Five Sussex Sport Awards winners are crowned

Covid was never going to stop the annual Sussex Sports Awards in its tracks.

Andy Lindley
Andy Lindley

With the restrictions around the pandemic this year, the usual black-tie event was unable to go ahead as usual. But for 2020 the Sussex Sports Awards organisers, Active Sussex, ran a week-long ‘virtual’ celebration on social media, showcasing all that’s been achieved for physical activity and sport in Sussex this year.

Each day focused on a different theme, celebrating all the organisations, clubs, schools and champions who work hard to keep their communities active.

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Powerful and moving videos showcasing the finalists for each award were shared on social media, building up to the evening where the award winners were finally announced.

Defiant Sports

The Sussex Sports Awards 2020 full list of winners:

Community Engagement Award

Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd (Bexhill-on-Sea)

Inclusion and Diversity Award

Georgia Langston

Defiant Sports (Eastbourne)

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

Peter Clare (Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School) (Hastings)

Sports Personality of the Year Award

Peter Clare

Georgia Langston (Baton Twirling) (Hassocks)

Volunteer of the Year Award

Andy Lindley (Sands United FC Brighton & Hove)

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex Chief Executive, commented: “Celebrating the fantastic initiatives, hard work and achievements that have been going on across Sussex has felt more important than ever this year, given the challenges that we have faced in 2020. The Sussex community have fought these challenges head on, and this has been reflected in each one of our finalists in the Sussex Sports Awards this year.

Up-Grade Training and Therapy Ltd

“Judging these nominations was incredibly difficult, so the winners should be very proud to have come out on top of such a high quality field of nominees. I would like to congratulate all who were nominated in this year’s awards and wish everyone the best of luck for the future.”

The individual finalists and winners videos are available to watch on the Active Sussex YouTube channel:

If you would like to be involved with next year's event, including sponsorship, please contact Ed Bartram, Active Sussex's Event Officer: E: [email protected]