Ranvir Singh scooped the UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year at the Sporting Equals British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2019.
It was a glittering award night hosted by the critically acclaimed comic Nish Kumar, at The Hilton, London Heathrow Terminal 5 on Saturday 6 April. #BEDSA2019 is the UK’s biggest award ceremony to celebrate sporting excellence and reward the achievements of black, asian and minority ethnic athletes from the UK with up to 1000 guests and nominees. This year BEDSA have To be hosted by the critically acclaimed comic Nish Kumar hosting the event.
Other finalists in Ranvir’s category of UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year were Ali Jawad and Katrina Johnson-Thompson.
At the same awards, Raheem Sterling was named The City Livery Club Sportsman of the Year at the coveted Sporting Equals BEDSAs. 2018 was an exceptional year for Raheem after scoring 23 goals in all competitions for Manchester City. A true role model, Raheem Sterling has spoken out against of the media of helping to ‘fuel racism’ with their portrayal of young black footballers after he was the victim of alleged racist abuse during this season. This was considered a brave step and has contributed to further discussion in combating racism and representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) sports people in the UK. Raheem said: “I just want to say thank you for the award it’s a massive honour, Sporting Equals are doing some amazing work…so it’s a massive honour to be associated with them.”
Arun Kang CEO Sporting Equals and Founder of The BEDSAs commenting on a wonderful evening said: “The Sporting Equals BEDSA awards never disappoint celebrating the outstanding work of volunteers and communities to the achievements of World class performers like Raheem Sterling and Ama Agbeze. Sporting Equals as a national charity, has ensured these awards are key date in the sporting calendar and important in terms of not only showcasing the excellent work and talent among diverse communities but also highlighting that there is much work still to do to tackle inequalities and under-representation in some areas of sport.”
In a previous exploit during the London 2012 Home Olympics Torch Relay, Ranvir Singh was Torchbearer 108. Here he is pictured in his “Titanic-moment” riding a speed-boat as he carries the Olympic Flame on the waters around Ipswich, on Torch Relay leg between Felixstowe and Ipswich.
Thanks to England Athletics (link) for additional reporting: