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GBA Awards

The 7th Get Berkshire Active Awards

The annual Get Berkshire Active Awards ceremony took place on the 15th February at the Hilton Reading to celebrate sporting excellence across the county as well as applauding the unseen work that goes on behind the scenes to make sport and physical activity happen.

Paralympic swimmer and Paracanoeist Jeanette Chippington MBE joined the event as the Guest of Honour. Her inspirational speech and fantastic video highlighting the UK's achievements at the Rio Paralympics got huge applause from the 300 guests attending the Awards ceremony this year.

Guest of Honour

Paralympic swimmer and Paracanoeist Jeanette Chippington MBE, has been announced as the Guest of Honour for this year's Get Berkshire Active Awards. Local athlete Jeanette will lead the celebration of Berkshire's physical activity and sports awards' winners on Friday February 15, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Reading.

Jeanette represented Great Britain as a swimmer at five consecutive Summer Paralympics winning a total of 12 medals, including 2 Gold. She also set world records in the 100m freestyle S6 class and the 4 x 50m women's freestyle relay. The Athens' Paralympics 2004 was Jeanette's last Games as a swimmer, as she then made a remarkable sporting comeback in 2013 as a Paracanoeist winning medals at the 2016 Summer Paralympics and ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships between 2012 and 2017. Jeanette was made a MBE in the 2017 Honour's List for services to Canoeing.

Commenting on Jeanette's attendance this year, Get Berkshire Active's CEO, Brett Nicholls, said: "We are particularly delighted to have Jeanette join us as our Guest of Honour this year, as she won the prestigious GBA Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2016."

What people say about the GBA awards

Cllr Paul Lion, the Mayor of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

"It was wonderful to hear of the fantastic achievements and to know there are indeed many people in Berkshire keeping active. Thank you for your kind hospitality and for making us so welcome".

A raffle on the night raised more than £1,000 with proceeds split equally and donated to CLIC Sargent (Children's Cancer Charity) and the Stroke Association.

Emily Waddell, CLIC Sargent


The difference that you are making to children, young people and their families is incredible. To put this into perspective, your £546 raised will pay for a family to stay 20 nights at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home, providing free accommodation close to where their child is receiving cancer treatment.

Now that I've got my feet on the ground, I would love to speak to you about better preparing for next year and what support we can offer you all in the meantime."

Alison Morrow, Places Leisure, Sponsor

"We had a fabulous time, it was a pleasure sponsoring the awards and being part of such a fantastic evening. Massive well done to you and the team."

We are delighted to have so many great sponsors already on board for this years' Awards.

If you are interested in sponsoring an award take a look at our sponsor brochure

Find official pictures of this year's event here.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Get Berkshire Active Awards 2018 please contact brett.nicholls@getberkshireactive.org or call 01628 473031.

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