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Gymnast Louis Smith to host the Living Sport Awards 2020

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is set to host the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards on Thursday, December 3.
Louis Smith has been announced as the host of the Living Sport Awards 2020, celebrating local clubs, coaches and volunteers (Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

The Living Sport team said: "We are so lucky to have Louis onboard to help celebrate our 'lockdown heroes' who have gone above and beyond, showing compassion, generosity and creativity within the sport and physical activity community."

Louis wrote on social media that he was "very excited and honoured" to be involved with the 2020 awards.

The retired gymnast competed in three Olympic games, winning a bronze medal in Beijing, a silver at London and silver in Rio. He also won the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, and was all set to star in the UK tour of Bring It On: The Musical before lockdown hit.

The Living Sport Awards will be virtual this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be live-streamed on Facebook, and categories have been adapted to reflect the current situation for many sports clubs across the region. Consideration is being given to the way that coaches, clubs and volunteers have reacted to the crisis, and what support has been given throughout.

This year will also see a public vote included as part of the judging process – which is now open.

Peterborough nominees for the awards include:

  • Coach of the Year – Ben Negus from City of Peterborough Swimming Club; Jones De Sousa from the Youth Dreams Project; Merry Raymond, Fran Raymond and Emma Lappage from Meridian Gymnastics Club.
  • Community Club of the Year – Bushfield Joggers; Meridian Gymnastics Club; Spiral Gymnastics Club
  • Jonnie Peacock Award - Gemma Stevenson for wheelchair tennis and adaptive abilities cheerleading; Marco Sementa for football
  • Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award – Gladstone Connect Commit to Get Fit initiative; the Youth Dreams project; Youth Inspired
  • Services to Sport Award – Bobby Nelson from Dreams FC; Brian Howard from Peterborough Town Cricket Club
  • Young Community Volunteer of the Year – Lenni Lewis from Peterborough Rugby Club; Corey Howard from the Youth Dreams project

The Jonnie Peacock Award recognises "outstanding achievement or valued contribution to their sport in the face of adversity". The Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award nominees are projects or initiatives that have made a significant contribution to the community by promoting a more active lifestyle.

The nominees' stories, plus the voting page, is on the Living Sport website. The vote is open until midnight on October 25. In November a shortlist will be announced, and the winners will be crowned via the virtual event on December 3.