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Sporting stars shine at awards

DEDICATED sporting figures in Solihull were celebrating last week after earning recognition at the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards ceremony.

DEDICATED sporting figures in Solihull were celebrating last week after earning recognition at the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards ceremony.

Long-serving coach Jon Wall scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award after his hard-work and dedication at the North Solihull Sports Centre.

The delighted 50-year-old, from Chelmsley Wood, teaches youngsters at the centre including 13-year-old British Sync Champion Madison Jordan.

He said: "When I was younger I would have got myself into trouble if I had not found trampoline and it has been my life ever since I started - it is my passion.

"It's the youngsters that inspire me. It's great when you get somebody new and they learn a new move or learn to somersault and you can see the smile on their face."

There was further success for the north of the borough when Kingshurst City Technical College's football team took home the School Team of the Year Award. Pupils James Devesey and Liam Jones picked up the award for the Cooks Lane team.

The event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry also awarded water polo enthusiast David Boot with the Sports Volunteer of the Year title.

At 68 years of age, the Hockley Heath resident still regularly assists with coaching at Solihull Swimming Club and was awarded for his sporting achievement across the region.

Positive Futures picked up the Community Sports Award to top off a fruitful night for the borough.

The scheme which has been running in Solihull since 2002 helps young people from the area get involved in sport. Youngsters are referred to the project from a variety of agencies, including Youth Offending Teams and social services.

Vince Mayne, Coventry University's director of sport was pleased with the success and feels that it's important to continue recognising achievement in the local community.

 

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