Ambassador Josh Walne wins Lancashire Sports Award

My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador Josh Walne holding his award

My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador Josh Walne has won the Highly Commended Award for Services to Disability Sport at the annual Lancashire Sports Awards.

Josh was shortlisted for the award after winning Services to Disability Sport in his home town of Burnley.

The England learning disability football team captain, who plays for Padiham FC in the North West Counties Football League, has gone from strength to strength this year and now coaches at the Danny Ings Disability Sports Project at Burnley FC.

Josh said: “I’m proud to be an ambassador to show young people that just because you have a learning disability it shouldn’t stop you from what you want to achieve in your sport and to educate coaches to be more aware with people with learning difficulties and to be aware of the ability, not the disability.

“I’m proud of myself and all I’ve done. I’ve done so well after winning the Burnley award and now this one. Still got so much big things to come.”

Josh has done a lot for both projects and recently visited one of his local schools, Alder Grange Community and Technology School with a fellow My Sport, My Voice! Ambassador, Tom Hamer.

The project aims to raise the profile of talented athletes with learning disability at the elite level by providing a platform to showcase their achievements, inspire others and dispel myths around learning disability.

With numerous workshops coming up around the UK, the importance of these awards are significant into changing people’s perspectives on learning disability.

Chief Executive of UK Sports Association, Tracey McCillen said: “Josh has shown that through hard work, commitment, and the right support, nothing can hold you back from being successful in your chosen sport.”