Lucky attendees of the East Hampshire Sports Awards are in for a treat when the awards evening takes place on Thursday 15 February at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook.
East Hampshire District Council (EHDC), organisers of the event, has announced that sporting legend, Roger Black MBE, will be hosting the event which has received a record-breaking number of nominations. ITV’s Fred Dinenage, who has hosted the Sports Awards every year in its six year history, is unable to make this year’s event due to TV commitments.
Roger Black was a guest speaker at the 2016 awards ceremony and inspired the room with his story which made him one of Britain’s most successful athletes. Roger represented Great Britain at the highest level of athletics for 14 years, both as an individual 400 metre runner and as a member of the 4×400 metre relay team, winning 15 major championship medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship gold medals. He also won an Olympic 400 metre silver medal at the games, held in Atlanta, in 1996.
Roger Black will join guest speaker Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days, as the two guests of honour which will make this year’s event a very special occasion.
Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “Although it is disappointing to lose Fred Dinenage, who has done an excellent job over the past six years, we are delighted that we have secured someone of Roger’s calibre to step in. I was lucky enough to be at the Sports Awards two years ago and hear Roger’s incredibly inspirational and motivational speech and we are extremely lucky to have him back.”
The East Hampshire Sports Awards ceremony is organised annually by EHDC to publicly recognise East Hampshire sportsmen and women at every level, as well as the coaches, officials and volunteers who help them succeed.