Active Bradford hosted the sixth Bradford Sports Awards to celebrate incredible sporting achievements across the district.
Hosted by BBC presenter, Tanya Arnold, a record attendance at the Utilita Energy Stadium included special guests Hell Oar High Water, Bradford City manager Stuart McCall and the Mayor of Keighley Peter Corkindale.
Sprint world triathlon champion Dominic Coy took the first honours of the night, claiming Young Male Sportsperson of the Year. This was swiftly followed up by English national title holder for swimming, Hermione Roe. After taking gold medal at the Special Olympics in Germany, Dylan Lightowler took the Young Disability Sportsperson award. To wrap up the Young Achiever’s category, Keighley & Craven AC Juniors were awarded Young Club of the Year for their invaluable contribution to young people’s development in athletics.
Last year, awe-inspiring, Jasmin Akter, was among the BBC’s Most Influential Women of the Year Worldwide and was named Everything in Sport Unsung Hero in Women’s Sport. She has now added Bradford Sports Awards Sportswoman of the Year award to that list.
After topping the podium at the Isle of Man TT race, Dean Harrison claimed Bradford Sportsman of the Year title. Farah Yasin again took the Disability Sportsperson award, for her accomplishments at National level and work to inspire others about disability sport.
Keighley Cougars were named professional team of the year and Bradford, Keighley and Skipton Disability Athletics claimed Amateur Club of the Year.
Hassan Hayat took up cycling in 2019, taking to the road to cycle twice from coast-to-coast. He has also made major changes to his lifestyle to be healthier, battling against the odds to slow his diabetes, and helps those who also live with Alstrom Syndrome to be healthier. This has led him to win the Active Lifestyle award 2020. Step 2 Young People’s Health took the Active Workplace title for their work to get their staff more active and Girlington Primary School were awarded Active School of the Year. Woodhouse Grove Junior Girls Cross Country team claimed Student Sport Club/Team of the Year after taking the top spot at the Northern Schools Cross Country Championships.
Bradford, Keighley and Skipton Disability Athletics were represented once again after super-coach Janet-Alison Arkwright was awarded the Coach of the Year. Joanne Dean has dedicated years of her life to Bingley Bees Hockey Club, taking various roles within the club so that others, particularly the junior section, are supported to be as good as they can be in at the club. It’s this tireless commitment to others that earned Joanne the Volunteer of the Year. The Teacher of the Year award went to Niall O’Brien, who has worked hard to put physical activity at the heart of Ryecroft Academy Primary School. Bradford Bulls’ epic victory over Leeds Rhinos in the Challenge Cup gave the Bulls the Sporting Highlight of the Year.
The last award of the evening was given to Pam Hoyle. Pam has played netball for Shipley Swifts for over 35 years, competing up to national level. But it’s her dedication to coaching, umpiring, supporting of schools and establishment of the District squad programme that earned her the Special Recognition award.
Special thanks go to the sponsors of the event. Without their support this evening of celebration could not go ahead. These were category sponsors Broadway Bradford, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Living Well, and award sponsors Grand Central, Napoleons, Bradford BID, LCF Law, JU:MP and Woodhouse Grove.
This year received another record amount of nominations, which is testimony to the incredible achievements and success stories seen throughout sports in Bradford. Each and every person nominated is an inspiration to the people of Bradford.
The full list of winners and finalists can be found at www.activebradford.com/bsa