Adekanmi Abayomi wins the Male Ally award category at the first edition of The Active, Fit and Sporty Awards which took place on Wednesday 4th March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Adekanmi won the award for actively supported participation and promotion of female sport and physical activity.
The Male Ally award was presented to Adekanmi Abayomi by Dame Mary Peters and Sandra Adair on behalf of the organiser – Northern Ireland’s Female Sports Forum.
The object of The Active, Fit and Sporty Awards programme is to celebrate the role of the Active, Fit and Sporty project in raising awareness of participation opportunities across Northern Ireland and to honour individuals and teams who have contributed to this.
Angela Platt (Female Sports Forum Chair) opened the event with a look back on the last 10 years of the organisation. The Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey MLA then spoke about the importance of sport in the community.
The sponsors for the event include O’Neill’s Sportswear, Sport NI, Volunteer Now and Cathedral Eye Clinic.
Adekanmi thanked the organiser for recognising him with the worthy award and pointed out that he is being motivated to support women in sports by Mr. Nelson Mandela’s quote which says, “If you want to change the world, help women”.
Award Winners of:
- Champion School Award – St. Louise’s College
- Rising Star Award – Rachel McCune
- Male Ally Award – Adekanmi Abayomi (EMSONI)
- Research Award – Grainne Donnelly
- Community Sport Champion Award – WISPA
- NGB Champion Award – RYA NI
- Leadership Award – Rebecca Hillis
- Inspiring Young Person Award – Chloe Jones
- Media Award – Electric Ireland
- Role Model Award – Katie Mullan