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Bedford Sports Awards

 

CELEBRATING SPORT IN BEDFORD

 

 

The biggest gathering of Bedford sports people that has ever taken place was held at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday 12th December.

 

The annual Bedford Sports Awards, which is organised by the Borough Council Sports Development Team, hosted over 350 guests. The purpose of the event was to recognise the many achievements and contributions that local people make to sport.

 

There were 11 different award categories and organisers received a near record number of nominations from clubs, schools and individuals from across the borough.

 

The audience heard all about the diverse range of sporting talent in Bedford such as an 83 year old marathon runner, a junior world Thai Boxing champion, an under 16 power boat champion, a volunteer who has worked tirelessly over the last 50 years plus many more.

 

 

Guest speakers on the night included Bedford’s Olympic medal winners Tim Foster and Gail Emms, with a closing address from Mayor Dave Hodgson. The audience were also treated to a special video message from Paula Radcliffe.

 

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford has a vast range of sporting facilities to be proud of and I am delighted that we encourage and maintain such a high level of sporting talent in and around our communities. The recognition of volunteers who have given a lifetime to sport, as well as international performers, was fantastic.”

 

 

 

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