Six Staffordshire athletes inducted into Stoke Sporting Hall of Fame

They join the sporting greats of the city of Stoke

Six of Staffordshire’s best sporting talents have been inducted into the Stoke-on-Trent Sporting Hall of Fame.

The announcement came at the Your Heroes Awards night hosted at Port Vale Football Club on Thursday evening.

Olympic long-jumper Jazmin Sawyers was one of the athletes to receive the honour, after she picked up the Sporting Icon Award.

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Port Vale record goalscorer Tom Pope also won a Sporting Icon award and was named in the list of people inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Para-canoeist Ian Marsden, para-dressage legend Sir Lee Pearson (who his 14th Paralympic gold medal in Tokyo), Olympic triple jumper Ben Williams and sprinter Ashleigh Nelson were also inducted.

The likes of Gordon Banks, Sir Stanley Matthews and Eddie Hall are among the names already bestowed the honorary accolade.


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An evening of thanks

The black-tie event saw 29 awards handed out to community heroes who had gone above and beyond in their professions.

Care workers, emergency service members and NHS staff, among others, were recognised for their phenomenal efforts over the past year.

An audience of more than 260 guests attended the event which included the likes of Port Vale co-owner Carol Shanahan OBE, Stoke City chairman Peter Coates and panto star Johnny Wilkes.

Director of Communication, Commercial and Community at Port Vale Martin Tideswell, who founded the event, hosted the evening.

He commented: “Tonight we are unashamedly local and proud as we celebrate the unsung heroes from across our communities. Young and old, individuals and groups, the courageous and the selfless. The very best of us.”

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