Jon Grubb

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Jon is the chairman of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. He grew up in Louth and returned to the county in 2005 to take the editor’s chair at the Lincolnshire Echo. He left in summer of 2011 to start his own PR company, Grubb Street Media. His is married and lives near Sleaford with his wife, two children and two dogs.


Last summer’s Olympic Games may seem a distant memory now, but the effects of the event are still with us today.

Nationally, there can be little doubt the legacy of the games is very real indeed. A staggering 1.4 million more people are playing sport than in 2005 when London won the bid. Perhaps more importantly, the number of young people playing sport every week has topped 3.8 million.

That encouraging trend is being reflected at a local level too – with the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership (LSP) at the heart of efforts to inspire all ages to get active.

Sportivate has inspired 4,555 young people from our county to get involved in sport and find an activity they want to stick with, and through Sports Makers, 669 local people have volunteered to help others to get involved in sport in their community.

Tens of thousands of young people have had fresh opportunities to play competitive sport thanks to the School Games in Lincolnshire which saw 1,000 young athletes from across the county come together to compete in 15 different sporting events earlier this month.

Sport England’s Iconic, Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields legacy programmes have improved more than 1,300 sports clubs, facilities and playing fields across the country with around £110 million invested.

These are just a flavour of the activities, projects and programmes carried out by the LSP to ensure the games’ legacy is both sustainable and significant. But we also want to ensure that while we widen participation we also help create the next generation of elite athletes.

A record amount of public funding — £347 million from the exchequer and The National Lottery — is being invested to support Britain’s summer Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ preparations for Rio 2016. £2 million will also be going to primary schools in Lincolnshire to improve the quality of PE and sport available for their pupils

The LSP is doing its bit too. Through our Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP), we provide vital funding for local talented athletes who are our medal hopes of tomorrow.

Though the success of the all of this work hinges on partnership working with local businesses and local authorities. While the LSP does get funding from Sport England we rely on sponsorship and project funding from councils and companies.

If you would like to support our drive to get Lincolnshire active, involved and excelling then please contact Nina Craggs on 01522 585580 or email [email protected]

Jon is the chairman of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. He grew up in Louth and returned to the county in 2005 to take the editor’s chair at the Lincolnshire Echo. He left in summer of 2011 to start his own PR company, Grubb Street Media. His is married and lives near Sleaford with his wife, two children and two dogs.

It’s certainly been a year to remember for sport in Lincolnshire.

We’ve joined the rest of the UK in enjoying a fantastic Olympics, we’ve celebrated the torch procession through the county and we’ve even seen success from our very own athletes.

There’s little doubt 2012 will be remembered as the year when sport as a whole provided inspiration for the nation.

Behind the scenes the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has been working hard to ensure the dreams of a successful Olympics became a reality.

The LSP was heavily involved in helping to organise and publicise the torch procession and hosted the Egyptian Paralympic Team – helping them to a handful of medals.

And we have made sure that the growing appetite to watch and participate in a wide variety of sport and activity has been supported.

The Lincoln 10k, the cycle Grand Prix, a sports zone at the Lincolnshire Show, National Join In Weekend, the West Lindsey Run Series to name but a few have all achieved huge success with help from the LSP.

The culmination of a great year for the LSP came at the annual sports awards glittering dinner where a record number of local business leaders, sports club organisers and athletes celebrated a fantastic year at the Epic Centre.

But while 2012 has been a pivotal year for sport the real challenges start now.

If we are to ensure the legacy of London 2012 both survives and thrives then we must work even harder in 2013. The LSP will be doing everything within its power to make certain that legacy burns brightly.

We have already developed a detailed strategy – Inspiration to Participation – due to be launched in the New Year. We will continue to support our budding elite athletes through the LEAP programme so we can see the nation’s sporting prowess continue to grow.

Just as importantly, though, are the projects designed to motivate non-athletes to get and stay active or enable others to do so. Sportivate, Jog Lincolnshire and Sport Makers are just three of the programmes that will be on the agenda of the LSP next year designed to encourage everyone to be involved in some kind of sport or activity.

