Duo’s success at Lancashire Sports Awards

Ryan Ashton.
Ryan Ashton.

The largest celebration of amateur sport in the county took place at The De Vere Hotel, Blackpool, on Friday with two Lancaster youngsters walking away with awards.

The Lancashire Sports Awards, now in its 12th year, showcased local talent, inspiring effort and sporting dedication at a glittering awards ceremony.

Ryan Ashton won the SportsMakers Young Volunteer of the Year award, while Beau Smith took the South Ribble Leisure Young Achiever of the Year award.

Ryan has been coaching young people in a wide range of sports and has participated in training qualifications to support all the volunteering work he does.

At Lancaster and Morecambe College Ryan has coached groups of students with disabilities and learning difficulties, giving them the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports.

He has given over 500 hours of voluntary work within the last year and is looking forward to getting involved with local secondary schools next year in order to expand his volunteering work.

Beau has been selected to represent Great Britiain at the 2013 Elite Under 23s European Championships in 
Holland.

Last year he was ranked the number one British Male Junior and in his first year won the British Universities and Colleges Sport Sprint Triathlon championships.

He is also recognised by coaches and parents to be a positive role model and inspiration to younger 
children.

At the ceremony, football legend Jimmy Armfield, Olympic Gold Medal cyclist Steven Burke and Paralympic Silver Medal cyclist Rik Waddon joined the nominees and guests and helped to announce some of the winners in the eight award categories.

The eight award categories were judged by Jimmy Armfield, Tom Webster from English Federation of Disability Sport, Maggie Still from British Equestrian Federation, Sarah Fullick from Sports Coach UK and Adrian Leather from Lancashire Sport.