A Question of Access Sport is our flagship event, bringing together 400 supporters, partners and guests for an amazing evening of inclusive sport.

The dinner includes a much-loved quiz and the chance to have-a-go at some of our disability-inclusive sports, all while celebrating and showcasing the inspirational stories of young people and volunteers who are making sport more accessible to those who need it most.

The next Question of Access Sport will take place in March 2020 with an especially strong theme of diversity and inclusion. Please join us!
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM AQAS19

A Question of Access Sport 2019 took place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 with a brand new format, partnering our ever-popular quiz with four new Access Sport awards presented to outstanding young people, volunteers and community sports organisations.

As promised, the event brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront, not only through the awards as exemplars of our work to include the excluded in sport, but also through the presence of our largest and most diverse array of sports talent to date in the room hosting our Diamond tables.

New faces for 2019 included Eboni Beckford Chambers, Liz Johnson, Ali Jawad, Elinor Barker, Laurie Evans and Mick ‘The Munch’ Skinner.

Back Row (l-r): Conner Tudsbury, Kat Merchant, Imogen Walsh, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Christina Ohuruogu MBE, Helen Richardson Walsh MBE, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Elinor Barker MBE, Callum Skinner, Garry Herbert MBE, Greg Searle MBE, NaomiRiches MBE, Mick Skinner, Laurie Evans
Front Row (l-r ): Mark Lewis-Francis MBE, Shanaze Reade, Rebecca Charlton, Olivia Breen, Tim Jones, Vanessa Raw, Rocky Clark MBE, Liz Johnson, Ali Jawad MBE, Sam Breary 

The Awards

The first award, for Inclusive Organisation of the Year, went to Ealing BMX Club for their extraordinary work including young disabled riders with Access Sport’s Wingz cycling initiative.


PHOTO: Coach Gerard of Ealing BMX Club receiving Inclusive Organisation of the Year Award from Access Sport Ambassadors Shanaze Reade and Rebecca Charlton, with Nicolas Janvier of sponsor Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

To find out more about Ealing BMX Club click the PLAY button to watch their film.

“Honoured to have shared a stage last night with UK sporting legends Shanaze Reade and Rebecca Charlton to present the Inclusive Organisation of the Year Award to Ealing BMX”
- Nicolas Janvier, Columbia Threadneedle


The second award, presented by hockey legends and leading Access Sport Ambassadors Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, was for Volunteer of the Year. In this case the judges found it incredibly difficult to come to an agreement and so the award was made jointly to Georgina Moore, founder of the GEM Boccia club in Bristol, and Emma Colverd, founder of Save Haven Basketball in London. 

PHOTO: Georgina Moore and Emma Colverd receiving their awards from Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh

Click the PLAY button to find out more about GEM Boccia and Safe Haven Basketball 


The Young Leader Award led to a spine-tingling moment with our winner Hamdun Abubakar, who collected his award from Paul Martin, Superintendent at The Metropolitan Police, on behalf of sponsor Arrow Business Communications.
Superintendent Martin took a moment to explain how, at age 18, his best friend died in his arms and this inspired him to enter policing. He then commended Hamdun for his tireless work getting young people off the street and into Boxing in Moss Side, Manchester, which set off a long and emotional standing ovation from all corners of the packed room.


PHOTO: Paul Martin of the Metropolitan Police, Access Sport Ambassador Greg Searle and Hamdun, Access Sport Young Leader of the Year

Click the PLAY button to find out more about Hamdun and the Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club


The final award for the evening was presented by triathlete-turned-artist Vanessa Raw, to 19 year old Toby Markham who has cerebral palsy and runs in the T38 category and is currently third fastest in the country. His video inspired a further standing ovation for his achievements.

 PHOTO: Toby, Young Achiever of the Year with Vanessa Raw

Click the PLAY button to learn more about Toby and his athletic achievements

 

Fundraising throughout the night included the chance to be photographed with all 23 sports stars, a silent auction including unique experiences such as a hockey lesson with Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, a meet and greet with The Kaiser Chiefs and a velodrome experience with Shanaze Reade.

There was real drama when Greg Searle took to the stage to live auction his rowing experience, securing not one but three buyers for a total of £9k, pledging to give their management teams and/or clients the best leadership development day they will ever have.



PHOTO: Greg on stage playing auctioneer with Mark Durden-Smith



Critically, the evening raised an outstanding £90,000 for Access Sport’s work which will enable us to do so much more to bring sport to those who need it.

During the evening guests had the opportunity to make a pledge to fund specific items of equipment needed by local clubs as well as to sponsor disadvantaged and disabled young people and create more Young Leaders like Hamdun.

Guest pledges included an incredible:
12 Multi-Sport Wheelchairs
6 BMX Packages
7 BMX Outreach Sessions
4 Strider BMX Bikes
4 Support a Disabled Young Person
8 Support a Disadvantaged Young Person
5 Young Leaders
6 Boccia sets

As ever, there were also opportunities for guests to have a go themselves – this time at BMXing or dribbling a hockey ball with a visual impairment, with the aid of the young participants that make up the Access Sport Youth Board.



Finally, the winners of the quiz were Arrow Business Communications, who also sponsored the Young Leader Award. Well done Arrow, especially for coping with the music round and correctly matching stars to their pump-up music – for example Elinor Barker to Kanye West prior to winning her recent world title!

PHOTO: Arrow Business Communications winning with Hamdun, Young Leader of the Year and Eboni Beckford-Chambers 

 

“Just a note to say a big thank you for inviting us to the Annual Dinner last night. The event was outstanding in every way, and struck the perfect tone of good humour, appreciation for all the hard work, and promotion of the cause you work towards. We were proud to be associated with the people who run and support your organisation.”
- Richard Heath, Morgan Stanley



Photos from the night:

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Moments posted on Twitter by our guests...