Sheffield MP scores an ace with tennis fans

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SHEFFIELD Heeley MP Meg Munn has been presented with an award by an Olympic gold medallist – after being named a Sport and Recreation Alliance Sports Parliamentarian of the Year.

The Labour politician was one of 11 MPs and peers who were celebrated at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons hosted by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

The award was established to recognise the efforts of MPs ‘who have worked tirelessly with local people, clubs, organisations and governing bodies to promote and protect the interests of sport and recreation and get it higher up the government agenda’.

Mrs Munn was nominated by the Lawn Tennis Association for her campaigning work.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew, who presented the award, said: “Political support for the sport sector is essential to the delivery of a long-term sporting legacy from London 2012, and I hope that passionate and hardworking parliamentarians like Meg will be an inspiration to their colleagues.”

Mrs Munn said: “I was honoured to have been nominated by the Lawn Tennis Association.

“I am working with them, Tennis for Free and the Local Government Association to increase opportunities for people of all ages and in all areas to play tennis and I am pleased to say that good progress is being made.”

Lawn Tennis Association head of campaigns Cathy Byrne said: “Meg loves playing tennis and shows what can be achieved when a personal passion is combined with political acumen and energy.”