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Preston Sports Awards 2016: Tony Rigby receives lifetime achievement award for services to table tennis

Posted on - 14th March, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, News, Preston Council, Sport
Tony Rigby, right, receives the lifetime achievement award from Martin Whittle of John Turner Construction

Tony Rigby, right, receives the lifetime achievement award from Martin Whittle of John Turner Construction

Sporting volunteers, athletes and those who go the extra mile to make sport happen in Preston were recognised on Friday.

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Preston Guild Hall played host to the 11th annual Preston Sports Awards.

Hundreds of clubs, individuals and those who work behind the scenes for the city sports teams came together to recognise the best in the city.

The City of Preston Gymnastics Club opened the night with a performance, before a guest speech from Craig Heap, a Commonwealth Games gold winning gymnast, fired everyone up.

Tony Rigby from Preston Table Tennis Association received a lifetime achievement award for more than 50 years of involvement in developing table tennis across the city.

Full list of winners:

Coach of the year (aged 16 years plus)
Sponsor – BMW Bowker
Winner: Peter Doyle (Cadley Football Club)

Club of the year
Sponsor – Surridge Sport
Winner: Preston City Trampoline Club

The Robson's receive the award for the City Trampoline Club

The Robson’s receive the award for the City Trampoline Club

Volunteer of the year (Adult – aged 25 years plus)
Sponsor – Jigsaw Training
Joint Winners: Alison Torrance (Various Cycling projects) and Kath Mason (Sir Tom Finny Soccer Centre and others)

Volunteer of the year (aged up to 24 years)
Sponsor – Frank Whittle Partnership Architecture
Winner: Sohan Rathod (Preston Swimming Club)

Sohan receiving his award

Sohan receiving his award

Young Achiever
Sponsor – Millers Taxis (in memory of Sam McCulloch)
Joint Winners Kathryn Greenslade (Preston Swimming Club) and Ross Cullen (Preston Priates BMX Club)

Achievement/Performance of the year (male junior)
Sponsor – Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Winner: Kyo Tanner

Achievement/Performance of the year (female junior)
Sponsor – McDade Roberts
Winner: Grace Dickinson

Grace Dickinson

Grace Dickinson

Achievement/Performance of the year (senior)
Sponsor – Shout Network
Winner: Michael Aspinall (City of Preston Gymnastics Club – Veterans team)

Service to Disability sport
Sponsor – Preston’s College
Winner: Barry Walsh (Preston and District Blind Bowling Club)

Team performance of the year (junior team)
Sponsor – Evolve Document Solutions
Winner: Preston North End Womens Junior FC U14’s

Team performance of the year (senior team)
Sponsor – Skiddle.com
Winner: Preston Hockey Club

School of the year (primary)
Sponsor – GB Energy
Winner: Queens Drive Primary School

School of the year (secondary)
Sponsor – Wallwork, Nelson & Johnson
Winner: Longridge High school

Longridge High School

Longridge High School

Community Organisation of the year
Sponsor – Ambulant Physiotherapy Ltd
Winner: Sir Tom Finny Soccer Centre and Football Club

Higher/Further education team of the year
Sponsor – Lancashire County Council
Winner: Preston’s College PAN Disability Football team

Special recognition/service to sport
Sponsor – University of Central Lancashire
Joint Winners: Michael Aspinall and Fayyaz Ahmed

Lifetime achievement (doing sport for 20 years plus)
Sponsor – John Turner Construction Group
Winner: Tony Rigby (Preston Table Tennis Association)

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