MANCHESTER SPORTS AWARDS 2014
The 2014 Manchester Sports Awards was a grand event held at what must be Manchester's tallest building and globally recognised chain, the Hilton Hotel.
The event played host to Manchester’s sporting achievers of the year and included sports people across the spectrum, coaches, volunteers and unsung heroes. Sale Harriers was well represented as always, and the only Manchester sports club to be TWICE recognised during the trophy parade as double National YDL (Lower) Premier League champions and men’s British T&F Premier League champions. (Some might say we should have even had a third trophy on display; that of National 6-stage Champions which the club had won for the first time just over twelve months earlier. John Smith and I proudly placed the club trophies on stage, suitably suited and booted for the occasion, though it could have been a different story for me if not for John letting me get scrubbed up at his house after a tough and muddy cross country race the same afternoon at Woodbank Park!
Sale Harriers also had no less than two athletes nominated for individual honours. International athlete and Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jess Taylor was not only short listed for ‘Sports Achiever of the Year’ award but she actually won it! Well done Jess and keep up the good work both with your own athletics and also with the work you do coaching Manchester’s young talent in the academy.
After all that - Yes there is more! Club youngster Jona Efoloko, who this year has not only gone undefeated in his age group, but also gone onto the number 2 spot in the UK all time sprint rankings, was short listed for “The Young Sports Person of 2014 award. Jona trains only a couple of times a week and is not only a great athlete but also a humble young man who is a positive role model to his peers. Jona was awarded the runner up prize but I think we all agree that his achievements this year have been fantastic and it shows the sporting talent in Manchester. Keep it up Jona, you are a winner to us.
Callum Roughneen was also in attendance with his dad and club sprint coach Pete. Callum is the “Street Sprints” ambassador and had the honour of taking the street sprints plaque on stage and also to sit with Linford Christie during the meal!
Posted 14/10/2014 13:40