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. He was also one of CP Teens UK Founder's, Ellie's, biggest supporters - Andrew supported Ellie in everything she did, turning her into the confident young lady that she is today and enabling her to believe in herself and go for her dreams.
Andrew was also heavily involved in the Special Olympics in Yorkshire and coached a Special Olympics Athletics Group in Sheffield.
In 2018, there could only be one winner of the inaugural award and this was Andrew himself. Ross Longden, Andrew's son, collected the award on behalf of Andrew and his family.
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.
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Nominations are now shut for the 2019 Andrew Longden 'Hero of Disability Sport' Award. The winner will be announced on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at the 5th Annual CP Teens UK Ball.
Nominations for the 2020 Award will open on 1st January 2020.