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The 2021 Winners & Finalists

The winners and finalists of the Lincolnshire Sports & Physical Activity Awards.

Hosted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenters Rob Makepeace and Carla Greene, Lincolnshire’s biggest celebration of sport and physical activity was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Thursday 11 November.

Organised by Active Lincolnshire and headline sponsored by Lincoln Water Park, the awards, now in their 17th year, recognise the positive impact physical activity has on people’s lives, and celebrate those who actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of the Lincolnshire residents.

To an audience of local businesses, friends and family, nine winners were recognised for their positive impact and contribution to sport and physical activity. 27 finalists, attended the evening, and were recognised in 9 categories each sponsored and presented on the evening by a local business.

Here are the Winner & Finalists of the 2021 Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards

  • Active Community Award

    Active Community Award

    Recognising the positive impact that has been made by a group of individuals from any community within Lincolnshire through their provision of, access to and encouraging participation in any kind of sport and physical activity.
    A group of individuals from any community within Lincolnshire who have supported members of their community with sport and physical activity.

    Winner

    • Billingborough Community Gym
    LSPAA Active Community Award Winner: Billingborough Community Gym
    LSPAA Active Community Award Winner: Billingborough Community Gym


    The first award of the evening Active Community Award was awarded to Billingborough Community Gym for the support provided to their local community.

    The Billingborough Community Gym is entirely staffed by volunteers, and since opening in 2013 has completed more than 400 inductions, and trained several members of the community to become Level 2 Gym Instructors. Any profits made are put back into the facility to purchase, improve and service equipment.

    Finalists

    • Run talk Run
    • Voiceability/Speak Out
    Sponsored by:
  • Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award

    Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award

    An individual, group or organisation that has gone above and beyond to continue to provide sport and/or physical activity support to benefit the health and wellbeing of an individual or group of individuals.

    Winners

    • Dan Hone, Active Arena CIC
    • Roger Michie, Active Nation
    LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Dan Hone
    LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Dan Hone

    Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity was a hotly contested category, and the judges faced some exceptionally difficult decisions. Local businessman Dan Hone, founder of Active Arena, and Roger Michie of Active Nation, were joint recipients of the 2021 Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award.

    Active Arena opened in August 2020, and the owner Dan Hone, a former Lincoln City FC player, worked tirelessly to ensure that the surrounding community could access sport following all government guidelines and providing a safe place.

    LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Roger Michie
    LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Roger Michie


    Roger Michie, Business Manager of Active Nation, has had a pivotal role in supporting inclusion. Roger has supported the DISC Disabled Inclusive Swimming Club, has also run a successful Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) project and introduced swimming lessons for those with sensory loss.

    Finalist

    • Paul Timms, Spartans Taekwondo Academy
    Sponsored by:
  • Volunteer Commitment Award

    Volunteer Commitment Award

    A volunteer that has regularly given their time and made a significant contribution to a club, association or activity for the benefit of the participants.
    An individual that has made an outstanding contribution to their club, association or activity by regularly giving their time to the benefit of the club or community

    Winner

    • Fina Martinez-Perez, Grantham Water Polo Club
    LSPAA Volunteer Commitment Award Winner: Fina Martinez-Parez
    LSPAA Volunteer Commitment Award Winner: Fina Martinez-Parez


    The Volunteer Commitment Award was awarded to Fina Martinez, Parez, a Coach at Grantham Water Polo Club.

    Throughout lockdown, Fina was an inspiration; her determination to continue training; led her to promote the couch to 5k for all players; making it fun and interactive; she developed

    training plans and exercises that helped keep our young people active and engaged.

    As lockdown eased, Fina went on a recruitment campaign for the club looking for new players, appearing on local radio shows, TV news bulletins and approaching all the local secondary schools, promoting Water polo. As a result of Fina’s efforts, the club welcomed 32 new players in September.

    Finalists

    • Jake Lane, Lincoln City Foundation and Lincoln City Football Club
    • Terence Timmis, Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club
    Sponsored by:
  • Workplace Wellbeing Award

    Workplace Wellbeing Award

    A Lincolnshire employer from any sector that has excelled in supporting the physical wellbeing of their staff through encouraging and facilitating active lifestyles and an active work environment, at home or in the place of work.
    A workplace that have continued and/or excelled in their staff wellbeing provision and encouraging an active lifestyle (in particular whilst the business delivery has been disrupted with staff working from home).

