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WELCOME to the Gambaru Adversity Awards

Having struggled at school and losing his eye to cancer at 33 Jonathan Walker the owner of Gambaru Fitness knows about beating adversity. That’s why he chose ‘Gambaru’ a Japanese word that means ‘never give in’ – ‘to be the best you can be’ as the name for his business. So when I suggested we launch the Gambaru Adversity Awards, he didn’t blink. In fact he nodded and smiled, probably knowing full well like most things we do this would grow to become bigger than planned.

Our objective was to reach into the community to find young people who have ‘kept going’ when it was easier ‘to give up’. Faced with adversity – social, physical or learning difficulties – each of our winners have used sport to overcome what life has thrown at them. Their journeys are unique, and they’ve all found the grit and determination you only discover when you move from ‘victim to survivor’. We salute each one of them and this programme is a tribute to their fortitude.

It’s never easy starting anything from scratch but spurred on by the quality of the nominees how could we not deliver? Like our award winners we’ve focused on turning setbacks into opportunities – none more so than the one that led us to Rachael and Simon at Sira Studios. Facing multiple deadlines they filmed and produced the superb videos that graced our event and this site.

Watch the awards evening as it happened.

We have a highlights video of each year which gives a flavour of the awards and the full length video which captures the emotion and celebration of the evening. This includes the ten short films shown on the night, which movingly illustrate the incredible achievements our winners have made.

Following the evening at the Old Swan, we are delighted to be in discussion with David Watson Chief Executive of North Yorkshire Sport about bringing the Awards under their charitable umbrella. We then hope to work with them expand the programme across North Yorkshire. Harrogate will always be our home, but we know we need to do more.

The video stories of our 2015 winners

THE 2015 VIDEOS

Watch our insperational 2015 winners videos here.

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The video stories of our 2016 winners

THE 2016 VIDEOS

Ten films illustrating the achievements of some of our 2016 winners.

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Watch the 2016 awards evening

THE 2016 AWARDS

A fantastic evening at The Old Swan. Watch the evening unfold here.

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APPLY FOR 2017

We are looking for young people 14-18 who have used sport to overcome adversity. Everyone nominated will receive a certificate and the winners will receive an award, presented at the awards evening at the Old Swan Hotel on the 30th November.

The adversity can be physical, social or due to learning difficulties and the level of sporting achievement is not as important as their personal journey. The application process is very simple, click the ‘nominate now’ button below.

This year we are also introducing a junior award for year six children. If you would like to nominate someone in their last year at primary school please click the ‘nominate junior’ button below.

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Find out about the people behind the awards.

About Gambaru

Gambaru is Harrogate’s leading independent gym, but to most of our members we are more than that….

If work and home are the first and second place everyone needs a third. It’s where you feel at home, without being at home. Third places may be a coffee shop, the golf club, the church hall or a pub, or – sadly to those with heavy schedules – behind the wheel on a motorway or a leather clad seat on a 36 bus, music courtesy of Spotify.

So what about you, do you have a ‘third place’? And if so has life thrust it upon you or is it yours through choice? Does your third place inspire you? Does it encourage you to stretch the boundaries? When you’ve been there do you come out feeling better? Is your ‘third place’ a habit you feel good about?

So what about you, do you have a ‘third place’? And if so has life thrust it upon you or is it yours through choice? Does your third place inspire you? Does it encourage you to stretch the boundaries? When you’ve been there do you come out feeling better? Is your ‘third place’ a habit you feel good about?

So why not give Gambaru a try? Whether getting fit, keeping fit or leading the field is your aim, working out at Gambaru is a great habit to have. We’ve members who’ve been here 20 years but many more have joined in the last year and some in the last few days. We are all on a journey, why not join us? We’ll make you welcome and if you’re ‘24 hour’ we’ll give you keys to the door. Not a bad start for a new ‘third place.’

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Keen to find supportive partners who share our vision.

Sponsorship & Support

Gambaru Fitness are proud to launch these awards but as an independant business our resources are limited. We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in supporting the programme.

We are currently in talks with North Yorkshire Sport about bringing the awards under their charitable umbrella – we hope to have that agreed within the next few weeks.

In the meantime please get in contact,
we are very keen to find supportive partners who share our vision.

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