The woman who inspires

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AN EXERCISE co-ordinator has been described as “an inspiration” for the way she changes people’s lives around.

Lorraine Harrison, the co-ordinator of the Exercise for Life scheme in Hartlepool, has been nominated for an award for transforming the health of hundreds of people with chronic conditions.

And she has made such a difference that one person has put her forward for the Inspire category of the Hartlepool mail sports awards.

A stunned Lorraine said: “I am really flattered. It is really kind of someone to do this for me.”

Her nomination came from town resident Glynis Gardiner who said: “My husband and I started the scheme, using the gym, at Easter this year.

“Lorraine inspires, encourages and supports everyone in their exercise, many of whom have not done any exercise for a long time. I can honestly say that without such an inspirational person helping us, my husband and I would not be feeling as good and as strong as we are now. Lorraine makes exercise fun and really acknowledges what people do.”

Lorraine said: “The best part of my job is seeing people achieve great things.

“We deliver courses for people with chronic conditions but we talk to them as well, about the fact that they are at a stage where their health can cause them problems.”.

Lorraine joins an ever-increasingly impressive list of entrants in this year’s awards.

We want more nominations. We want to honour people from well-established names to those who rarely get the recognition they deserve.

But we can not do that unless you come forward with your favourites.

This year’s sports awards is searching for the very best in fields from team of the year to the lifetime achievement award, and from unsung hero to sports personality.

There’s plenty of time to put forward your favourites before we move on to the tough process of choosing the shortlist.

l Fill in the application form in today’s paper or go online and fill in the form at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk, and go to the sports section.

THE CATEGORIES

• Team of the Year

• Sportsperson Special Achievement Award

• Disabled Sports Person Award

• Disabled Team of the Year

• Sports Official / Referee Award

• Coach of the Year Award

• Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award

• Club of the Year Award

• Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail

• Sports Personality of the Year Award

• Young Sports Personality of the Year Award

• Inspire Award (recognising a man, woman or team who has inspired others to participate in sport and physical activity because of their contribution.)

• Contribution to Disability Sports.