    Winner:

    • North Kesteven District Council
    LSPAA Workplace Wellbeing Award Winner: North Kesteven District Council
    LSPAA Workplace Wellbeing Award Winner: North Kesteven District Council

    North Kesteven District Council were the proud recipient of the Workplace Wellbeing Award. The changes and improvements to wellbeing at NKDC over the last 12 months have enabled the team to move from Silver to Gold in the Investors in People Standards; they are finalists in the IIP Awards and the CIPD Awards for their Workplace Health and Wellbeing Programme.

    Finalists

    • Lincoln City Foundation
    • One You Lincolnshire
    Sponsored by:


  • Fundraising Award

    Fundraising Award

    Recognising the commitment of an individual or a group of individuals who have shown commitment to a cause through using sport and physical activity to fundraise and raise awareness. The award will recognise the journey of the fundraiser and their achievements, not the value of the money raised.

    Winners:

    • Lindsay Nearn and Tony Lake
    LSPAA Fundraising Award Winners: Lindsey Nearn & Tony Lake
    LSPAA Fundraising Award Winners: Lindsey Nearn & Tony Lake


    Lindsay Nearn and Tony Lake were honoured with the evening’s ‘Fundraising Award.’

    They signed up for the ‘Don’t Quit, Get Fit’ St Barnabas challenge in January 2021.

    Lindsay, a 47-year-old mum of five, lost an incredible 9 stone as part of this lifestyle change and new training regime. Tony, her partner, also lost an additional 3.5 stone.

    The pair completed their running challenge in January. They enjoyed it so much that they then went on to complete the National Three Peaks in just over 24 hours in June and also signed up to scale Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, next May.

    Finalists

    • Amy Hodson
    • Carolyn Smith and Phil May

    Sponsored by

  • Active Change Award

    Active Change Award

    An individual who has used sport and physical activity to make a positive change to their life over the past 12 months.

    Winner:

    • Gemma Warrington
    LSPAA Active Change Winner: Gemma Warrington
    LSPAA Active Change Winner: Gemma Warrington


    The 2021 Active Change Award sponsored by One You Lincolnshire was awarded to Gemma Warrington. This is an award that rewards an individual who has used sport and physical activity to make a positive change to their lives over the past 12 months.

    In October 2020, Gemma Warrington decided to make changes to her health and wellbeing as she was feeling “completely fed up, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and insecure”. Since October, she has lost an amazing 5st 5lbs and has transformed her life.

    Not only has Gemma’s fitness increased, she now has a love for being active.

    Finalists

    • Claire Smith
    • Leanne Kerridge
    Sponsored by:
  • Active Club Award

    Active Club Award

    A sports or activity club that has actively maintained engagement with their members through sessions, competitions and communications over the last 12 months (virtually or face to face), making a positive difference to people.
    A sports or activity club that has made a substantial contribution to their local community and volunteers

    Winner

    • Long Sutton Cricket Club
    LSPAA Active Club Winner: Long Sutton Cricket Club
    LSPAA Active Club Winner: Long Sutton Cricket Club

    Long Sutton Cricket Club was the proud recipient of the Active Club Award.

    The club has come back stronger than ever from lockdown, and offer countless coaching and playing opportunities for men, women and juniors. The club was also instrumental in a pilot for Girls only All-Stars and Dynamos cricket in the late summer, and also delivered a Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival, a fun-filled day attended by over 50 ladies.

    Finalists

    • Evolution Martial Arts
    • Spartans Taekwondo Academy
    Sponsored by:
  • Active School Award

    Active School Award

    The Active Schools Award recognises a school that has pro-actively and innovatively encouraged pupil participation in sport and physical activity remotely and/or in the school setting.

    Winner:

    • Skegness Grammar School
    LSPAA Active School Winner: Skegness Grammar School
    LSPAA Active School Winner: Skegness Grammar School

    The 2021 Award was presented to Skegness Grammar for the countless opportunities they promoted to keep students active in Lockdown. They organised challenges for the students, including ‘Ultimate the Athlete Competition’, the ‘You’re a Star Wellbeing Challenge’, Virtual London Marathon, a Virtual Sports Day, and even a Virtual Tug of War!

