Academy student wins Lincolnshire sport award

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year Gemma Gray alongside award sponsor Nikki Cooper from Branston Ltd and runners up Melissa Poole and Oscar Tierney.
Young Sports Volunteer of the Year Gemma Gray alongside award sponsor Nikki Cooper from Branston Ltd and runners up Melissa Poole and Oscar Tierney.

A Burgh le Marsh schoolgirl who studies at Skegness Academy has been awarded Young Sports Volunteer of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2013.

Gemma Gray was recognised for her devoted commitment to volunteering in the community at the 2013 Sports Awards following her continuous hard work afterschool and at weekends.

Eighteen-year-old Gemma has played an integral role in providing opportunities for younger students in sport.

As well as volunteering in the nationally recognised primary programme that runs from the Skegness Academy, Gemma has shown flexibility as a leader co-ordinating a plethora of sporting events including Year 2/3 swimming gala, the National finals for sports hall athletics at the NEC in Birmingham and a Year 6 netball tournament.

Gemma said: “Seeing the young children faces at the end of the day makes volunteering all worthwhile. There is no better feeling than knowing you are helping and supporting young people in sport. I am really proud and honoured to be recognised for the work I do.”

Almost 350 guests celebrated Lincolnshire’s year of sporting success at the annual Sports Awards event, organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to recognise those involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership said: “The Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2013 were a huge success; we celebrated and recognised some of our top sportsmen and women as well as volunteers, coaches, clubs and individuals whose lives have been impacted by sport and physical activity.

“2013 has been a fantastic year for sport and the Lincolnshire Sports Awards were a perfect opportunity to celebrate Lincolnshire’s sporting success.”

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership would like to thank host Jacqui Oatley, local businesses and organisations for their support, Branston Ltd for their sponsorship, guests and nominees for making the event so successful.