Do you know someone with a learning disability who has an outstanding passion for sport?

Sheffield City Council is calling for nominations for the second-annual Peter Woodall Sports Award, which was established following the keen swimmer’s death in 2012.

The scheme aims to recognise people with learning disabilities who have made sporting achievements or inspired others to take part.

Mr Woodall, who had learning disabilities, died in 2012 at the age of 77. He was a member of the Sheffield Otters swimming club and took part in galas around the country, inspiring others with a learning disability to get involved with sport.

The awards ceremony, which will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Peter Rippon, will take place on Monday, 15 December at the Town Hall.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “The Peter Woodall Sports Award recognises people with learning disabilities for their commitment to taking part in sport and encouraging others to get involved.

“There are lots of sporting opportunities for people with learning disabilities and often, all it takes is for someone to be inspired by their peers to join in and try something new.

“We want to recognise the enthusiasm and dedication that people have shown and to encourage even more people with learning disabilities to take part in sport.

“I’d like as many people as possible to come forward with nominations. The ceremony was a great event last year and we’re really looking forward to this year’s award.”

Nominations should be submitted by Friday 7 November by email to: or phone at: 0114 203 9325.