Olympic star to host Burnley Sports Awards

Tessa Sanderson to host Burnley Sports Awards night
Tessa Sanderson to host Burnley Sports Awards night

Olympic athlete Tessa Sanderson is set to host this year’s Burnley Sports Awards.

Gold medal winning javelin thrower Tessa has long been a role model to the younger generation and will recognise and celebrate the contributions of local people and communities to sport, by hosting the Burnley Community Sports Awards on July 9th at Burnley Mechanics Theatre.

Mr Paul Foster, leisure development manager at Burnley Leisure, said: “It is with great pleasure we announce Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson as the host for our 9th annual Community Sports Awards ceremony. Following the success of last year’s Burnley Community Sports Awards, 2015’s event is set to be bigger, better and once again full of Olympic glory.”

Tessa competed in six Olympics; in itself a record, which resulted in her winning a gold medal in the javelin event in 1984. She has also won many other major medals, including three Commonwealth Golds, over her 26-year GB sporting career.

She remains the only female athlete to win an Olympic throwing medal for Great Britain. Tessa continues to work with various charities such as the Variety Club of Great Britain, the largest children’s charity in the world, as well as raising awareness of the fight against leukaemia, and is patron to Jamaica Basic Schools, a charity for underprivileged children in Jamaica.

Nominations for Burnley Community Sports Awards will be open soon and further information will be available online at www.burnley.gov.uk/sportsawards week commencing January 19th or by calling 01282 42501.

The awards pay tribute to those who show dedication at a range of levels or those who work tirelessly to support individuals or community clubs, for the love of the sport or their community.

Categories include club and coach of the year, volunteer and young volunteer of the year, school of the year, rising star, health champion, community award and more.