ONE of Wearside’s most famous sporting sons has given his backing to the Sunderland Echo Sports Awards.
Tony Jeffries, who won a bronze medal for boxing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has said seeing previous Games gave him the drive he needed to succeed.
And with the inaugural award ceremony taking place in the city this summer, he thinks it’s very important for youngsters to be inspired and try new sports whenever they can.
Jaffa said: “Sport has been a very important part of my life from a young age as it’s a great way to keep fit and have fun at the same time.
“Also, with any competitive sport, you need to have discipline and dedication.
“It was through playing sport that I learnt about that.
“The Olympics is a great inspiration for sportsmen and women because it’s the biggest sporting event on the planet.
“When I saw all the different kinds of sports that were represented and the world’s best athletes giving it their all, it really was inspirational to me.
“I would urge anyone and everyone to take up a sport whatever it may be and give it a go.
“Whether it’s fencing or football, with hard work, dedication and determination you can reach your goals and be the best athlete in the world.”
As plans for the first Sunderland Echo Sports Awards continue, the date for the ceremony has been rearranged, giving people more time to send their entries in.
We want you to nominate athletes, coaches and volunteers in the city who have made a difference through sport.
The new date for the event will be on July 26 at the Stadium of Light and the cut off for nominations is June 19.