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Award winners are so inspirational

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending the Knowsley Sports and Cultural Awards at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park.

This annual event is a really fantastic way to recognise and reward those people who have made a real difference to the borough through their involvement in sport or culture.

Some of the winners were people who have achieved fantastic things themselves, some of them at a really young age – such as 13-year-old champion snowboarder Scott Walsh who was Young Sports Person of the Year. Others were people who give up their time and effort to inspire and support others to achieve, such as Coach of the Year Nicki Horton from Huyton Swimming Club or Young Volunteer of the Year Nathan Parry, who helps keeps the Knowsley Harriers running club going.

For each of the categories there was not only an overall winner, but some very deserving runners up too – all of whom have been profiled in more detail over on Knowsley News.

It’s always humbling and very heartening to hear these kinds of stories which remind us how much good there is in our communities – and how much the hard work and dedication of others is appreciated by others.

So a big congratulations to all the winners, all the runners up, and also to the fantastic performers who entertained guests on the night with dancing, singing and sports demonstrations. It certainly was one of the highlights of the year for me.

Photo above shows: Awards compere Steve Hothersall from Radio City with guest speaker Phil Redmond, and (L-R), Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health; Mayor of Knowsley, Cllr Frank Walsh with me; Cllr Mike Murphy, Cllr Eddie Connor and Mark Butterworth, Assistant Chief Executive.