The Andrew Longden
'Hero of Disability Sport'
The Andrew Longden 'Hero of Disability Sport' Award was introduced in 2018 in loving memory of Andrew Longden, the CP Teens UK RaceRunning Coach. Andrew, who sadly passed away at the beginning of 2018, coached CP Teens UK Founder, Ellie from when she started Athletics. With the development and growth of both CP Teens UK and RaceRunning, in 2015 Andrew started coaching RaceRunning for the charity.
In 2017, Andrew was awarded 'Coach of the Year' by Cerebral Palsy Sport. His passion, love and dedication for his athletes and RaceRunning was incredible. Andrew was also a great friend who was passionate about developing the whole person and not just the athlete. He made so many disabled athletes believe in themselves as he had so much belief in them.
Andrew was also heavily involved in the Special Olympics in Yorkshire and coached a Special Olympics Athletics Group in Sheffield.
This award will be presented on an annual basis at the CP Teens UK Ball and will recognise anyone involved in disability sport who gives back and makes it happen whilst displaying the same attributes that Andrew did - love, passion, outstanding commitment and a true dedication to improving the lives of disabled people in sport.
~ NOMINATE ~
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Andrew Longden 'Hero of Disability Sport' Award. The winner will be announced and presented with their award on Saturday 24th October 2020 at the 6th Annual CP Teens UK Ball.
Nominees must display the same attributes as Andrew did - a love for disability sport, a passion to give back, a dedication to make disability sport happen/to enable opportunities for disabled athletes and a commitment to athletes with disabilities. Nominations for coaches, volunteers, athletes etc. will be accepted, but unfortunately we will not accept nominations for athletes who solely train and compete, i.e. the athlete must be actively coaching/
volunteering/giving back in addition to their own personal sporting career.