The 19th annual Greater Manchester Sports Awards returned to Emirates Old Trafford on 15th November 2019.
The awards celebrate the outstanding talent, hard work and passion of those who go the extra mile to deliver community grassroots sport across the city region.
Trafford based Solemother scooped the Initiative of the Year award. This award recognises a physical activity initiative by an organisation that has made a difference in communities and achieved positive social outcomes.
Solemother was established by Grace Lees in January 2017 after she couldn’t fit any other kind of exercise into her busy life as a working mum. She set up a Facebook group and started running with fellow mums. Solemother has grown over the last year and currently has 933 members. Solemother isn’t just about the running, it’s all about the women involved; it’s about getting out, being active, feeling good and supporting others.
Winners and guests enjoyed a fantastic evening bursting with inspirational stories, including Kirsty Rowlinson-Groves, the winner of the prestigious Mayor’s Award. An expert fitness instructor Kirsty developed and led the successful CAN:Move cancer exercise referral scheme in Salford.
GreaterSport CEO Sara Tomkins said;
“The Greater Manchester Sports Awards celebrates the unsung sporting heroes across our region who have a positive impact on people’s lives. The awards event continues to grow year on year and the number of nominations and the variety of sports and activities represented are evidence of the growing physical activity movement that is sweeping across our city-region.
“I congratulate all the winners for their outstanding achievements over the last 12 months.”