Leeds Sports Awards will recognise city’s stars

A host of Leeds's Commonwealth Games stars launch the Leeds Sports Awards with Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon.
A host of Leeds's Commonwealth Games stars launch the Leeds Sports Awards with Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon.
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The achievements of the Leeds’ most inspirational sporting stars will be celebrated next year with the return of the city’s sports awards.

Organisers have announced the annual Leeds Sports Awards will take place in a glitzy bash held at New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries on March 5 2014.

The awards provide a chance to mark the sporting achievements and unforgettable moments of the city’s world class sporting talent of 2014.

Last year’s event saw a record number of over 550 people attend and organisers hope to see a rise this year after the success and excitement of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for culture and member of the Sports Leeds Board, said: “The Leeds Sports Awards are a major highlight in the city’s sporting calendar and a chance to recognise the fantastic achievements of local athletes of all ages and abilities.

“It’s also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many unsung sporting heroes who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure Leeds is a city where sporting excellence can flourish.

“This has been an incredible year for sport in Leeds and one which has really seen the city come into its own both locally and on the world stage.

“I’m really looking forward to helping to give those who have made that possible the recognition they so thoroughly deserve.”

The public are invited to help find the city’s sporting stars when nominations open in the coming weeks.

This year a new category has been introduced by Asda - the 2015 title sponsor of Leeds Sports Awards - of ‘Sporting Hero Award’.

The award will be presented to an individual who has made an outstanding sporting contribution to their local community - whether through volunteering, coaching or behind the scenes.

Richard Mason, head of Asda in the community, said: “We’re proud to sponsor the Leeds Sports Awards, recognising the fantastic achievements of sporting heroes across the city. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating the real unsung heroes of our local communities who spend their time volunteering day in day out and awarding the Asda Sporting Hero Award.”

For more information visit the website www.leedssportsawards.co.uk.

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