BEDSA Winners announced
J.W Marriott, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
Lycamobile - Sportsman of the Year
Lewis Hamilton MBE
3x Times F1 World Champion
Lewis Hamilton commented: "I am proud to have won this award alongside a great group of athletes and I am also very thankful to Sporting Equals for all the work they are doing to recognise and reward sporting excellence within disadvantaged communities."
SELeaderboard - Sportswoman of the Year
Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE
World and Olympic Gold Medallist
Jess Ennis-Hill said: "I am very honoured to have won the SE Leaderboard Sportswoman of the Year. It is always good to feel that what I do as an athlete can in some way influence others to get involved in sport. Sport has played a great part in shaping who I am and has taught me a lot about coping with life's ups and downs, but above all it has given me some amazing opportunities”.
Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement
Frank Bruno MBE
Former WBC World Heavyweight Champion
Frank Bruno said, “It's very flattering and a terrific honour to be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. I'm excited to be able to be part of the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. It should be a great evening for boxing with James DeGale and Anthony Joshua both nominated for other awards.”
Youth Sport Trust - Young Sports Person of the Year
England U17 Captain and Aston Villa Football Club
Easah Suliman said, “It's very flattering and a terrific honour to have won the the Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person of the Year Award. I'm excited to be able to be part of the Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.”
Professional Footballers Association - Coach of the Year
Tae Kwon Do
Siva has said: “I must take this opportunity to thank my incredible team at Gurumu both coaches and athletes for their unconditional support and trust in me, also GB Taekwondo for giving me the opportunity to work on some really exciting projects over the years and supporting my development. Finally, all the coaches and athletes that I have worked with within the wider Taekwondo community.”
Sport England - Community Sports Project
Swim Dem Crew
London based community swimming group
Swim Dem Crew have said of their nomination: “We are thrilled to have won the Sport England Community Sports Project Award. We have been astounded by the uptake and interest in Swim Dem Crew since we formed in 2013.”
Tennis Foundation - Special Recognition
Community Tennis Coach - Yorkshire
Rashida has commented: “It feels amazing and humbling to win the Tennis Foundation Special Recognition Award. It's not something I would have ever expected off the back off my work in sport, it's great to be recognised for doing work that benefits the community.”
UK Sport - Inspirational Performance
3 Gold Para- Badminton Medals
Rachel has said about her nomination: “I am very honoured and excited to be nominated for not one but two British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. I have worked very hard this year so it is a lovely feeling to have all my hard work recognised at such prestigious awards event.”
University of Leicester - Special Recognition
Paul Elliott CBE
Former Footballer and FA Council Member
Arun Kang, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Equals who founded the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards said: “Paul was an easy selection for the University of Leicester Special Recognition Award, Paul has worked vigorously to fight for equality for years and we were very pleased to honour him tonight at the Lycamobile British Ethnic and Diversity Awards.”
Jaguar - Unsung Hero
Active Life Club Glasgow
Raza has said of being a finalist: “I am delighted and humbled to have won such a prestigious award. I am touched by the support from young people and partner organisations. There was a buzz in Glasgow for this selection as I am in dated with endorsements of support messages”.
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