WEB EXCLUSIVE: Olympic Gold Medallist to Present Guild Hall Sports Awards

Olympic gold medallist Nicola White will present the Preston Guild Hall Sports Awards tonight.

The Oldham-born athlete won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic games with the GB hockey team after her side beat Netherlands in the final on penalties, and she will be this year’s guest of honour for the event.

The awards celebrate and recognise the dedication, talent and commitment of sports people in Preston.

There are 17 categories including the Higher/Further education team of the year award which the University of Central Lancashire dance club are nominated for.

“Receiving the email made me very emotional. Dance club hasn’t really been recognised as a high quality sports club and I just felt at that moment that it had,” Zoe Chambers, the Chairwoman of the club said.

“It’s the first time we’ve been nominated for the award and I feel so privileged to be nominated. I am proud that dance club are representing for UCLan and showing how excellent UCLan sports clubs are.”

The full list of categories are:

Coach of the Year (aged 16 years plus)

Club of the Year

Volunteer of the Year (Adult – aged 25 years plus)

Volunteer of the Year (aged 14 – 24 years)

Young Achiever (under 21 years)

Achievement/Performance of the year (male junior)

Achievement/Performance of the year (female junior)

Achievement/Performance of the year (senior)

Service to Disability Sport

Team performance of the year (junior team)

Team performance of the year (senior team)

School of the Year (primary)

School of the Year (secondary)

Community Organisation of the Year

Higher/Further education team of the year

Special recognition/service to sport

Lifetime achievement (Supporting sport for 20 years plus)

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