Leeds City Council beat the competition to be awarded the inaugural Aspire-igen Outstanding Local Authority Award at this years’ Disability Sport Yorkshire award dinner.
The achievements of local sportspeople with disabilities, and those who support and encourage them to achieve, were celebrated last Friday night at the Centenary Banqueting Suite, Leeds United AFC
The evening was a celebration of the continued hard work and dedication of disabled sportspeople and others working to increase opportunity and participation in disability sport.
The record number of nominations received this year was a fantastic reflection on disability sport in the region, and the superb achievement of our disabled sport participants, coaches, clubs and organisations. Congratulations go to all of those who were nominated, and of course the winners in categories such as the ‘Baroness Masham Wheelchair Performer Award’ for the individual who has achieved significant success in wheelchair sport, ‘Young Achiever’ for the individual who has achieved a high standard at club level or in regional competition and the ‘Mattioli Woods Coach of the Year Award’, to name a few.
Locally based social enterprise, aspire-igen, strives to ensure everyone has equality of opportunity. Having recently been listed 45th in the National Centre for Diversity top 100 index, it is proud to support the Disability Sport Yorkshire annual awards. Chief Executive Caroline Harrison was delighted to present the ‘Aspire-igen Outstanding Local Authority Award to Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer, who collected the award on behalf of Leeds City Council. From a finalist list of four, they were awarded the trophy in recognition of their exceptional and inclusive service development and support for disabled people in sport.
Caroline Harrison Chief Executive from aspire-igen said “We are honoured to support Disability Sports Yorkshire, who work tirelessly across the region to enable over 10,000 disabled people to take part in sporting activities each year.
The annual awards dinner is a celebration of all that they achieve in partnership with so many committed coaches, facilitators and volunteers.”
“Huge congratulations to Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer and his team at Leeds City Council, who collected the award for their inclusive service and support for disabled people throughout 2015.
We hope that the council will continue to fund this vital initiative in future.”
“ Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed this uplifting celebration. Well done to all the winners honoured and Disability Sports Yorkshire for another fantastic event.”
Award winner, Ross Bibby, Disability Sports Officer for Leeds City Council said “on behalf of Leeds City Council’s Sport & Active Lifestyles service we are delighted to have won this award for outstanding local authority. We have worked for many years to ensure inclusive opportunities are available for all citizens of Leeds regardless of age, impairment or ability level, and across all sports. So it is nice to gain recognition of this at one of the highlights of the year, the Disability Sport Yorkshire Awards. We also recognise the hard work and dedication to disability and inclusive sport from our many key partners such as local voluntary and professional clubs, disability organisations, charities and the education sector. This has enabled us to create a really strong joined up network in the city which has allowed disability sport opportunities to flourish, and long may it continue…..”.
As well as the awards ceremony and a slap up dinner, guests were treated to interviews with some of Yorkshire’s rising disabled athletes, and Dave Cooper’s Comedy Sports Impersonator.