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Sporting Chance winners honoured by Lord's Taverners

Earlier this year, leading youth cricket and disability sports charity The Lord's Taverners launched the Sporting Chance Awards, and earlier today (11th September) the 2015 winners were celebrated in London.

Mansion House hosted the inaugural awards ceremony presented by the BBC's Manish Bhasin to celebrate the achievements of young people in disability and mainstream sports.

Lord's Taverners Sporting Chance award winners 2015

Junior of the Year: Georgia Shearman

Sports Club of the Year: Minster Lovell CC

Programme of the Year: The Access Tennis Programme

Greatest Personal Development: Ben Parsons

Service to Sport: Stephen Greatorex

Jean Ratcliff Lifetime Contribution: David Hooper, Grandad of Lord’s Taverners ambassador Alfie Hewitt

The event also recognised individuals, clubs and programmes which have given opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with disabilities to enjoy a sporting chance in the UK.

Sir Michael Parkinson, Lord's Taverners President, was joined by Paralympic champion David Clark and Giles Long MBE to honour the young people and volunteers.

"We are delighted to have launched the Sporting Chance Awards this year and it is brilliant to see the extraordinary talent and dedication that exists within disability and mainstream sport," Paul Robin, Lord's Taverners' CEO, said.

"Each winner is tremendously worthy of their prize and it is fantastic to acknowledge their hard work and achievements.

"We look forward to building on the success of this year’s event and celebrating even more sporting chances being created again next year."

Georgia Shearman, the winner of the ‘Junior of the Year’ award, said: "I’m so delighted to win the award and words can’t describe how much it means to me to be here at such a wonderful venue. 

"It’s so inspirational to be here amongst so many unassuming worthy winners and that what makes these awards so special, the nominees believe they don’t deserve to be here."

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