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Cumbrian Sonja Foster is nominated for Sportmaker of the year

May 2, 2012

Sport Maker of the Year Awards

In June 2012, Sport England are holding the Sportivate project and Sport Maker of the Year Awards. These awards will recognise the people and projects making sport happen as part of the official Olympic and Paralympic legacy programmes. The awards have a Sport Makers category, seeking to celebrate the individuals who are organising sport informally for themselves and their friends, colleagues or neighbours.

As part of the London 2012 Ticketshare Scheme we are able to recognise the three most outstanding Sport Makers by giving them a pair of tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The awards will be selected and presented by a VIP panel at an event in London in June.

Active Cumbria has nominated Cumbrian Sonya Foster from Barrow for the Sport Maker of the Year Award. Nominees had to show an exceptional efforts in

•Helping adults to get more active
•Logging Sport Makers hours on
•Having an impact on the community in getting groups of people to come together

Becky Underwood Sportmakers lead at Active Cumbria said;  

"Sonya fits all of the above criteria her energy and drive is incredible. Her ability to bring so many people together in Cumbria and motivate then so much is a real inspiration. Sonya really is what the Olympic legacy is all about and she is a true Sportmaker."

Sonja is an incredibly sporty lady who works in the Leisure Centre in Barrow who came to a Sportmakers workshop in November 2011.  She had just completed a Run England Leadership in Running Fitness course and was looking for inspiration to set up running groups in the evenings.  She has since developed beginners sessions on Monday & Tuesday nights and advanced sessions on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, weekly attendees for her sessions are over 120 people.  This is all new activity done on a voluntary basis and she has logged 125 hours as a Sport Maker for this already on 

Sonja was and still is excited by the London 2012 Games and being part of the legacy as a Sport Maker.  She has encouraged others to come to Sport Makers workshop and I'm sure she lets all her runners know every session she completes is being logged on the Sport Makers website to contribute to the legacy.  What she has done as a Sport Maker is exactly within the spirit of the programme, and she will grow these groups and market the opportunity utilizing growing excitement and enthusiasm as we approach the Games themselves.

As well as being a keen sports lady Sonja has a big heart - she is currently cycling with a group of fundraisers from Lands End to John O'Groats raising money for Alice Escapes.  She has taken the combined knowledge of the Sport Maker Workshop and the Run England LIRF course and increased running participation in Barrow, bringing together groups of 30 - 40 four times a week.

All nominations will be reviewed by a panel and the final Sport Makers of The Year application will be put forward to the regional rounds. One per region will then be put forward to the national awards.

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Watch Sonya's nomination video here