Rhinos volunteers celebrated at Leeds Sports Awards

Picture by John Clifton/SWpix.com - 25/04/2024 - Leeds Sports Awards 2024 - Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds, England - Outstanding Sports Volunteer Geraldine Plant Steve Boothroyd

Leeds Rhinos Foundation volunteer, Steve Boothroyd and Leeds Rhinos Netball team manager were both recognised for their outstanding contribution to sport in the city, with the pair winning the award for Outstanding Volunteer at the annual Leeds Sports Awards.

Alford Gardner, one of only two surviving passengers on the Empire Windrush, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Leeds City Council at the ceremony held at Elland Road,

Alford 98, was the founder of the Caribbean Cricket Club in Leeds, the first such club in the country, and a club thriving today with a very diverse membership and extensive community programme.

Eddie Gray MBE was presented with the prestigious Sporting Pride of Leeds Award for his 60 years of service to Leeds United.

Amongst the current sporting heroes from across the city, Beth Potter was awarded the Sportsperson Award, with Hannah Cockroft OBE DL awarded the Disability Sportsperson Award. Both will be representing the city in this Summer’s Olympics and Paralympics

The Leeds Sports Awards organised by Sport Leeds and Leeds City Council, celebrate the 2023 sporting achievements of athletes, of all ages and levels, coaches, administrators and volunteers. Amongst the community winners were The Hunslet Club, Stacey Hubbard for her work at SCOT FC, and the Inspirational Community Champion Rob Wilson. There were three winners in the Outstanding Sports Volunteer Award with Geraldine Plant, Nadine Booker and Steve Boothroyd all awarded for their significant sporting contributions.

Rob Wadsworth Chair of Sport Leeds commented: “It was fantastic to award and recognise the amazing successes and contributions that are made by the clubs, teams and people of Leeds.  It was a very special evening that really highlighted the diversity and breadth of the sporting offer in Leeds, from the impact that is being made on the global stage from Olympians and Paralympians to our community champions who are actively improving peoples lives on a daily basis.  We were also delighted to celebrate Leeds United legend Eddie Gray and Alford Gardner, who have done so much for the city in their illustrious careers.”

Leeds City Councillor, Salma Arif, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health & Active Lifestyles commented: “Wow what a brilliant evening of showcasing the City’s sporting talent, from our amazing athletes to those in the background giving tireless amounts of time to ensuring members of the community are physically active! Alford Gardner receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the setup of the first Caribbean Cricket Club in Leeds, such a humbling story and a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to all finalists, you really do continue to make Leeds the best city in the UK.”

The full list of Winners are:

Leeds Sports Awards 2024 Winners List

Athletes of the City

Young Sportsperson (sponsored by Breeze)


Jonas Rushworth

Highly Commended

Hollie Wilson

Kourosh Khodakhah

Young Disability Sportsperson (Sponsored by Breeze)


Oliver Porter

Highly Commended

Lucas Town

Sportsperson  (Sponsored by Yorkshire Sport Foundation)


Beth Potter

Highly Commended   

Lois Toulson

Tom Pidcock MBE

Disability Sportsperson (Sponsored by Yorkshire Sport Foundation)


Hannah Cockroft OBE DL

Highly Commended

Abbie Robinson Kadeena Cox OBE

Beacons of the City

School Achievement (Sponsored by Zoggs)


Shakespeare Primary School

Highly Commended

Prince Henry’s Grammar School

The Gorse Academies Trust & Leeds Gorse Volleyball Club

Community Coach (Sponsored by Evans Homes)


Stacey Hubbard

Highly Commended

Fayme Travis

Mark Bramfitt

Mikey Wallis

Community Club/Team (Sponsored by Evans Homes)


The Hunslet Club

Highly Commended

Chapel Allerton Runners

Leeds Hyde Park FC


Student Team/Club (Sponsored by Technogym)


Leeds Beckett Tennis Club

Highly Commended LUUNC – University of Leeds Netball 1st Team

Student Sportsperson (Sponsored by Technogym)


Max Burgin

Highly Commended

Bronte Murgett

Champions of the City

Performance Coach (Sponsored by UK Coaching)


Paul Moseley

Highly Commended

Elaine Brown & Pete Makowski

Jacob Greenhalgh

Performance Club/Team (Sponsored by New Balance)


Leeds Gymnastics Club CIC

Highly Commended

Leeds Knights

Inspirational Community Champion/s (Sponsored by University of Leeds)


Rob Wilson

Highly Commended

Matthew Newby

Otley Zebras U14 Rugby Team

Outstanding Sports Volunteer (Sponsored by University of Leeds)


Geraldine Plant

Nadine Booker

Steve Boothroyd

Sporting Pride of Leeds (sponsored by first direct Arena)

Eddie Gray MBE

Lifetime Acheivement Award (Sponsored by Leeds City Council)

Alford Gardner