreams Project; Services to Sport - Clinton Wedderburn (basketball), Ian Darler (Cambridge United Football Club), John Willis (Power2Inspire); Everyone Health Workplace of the Year - Arm, East Anglian Air Ambulance, EBCam; Nene Park Trust Young Community Volunteer of the Year - Corey Howard, Ella Hampton, Lenni Lewis.

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