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Kriss Akabusi named as star co-host at Sussex Sports Awards 2019

Kriss Akabusi named as star co-host at Sussex Sports Awards 2019

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Known for his Olympic heroics and larger-than-life personality, Kriss Akabusi MBE, is this time set to take to the stage to host the glitzy and spectacular Sussex Sports Awards 2019.

The black-tie annual event, hosted by Active Sussex, now in its 17th year, will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Friday 22 November.

The unmissable awards, showcase and celebrate everything that is super about Sussex sport and physical activity, and the achievements made by both the county’s elite athletes and those at grassroot levels. 

Kriss rose to fame on the athletics track, where his greatest individual triumph was winning the gold medal in the 1990 European Championships. This was the day when he beat David Hemery’s British record for the 400 metre hurdles – a record that stood for 22 years before Kriss made his mark on it!

The now legendary British athletics star, began his international athletics career in 1983 as a member of the 4x400 metre relay squad. The star runner will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold from the mighty Americans at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

Having amassed three Olympic medals, as well as World, European and Commonwealth titles, Kriss was bestowed with an even greater honour in 1992: an MBE awarded by her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the country through athletics.

Following his retirement from sports, Akabusi has become a much-loved television presenter, working on several shows including Record Breakers and The Big Breakfast and regularly appeared as a panelist on many quiz shows including A Question of Sport and They Think It's All Over

The charismatic Kriss also appeared in: A League of Their Own and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and in 2017, Akabusi became a commentator on ITV's Bigheads with Jenny Powell.  


Famous faces from across the world of sport will be in attendance for the star-studded ceremony, hosted by Kriss alongside revered BBC radio presenter Danny Pike, for his tenth consecutive year.

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 Hilton Brighton Metropole, wine with your meal and tea/coffee afterwards, entertainment throughout the evening, a special Sussex Sports Awards speech from Kriss Akabusi MBE, the presentation of all of the awards, and an after party to wrap up the sporting year.

Corporate Tickets, £75 plus VAT: 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 Kriss Akabusi MBE, and an after party.  Corporate Tables of 10 are discounted to £675 plus VAT.

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.


Nominations have now closed and the finalist shortlist will be announced on Monday 21 October.

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. 

More information 

And for more information, including tickets, nominations or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Active Sussex's Events Officer - Ed Bartram:

E:ebartram@activesussex.org or T: 01273 644103.