Will Oldhamers become the pride of Greater Manchester?

Date published: 14 November 2018

Eight Oldham finalists are gearing up for potential glory as they will be going for gold at Friday’s Greater Manchester Sports Awards ceremony, which takes place at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford.

For the last 18 years, the Awards have celebrated the outstanding commitment and achievements made in physical activity and sport across Greater Manchester.

BBC Radio Manchester presenter Chelsea Norris is hosting the evening, joined by guest speaker, Claire Lomas; marathoner, motor biker, hand cyclist and campaigner.

The 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester held their own awards bash earlier this year and the winners from eight categories are invited to the Greater Manchester event.

The Oldham Sports Awards were held at Oldham Civic Centre on September 21.

The finalists representing Oldham are:

Sports Achiever of the Year

Oscar Schofield

Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year Award

Mary Shaw

Changing Lifestyle Award

Paul Jenkner

Volunteer of the Year Award

Andy Steel

Coach of the Year Award

Lee Hadfield

Unsung Hero of the Year Award

Dave Donlan

School Commitment to PE and Sport

Broadfield Primary School

Club of the Year Award

Fierce Dance

This year will also see a new award, the Greater Manchester Mayor’ Award, which is selected and presented by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

The award recognises an individual or organisation who shows outstanding commitment to Greater Manchester Moving and their target to achieve 75% of people active or fairly active by 2025.

The three finalists, chosen by The Mayor, are:

Cancer Research North West Events Team

St Mary’s RC Primary School, Middleton

Greater Manchester Ability Counts League

Sara Tomkins, CEO at GreaterSport, said: “I’m looking forward to a great night celebrating the finalists’ outstanding achievements over the past 12 months, and I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope you have a successful and enjoyable evening.”

Winners will be announced on the evening and shared on twitter, follow along using #GMSportsAwards

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