February started in style and excitement with the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards held this year at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane. Prof. Peter was privileged to be invited to attend this prestigious event to celebrate sporting excellence by black and minority men and women in the UK.
The Awards were established last year by Sporting Equals to recognise and celebrate the contributions to sport made by the black and minority ethnic communities, and to inspire the next generation of sporting men and women at a grass roots level.
It was a star-studded event with many sports personalities, Olympians past and present, in attendance as well as those who contribute and lead community projects and teams. Attendees included IBF Super middleweight boxing champion James DeGale, Aston Villas Easah Suliman, former England Football International Sol Campbell, England Women’s Football International Eni Aluko, Olympians Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Denise Lewis OBE, Tessa Sanderson OBE and Kriss Akabusi MBE
Boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE picked on the Lifetime Achievement for both his sporting achievement and for his selfless dedication to charity work including being an advocate for a number of mental health charities. Lewis Hamilton MBE and Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE won the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.