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Peterborough women win at Living Sport Awards

The winners of the Living Sport Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony on December 3, hosted by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, and Peterborough women got big prizes.
Gemma Stevenson and Lenni Lewis won Living Sport Awards at the virtual ceremony last night (Photos: Supplied)

The focus of the event for this year was 'lockdown heroes' across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have gone the extra mile during these turbulent times, showing compassion, generosity and creativity within the sports community.

Peterborough clubs, coaches, players and volunteers were all finalists, and two women were announced as winners on the night: Gemma Stevenson won the Jonnie Peacock Award, and Lenni Lewis won Young Community Volunteer of the Year.

Writing on social media after her win, Gemma said she hadn't been expecting to win and was "still in shock" but the win had shown her that with the right support she "can still 'do me' and be passionate about making things better for others". Her thanks went out to Living Sport, her family, the City of Peterborough Tennis Club, the wheelchair tennis community, editors and friends. She added that she hoped she had "been a good ambassador" for her charities, The Thomas Read Bursary and Dystonia UK.

The Youth Dreams Project and Spiral Gymnastics Club didn't take home awards - but have plenty to be proud of with the amazing work done for the community this year.

Other winners included the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Cambridge United Community Trust.

Living Sport is a charity that aims to improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of the people of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire by inspiring them to get active.

Chief Executive, Simon Fairhall, said: "Congratulations to our winners, all those nominated and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure sport is enjoyed by so many across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire this year.

"It has been particularly tough for local sport in recent months with lockdown and restrictions in place, but we were determined to still honour our sporting stars, clubs, coaches and lockdown and community heroes.

"I want to thank everyone involved for all their support with these awards as I know it took a lot of work to organise in this new format. Looking ahead to 2021, we hope to see a brighter year for all where we can start to get together in a more social environment and continue to support and celebrate those individuals and organisations going that extra mile to help others get active and healthy."

Louis Smith added: "It was an honour to be part of the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards and a real inspiration to learn about the efforts of those across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have given their all to help others in a year like no other. There was a range of excellent finalists and a group of worthy winners."

The judging panel consisted of former Paralympic Games athlete Dr Dan Gordon; Education Consultant Carol Gronow; Sports journalist and presenter Steve Jackson and Living Sport Relationship Manager Rebecca Evans.

The event sponsors were headline sponsor Central England Co-operative, with Anglia Ruskin University, Lifeplus, Azets, Bidwells, Everyone Health and Nene Park Trust as category sponsors. Other supporters included RBR Active, Ladbrook Insurance and the Federation of Small Businesses.