After a weekend of Great North Run supporting, family reunion organising and a ‘petrifying’ awards presentation, I’ve come back to work for a rest!
The presentation was for the Sporting Achievement of the Year, which Potts Print (UK) sponsored as part of the 2011 Leisureworks Sports & Physical Activity Awards. The event took place at the Empire Theatre, Consett, on Friday 16th September, highlighting community sports in Derwentside.
That’s Anna Foster from Metro Radio, that is.
Ian White and myself went along to represent Potts Print (UK) on the night. I volunteered (by way of losing a coin toss!) to be in front of the camera instead of behind it as usual, and embarked on the most nerve-racking experience since doing the best man speech at my brother’s wedding…
That’s me standing right next to Anna Foster from Metro Radio, that is.
Armed with some priceless quotes from rugby players, coaches and commentators (and a couple of pints in me) the presentation was as painless as it could have been, all things considered!
“That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical.”
“Everyone line up alphabetically, by height.”
“He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is.”
“A night-time game is the basically the same as a daytime game, just darker.”
“I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first.”
“We’re about to interview 21 year old Andy Ellis, who turned 22 a few weeks ago.”
“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.”
“Sure there have been injuries and deaths in rugby – but none of them serious.”
“If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.”
And now… The Sporting Achievement of the Year award goes to… David Webb! (There was actually a gold envelope to open and a few moments of suspense required before the announcement, just like at the Oscars.)
That’s the winner, David Webb, about to be interviewed by Anna Foster from Metro Radio, that is.
One of the highlights of the night was the story of Run Geordie Run, told by Mark Allison himself, about his 3,100 mile run across America in aid of St. Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland and The Children’s Foundation in Newcastle. So far he has raised over £100,000 for the charities, and his Just Giving page is still open for sponsorship.
That’s all of the winners being congratulated by Anna Foster from Metro Radio, that is.
Job done. Off back to Newcastle for another pint. Time to breathe again!
Seriously though, it was a brilliant night and a pleasure to be a part of the awards. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to Leisureworks for inviting us along and for all their kind words about the brochures we did for them. See you next year! (I may invest in a double-headed coin before then.)
P.S. “Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”