Dateline: 31 July 2015
Val is Valued!
and crowd stand in salute.
The final award of the night was the prestigous 'Lifetime Achievement' award. Recognising the major contributon made to developing young people in sport in Sefton since the 1970's the award went to Club Member Val Delamere. As she took to the stage the crowd were on their feet to show their gratitude and appreciation for the squash coach, swimming teacher and tennis coach.
In addition to her contribution to developing young people in sport Val is still an active participant in Sport playing badminton, and ofcourse, table tennis at Bath Street.
Congratulations Val, a great achievement.
Club Member Val Delamere has been honored by a Lifetime Achievement Award in Sport at the 14th Sefton Sports Awards held by Sefton Boough Council at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday 8 July.
Val Delamere receives her Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Chairman of Sefton Sports Council, Paul Wilkinson.
Photo by Graham Moreton of Tarleton Photography
More than 500 guests were present at the Southport Theatre and Convention centre to celebrate the fourteenth Sefton Sports Awards, an annual event organised by Active Sefton, part of Sefton Borough Council, to honour and celebrate those who impact Sefton's sporting community.
With 17 hotly contested categories, inspiration, committment and enjoyment were key words that resonated througout the auditorium as the Mayor of Sefton, Counsellor Stephen Kermode, launched the evening addressing the packed audience before host, and BBC Radio Manchester DJ, Mike Shaft took control over proceedings.
The award categories included, 'School of the Year', 'Supporter of the Year', the much coveted 'Club ofthe Year', 'Coach of the Year', the 'Positive Futures Award', 'Sports Club Volunteer of the Year', 'Young Volunteer of the Year', 'Team of the Year' and 'Sports Personality of the Year'.
An engaging speech was delivered by Team GB Gymnast, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and Sefton Sports Personality of the Year 2013 winner Dan Purvis who highlighted the importance of grass roots sport and the role of volunteers and coaches who give up so much of their time to develop sport.