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Posted 13 March 2017 at 17:33
Each year the judges face a challenging task of shortlisting and this year was no exception. The calibre of the shortlisted nominees was highlighted on the night with some categories having joint winners, the panel were not able to split them; with both Steve Heaps and Ben Ashworth receiving awards in the special recognition category for going above and beyond in sport. With Steve providing swimming opportunities to the masses, including talented athletes, and Ben using sport as a tool to raise awareness of bowl cancer.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Preston, Councillor John Collins, and hosted by Paul Crone, with fantastic guest speaker Nicola White MBE, Gold Medallist Rio 2016 giving an inspirational speech.
The awards saw a show stopping performance from the City of Preston Gymnastics Club and 2 special Pride of Preston awards. The first being given to Stephanie Slater who inspired the nation last summer winning both Gold and Silver medals at Rio 2016 and the second to Steve Daley the most capped England male footballer, making over 126 appearances for his country’s visually impaired team.
The finale of the evening saw Arthur Malone, Preston Hockey Club volunteer being recognised for his dedication, enthusiasm and involvement in the sport for over 20 years.
Photograph - (left to right): Nicola White MBE; Stephanie Slater MBE; Peter Mason BEM, (Preston Sports Forum); The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Preston, Councillor John Collins and Mayoress Mrs Mary Brade; Steve Daley; Janet Walker (Guild Hall); and host from ITV Granada, Paul Crone.