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Winners of Community Pride Awards to be unveiled
THE wait is nearly over – tonight the winners of our Community Pride Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony at York Racecourse.
The gala dinner, which is now in its tenth year, will give all finalists their richly deserved moment in the spotlight.
We have invited nominees from each of the 13 categories to join us for a celebration of their extraordinary achievements.
ITV presenter Kate Walby will compère the evening, while the sponsors of our campaign will be on hand to present the winners with their awards.
Francine Clee, deputy editor of The Press, said: “Tonight’s ceremony promises to be a night to remember. We are very much looking forward to it.
“The standard of competition has been very high this year. Whether or not our finalists take the ultimate prize, they are all heroes in the York community.”
Three inspirational people are in the running to win the Community Pride Person Of The Year accolade.
Teenage para climber Sianagh Gallagher, also nominated in the spirit of youth and sporting hero categories, has defied the odds to become a climbing champion.
Sianagh was born very prematurely with medical problems including a curved spine and no left arm. She is described as “an absolute inspiration” and a role model.
Sports champion Brian Hughes – the man behind key sports events and clubs in York, whose efforts have got thousands involved in sporting activities, is also nominated in the category, alongside Penelope Worsley, who has recently retired from running her international charity the Karen Hilltribes Trust, which has improved the lives of countless people in Thailand.
The Press is staging the awards in conjunction with City of York Council and Benenden Health. See tomorrow’s edition of The Press for a report and pictures of tonight’s event.
And don’t miss The Press next Tuesday for a souvenir Community Pride supplement.
Finalists to get copies of York Olympics book
FINALISTS at the awards will be given copies of a book about York’s history.
To help celebrate the tenth awards event, York Archaeological Trust has donated copies of It’s How You Play The Game: Olympic Sports In York, for the recipients, many of whom have made outstanding contributions to amateur sports in the city.
Historian Van Wilson carried out an oral history project last year interviewing York people from all 25 summer Olympic sports.
It includes interviews with Olympic gymnast Stan Wild, and table tennis player Clive Warley, two of the York people chosen to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through York last year.
Christine Kyriacou, of York Archaeological Trust, said: “Most of the sports people included in Van Wilson’s book did not, of course, reach Olympic heights, but all have interesting stories to tell and have proved their worth in their particular sport. The admirable winners of this year’s Community Pride Awards will, we are sure, greatly enjoy reading their stories.”
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