Chance to vote for locals in sports awards

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After another amazing year of sport for the county, the County Council is urging the public to vote for its favourite Notts sporting hero, which include local swim stars Becky Adlington and Charlotte Henshaw.

One lucky voter will also get the chance to attend the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards ceremony on Monday, 21st February where the Outstanding Achievement Award winner will be crowned along with victors of the other 13 categories.

The shortlist of Nottinghamshire sports stars includes a mixture of professional sports teams, successful Commonwealth Games athletes, and those who have recorded a high level of achievement in their career during the past year.

The nominees, chosen by a team of sports development professionals, are:

Rebecca Adlington ( Mansfield, swimming), Stuart Broad (Rushcliffe, cricket), Charlotte Henshaw ( Mansfield, disability swimming), Jocelyn Rae (Gedling, tennis), Nathan Robertson (Rushcliffe, badminton), Graeme Swann (Rushcliffe, cricket), Andy Turner (Ashfield, athletics), Sophie Wells (Newark, para-equestrian), Lee Westwood (Bassetlaw, golf), Richard Whitehead (Rushcliffe, Paralympic athletics), Notts County FC(football), Nottingham Panthers (ice hockey), Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (cricket).

Nominations can be made through Nottinghamshire County Council’s website from until 1st February at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/l-sports-sportsreview-voting-achievementaward

The County Council’s cabinet member for culture and community councillor John Cottee said: “I hope people will take this opportunity to publicly support the achievements of their favourite sporting hero and help us recognise the contribution they’ve made over the past year to maintaining Nottinghamshire’s reputation as ‘the sporting county’. “

As an added incentive to vote, two tickets to attend the awards event, being held in the new theatre of The Becket School in West Bridgford, will be offered to a voter selected at random.

Nominations for the other 13 award categories, including the new Junior Coach of the Year prize, closed on 3 December.