Dixon receives regional sporting award

Commonwealth silver medallist Matthew Dixon has been named Sporting Champion of the Year for the West region at a national awards ceremony.

Dixon, who has been part of Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme since May, was given his award on the back of the series of international medals he won in 2018.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions, which has been running for three years, is providing even more talented athletes with access to excellent facilities and funds to support their training and help them achieve on the sporting stage.

The Plymouth-based diver won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games followed by silver at the European Championships. He has now re-focused ahead of a vital 2019 season that sees divers vying for the first opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“It’s such an honour to have won this award. I know that there are some great athletes on the scheme and to be selected as the winner of this category is amazing. The Sporting Champions scheme has been a great support for me and I want to thank everyone at Everyone Active and the Plymouth Life Centre for their backing.”

Matthew Dixon

“We’re really proud of what Matthew has achieved this year. It’s been great to see the string of results that show that he is maturing into a competitive international diver. “Everyone at the Plymouth Life Centre wants to congratulate him on his award and are pleased to support him in any way we can.”

David Greenwood, Everyone Active contract manager

“Matthew is one of diving’s rising stars and we’re really pleased to see his achievements recognised with this award. It’s great to see how schemes like Sporting Champions can help our promising young athletes fulfil their potential.”

Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith