A DEDICATED athlete was “overwhelmed” to be named the youngster ever winner of the prestigious Woman of Oldham award.
Sharon Livesey, 39, has raised thousands of pounds since 2015 by taking part in around 35 sponsored triathlons, marathons, Ironman UK and Australia, and open water swims.
Her efforts – in aid of Springboard dementia charity and Maggie’s cancer centre in Oldham – were recognised at the Woman of Oldham Luncheon at the White Hart, Lydgate last month.
Sharon was named Woman of Oldham 2017 and received a dazzling glass rose bowl and bouquet of flowers from committee chairman Margaret Chadderton.
Sharon, who is a member of Rochdale Triathlon Club and runs Mario’s Hair Design in Oldham town centre, said: “I am just overwhelmed!
“I am just doing something I really enjoy and it’s a bonus to raise money for charity at the same time.
“I’ve been to this event 14 out of 24 years, just because I like to get a nice dress on and be a part of what people are doing for the community – but I never expected to win!”
Sharon, who lives in Derker, is now a member of Maggie’s fundraising committee, and is continuing her sponsored events in the coming months.
Margaret said: “It is always a difficult task for the committee in choosing a winner and this year was no exception.
“We have chosen Sharon who, through sheer drive and determination, has carried out many challenges that most people would shy away from. We thought her fundraising was absolutely tremendous.
“Sharon is ‘Oldham’s Iron Lady’ and goes that extra mile’ and therefore the youngest and worthy winner of the prestigious 2017 Woman of Oldham Award.”
Around 200 guests enjoyed the 24th annual Woman of Oldham Luncheon, which included an entertaining talk by retired headteacher Christine Taylor.
The committee has raised more than £131,000 for local charities over the years and 2017’s chosen charity is POINT, a forum for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.