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Get active..and nominate heroes for sporting ‘Oscars’

A COUNCIL is to hand out awards to inspirational residents as part of its crusade to get local people fitter and keep them active.

The sporting “Oscars” are a chance for Erewash residents to salute individuals and organisations who have helped transform lifestyles by encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles.

The 2023 Active Lives awards are in ten categories – and the closing date for nominations is Monday 23 October.

A council spokesman said: “These awards celebrate individuals, community groups and organisations who have positively influenced the lives of people in our communities through physical activity.

“Nominating someone is the perfect way to show your thanks and recognition to those who deserve it.” The ten categories are:

  • Active Coach/Activator Award
  • Active Life Award
  • Active Place Award
  • Active School Award
  • Active Volunteer Award
  • Active Young Persons Award
  • Community Group/ Association/ Team Award
  • Project/ Initiative/ Innovation Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • Legacy Leisure Adversity Award

Last year’s Legacy Leisure Adversity award went to Susie Lambert, who after suffering a life-altering brain injury set up a support group, crafting group and eco therapy group to help others living with long-term illnesses.

The Active Young Persons Award was won by Evie Hartley. She has raised tens of thousands for cancer charities after being diagnosed with the disease a few years ago.

Great Britain wheelchair tennis player Abbie Breakwell, from Long Eaton, scooped the Special Recognition Award.

Nominations can be made online via the Erewash Borough Council website, where full details can be found. Alternatively, a form for posting can be downloaded from the site. Councillor Claire Marie Poole, who is Erewash’s Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

     “There are many amazing and inspirational individuals across the borough who we are keen to shine a spotlight on. These awards aim to do just that – so please hurry and get your nominations in.”

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