Simon takes the prize

Seven times Paralympian Wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn took the Disability Sports Personality of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of Brighton, at the 14th Annual Sussex Sports Awards.

Simon trained with Alex Bliss, Strength and Conditioning Coach based at the university’s Welkin Laboratories in Eastbourne.

sarah-hogg-and-simon-munnThe university’s Director of Sport Sarah Hogg, pictured presenting Simon’s award, said: “We are so pleased this award went to someone with a connection to the university. It’s really great that his remarkable achievement of attending seven Paralympic games has been recognised – it really is an amazing feat to have had such a long and distinguished career.

“The university has a long and proud tradition of supporting high-performance athletes and indeed one of our graduates and former sports scholars Faye McClelland was also recognised on the night as she finished in an amazing fourth position in the Paralympic triathlon event in Rio.”

The awards night, at Brighton’s Grand Hotel, celebrated the achievements of sports men and women based in Sussex and included an honour parade by the county’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic athletes. A highlight saw the oldest surviving Olympian, 99-year-old Bill Lucas, present an award and offering words of advice to the younger generation about working hard to fulfil your dreams.

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