Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, is one of ten MPs nominated for the Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Award 2012 for his commitment to supporting local sport and promoting youth participation.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Awards aims to highlight the good work that politicians have been doing for the sport and recreation sector and the winner will be announced at the awards dinner at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4 December.
He was chosen by his local county sport partnership, North Yorkshire Sport, who highlighted the wide range of events and initiatives he has supported, including the bid to bring the Tour De France to the county.
David Watson of North Yorkshire Sport said:
Andrew’s energy and enthusiasm in supporting local grassroots sport is significant and extremely valuable both to his constituency and the wider north Yorkshire community as we strive to deliver the legacy from the 2012 Games.
It has been a great year for sports and it has shown in my constituency, the Olympic Games created a buzz that has helped a lot of local clubs.
I always like to see sport success stories from within my constituency, St George’s Archery Club are always doing well, and so are the Harrogate Harrier runners.
And Harrogate Town’s progress in the FA cup makes us all proud also.
I recently helped at our Local ParkRun where I met volunteers who are there week-in week-out making it possible. It is people like them who are the real champions of sport within our community.