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Eddie the Eagle named as star co-host at Sussex Sports Awards 2018

Eddie the Eagle named as star co-host at Sussex Sports Awards 2018

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Renowned for his exploits on the ski slope and dogged 'never say die' attitude, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is this time set to take to the stage to host the 2018 Sussex Sports Awards.

Now in its 16th year and hosted by Active Sussex, the Sussex Sports Awards is the chance to celebrate all the great and good that Sussex sport has to offer, and the achievements made by both the county’s elite athletes and those at grassroot levels.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics where he became the first competitor since 1928 to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping, finishing last in the 70 m and 90 m events. He also became the British ski jumping record holder, ninth in amateur speed skiing, and a stunt jumping world record holder for jumping over six buses.  Since then, Eddie has even had his own biopic blockbuster movie made, charting his journey which featured Hollywood A-lister, Hugh Jackman.

Eddie is set to motivate and inspire up to 400 attendees with tales of his journey which epitomises what the Sussex Sports Awards are all about – promoting a ‘never say die’ attitude, believing in your abilities, and simply attempting to achieve great things even when the odds are stacked against you.

The black-tie Sussex Sports Awards event will this year take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 23rd November.

Nominations for this year’s awards are already open and close at 12pm (noon) on Friday 19th October with full category information, criteria and nominations guidelines available. 

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex CEO, highlighted the vital role the awards play in celebrating and promoting sporting achievement throughout Sussex.

“The awards are really important to help us spread the word about the amazing sporting community on our doorsteps; it recognises those people who take part and help make sport happen but also highlights to local residents what they can be a part of.” Sadie said. 

Tickets are on sale now: 

Community Tickets, £55 (limited subsidised number): Available for individuals and community groups and include a welcome drinks reception alongside VIP guests, a three-course gala dinner served by The Grand Hotel, wine with your meal and tea/coffee afterwards, entertainment throughout the evening, a special Sussex Sports Awards speech from Eddie the Eagle, the presentation of all of the awards, and an after party to wrap up the sporting year.

Corporate Tickets, £75 plus VAT: Include include a drinks reception, a three-course meal with wine, tea/coffee, entertainment throughout the evening, and of course front row seats for the awards presentation and stories from Eddie the Eagle, and an after party.  Corporate Tables of 10 are discounted to £675 plus VAT, and we are offering a further Early Bird discount to £600 plus VAT when tables are booked in September.

The Sussex Sports Awards provides a spectacular and memorable night for all involved and is a fantastic celebration of Sussex sporting dedication and achievement.  

For bookings please click here.

And for more information please contact Active Sussex Events Officer - Ed Bartram: E: ebartram@activesussex.org or T: 01273 644103.