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MEDIA RELEASE 14 November 2011

End End’s Top Sporting Talent to Be Honoured at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf Group is calling for nominations for the eleventh annual Canary Wharf Sports Awards, which celebrate the best local sporting talent.

The award categories comprise the Individual Achievement Award, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, Group of the Year and the Voluntary Commitment Award, with prestige, trophies and cash prizes up for grabs in each category.

The Awards will also honour the ultimate Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year. Past winners include aspiring Olympic athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton and young tennis prodigy Lucas Taylor, who won the award last year.

Entries close on 25 November and the awards ceremony will be held at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf on 2 February 2012.

Mimi Tran from Canary Wharf Group, which is organising the awards ceremony, says: “In just a few months we will have the world’s largest sporting event surrounding us and that is an incredible opportunity. Over the past few years we have been doing our best to get young local sportspeople excited about achieving in sport; giving them aspiration, knowledge and facilities to excel.”

“There is no doubt that the East End has some of the world’s best sporting talent; it is just a matter of recognising and nurturing that talent. This makes the Canary Wharf Sports awards an important annual event for the local community.“

Local sports people interested in applying for the awards can contact Mimi Tran by emailing mimi.tran@canarywharf.com or calling 020 7418 2448.

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For further information or images, please contact:

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com

Notes to editors:
About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres, including a range of competitive and interactive sporting events. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.

Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

More than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Canary Wharf Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

CWG won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Canary Wharf Group is backing Tower Hamlets bid to achieve City Status – www.cityoftowerhamlets.com

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

www.canarywharf.com