A sporting initiative started up by a mum in Chiswick with a vision to build on the Olympics legacy is one of three finalists in the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport awards.

Founder of Super Saturday of Sport, mum-of-two Kirsten Lonsdale, introduced the one-day community sports event in 2013 for children in Chiswick, which was expanded into Feltham for the first time this year, inspiring more than 10,000 people across west London to try more than 40 different sports.

Super Saturday of Sport is up for the Sport England community sports initiative of the year, and the winners of the right categories will be announced at a gala evening of sporting celebrities at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 25.

"It was only ever supposed to be a one-off event"

Mrs Lonsdale, 41, of Oxford Road South, said: "I am incredibly excited and proud to be a finalist in such prestigious national awards.

"The Pride of Sport awards celebrates sport at an elite and community level - so for Super Saturday of Sport to be recognised this way means a lot to me.

"It was only ever supposed to be a one-off event but the idea has been so embraced by the local community, Hounslow Council, businesses and sporting groups - we had to make it an annual event.

"My goal remains that we have Super Saturdays across London - I just need to find a corporate sponsor who shares my goal which is to inspire activity in all ages and help local sports clubs thrive".

The idea of these events is to allow people of all ages to sample a wide range of sports all in one place in a bid to encourage more people to become more fit and active through sport.

In a record year, more than 8,000 children and adults flocked to Turnham Green in the summer this year to play in up to 40 different sports including freerunning with Sebastien Foucan, wheelchair rugby and tennis, for free.

The event in Feltham Park got off to a flying start with hundreds more people getting a taster for sports such as indoor rowing, taekwondo and basketball.

Super Saturday of Sport will be back in the summer of 2016.

Other west Londoners and groups shortlisted in one of the eight categories include Tuff FC, a Southall-based youth football club set up to prevent young Muslims from joining Isis in Syria; the Rugby World Cup , which saw matches including the final won by New Zealand held at Twickenham Stadium, is up for event of the year; and Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes is up for the coach of the year gong.

The awards judging panel includes Olympic champions Sally Gunnell and Rebecca Adlington.

Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington

The full list of the nominations are here:


CHRISTOPHER GRAHAM: Cycled across North America and Canada after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

DAVE HEELEY: The first blind runner to complete the Marathon des Sables, 156 miles across the Sahara Desert.

ROB YOUNG: Ran a world record 370 marathons in 365 days wearing a kilt, raising £62,000 for children’s charities.


JONATHAN LEKO: Fled war-torn Congo aged eight to become England international footballer at youth level.

KATIE SWAN: Rising tennis star who reached the Australian Open junior final and has already won her first senior tournament.

DAKOTA DITCHEVA: Muay Thai martial arts fighter has won British and European junior titles plus gold medals at three world championships.


WAVE PROJECT: Transforming the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children and young people through surfing.

TUFF FC: Youth football club set up to fight extremism and internet radicalisation, preventing teens from becoming Jihadis.

SUPER SATURDAY OF SPORT: One mum, Kirsten Lonsdale, with a simple plan to build Olympic legacy by inspiring 10,000 people to try 40 different sports.


JOHN EAGLETON: Driving force behind Colebrook Royals, who have grown from two teams to 33 with players aged from six to 52.

SPICE: Groundbreaking skating project helping disabled people, with conditions ranging from autism to deafness and Down’s Syndrome, to gain confidence and get fit.

MESBA AHMED: Set up London Tigers football club to steer kids away from crime, now helping 800 youngsters across the capital.


LEWIS ECCLES: At just 14, despite autism, ADHD and dyspraxia, he is already beating adult disabled golfers in national championships.

NATASHA COATES: Gymnast repeatedly hospitalised due to a series of anaphylactic reactions has won back-to-back British titles in disability gymnastics.

WILL HOLLAND-LEAVENS: World champion swimmer with cerebral palsy who also works as a lifeguard.

The All Blacks celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup 2015(Getty Images)


SALLY WAINMAN: Suffolk nurse spent 13 years leading the fight to save historic open-air lido in Ipswich from closure.

PETE MALADY: Turned Bengeo Tigers, a football team with the worst disciplinary record in the league, into winners of the FA’s Bobby Moore Award for fair play.

JASPER KHAN: Founder of groundbreaking Football Beyond Borders, a charity using football to tackle social inequality.


TRACEY NEVILLE: Sister to the success footballing Neville brothers, Tracey led the England netball team to third place in the World Cup in 2015, despite the trauma of losing her father mid-tournament.

MEL MARSHALL : Commonwealth champion and double Olympian swimmer Mel since retiring from competition has been instrumental in coaching Adam Peaty to become Commonwealth and European Gold medallist and swimmers of all levels in the Midlands.

EMMA HAYES: Manager of Chelsea ladies team who have bounced back after being pipped to the title on the final day of the 2014 season on goal difference, to win the league and cup double in 2015.


RUGBY WORLD CUP: Recruited more than 6,000 volunteers and set up 15 official Fanzones around 13 host cities.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: Cycling event was mothballed in 1999, but has been revived as a spectacular eight-day race.

LONDON MARATHON: Now the world’s biggest single-day fundraising event, generating £773million for charities in 35 years since its inception.