Greater Manchester Sports Awards returns for its 17th year!

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On Friday 17th November the Greater Manchester Sports Awards will be held at the The Point, Emirates Old Trafford. This prestigious event is in its 17th year and one of the most well attended events in the city’s calendar.

While the sporting community in Greater Manchester look forward to the forthcoming event, we’d like to reflect on the 2016 event and what was an exceptional evening for Beryl Birch and her contribution to Rounders. Nominated for two awards, Unsung Hero and Champions Award, Beryl was a true advocate for sport and activity and at 74 years of age showed no signs of slowing down.

Even during her working life Beryl had always found time for her passions of Rounders and Netball and it was in Rounders that she made a real difference across the borough of Rochdale.

Beryl’s Unsung Hero award was richly deserved. Having been actively involved in the Rochdale Ladies Rounders League as Chair for over 20 years, Beryl formed part of a group of ladies that have sustained and grown the league. The league now has 3 divisions. Beryl’s biggest strength is in inspiring players of different backgrounds and ages to play to the best of their ability.

Beryl Birch presented with the Unsung Hero award for her contribution to Rounders in Rochdale

Beryl Birch presented with the Unsung Hero Award by Olympic bronze medallist Bianca Walkden, sponsored by Manchester United Foundation: credit Greater Sport

Beryl was named the winner of this year’s Champions Award judged by an independent panel. Beryl was one of seven finalists from the borough who, alongside representatives from nine other Greater Manchester local authorities, were all challenging the top honour of being crowned a Greater Manchester champion. This honour goes to the winner who is seen to be creating the widest impact in sport across Greater Manchester.

Beryl Birch presented with Champions Award for contribution to Rounders in Rochdale

Beryl Birch presented with the Champions Award by Louis Ragou: credit Greater Sport

Details of the 2017 event can be found on the Greater Manchester website. The nomination process is open and tickets for the event can be purchased online. We’d like to wish to all of the nominees good luck at this year’s event.

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