Former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is the special guest at the 2015 Lancashire Sports Awards tonight at Preston’s Guild Hall.
The glittering evening will celebrate the achievements of Lancashire’s sportsmen and women, and the volunteers, coaches, clubs and schools.
Tweddle is the most successful British gymnast in the history of the sport. She was the first female gymnast from GB to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games.
Tweddle said: “It is great for me to be able to attend the awards and see the talent of athletes coming through in the area.”
The awards – sponsored by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust – will see people of all ages and abilities gain recognition for their contribution to local sport.
The awards evening is organised by Lancashire Sport Partnership to recognise and reward all the excellent achievements in community sport in the county.
“It is also really nice on evenings such as these to see the people behind the scenes, whether it is the coaches, the volunteers, the parents or the clubs, without these people the athlete would not be able to reach their full potential.
Adrian Leather, chief executive at Lancashire Sport Partnership, said: “Lancashire has a rich history of sporting excellence and that begins at grassroots level.
“These awards recognise the sporting stars of the future but also all those who take time out of their busy lives week in, week out, to help others to get active and engage with their local community.
“We are excited to be joined by Beth and are looking forward to hearing her speak on the night.”
Awards given on the night are: Adult Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, UCLan Coach of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Primary School of the Year, Thornton Sports Secondary School of the Year, Service to Disability Sport, Young Achiever of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
To find out more about the awards or to buy tickets, go to www.lancashiresportsawards.co.uk