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Winners are announced for the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards

Gemma Stevenson was the winner of the Jonnie Peacock Award. Picture: Athene Communications (43475435)
Gemma Stevenson was the winner of the Jonnie Peacock Award. Picture: Athene Communications (43475435)

Cambridge United earned double recognition in the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020.

The focus of the event for the year was lockdown heroes, with the aim of recognising those who went above and beyond to show compassion, generosity and creativity within the sport and physical activity community.

Cambridge United Community Trust won the Matthew Warn Power of Sport award, and the U’s stadium manager and head groundsman Ian Darler won the services to sports award.

Willingham Wolves’ Chloe Smith was named coach of the year, Cottenham United Colts Football Club were awarded the community club of the year accolade, Gemma Stevenson earned the Jonnie Peacock Award and East Anglian Air Ambulance collected the workplace of the year prize.

Simon Fairhall, chief executive of Living Sport, said: “Congratulations to our winners, all those nominated and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure sport is enjoyed by so many across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire this year.

“It has been particularly tough for local sport in recent months with lockdown and restrictions in place, but we were determined to still honour our sporting stars, clubs, coaches and lockdown and community heroes.

“I want to thank everyone involved for all their support with these awards as I know it took a lot of work to organise in this new format.

“Looking ahead to 2021, we hope to see a brighter year for all where we can start to get together in a more social environment and continue to support and celebrate those individuals and organisations going that extra mile to help others get active and healthy.”

Multiple Olympic medal-winning gymnast Louis Smith hosted the virtual awards, and said: “It was an honour to be part of the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards and a real inspiration to learn about the efforts of those across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have given their all to help others in a year like no other.

“There was a range of excellent finalists and a group of worthy winners.”

There were more than 7,000 votes cast in a public vote and that was combined with the assessment of the judging panel of former Paralympic Games athlete Dr Dan Gordon; education consultant Carol Gronow; BBC Radio Cambs sports presenter Steve Jackson; and Living Sport relationship manager Rebecca Evans to decide the winners.

Full list of winners: Anglia Ruskin University Coach of the Year – Chloe Smith, Willingham Wolves Football Club; Lifeplus Community Club of the Year (amateur) – Cottenham United Colts Football Club; Bidwells Community Volunteer of the Year – Edwin Fey, March Bears Rugby Club; Azets Jonnie Peacock Award – Gemma Stevenson, wheelchair tennis and adaptive abilities cheerleading; Matthew Warn Power of Sport – Cambridge United Community Trust; Services to Sport – Ian Darler, Cambridge United Football Club; Everyone Health Workplace of the Year – East Anglian Air Ambulance; Nene Park Trust Young Community Volunteer of the Year – Lenni Lewis, Peterborough Rugby Club.

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