The British Army show their support for Leicester's sporting women

Submitted by lmsa on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 10:14

Once again, the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards is honouring the region’s very best sporting stars with a number of the region’s top athletes set to attend the star-studded event. 

Hundreds of the region’s best will descend on Welford Road Stadium – home of The Tigers – on Thursday 16 January. 

Among them will be a number of sportswomen who have excelled in their discipline with notable achievements gained in the last year. 

The ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award celebrates a Leicestershire based player in any sport that has shown an immense dedication to their sport.  

Throwing their weight behind this award as a category sponsor is the British Army and  Lt Col Keith Spiers, Head of Army Engagement East, explained why they decided to sponsor this particular award. 

This was a great opportunity for us to reinforce that all roles are open to everyone in the Army, with a focus on the individual and their ability,” he said.  

This is also a great medium to let people know the importance the Army places on sport and how the combination of fitness with a great team ethos forms part of the fabric for army life.  

Not forgetting that forty years ago the Army cadets introduced female instructors and this is an area that has grown exponentially.”      

Last year this award was won by Paralympic athlete Sophie Dahn MBE after she earned herself and her country gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  

And, this year’s nominees will be hoping to follow in her footsteps as Lt Col Spiers highlighted how the winner of this award will be a role model in the community.  

My team inspire young people around the county of Leicestershire, and we know that all those nominated for this award will be role models and a great inspiration to those young people,” he said. 

As with anything in life succeeding in sport takes dedication, determination, enthusiasm and passion.  That’s why our team works with so many young people in schools using sport and STEM to help them understand the importance of these qualities. 

As well as revelling in the region’s sporting success, the night will also provide an opportunity to raise much needed money for charity. Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People support children who are suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Their invaluable work relies on fundraising occasions such as these awards and a game of stand-up bingo and silent auction will take place with all proceeds going to the foundation.    

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards and to get yours in visit the dedicated website  

For more information on this year’s awards get in touch with Megan Whittaker at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email  

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