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Sports & Cultural Awards: Wellbeing winners

by Gemma Melling

As well as recognising the elite sports men and women of Knowsley, the borough’s Sports and Cultural Awards were also about rewarding those who have made a significant difference to their own – or other’s – wellbeing through being active.

We take a look at those who impressed the judges this year:

Junior Active Achiever of the Year

Junior Active Achiever of the Year 2016

Junior Active Achiever of the Year 2016

Winner – Matthew Jennings

Matthew has recently completed 12 months on the Family Futures team which aims to support young people to lead a healthier lifestyle.

As a result he has changed his eating, goes to the gym regularly and has taken up rugby. A fantastic transformation!

Congratulations also go to:

Second place – Millie Greenop

Millie, 15, volunteers as a football coach for Everton in the Community and helps raise money for charity every year by running in the Santa Dash. She is a dancer in the Street Feet troupe and has also helped fundraise for the James Greenop Foundation. She does all of this, and more, with a big smile on her face! What an inspiration.

Third place – Frances Smith

Joining the Air Cadets really brought Frances out of her shell and soon there was no stopping her! She has now taken part in lots of different sporting events, including rounders, athletics and swimming.

Adult Active Achiever of the Year

Winners of the Adult Active Acheiver of the Year award

Winners of the Adult Active Acheiver of the Year award

Winner – Craig Noon

Incredibly, Craig has lost more than half his body weight in just 12 months!

As well as this incredible personal achievement, Craig now regularly speaks at meetings and gatherings to encourage others to participate in physical activities. Despite being a full time carer for his mother, he has improved his whole life immeasurably through his hard work and dedication. Well done Craig.

Congratulations also go to:

Second place – Carol Walmsley

Carol has lost an impressive 10 stone, thanks in part to her daily attendance at exercise classes at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park.

Carol says that the classes, through Activity for Life, have given her back her zest for life, helped her make friends and feel good again. Judges felt Carol was a very courageous and determined lady who certainly deserved recognition for her achievements.

Joint third place – Sam Stuart and Greg Jennings

Judges just couldn’t separate these two entries, eventually plumping for a joint third place!

Sam Stuart was recognised for her role running a karate club for children and her volunteering at Swanside Community Centre, where she is loved by the whole community.

Meanwhile Greg Jennings was recognised for his personal achievements, adopting a much healthier diet and lifestyle which includes regular gym attendance.

Outstanding Contribution to Health and Wellbeing through Leisure and Culture

Outstanding Contribution Award winners and runners up

Outstanding Contribution Award winners and runners up

Winner – Gillian Verdin

Gillian entered the record books in March this year and became a history maker by completing a staggering 60 marathons in just 12 months – including five in five days!  She is the youngest woman to ever complete 100 marathons, reaching this milestone at just 23 years old. Gillian has raised awareness and money for numerous good causes along the way, including a volunteer visit to Uganda helping out at the local village and hospital. Her personal achievements are outstanding and judges felt she is a fantastic example and inspiration for us all.

Congratulations also go to:

Second place – Linda Greengrass

Linda is an integral part of Kirkby Milers, having helped set up the club and help many members plan sensible training plans to improve their health and wellbeing.

She certainly leads by example – having shown true grit and determination in her own training, despite having suffered from Crohns/Colitis.  She regularly raises money for charity and is always on hand to give advice.

Third place – Jan Tattersall

Jan gives up her own time to coach and mentor a staff swimming club in Knowsley.  Her dedication to improving people’s health and wellbeing through swimming is exemplary and her commitment and passion for swimming is infectious. Jan is an outstanding swimming coach and an inspirational advocate of how sport can complement a healthy lifestyle.

Find out who won in the other categories

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Winning schools

Community groups awarded 

Winning volunteers 

Health and Wellbeing winners 

Sports winners 

Artist winners