    The PE staff team event hosted a virtual sports celebration evening and personally delivered the medals to the student houses.

    Finalists

    • Branston Church of England Infant School
    • Haven High Academy

    Sponsored by:


  • Special Sporting Recognition Award

    Special Sporting Recognition Award

    To be confirmed

    An award that recognises the outstanding achievements of athletes from Lincolnshire in national and international sporting competitions including, but not exclusively those who competed in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

    Sponsored by:

Active Community Award

Recognising the positive impact that has been made by a group of individuals from any community within Lincolnshire through their provision of, access to and encouraging participation in any kind of sport and physical activity.
A group of individuals from any community within Lincolnshire who have supported members of their community with sport and physical activity.

Winner

  • Billingborough Community Gym
LSPAA Active Community Award Winner: Billingborough Community Gym
LSPAA Active Community Award Winner: Billingborough Community Gym


The first award of the evening Active Community Award was awarded to Billingborough Community Gym for the support provided to their local community.

The Billingborough Community Gym is entirely staffed by volunteers, and since opening in 2013 has completed more than 400 inductions, and trained several members of the community to become Level 2 Gym Instructors. Any profits made are put back into the facility to purchase, improve and service equipment.

Finalists

  • Run talk Run
  • Voiceability/Speak Out
Sponsored by:

Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award

An individual, group or organisation that has gone above and beyond to continue to provide sport and/or physical activity support to benefit the health and wellbeing of an individual or group of individuals.

Winners

  • Dan Hone, Active Arena CIC
  • Roger Michie, Active Nation
LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Dan Hone
LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Dan Hone

Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity was a hotly contested category, and the judges faced some exceptionally difficult decisions. Local businessman Dan Hone, founder of Active Arena, and Roger Michie of Active Nation, were joint recipients of the 2021 Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award.

Active Arena opened in August 2020, and the owner Dan Hone, a former Lincoln City FC player, worked tirelessly to ensure that the surrounding community could access sport following all government guidelines and providing a safe place.

LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Roger Michie
LSPAA Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award Winner: Roger Michie


Roger Michie, Business Manager of Active Nation, has had a pivotal role in supporting inclusion. Roger has supported the DISC Disabled Inclusive Swimming Club, has also run a successful Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) project and introduced swimming lessons for those with sensory loss.

Finalist

  • Paul Timms, Spartans Taekwondo Academy
Sponsored by:

Volunteer Commitment Award

A volunteer that has regularly given their time and made a significant contribution to a club, association or activity for the benefit of the participants.
An individual that has made an outstanding contribution to their club, association or activity by regularly giving their time to the benefit of the club or community

Winner

  • Fina Martinez-Perez, Grantham Water Polo Club
LSPAA Volunteer Commitment Award Winner: Fina Martinez-Parez
LSPAA Volunteer Commitment Award Winner: Fina Martinez-Parez


The Volunteer Commitment Award was awarded to Fina Martinez, Parez, a Coach at Grantham Water Polo Club.

Throughout lockdown, Fina was an inspiration; her determination to continue training; led her to promote the couch to 5k for all players; making it fun and interactive; she developed

training plans and exercises that helped keep our young people active and engaged.

As lockdown eased, Fina went on a recruitment campaign for the club looking for new players, appearing on local radio shows, TV news bulletins and approaching all the local secondary schools, promoting Water polo. As a result of Fina’s efforts, the club welcomed 32 new players in September.

Finalists

  • Jake Lane, Lincoln City Foundation and Lincoln City Football Club
  • Terence Timmis, Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club
Sponsored by:

Workplace Wellbeing Award

A Lincolnshire employer from any sector that has excelled in supporting the physical wellbeing of their staff through encouraging and facilitating active lifestyles and an active work environment, at home or in the place of work.
A workplace that have continued and/or excelled in their staff wellbeing provision and encouraging an active lifestyle (in particular whilst the business delivery has been disrupted with staff working from home).

