Roger Black to speak at sports awards event

Roger Black
Roger Black
Children in fancy-dress costumes before the judging. Picture: Keith Woodland (171003-0087)

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ONE of the country’s most successful sportsmen will be attending a sports awards ceremony.

Roger Black, MBE, who won a Commonwealth gold medal and an Olympic silver medal, will be speaking at the East Hampshire Sports Awards.

The sporting legend, who hails from Gosport and went to Portsmouth Grammar School, will be giving a motivational speech and answering questions at the event at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook.

The East Hampshire District Sports Awards recognises sportsmen and women at every level, and the coaches, officials and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help athletes and clubs succeed.

It applies to sportspeople across a large area, from Horndean to Alton.

Councillor Julie Butler, who is responsible for community issues at the council, said: ‘I’m very pleased to welcome Roger to the sports awards team.

‘He’s a local example of sporting excellence and dedication that is an inspiration for anyone who strives to be the best in their sport.

‘If any of the young people at the event can achieve anything close to Roger in their sporting lives, they should be very proud.’

The ceremony takes place on February 11. The deadline for nominations is January 8.

Categories include school team of the year and junior sportsperson. See easthants.gov.uk/sportsawards.