Community 15.09.16

Rio aquatics stars to make a splash at Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport

Max Litchfield and Freddie Woodward will be amongst the VIP guests at the Olympic Legacy Park’s red carpet event at the English Institute of Sport (EIS Sheffield) on Wednesday 5 October.
City of Sheffield swimmer Max, 21, came fourth in the 400m Men’s Individual Medley final at the Rio Olympics, setting two personal best times. Team Hallam member Max is a former World Junior Champion, having helped the 4x200m freestyle team swim to gold in Dubai in 2013.
Max will be joined by 21-year-old diver Freddie Woodward who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 3m springboard semi-finals in Rio. He won bronze with Nick Robinson-Baker in the 3m synchro springboard event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The duo train at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Freddie Woodward said: “Rio was an amazing experience and it will be fantastic to catch up with some of our GB teammates at Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport.

“I’m proud to be from Sheffield and it’s incredible how many top sporting names, world and Olympic champions we produce thanks to the amazing facilities we have in the city like Ponds Forge, EIS Sheffield and soon the Olympic Legacy Park.” 
Hundreds of guests are expected to attend at the Olympic Legacy Park’s glittering Celebration of Sport event, which is raising money for The Children’s Hospital Charity and SportsAid Yorkshire and Humberside.
Max and Freddie will be joined by a cluster of top sporting names who competed in Rio including silver medal winning trampolining sensation, Bryony Page.
The event is being hosted by BBC sports reporter, Tanya Arnold.
Richard Caborn, project lead for the Olympic Legacy Park, said: “Max and Freddie are two of Sheffield’s most promising stars of the future – something we are very passionate about celebrating at the gala dinner.
“To qualify and perform so well at Rio at the age of just 21 was a fantastic achievement and they both have great sporting careers ahead.”
Six grassroots sports awards will be presented on the evening to Sports Club of the Year, Sports Woman of the Year, Sports Man of the Year, Future Star, Unsung Hero and an individual, group or team which has overcome adversity.
A range of sponsorship packages and silver and bronze table packages are available for the gala dinner (gold packages are sold out).
Silver packages offer a drinks reception, a table with a sports star, three-course meal, wine and coffee. In the bronze packages, guests will enjoy a drinks reception, three-course meal and coffee.
Individual tickets are available for £100+vat.
To be part of the celebrations, visit, email or call 0114 261 9604.