Our great country has witnessed some prevailing sporting moments this summer season from the triumphant second place position in both the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, to Andy Murray claiming his second Wimbledon title, but all the individuals who have achieved success this year started somewhere. The annual Birmingham Sports Awards seek to showcase the sportspeople who have excelled in their activity over the past 12 months and acknowledge their strides in their sporting careers.
On Thursday 22 September hundreds of guests were warmly welcomed to the iconic Edgbaston Stadium, with a Champagne reception, for the annual Birmingham Sports Awards. These awards were inaugurated four years ago and since then they have grown and flourished in our expert hands here at Champions (UK) plc.
The sensational night was the perfect opportunity for teams, clubs, managers, professionals and amateurs to swap their sports kit for suits and dresses and enjoy a special night in their honour. Following a three course gourmet meal, former Olympic badminton player Gail Emms MBE and sports broadcaster Gary Newbon took to the stage to host the presentation of the awards.
Each of the 13 categories had three finalists each hoping they would walk away with a coveted award at the end of the night. One of the most prestigious awards of the night, the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on former England player and manager Ron Atkinson, for his countless years of contribution to the sporting world and most recently for his talents as a professional football pundit. (See full list of categories and their winners below).
The glamorous evening not only celebrated those who have achieved great things in the region but it also provided a phenomenal opportunity to contribute significantly to the chosen charity of the evening, Sport Birmingham.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Fischer Future Heat
Professional Sportsman of the Year – sponsored by Birmingham City University
Professional Sportswoman of the Year – sponsored by Grosvenor Casino
Ellie Simmonds OBE
Professional Young Sportsperson of the Year – sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Team of the Year – sponsored by Cartwright King
Birchfield Harriers Men & Women Senior League Team
Amateur Sportsman of the Year – sponsored by BodyPower
Amateur Sportswoman of the Year – sponsored by Inspirational Magazine
Lily Owsley & Laura Unsworth
Manager/Coach of the Year – sponsored by No5 Chambers
Club of the Year – sponsored by Sport Birmingham
WBC Womens Boxing Club
Community Award – sponsored by Edgbaston Cricket Club
Mohammed Mahmood Ali
Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Birmingham City Council
Junior Team of the Year – sponsored by Inspirational Learning Group
Erdington and Saltley Primary Schools’ FA District Team
Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Decathlon