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Councillors recognise Unsung Hero at Active Suffolk Awards

Posted by Communications on 21 November 2022 | Comments

Cllrs Mary McLaren and Julie Flatman were honoured to present the Unsung Hero Award at the Active Suffolk Awards on Friday night (18 November).

Shortlisted at the first in-person awards ceremony for three years were Imogen Hayward, Conner Leatherby and Don Golding & John Doy (nominated as a pair), with Imogen Hayward collecting the award on the night for volunteering their time and sharing their passion for the benefits of physical activity, movement, and sport.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are also happy to congratulate the winners across our districts, including:

  • The Coddenham Centre on winning Active Community of the Year
  • Hadleigh Stars Gymnastics Club on winning Active Club of the Year
  • Hartismere School in Eye winning Active Secondary School of the Year; and

The awards celebrate the achievements of sportsmen and sportswomen across the county, as well as individuals working within the leisure sector, schools and organisations who are working tirelessly to encourage, support and empower local people to be more physically active in Suffolk.

Cllr Mary McLaren, Babergh Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said:

"It’s been a privilege to be involved in this awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners, those shortlisted and the nominees. The time and effort everyone puts in to make our communities happier and healthier is so valuable that it is only right we commend it. I hope that even more people across our districts will be inspired to get active and follow in the footsteps of the volunteers recognised at these awards.”

Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk Cabinet Member for Communities, Health and Wellbeing, said:

"This evening is a reminder of the hard work of everyone shortlisted, not just in the last year but throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical exercise and community were crucial parts of keeping our residents healthy and connected during some truly unprecedented times. This is the first time in three years we could come together in person and celebrate these efforts, and it is an honour to present the Unsung Hero Award to Imogen for all their work in these respects.”

Tony Bush, Head of Operations at Active Suffolk, said:

"I’d like to thank Cllr McLaren and Cllr Flatman for joining us this evening and presenting our Unsung Hero Award – the support of our district councils plays a huge part in enabling everyone across Suffolk to keep active. All those shortlisted at this year’s awards should be incredibly proud of their contributions to their local community. Our judges had a very difficult time choosing this year’s winners, and I am sure that task will be even harder in 2023.”

A full list of winners can be found on the Active Suffolk website.

Photo credit: Keith Mindham