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Glittering evening for borough's sporting stars

Monday, 20th September 2010.

The winners of The St Edmundsbury Sports Awards 2010 will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange on Sunday.

The St Edmundsbury Sports Awards, run each year by Abbeycroft Leisure, recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by sports men, women and juniors throughout the year and to celebrate the huge amount of work that takes place within sport in the borough of St Edmundsbury.

Awards are made for the Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Triumph Over Adversity, Coach of the Year and Contribution to Disability Sport, School of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Club of the Year, and Young Community Volunteer.

Previous winners from the Haverhill area, include Haverhill Rugby Club junior section (club), discus athlete Samantha Milner (young sports personality), swimmer Tom Cole (triumph over adversity), skier Alessia Thomas-Jackson (young sports personality), swimmer Steffi Biller (sports personality).

This year the theme for the awards is Rwanda. Bury St Edmunds will be home to a number of athletes from the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams in 2012 as they prepare for the Olympics.

The event will be opened by an African drumming group and dancers from King Edward VI Upper School performing African dancing.

Michelle Banfield-Curran, Abbeycroft Leisure’s sports development officer, who organised the awards, said: “The awards give the people of St Edmundsbury a chance to publicly recognise the commitment and dedication of our local sports men, women and children.

"Many of these sports people have represented our borough in local, regional, national and even international competitions in their chosen sport.

“This year we have a new category Young Community Volunteer which has prompted some fantastic nominations for youngsters who have been quietly spending their own time spending hours helping others in their chosen sport.

"Many of this year’s nominations are about people not only doing well in their chosen sport but others spending their own time helping others.”

The awards could not take place without the support of sponsors who will present the awards on the night.

These include: Body and Mind Studio, Buff, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Tesco, Bury St Edmunds School Sport Partnership, West Suffolk College, Frames Conservatories Direct, Unison, Towergate Risk Solutions, Baker Tilly, the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo, and Haldo Signs and Graphics.

Winners of the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards then go on to the Suffolk Sports Awards in October hosted by Suffolk Sport. If they are successful there they could be put forward for BBC East Sports Awards.

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