Perhaps most importantly the LSP itself is an embodiment of teamwork – displayed within its own staff and through joint working with many partners around the county.

The LSP’s success depends on its partners and supporters. Without them nothing could be achieved. They rightly share in our achievements and we look forward to another year of positive, fruitful and successful partnerships.


— Jon Grubb is the Chairman to the Board of Directors at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

Jon is the chairman of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. He grew up in Louth and returned to the county in 2005 to take the editor’s chair at the Lincolnshire Echo. He left in summer of 2011 to start his own PR company, Grubb Street Media. His is married and lives near Sleaford with his wife, two children and two dogs.

Lincoln-born Paralympic gold medalist Sophie Wells receives the Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012 award from BBC presenter John Inverdale

On Thursday night we celebrated the ninth annual Lincolnshire Sports Awards, and with such a successful year in sport, this awards ceremony was the best one yet.

BBC presenter John Inverdale returned to where his career started to host the Sports Awards for the second year, and what a pleasure to have a London 2012 Olympic Games presenter meeting Lincolnshire’s finest athletes, and celebrating their success.

The calibre of candidates at the awards was incredible – from athletes at elite level who have represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to a 92-year old diver from Lincoln. Those involved in sport and physical activity were truly celebrated and recognised for their dedication to their sport.

Paralympic equestrian rider Sophie Wells was named Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012 for her outstanding success at the London 2012 Games; bringing home one gold medal, two silver medals and a gold post-box in Castle Square in Lincoln!

She, along with other London 2012 athletes, Torchbearers and Games Makers took part in a Lincolnshire 2012 parade to official open the awards with a standing ovation from the crowd for our county’s most recognised athletes and volunteers.

The dedication of Lincolnshire’s volunteers, clubs and coaches were also exceptional. Gerry Wilson, a volunteer who has dedicated half a century to cricket in Lincolnshire was rewarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rosana Townsend from Lincoln Imps Trampoline Club was named Coach of the Year.

The whole event celebrated sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire, and without the volunteers, clubs, coaches and participants, this simply wouldn’t be possible. I’d like to thank everyone who attended the Lincolnshire Sports Awards last night, or followed it online through Facebook or Twitter; all of the shortlisted candidates and those who took the time to nominate their sporting heroes; the businesses who sponsored the Sports Awards or donated to the raffle; and everyone who worked in partnership to bring this event together and truly recognise Lincolnshire’s sporting achievements.

And so, from Veteran Sportsperson of the Year Donald Sutherland who is still somersaulting in his 90s, to our Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year Sophie Wells, and every deserving winner and those nominated in between, we bid farewell to another Lincolnshire Sports Awards; and start planning for 2013! We’ll see you there!

The winners

Photos: Lincs Photos

Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year 2012
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Sophie Wells (Lincoln/Harby near Newark)


Sportsman of the Year
Rob Tobin (Lincoln)


Sportswoman of the Year
Georgie Twigg (Lincoln)


Young Sportsman of the Year
Oliver Bitowt (Grantham)


Young Sportswoman of the Year
Rebecca Dunning (Louth)


Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Jamie Carter (Binbrook near Market Rasen)


Coach of the Year
Rosana Townsend (Lincoln)


Sports Club of the Year
Lincoln Roses Hockey Club


Veteran Sportsperson of the Year
Donald Sutherland (Lincoln)


Lifetime Achievement Award
Gerry Wilson (North Hykeham near Lincoln)


County Sports Organisation of the Year
Lincolnshire County Netball


Sports Educator of the Year
Sharon Sivakumaran, Cherry Willingham Community School


Sports Volunteer of the Year
Ann Boulton (Barrow upon Humber)


Active for Health
Darren Bunn (Boston) [Samantha Millson on his behalf]


Contribution to Physical Activity
Ross Cameron and Kara Belton (Mablethorpe) [Kara pictured with guest]


Jon is the chairman of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. He grew up in Louth and returned to the county in 2005 to take the editor’s chair at the Lincolnshire Echo. He left in summer of 2011 to start his own PR company, Grubb Street Media. His is married and lives near Sleaford with his wife, two children and two dogs.

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