Monday, 25 November 2013

Thanet Council - Thanet Sports Awards celebrate achievements

If you want to know where all of Thanet’s sporting stars were on Friday evening, then you need look no further than Margate’s Winter Gardens.
Thanet District Council’s fifth annual Thanet Sports Awards took place on Friday 22 November, which works in partnership with the council’s Sport Matters team.
Martine Wright was the main attraction of the night. Being a paralympian celebrity, Martine went through a great deal of hardship and motivation to become one of Team GB sitting volleyball players and proceeded to inspire everyone in the audience with her answers to the questions asked by the audience.
The evening was hosted by Academy FM DJ, Johnny Lewis, who read out the nominees of the 13 separate categories, including Disabled sportsperson of the year and Club of the Year.
Amongst the chattering, laughing and elations, was one particular winner of the night’s awards: well-deserved and humbled, Sheila Archer. Winner of the unsung hero category said “This was certainly a surprise and an honour and I was truly proud of being shortlisted for the award of Unsung Hero!” Sheila attended the awards with her husband and son, who were equally as proud to see Sheila collect her award.
“Another successful year of sport and another set of self-disciplined, confident and inspirational people were awarded with this prestigious award” said Cllr Iris Johnston, Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services.
“These awards show the range of talent and enthusiasm that exists within Thanet, and I’m absolutely delighted for everyone involved. We were able to meet some of the top candidates in our community and the consistent standards in clubs and schools throughout the district.”
Councillor Johnston added: “I would like to thank Martine Wright, Team GB Paralympic star for sharing her amazing story with us all. It wouldn’t surprise me if everyone in this room was inspired and in awe of Martine.”
Martine said: “It’s an absolutely amazing celebration of people that give a contribution to sport. To me, it’s not about wearing this Team GB top – that’s not what sport is all about, it’s about keeping fit and about social change.”

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