Community Games: Shining Lights 2014
Community Games has a sporting hero who is already a Commonwealth Games winner as she gets set to attend the Games. Shaida Akbar has been awarded the title of National Community Games Shining Light, and has been commended by Lord Coe.
Shaida, nominated by Get Berkshire Active, is one of a celebrated group of shining lights who have been recognised either by their local County Sports Partnership or their local YMCA, for inspiring their local community to come together in sporting and cultural celebration, contributing to the Olympic and Paralympic legacy throughout the country. She was selected from a shortlist of six as the national winner by an esteemed panel of judges including former Olympic athlete David Moorcroft and Charles Runcie, Head of BBC Sport, Regions.
Get Berkshire Active selected Shaida because the Upton Lea Unity Group she chairs has been responsible for encouraging hundreds of people in her local area to become more active and consider healthier lifestyles. Amongst their many achievements the group has established a multi-sports club for local girls and secured long term partnership funding from her local council.
“Everyone at Upton Lea Unity Group is thrilled about this award,” said Shaida. “I can’t believe we have come so far. Community Games has really inspired us.”
The Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy ambassador, Seb Coe CH KBE paid tribute to Shaida, “Two years on, the London 2012 Games continues to inspire unsung heroes to encourage sporting activities within their communities. Shaida Akbar is a great example of keeping the Olympic and Paralympic legacy alive by persuading people to make sport a fun part of their lives.