City’s big night of stars

Cllr Veronica Afrin, Mayor of Preston Cllr Nicholas Pomfret and Mayoress Barbara Pomfret, Gail Emms MBE, Peter Mason (chair of Preston Sports Forum), host Paul Crone, Annette Thompson (Walker Smith Way Legal), 'Cllr Peter Rankin and Lucy 'Hodge (Preston Guild Hall)
Cllr Veronica Afrin, Mayor of Preston Cllr Nicholas Pomfret and Mayoress Barbara Pomfret, Gail Emms MBE, Peter Mason (chair of Preston Sports Forum), host Paul Crone, Annette Thompson (Walker Smith Way Legal), 'Cllr Peter Rankin and Lucy 'Hodge (Preston Guild Hall)
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The stars were out for the city’s big night, when the Walker Smith Way Preston Sports Awards, in association with Preston Guild Hall, were handed out.

Former badminton ace Gail Emms MBE was guest speaker and the ex-World champion and Olympic silver medallist gave an inspirational talk.

The event began with a show-stopping celebration of the achievements of Preston’s clubs, volunteers and competitors over the last 10 years, with swimmer Stephanie Slater and boxer Scott Fitzgerald among those recognised for their recent achievements.

The 2015 awards saw the judges faced with a high calibre of nominations.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nicholas Pomfret and hosted by Paul Crone.

There was also a spectacular performance from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club.

The finale of the evening saw Pete Hancock being recognised for his commitment and tireless work for Preston Harriers.

Hancock has been coaching for 23 years at the club. At a conservative estimate, the total number of hours spent coaching probably surpasses 9,000 hours.

Roll of honour

Coach of the Year sponsored by BMW Bowker: Dave Fitzgerald

Club of the year sponsored by Surridge Sport: Cadley FC

Team Performance of the Year, Junior – sponsored by Evolve Document Solutions Ltd: Preston Grasshoppers Under 15s Rugby Team and Longridge Cricket Club Under 11s

Team performance of the year, Senior sponsored by Skiddle.com: City of Preston Gymnastics Veterans Team

Young Achiever (under 21 years of age) sponsored by Millers Taxis (in memory of Sam McCulloch): Hannah Denison

Achievement/Performance of the year – Junior Male sponsored by Walker Smith Way Legal: Kenan Yeung

Achievement/Performance of the year – Junior Female sponsored by McDade Roberts: Bria Fielding

Service to Disability Sport Sponsored by Preston’s College: Marilyn Gregson

Volunteer of the year (aged up to 24 years) sponsored by FWP Partnership Architecture: Hansa Ahmed

Volunteer of the year (aged 25 years plus) sponsored by Jigsaw Training: Betty Huggon

School of the year (Primary) sponsored by GB Energy: St Andrew’s CE Primary School

School of the year (Secondary) sponsored by Wallwork, Nelson and Johnson: Corpus Christi Catholic High School

Community organisation of the year sponsored by Holiday Inn Preston: Fishwick Rangers Youth Development Scheme

Higher /further education team of the year sponsored by Lancashire County Council: Preston’s College Under 18s Basketball Team

Achievement/performance of the year Senior sponsored by Shout Network: Scott Fitzgerald (Image PSA 0110) and Stephanie Slater

Special Recognition / Service 
to Sport sponsored by 
University of Central Lancashire: Sue Penrith

Lifetime Achievement sponsored by John Turner Construction Group: Pete Hancock