Disabled athletes prepare for Nationwide Disability Sports Awards

Over 300 guests will attend the Nationwide Disability Sports Awards on Thursday 6 December to celebrate a year of sport for disabled people. Held at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, the evening recognises the achievements of disabled young athletes and rising stars, as well as inclusive sports clubs.  Organised by Disability Sport Events (DSE), the English Federation of Disability Sport events programme, sponsors Nationwide Building Society will be donating over £20,000 to support future talent. 

Amongst the guests celebrating, will be the Minister for Disabled People – Esther McVey MP; double gold Paralympic medallist Hannah Cockroft, bronze cycling Paralympic medallist Jody Cundy, silver Paralympic medallist athlete Shelly Woods and bronze swimming Paralympic medallist Natalie Jones. EFDS Vice President and  retired NBA player John Amaechi OBE joins former professional footballer Brian Deane to recognise the sporting success of disabled people.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS, said:

“This is a great celebration to top off a fantastic year of sport. Tonight’s event brings together those who have found success in 2012 with the aspiring athletes of the future. EFDS hope the disabled people awarded tonight will strive to reach their sporting goals and most importantly, continue to enjoy being active in their sport. It is vital that we build on the momentum of this year to ensure disabled people can be active for life”.  

Chad Rogerson, Senior Citizenship Manager at Nationwide Building Society said:

“The awards provide a great opportunity to acknowledge the time, energy and commitment given by many athletes and volunteers; we are thrilled to support such a positive event and want to congratulate all of the winners.”