British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards, JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, 6 February 2016




It was a fantastic night at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards! Celebrating Black and Asian sporting talent. This annual event is organised by Sporting Equals and this year was another success. Winners included Jess Ennis-Hill, Frank Bruno, Easah Suliman, SwimDem Crew. In the company of many sports stars: football international Eniola Aluko, Olympian Denise Lewis, middleweight boxing champion James Degale and netball international Pamela Cookey.

Former heavyweight champion of the world Frank Bruno was awarded the lifetime achievement award and gave a moving speech to a standing ovation about his life story and his journey to overcome adversity. Bruno’s words were uplifting and inspirational, reminding the audience of what it means to truly be the ‘People’s Champion’. The boxing hero was selected by a panel of expert judges including Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE, former West Bromwich Albion favourite Brendon Batson OBE and retired international athletes Derek Redmond and Jason Gardener MBE. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to the sportsperson who has had a major impact on the world of sport and charity in their lifetime. Frank Bruno follows in the footsteps of Denise Lewis OBE who received the award last year. Check out 40 seconds in for my short interview on the red carpet at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards