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Wigan’s Stars Dominate Manchester Sports Awards
Thursday 21st April, 2005

Wigan’s Stars Dominate Manchester Sports Awards
And The Winners Are: Wigan's Caroline Atherton, Dave Green and David Swann.

Photo: Charlotte Gowers

Good things come in threes as Wigan sports fans discovered at a major regional awards ceremony.

The Greater Manchester Sports Awards were held on Friday April 8th at Sport City and were a fantastic success not only for the region but particularly the borough of Wigan. With 10 boroughs in attendance, Wigan walked away with half the awards on offer.

The main purpose of the awards is to promote the excellent work that the sporting fraternity of Greater Manchester produces in the local communities. The evening’s events were organised by the Greater Manchester Sports Partnership and were hosted by Mike Shaft from GMB Sports Council and special guest celebrity Mark Chilton.

Repeating their haul of last year (three awards from a possible six) Wigan’s sporting winners were:

  • Sports Performer of the Year – Caroline Atherton (Golf)
  • Coach of the Year – Dave Green (Triathlon)
  • Young Volunteer in Sport – David Swann

Dave Green winner of the Coach of the year award was shocked to pick up such an award,

“To be honest I’m stunned to have won, I think everyone thought Amir Khan’s coach would walk away with the award. I have a lot of people to thank, not least my wife Cathy who has been a constant support. Jane Bent from the Trust’s Sport Development Unit has helped bring a lot of different people together who I think at first were a little sceptical about the value of Triathlon.”

With the support of Wigan and Leisure Culture Trust (WLCT), Dave has managed to coach a team of young swimmers to such a standard that four of them are now part of an elite group of Tri–athletes being groomed for the Olympics in 2012.

“Over six hundred people were nominated for six awards, so for Wigan to walk away with half of them is outstanding. The Sports Development team are all very proud of Caroline, Dave and David and hopefully people of all ages across the borough will be further inspired to get active and take up a sport. It’s amazing what can be achieved with a lot of hard work and dedication,” said Lynsey Randall, WLCT’s Principal Sport’s Development Officer was ecstatic with Wigan’s achievement.

“It proves that our borough is a rich hub of sporting excellence. The Trust is determined to harness that talent and also provide support and facilities that will encourage people of all abilities to enjoy sport.”

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