Olympic Champion to be Guest of Honour at Sports Awards

Olympic gold medalist Peter Kennaugh has been announced as the guest of honour for this year’s Isle of Man Sports Awards.

The annual ceremony sees the achievements of the island’s top athletes, teams and coaches recognised in front of sports fans, with 11 awards up for grabs.

As a professional cyclist Kennaugh, 31, won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, becoming the first Manxman in 100 years to do so. He enjoyed nearly a decade at the top of the sport which also saw him win two British National Road Race championships.

Speaking of being invited as the guest of honour, Kennaugh said: ‘It’s an honour to be part of this year’s Isle of Man Sports Awards. I am really looking forward to seeing young Manx talent recognized and acknowledged for their hard work and achievements.’

The celebration of sport was to be staged at the Villa Marina in Douglas in March but was delayed due to coronavirus restrictions.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport, said: ‘I am delighted Peter has accepted our invitation and I am sure everyone who attends will learn from his sporting journey, and take inspiration from it.’

The shortlist for the awards, sponsored by Microgaming Play It Forward, was announced in February, and the event will reflect the exceptional challenges faced by many in 2020 while shining a light on sport’s unsung heroes.

During the evening Sports Aid scholarships will also be presented to 51 recipients for 2021/22. Each scholarship provides a combination of financial support towards travel and equipment plus access to services at the Isle of Man Sport Institute. Kennaugh was a recipient of Sport Aid support at the start of his sporting journey as well as a winner of the sportsman of the year title in 2012 and 2014.

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