Published: Tuesday, 22nd November 2022

An array of sporting stars will help celebrate Medway’s sporting success at next month’s Medway Sports Awards.

The prestigious awards highlight the fantastic achievements of local clubs, teams, individuals and coaches as well as volunteers and schools. The Medway Sports Awards, organised by Medway Council, also celebrate, and shine a light on, Medway’s finest sportspeople and the dedication of everyone involved in sport in Medway.

British football legend Chris Waddle, who played for England in the 1990 World Cup, will be a guest at the Medway Sports Awards on Friday, 16 December at Rochester Corn Exchange. He played in the infamous England V Argentina ‘hand of God’ game.

Chris had a long career playing for a number of British and European clubs and won the Football Writer’s Footballer of the Year award in 1993 and even contributed to the famous 1990 World Cup anthem by New Order.

Commonwealth Gymnastics champion Georgia-Mae Fenton will also be a special guest at the awards.

In 2018 Georgia-Mae won a gold medal on the uneven bars and a team silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Cost. In this year’s 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham she won gold in the same categories. Georgia-Mae and the team also won a silver medal at the 2022 World Championships in Liverpool securing their spot in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Jamaican Olympic gymnast and sports presenter Danusia Francis-Reid will compere the awards ceremony. Danusia won her first British Championship at just nine years old and placed in the top six at every British Championships until she was 18. Danusia was a reserve for the GB Olympic team in 2012 and finally made it to the postponed Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, she tore her ACL before competing and did a short bar routine to become an Olympian. Danusia recently hosted the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool.

Previous winners of the Medway Sports Awards include gold medal winning Olympic hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch, Paralympic gold medal winning skier Charlotte Evans and professional boxer Karol Itauma.

Celebrating Medway's fantastic athletes, coaches and volunteers

Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We are delighted that sporting stars Danusia Francis-Reid, Chris Waddle and Georgia-Mae Fenton will be attending the Medway Sports Awards next month. The awards highlight Medway’s fantastic athletes, coaches and volunteers as well as professional and community clubs. I look forward to celebrating this year’s nominees and their successes.”

The Medway Sports Awards also celebrate children and young people’s sporting achievements, which supports the council’s aspiration to make Medway even more child-friendly.

The awards cover achievements during the period 1 October 2018 to 31 October 2022 and are sponsored by Bellway Homes. 

Find out more about the sports awards.

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