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For several years the unsung heroes of sport in Oldham were recognised for their efforts with a low-key presentation held at Chadderton Town Hall.
But the advent of the Olympics coming to these shores in 2012 changed all that.
A steering group was established to expand the two sport categories at the prestigious ‘Pride in Oldham Awards’ into a gala dinner and the Queen Elizabeth Hall hosted a spectacular event.
With a stunning opening sequence that culminated with a young athlete bringing the Olympic torch into an emotionally-charged hall, the night climaxed with a special trophy – the Stoller Oldham Olympic Legacy Award – struck to honour the town’s prospective 2012 Olympians.
Since then, the annual awards have seen hundreds of local people nominated – either for their sporting endeavors or their tireless enthusiasm in an administrative capacity – the very bedrock of local sport.
Oldham is very proud of its sporting achievements and many of the elite stars who have gone on to international fame have both attended the awards and been honoured.
But it is at the grassroots of sport where the stories are most heart-warming and the One Future Oldham Sports Awards go from strength to strength.
The 2019 event takes place in September and nominations are now being taken.