Source: England Netball

Back to Netball and Gary Street shortlisted for Pride of Sport Awards

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The shortlist has been announced for the 2014 Daily Mirror and Sport England Pride of Sport Awards, celebrating elite performers, unsung local heroes, and those who volunteer and devote their free time to sport across England.  Included in the nominees is the England Netball Back to Netball scheme (community sports project category) and coach of the World Cup winning rugby team, Gary Street (coach/manager of the year category).

The judging panel handed the task of creating a shortlist for the 11 categories from a wealth of strong nominations were: Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Olympic star Beth Tweddle, England cricket’s Ashes-winner Simon Jones, and Sue Day, the former England women’s rugby union captain. They were joined by Sport England’s Tanya Joseph, Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, and Julie Whelan, CEO of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 3 December at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and will be hosted by television presenter Ben Shepherd.

Pride of Sport Awards: The finalists

Inspirational Performance of the Year

Jenny Jones, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Ross Murdoch, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Jo Pavey, European Athletics Championships, Zurich

Coach/Manager of the Year

Gary Street, England Women’s Rugby Union team coach

Bill Furniss, Head coach of British Swimming

John Peacock, England under-17 manager

JD Sports Young Sports Person of the Year

Ben Dijkstra, Youth Olympics triathlete

Jonathan Leko, West Brom and England under-17 international

Giarnni Regini-Moran, Youth Olympics gymnast Local Hero Award

Mohammed Zafran, Sport in the Community

Clasford Sterling, Football coach, Broadwater Farm FC

One Stop Local Team of the Year

Manchester Cricket Club

Red Star Athletics club

Senrab Football Cub

Volunteer of the Year

Alexandra Goldstone, Football

Maurice Vaughan, Cricket

John Constendine, General Sports

Fitness First Charity Challenge of the Year

James Bowtell, Cycling

Natasha Lambert, Sailing

Phil Wiggins, Triathalon

Disability Sport Award

Will Bailey, Table Tennis

Jordanne Whiley, Tennis

Jade Etherington, Skiing

Community Sports Project of the Year

Back to Netball, Netball

Bury Football Club Community Trust-walking football, Football

The Boxing Academy, Boxing

Event of the Year

Commonwealth Games

Invictus Games

Tour de France – Yorkshire

Women’s Tour of Britain