Listeners to Pure 107.8FM have awarded Stockport swimmer Matthew Walker MBE with the title of Personality of the Year 2012.
Matt received his award from Pure County presenter Pete Liggins on the pitch at local football ground Edgeley Park. A four thousand strong home crowd gave him a rapturous reception at half time during a recent match.
The thirty four year old says he hopes his achievements will inspire Stockport children: “You can do anything you want to do, nobody can stop you. If you want to do something badly enough, you can achieve it”.
Pure’s Sports Editor Pete Liggins was honoured to present Matt with his award: “He’s a true Ambassador for the borough and I think our listeners made a great choice in making him their Stockport Sports Personality for 2012”.
Matt was the favourite in the public vote, beating cyclists Sarah Storey and Anthony Kappes, plus Olympian Kate Walsh who were among the nominees. But his bronze medal at London 2012 in the SM7 50 metres freestyle, which he dedicated to his late father, gave him the most votes.