As 2020 has so far been anything but ordinary, this year's Lincolnshire Sport and Physical Activity awards will be a community celebration to highlight and thank the incredible people, groups and organisations who have stepped up and responded to the situation in a positive way, keeping the people of Lincolnshire active and healthy throughout these difficult times.
The awards, now in their 16th year, are usually a chance to celebrate the sport and physical activity successes across Lincolnshire with regards to competition, dedication, life changes and personal achievements.
Almost 250 public nominations were received for the 11 categories in this year's awards. Following a long and inspiring day of shortlisting the panel of judges; made up of partners from the voluntary, community, broadcast and leisure sectors; narrowed down each category to the top three, selecting their winner of each.
This year due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to have our usual awards ceremony however, we want to recognise and give thanks to all our amazing finalists and nominees and hopefully inspire others through their incredible stories. This year we are hosting an online celebration on Thursday 12 November at 7pm.
We need your support to make this virtual event a celebration that will showcase the amazing work that individuals, groups and organisation across Lincolnshire have been doing to keep people across the county active and healthy and support the wellbeing of others.
To find out more about the finalists and watch the celebration online, visit www.activelincsawards.com
Awards – Criteria – Finalists
Active Community Award
A group of individuals from any community within Lincolnshire who have teamed up and stepped up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to support the most vulnerable members of their community, in any way.
Hogsthorpe Good Neighbour Scheme
North Thoresby Community Support Group
Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award
An individual, group or organisation that has gone above and beyond to continue to provide sport and/or physical activity support to benefit the health and wellbeing of an individual or group of individuals during the lockdown period.
Mark Larwood (Remarkable Running)
Debbie, Sue & Sandy (The Manor Rise Fitness Group)
Volunteer Commitment Award
An individual that has gone out their way and continued to give their own time to support others during lockdown. This may be a volunteer of a sports club who has continued to support their members or someone who may have found themselves with more time due to circumstance and has taken it upon themselves to offer their services voluntarily to support others.
Inspirational Sportsperson Award
An individual who has given their time to support the community and inspire others whilst maintaining their own sporting regimes during lockdown.
Workplace Wellbeing Award
A workplace that have continued and/or excelled in their staff wellbeing provision whilst business has been disrupted with either staff furloughed or working from home and unable to come together as a team in a physical way.
North Kesteven District Council
An individual or group of individuals who have used Sport and/or Physical Activity to fundraise for a charitable cause. Winner will not be determined by value of money raised, more the journey behind the fundraising and commitment to the cause.
Witham Hill Gymnastics Club
Active Change Award
An individual who has used Sport & Physical Activity to make a positive change in their life over the past 12 months
Active Club Award
A club who have actively adapted to continue to engage their members following an abrupt stop to all structured sessions and competition. To also include clubs that have utilised their volunteers to support the community in other innovative ways during lockdown.
Skegness and District Running Club
Lincoln City Foundation
Lindum Cricket Club
Active School Award
A school that has pro-actively encouraged sport and physical activity for their pupils both remotely, and for those in school settings throughout the pandemic. To also include schools that have gone even further to support their local community during these times.
Barrowby CE Primary School
The Queen Elizabeth's High School PE Department
Social Media Influencer Award
An individual, group or organisation that has made a positive impact to lives of Lincolnshire residents through the power of social media.
Thomas Dunning (The Mental Health Runner)
Michelle Gledhill (INJAs in Isolation)
Community Champion Award
An individual that has gone above and beyond to support their local community during the pandemic, whether that is personal support to an individual/group of individuals or support to benefit the wider community. This can include shopping trips & prescription runs for the vulnerable or befriending for those who have been alone and isolated during lockdown. This category does not have to focus on physical activity, instead this award looks more at the impact on the wider health and wellbeing of the individual or community.
Andy Marchant (Branston Parish Council Covid-19 Support Group)
Don Stewart & Diane Burke (Washingborough Community Group)
Debbie Bollard (Woodhall Spa & Kirkby on Bain Coronavirus Community Support Group)
Key Worker Thank You
A special recognition to all key workers that have kept Lincolnshire going in difficult circumstances, to include but not limited to; NHS and care workers, emergency service personnel, teachers, essential retail staff, royal mail and courier workers, local authority staff including those re-deployed for Covid-19 response.