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Brownlee Brothers crowned Sporting Pride of Leeds Winner

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Posted 23rd March 2023

Jonny Brownlee MBE, and brother Alistair Brownlee MBE were awarded the Sporting Pride of Leeds Award at the 20th Anniversary Leeds Sports Awards, held at New Dock Hall, with 450 people in attendance.

The other big award winners, for Outstanding Service to Sport, were Maggie Birkinshaw from Leeds Athletic Netball Club and John Baron, athletics coach at Leeds Beckett University. Leeds Rhinos were very well represented with the Under 18’s Academy the Performance Team/Club winners, with James Simpson and Nathan Collins the Disability Sportsman

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation were also one of two winners of the new Inclusivity Champion Award, along with Michael Melia.

The awards celebrate the sporting and wellbeing achievements of athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from across the city during 2022, with 17 awards presented, hosted by Tanya Arnold and Jamie Jones Buchanan. The awards are organised by Sport Leeds with the support of event partners Leeds City Council and Leeds Beckett University, with sponsors Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Sixth Form College and Blacks Solicitors.

Leeds Sport Awards Winners List

• Young Sportsman (Sponsored by Leeds Sixth Form College)
-Jake Passmore (Winner)
-Charlie Broome (Highly Commended)
-Nathan Hampshire (Highly Commended)

• Young Disability Sportsperson (Sponsored by Leeds Sixth Form College)
-Oliver Porter (Winner)
– Lucas Town (Highly Commended)
– Lydia Warner (Highly Commended)

• Young Sportswoman (Sponsored by Leeds Sixth Form College)
-Leah Schlosshan (Winner)
-Kidiest Hodgson (Highly Commended)
-Scarlet Garland (Highly Commended)

• Sportsman (Sponsored by Leeds Sports Connect)
– Jack Laugher MBE (Winner)
– Tom Pidcock MBE (Highly Commended)
– Harry Brook (Highly Commended)

• Sportswoman (Sponsored by Leeds Sports Connect)
– Keely Hodgkinson (Winner)
– Georgia Taylor – Brown MBE (Highly Commended)
– Lizzie Bird (Highly Commended)

• Disability Sportsman (Sponsored by Leeds Sports Connect)
-James Simpson (Winner)
-Nathan Collins (Winner)
-Fin Tonner Highly Commended)
-Nick Leigh (Highly Commended)

• Disability Sportswoman (Sponsored by Leeds Sports Connect)
– Hannah Cockroft OBE (Winner)
– Kadeena Cox OBE (Highly Commended)
– Zara Mullooly (Highly Commended)
– Jodie Boyd-Ward (Highly Commended)
– Jess Fullagar (Highly Commended)

• Active School (Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University)
-The Gorse Academies Trust & Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club (Winner)
– Trinity Academy Leeds (Highly Commended)
– Prince Henry’s Grammar School (Highly Commended)

• Participation Coach (Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University)
-Bob Jackson (Winner)
– Robyn ‘Bo’ Steward (Highly Commended)
-Tris Spellacy (Highly Commended)
-Ghulam Rafique (Highly Commended)

• Participation Team / Club (Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University)
Potternewton Park Rollers (Winners)
-Leeds Rhinos PDRL (Highly Commended)
-Holbeck Moor Football Club (Highly Commended)

• Student Sport Champions (Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University)
– Leeds University Union Women’s Rugby Union Football Club (Winner)
– University of Leeds Fencing Club (Highly Commended)
– Leeds Beckett Cricket Club (Highly Commended)
– Leeds Beckett American Football (Highly Commended)

• Sporting Pride of Leeds (Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University)
– Alistair Brownlee & Jonny Brownlee (Winner
• Inclusivity Champion (Sponsored by Blacks Solicitors)
-Michael Melia (Winner)
-Leeds Rhinos Foundation (Winner)
-West Yorkshire Goalball Club (Highly Commended)

• Inspirational Community Champion (Sponsored by University of Leeds)
-Danny & Louise Barnes (Winner)
-Limitless – Leeds Girls Can (Highly Commended)
-Sam & Craig Gilmore (Highly Commended)
-Joe Pickering (Highly Commended)

• Performance Coach (Sponsored by Leeds City Council)
-Adam Smallwood (Winner)
-Lois Forsell (Highly Commended)
-Deanne Ward (Highly Commended)

▪ Performance Team /Club (Sponsored by Leeds City Council)
-Leeds Rhinos Under 18s Academy (Winner)
-Leeds/Bradford MCCU (Highly Commended)
-Leeds Rhinos Women (Highly Commended)

• Outstanding Service to Sport (Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University)
-Maggie Birkinshaw (Winner)
-John Baron (Winner)

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