Winner:

  • North Kesteven District Council
LSPAA Workplace Wellbeing Award Winner: North Kesteven District Council
LSPAA Workplace Wellbeing Award Winner: North Kesteven District Council

North Kesteven District Council were the proud recipient of the Workplace Wellbeing Award. The changes and improvements to wellbeing at NKDC over the last 12 months have enabled the team to move from Silver to Gold in the Investors in People Standards; they are finalists in the IIP Awards and the CIPD Awards for their Workplace Health and Wellbeing Programme.

Finalists

  • Lincoln City Foundation
  • One You Lincolnshire
Sponsored by:


Fundraising Award

Recognising the commitment of an individual or a group of individuals who have shown commitment to a cause through using sport and physical activity to fundraise and raise awareness. The award will recognise the journey of the fundraiser and their achievements, not the value of the money raised.

Winners:

  • Lindsay Nearn and Tony Lake
LSPAA Fundraising Award Winners: Lindsey Nearn & Tony Lake
LSPAA Fundraising Award Winners: Lindsey Nearn & Tony Lake


Lindsay Nearn and Tony Lake were honoured with the evening’s ‘Fundraising Award.’

They signed up for the ‘Don’t Quit, Get Fit’ St Barnabas challenge in January 2021.

Lindsay, a 47-year-old mum of five, lost an incredible 9 stone as part of this lifestyle change and new training regime. Tony, her partner, also lost an additional 3.5 stone.

The pair completed their running challenge in January. They enjoyed it so much that they then went on to complete the National Three Peaks in just over 24 hours in June and also signed up to scale Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, next May.

Finalists

  • Amy Hodson
  • Carolyn Smith and Phil May

Sponsored by

Active Change Award

An individual who has used sport and physical activity to make a positive change to their life over the past 12 months.

Winner:

  • Gemma Warrington
LSPAA Active Change Winner: Gemma Warrington
LSPAA Active Change Winner: Gemma Warrington


The 2021 Active Change Award sponsored by One You Lincolnshire was awarded to Gemma Warrington. This is an award that rewards an individual who has used sport and physical activity to make a positive change to their lives over the past 12 months.

In October 2020, Gemma Warrington decided to make changes to her health and wellbeing as she was feeling “completely fed up, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and insecure”. Since October, she has lost an amazing 5st 5lbs and has transformed her life.

Not only has Gemma’s fitness increased, she now has a love for being active.

Finalists

  • Claire Smith
  • Leanne Kerridge
Sponsored by:

Active Club Award

A sports or activity club that has actively maintained engagement with their members through sessions, competitions and communications over the last 12 months (virtually or face to face), making a positive difference to people.
A sports or activity club that has made a substantial contribution to their local community and volunteers

Winner

  • Long Sutton Cricket Club
LSPAA Active Club Winner: Long Sutton Cricket Club
LSPAA Active Club Winner: Long Sutton Cricket Club

Long Sutton Cricket Club was the proud recipient of the Active Club Award.

The club has come back stronger than ever from lockdown, and offer countless coaching and playing opportunities for men, women and juniors. The club was also instrumental in a pilot for Girls only All-Stars and Dynamos cricket in the late summer, and also delivered a Women’s Soft Ball Cricket Festival, a fun-filled day attended by over 50 ladies.

Finalists

  • Evolution Martial Arts
  • Spartans Taekwondo Academy
Sponsored by:

Active School Award

The Active Schools Award recognises a school that has pro-actively and innovatively encouraged pupil participation in sport and physical activity remotely and/or in the school setting.

Winner:

  • Skegness Grammar School
LSPAA Active School Winner: Skegness Grammar School
LSPAA Active School Winner: Skegness Grammar School

The 2021 Award was presented to Skegness Grammar for the countless opportunities they promoted to keep students active in Lockdown. They organised challenges for the students, including ‘Ultimate the Athlete Competition’, the ‘You’re a Star Wellbeing Challenge’, Virtual London Marathon, a Virtual Sports Day, and even a Virtual Tug of War!

The PE staff team event hosted a virtual sports celebration evening and personally delivered the medals to the student houses.

Finalists

  • Branston Church of England Infant School
  • Haven High Academy

Sponsored by:


Special Sporting Recognition Award

To be confirmed

An award that recognises the outstanding achievements of athletes from Lincolnshire in national and international sporting competitions including, but not exclusively those who competed in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sponsored by:

Thank you to our Headline Sponsor, Lincoln Water Park.