The Get Active Team held an awards event in November.
NHS Bolton’s Get Active Team works with community groups and local residents to find easy ways of making physical activity fun and enjoyable.
As a celebration for the contribution that so many wonderful people have made to the Get Active Programme, the team held their first ever Get Active Awards Evening.
Norman Prince was the host for the evening, getting the audience involved with a quiz and stand up bingo, taster sessions of Line Dancing and Salsa led by Get Active Instructors, a raffle with prizes donated from local partners / businesses and of course the main part of the evening, the awards themselves.
Individuals and groups were nominated by friends, family and Get Active Instructors to say why they were worthy of a prize. For each category there were lots of nominees, all of which were deserving of an award. This gave the independent judging panel a difficult task to pick just one winner for each category. People were nominated for a number of reasons including their commitment to the programme, overcoming personal challenges, improvements to health and the support they give to others looking to become active.
The winners for the Get Active Awards 2011 were as follows:
Get Active Instructor of the Year – Janet Gerrard (Line Dancing Instructor – Farnworth & Hulton)
Get Active Commitment Award – Bernadette Rothwell (Yoga – Great Lever)
Get Active Health Improvement Award - Bryan Leech (Bike Active – Bolton Town Centre)
Get Active Unsung Hero Award – Alistair McArthur (Bolton parkrun)
Get Active Class of the Year – Gentle Dance & Movement Class (Leverhulme Park)
Get Active Champion of the Year – David Smith (Line Dancing – Farnworth & Hulton)
Get Active Special Recognition Award – Margaret Wignall (Line Dancing)
All the winners received a certificate, trophy and 2 tickets to a Bolton Wanderers game, courtesy of BWFC Football in the community.
Lesley Jones – Deputy Director of Public Health, NHS Bolton presented the Health Improvement Award said “The Get Active Team have done a fantastic job, not only in organising the event itself, but in creating a world of ‘Get Active’ opportunities that really engage people who would not otherwise have become active”
Anna Roberts – Get Active Co-ordinator, NHS Bolton said ‘All the shortlisted nominees were inspirational in so many different ways. They should be very proud of their achievements. It’s an honour to be part of Get Active Bolton’.
The Get Active Team would like to thank all those involved in making the evening such a great success. It is very much hoped this will become an annual event to recognise and reward so many well deserving individuals.
For more details of how you can get involved with Get Active Bolton, visit their website
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