Jermain Defoe among stars to hit the red carpet at Pride of Sport awards

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Stars from the world of sport and beyond hit the red carpet for this year’s Pride of Sport awards in London.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe was among those to pose for snaps at the event organised by the Daily Mirror.

Leicester star Jamie Vardy was also in attendance with wife Rebekah.

Mirror columnist Barry McGuigan was all smiles on the red carpet, as was Soccer Saturday star and former professional footballer Chris Kamara.

Plenty of celebrities were also present, including Love Island star Laura Crane.

The Pride of Sport awards celebrate unsung heroes as well as the big names that inspire them.

Jamie and Rebekah Vardy
(Image: Humphrey Nemar / Daily Mirror)
Love Island star Laura Crane
(Image: PA)

Among the winners are Luke Wigman and Ibi Ali, who raised ­£1million for a new Forces Rehabilitation Centre near Loughborough after running marathons from Antarctica to Australia in an ­incredible week of endurance.

They were both injured while serving on the front line. Ibi lost part of his right arm in Iraq, while Luke was badly injured by an IED in Afghanistan.

Both made history in the World ­Marathon Challenge, with Luke finishing third overall and Ibi becoming the first amputee to complete the event.

Mirror boxing columnist Barry McGuigan
(Image: Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Soccer Saturday star Chris Kamara
(Image: PA)

Host Ben Shephard, said: “I love grassroots sport and the way it brings people of all ages together. Pride of Sport celebrates everyone who makes ­grassroots sport ­happen and I’m ­delighted to be a part of it.”

The Team of the Year award has gone to Sands United, a football club for men who have experienced the agony of losing a child through ­miscarriage or stillbirth.

The TSB Community ­Partner Award goes to Ali Hay, an asthmatic dad who has raised more than £240,000 to build the first skate park of its kind in the Scottish Borders.    

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe
(Image: Mike Marsland/WireImage)
England international Fran Kirby
(Image: PA)

Former gang member and founder of Hackney Wick FC, Bobby Kasanga, will receive the Special Recognition Award for his work with young people in East London.

Kiko Matthews, who ­recently had life-saving ­treatment at London’s King College Hospital, scoops the Sporting Fundraiser award after rowing the Atlantic. Table tennis prodigy Anna Hursey, who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games aged just 11, wins a Young ­Sportsperson with wheelchair racer ­Olivia Gallagher.

Bethan Owen picks up the Young Achiever award for bringing karate to an entire community, paralympic ski medallists Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight win the Disabled Sportsperson Award and Beau McKee is 2018 Young Fundraiser of the Year.           

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