25 November 2015Beth shines at Pride of Sport Awards
Some of our biggest sporting legends gathered to celebrate unsung heroes at the Daily Mirror’s glittering Pride of Sport Awards.
Boxer David Haye, swimmer Mark Foster and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle were among stars sharing the red carpet with dedicated grassroots sportspeople.
And they told of their pride in being able to honour the selfless heroes.
David said: “It’s one thing celebrating Olympic medallists, but these are the people that get them to the Olympics... the guys who put their lives, bodies and marriages on the line to help people.”
The FA’s Greg Dyke added: “Money doesn’t buy everything. Whenever I go to small clubs I’m always in awe of the people who run them. They are the true heroes.”
Mark said: “We have a huge problem with obesity and need to draw attention to grassroots sport. The Mirror is doing a really good job.”
Beth added: “Without these people at grassroots level, you’d never get the future champions that we see. These awards are teaching people they can achieve their dreams as well.”
Gymnast Louis Smith and his girlfriend, ex-TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh , also went to the bash at Grosvenor House Hotel, Central London, as did England cricketers James Anderson and skipper Alastair Cook, paralympian David Weir and Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster.
England football manager Roy Hodgson was there to collect a lifetime achievement award from ex-England goalie David Seaman and Mirror editor-in-chief Lloyd Embley.
Introducing the award Peter Willis said: “We’re absolutely honoured to be involved in this. It’s an absolutely extraordinary room full of outstanding people.”
Lloyd Embley said: "What a truly amazing evening. I’ve still got a little bit of a lump in my throat. It’s our second Pride of Sport Awards, and I certainly hope we’re going to go from strength to strength.
"It’s an amazing evening, and I'd like to congratulate absolutely every winner and every nominee.
“At the Daily Mirror we pride ourselves on being a tabloid newspaper with a difference. We firmly believe we are the intelligent tabloid.
"We have a social conscience and we have a brain, but I think tonight has shown we have a heart as well.”