Gardener is guest at city’s big night

Jason Gardener MBE will be guest speaker at the Preston Sports Awards
Jason Gardener MBE will be guest speaker at the Preston Sports Awards
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Olympic gold medal winner Jason Gardener will be the guest speaker at this year’s Walker Smith Way Legal Preston Sports Awards.

his will be the city’s ninth annual awards will be held on Friday, March 7, at Preston Guild Hall.

Gardener is one of the UK’s all-time great sprinters.

He achieved one of his ultimate ambitions at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games by winning gold in the 4x100m relay and earlier that year he became World indoor champion over 60m.

Gardener, an MBE, is a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador, regularly attending conferences and camps.

He plays an active role in National School Sport Week, visiting schools across the UK to inspire children to take part in sport and has also encouraged youngsters up and down the country to join in the School Games.

Jane Booker, partner at Walker Smith Way Legal, said: “We are delighted that Jason accepted the invitation to speak at this year’s awards.

“Having such a prominent sporting profile, he was the obvious choice.

“The event is hugely important for Preston, and we are proud to continue our involvement as the main sponsor.”

Gardener said: “I am honoured to have been chosen to speak at the Preston Sports Awards.

“I understand the ceremony is all about local talent, and anything I can do to help inspire athletes is very important.”

For 2014 the Walker Smith Way Legal Preston Sports Awards will be presenting a total of 17 awards, providing the ideal opportunity to recognise excellence across all areas of sport.

Nomination forms are available from Preston’s leisure centres or visitor information centre and can also be downloaded from

Completed nomination forms will be accepted until Monday, February 3.

Award catagories:

Coach of the year (aged 16 years plus)

Sponsor – BMW Bowker

Club of the year

Sponsor – Surridge

Volunteer of the year (Adult – aged over 25 years)

Sponsor – FWP Architecture

Volunteer of the year (Young – aged up to 24 years)

Sponsor – CVS Central Lancashire

Rising star

Sponsor - Millers Taxis


of the year (male junior)

Sponsor – Walker Smith Way Solicitors


Of the year (female junior)

Sponsor – Preston College


Of the year (senior)

Sponsor –

Service to disability sport

Sponsor – Ambulant Physiotherapy Ltd

Team performance of the year (junior team)

Sponsor – UCLan

Team performance of the year (senior team)

Sponsor – Skiddle

School team of the year (primary)

Sponsor – GB Energy

School team of the year (secondary)

Sponsor – Wallwork, Nelson & Johnson

Community organisation of the year

Sponsor – Jigsaw Training

Higher/Further education team of the year Sponsor – McDade Roberts

Special recognition/service to sport

Sponsor – Preston City Council

Lifetime achievement (aged 30 years plus)

Sponsor – John Turner Construction Group

l For information and tickets for the awards, please call Preston Council’s Sport and Health Development Unit on 01772 906188, or e-mail