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Unsung Heroes of Sport Honoured
Wednesday 4th February, 2009

THEY are the men and women who dedicate their time to sport in their community.

And on Friday these unsung heroes will be duly rewarded at the 9th Annual Wigan Borough Sports Awards.

On hand to present the trophies will be former 400m runner and silver medallist in the 4 x 400m relay at the 1996 Atlanta games Mark Richardson.

Organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Sports Development Unit it’s a chance to recognise people in the sporting community for their dedication throughout the year.

And this year there are two new categories; Team of the Year and “The Martin Lynn” Special Contribution to School Sport.

Former director of sport at Lowton High, Mr Lynn died in October 2007 after a 15 month battle with bowel cancer.

The 48-year-old was instrumental in the school achieving specialist Sports College status and taught thousands of youngsters during his 27 years at the school.

The awards are designed to highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the borough’s finest sports performers and the commitment of the voluntary sector over the last 12 months.

This year 108 nominations were received for the chance to be named Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Rising Star – Sports Achiever of the Year, Rising Star – Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year, Unsung Hero in Sport.

Organiser Helen Browne from the Sports Development Unit said: “This is a chance to recognise those outstanding contributors to sports across the borough of Wigan.

“This is our ninth year and we continue to go from strength to strength.

“More than 300 people will attend this year’s ceremony – it’s become a firm fixture in the sporting calendar of Wigan and Leigh.”

The winners of each category will go forward to represent Wigan at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards, apart from the two newly introduced awards which will only be specific to the Wigan Borough awards.

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