The physical activity evening of the year!

By Llara Munn on November 15th, 2019 - comments

On Thursday 7 November the Active Lincolnshire team were delighted to celebrate the Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards with it’s 334 attendees; a glittering, red carpet celebration on an otherwise wet and rainy night.

These Awards are an annual celebration, not only of the successes of Lincolnshire’s elite athletes, but also of the huge and positive impact physical activity has across a broad range of Lincolnshire residents, workplaces, clubs and schools.

Our ceremony takes pride in awarding the best and highest achieving athletes for their achievements as well as recognising the amazing impact being physically active has had on individuals and the contribution our volunteers and activators make to the overall health and wellbeing of our county.

Rebecca Durrell

Rebecca Durrell

This year’s top honours went to Rebecca Durrell from Metheringham, winner of the Sportswoman of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year. Rebecca is a cyclist that has had an outstanding season, winning the National Champion’s jersey and claiming the woman’s HSBC-National Road Race Series.

Asked what her advice would be for any woman who is interested in taking up a sport but struggling with their confidence Rebecca said “I think the first step is to be brave and give it a go because I think that is definitely the hardest step. Often sport can look, from the outside, as quite elitist but then when you get on the inside you will find so many friendly people.” Rebecca was honoured and shocked to also receive the Sports Personality of the Year and praised the huge amount of talent within Lincolnshire “I really wasn’t expecting this, there have been so many incredible stories tonight and this is really, really special to me.”


Harvey Phillips

Harvey Phillips (right)

Another outstanding athlete that was recognised was Harvey Phillips, Disabled Athlete of the Year, who is a Para swimming athlete who has broken the British record in the 50m butterfly short and long course which has stood for 22 years. He also won five gold medals at the World Championships in Glasgow. Speaking about being a sportsperson Harvey said “when I get in the pool, it makes me feel free from everything else that’s going on. Physically and mentally it has improved my life.”

Our fantastic host Craig Heap, an Olympic gymnast himself, brought the night to life. Injecting bucket loads of humour coupled with a deep understanding of the importance of perseverance and resilience in sport and life.

The raffle, which raised over £1,000 for the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete’s Programme (which now works with partners such as the Adam Gibbons Foundation and GLL) was a prime example of how well Craig kept the audience captivated, eliciting outbursts of laughter throughout.

Thomas Dunning

Thomas Dunning (right)

Alongside the sporting success was the incredibly moving moment where the winner of the Active Change Award, Thomas Dunning, was announced. After trying to end his life several years ago and suffering severe mental health issues leading to weight gain, Tom took up running in 2018, lost 7 stone and used running as a way of managing his mental health.

Speaking after receiving his award Thomas said “physical activity is for absolutely anyone, no matter disability or weight or whatever it may be. I started out at 23 and a half stone and I started to run and ever since then it’s been an incredible upward journey.”

The night was supported by many sponsors who are passionate about supporting sport and physical activity at all levels across the county.

Full List of Winners

Sportsman of the Year. Tom Jarvis (Table Tennis)

Sportswoman of the Year. Rebecca Durrell (Cycling)

Young Sportsman of the Year. William Ferguson (Fencing)

Young Sportswoman of the Year. Lucy Guest (Kayaking)

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year. Harvey Phillips (Swimming)

Veteran Sportsperson of the Year. Bev Johnson (Powerlifting)

The Michael Beard Coach of the Year. Danny Cowley (Football)

Sports Club of the Year. Boston Triathlon (Triathlon)

Active Primary School of the Year. Lacey Gardens, Louth

Sports Department of the Year (Secondary, HE/FE). Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough

Sports Volunteer of the Year. Cheryl Hendel (Swimming)

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year. Ellie Burton (Swimming)

Active Workplace Award. Branston Ltd

Physical Activity Award (Programme). Access Lincoln

Active Change Award (Individual). Thomas Dunning (Running)

Lifetime Achievement. Dave Hendel (Swimming) & Geoff Capes (Athletics & Strongman)

Sports Personality of the Year. Rebecca Durrell (Cycling)

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