Sheffield's Celebration of Sport

The English Institute of Sport Sheffield

5 October 2016

A host of Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions were honoured at an exclusive gala dinner held in celebration of Sheffield’s most successful sporting stars.
More than 600 guests attended our glittering Celebration of Sport event, which was organised to recognise the past, present and future of sport across the city region.

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Six grassroots sports awards for individuals, groups or teams in the Sheffield City Region were presented on the night:
  • Sports Woman of the Year - Olympic silver medal winning trampolining sensation Bryony Page
  • Sports Man of the Year - Ponds Forge diver, Freddie Woodward, who represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics
  • Sports Club of the Year - Strideout Sheffield for its unique brand targeting women aged 16 plus, many who have never tried running before
  • Future Star - Sheffield Football Club’s Hannah Cain
  • Unsung Hero - Wajid Nazir for his commitment and dedication to the One Nation Community Centre and the Sharrow area of Sheffield
  • Overcoming Adversity - Said Jamal, a 15-year-old Clifton Community School rugby league player with Dearne Valley Bulldogs, who fled Afghanistan after attacks by the Taliban
Almost 20 athletes from Rio 2016, five world champions and nine Olympic and Paralympic medallists representing 15 sports attended the red-carpet event, which was hosted by BBC sports reporter Tanya Arnold.
Amongst the top names in attendance were Olympic gold medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic hockey champion, Hollie Webb, Paralympic rowing champion, Grace Clough, Olympic boxing silver medallist, Joe Joyce, Paralympic table tennis bronze medallist Ross Wilson, IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, professional mountain biker, Steve Peat, and British cycling road champion, Adam Blythe.
They were joined by Sheffield sporting legends John and Sheila Sherwood, Roger Taylor, Peter Elliott, Keith Hackett and Uriah Rennie.
The event was held in the centre of the Indoor Athletics Arena at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and included a trampolining display and auction in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity and SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside.