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Guest of honour Claire Cashmore (centre) presents the Community Club of the Year award to Liz Norris and Natalie Berry of Street Shakers Dance and Fitness. The cream of the borough’s sporting talents and achievers has been celebrated at the annual Bury Sports Awards. Men and women were praised for their individual, team or community success at the ceremony, which was held on Wednesday at the Elizabethan Suite in Bury Town Hall. Guest of honour for the evening was swimmer Claire Cashmore MBE, who has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the last four Paralympics. The awards are organised by Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service, supported by Bury Venues.The winners by category were: Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award – Marie Farnworth, Sports Achiever of the Year – Jake Pope, Disabled Sports Achiever of the year – Sidney Pritchard, Volunteer of the Year – Lucia Cronin, Coach of the Year – Ian Collier, Community Club of the Year – Street Shakers Dance and Fitness, Unsung Hero in Sport – Michael Maguire, IWIYW Sporting Female – Danielle Collins, School Commitment to PE and Sport – St Mary’s CE Primary School (Hawkshaw). They will now go on to represent Bury at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards on 17 November at The Point, Emirates Stadium. Councillor Catherine Preston, deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The annual awards are a fantastic occasion to celebrate the huge amount of sporting talent we have in Bury. “The nominations this year were outstanding, and the winners thoroughly deserve this recognition. We can all be incredibly proud of them; they are a credit to themselves, their clubs and to our borough, and I wish them the very best of luck at the Greater Manchester awards.”




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