Nottinghamshire County Council and Sport Nottinghamshire have announced the shortlists for next month’s annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards.
Nottinghamshire County Council and Sport Nottinghamshire have spent recent months seeking nominations for the 23rd annual Sports Awards.
The awards are a celebration of grassroots and professional sports.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony on Wednesday, 4th February at the Nottingham Conference Centre, in Burton Street, Nottingham, starting at 7pm.
More than 400 people enjoyed last year’s Nottinghamshire Sports Awards.
Nottinghamshire County Council culture committee chairman Coun John Knight said: “Our annual awards are always a memorable night and we are very much looking forward to recognising the achievements of so many sports people at grassroots, voluntary and professional levels and to celebrating their successes in a wide range of sports.”
Simon Starr, director of Sport Nottinghamshire said: “The Nottinghamshire Sports Awards is a key date in the county’s sporting calendar.
“It’s vital that we recognise and showcase the dedication and commitment of those in our communities who devote their lives to helping our athletes and teams enjoy and succeed in their sport.
“Celebrating the achievements of our talented sports people is equally important.”
There are plenty of high achievers in both junior and senior age groups and all areas of the county are well represented on the finalists list.
Stars competing for the title of Sportsperson of the Year include Becky Downie, who scooped gold on the uneven bars at the European Championships in May last year and added double Commonwealth Gold to this collection, and Isobel Pooley, who set a personal best of 1.92m to win Commonwealth Games high jump silver.
There are familiar names from London 2012 competing for the title of Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, with nominees including Richard Whitehead, medallist at the IPC European Athletics Championships, and swimmer Ollie Hynd – who shone at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with further outstanding performances, and who has Paralympic, World and European Champion titles to his name.
Other names include young Nova Centurion swimmer Rosie Rudin, who represented Great Britain for swimming in Japan last year, and Becky Downie’s sister Ellie, another rising star in gymnastics, both competing for Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
Nottinghamshire, who lifted the NatWest Women’s County T20 trophy in cricket last season, and Nottingham Panthers – currently competing in the ice hockey Elite League – are among the squads up for Team of the Year.
Here is the full list of finalists who make up the nominee shortlist at the annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards:
Young Coach of the Year
Community Coach of the Year
Bob Truswell and Pete Haskell
Performance Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
Beeston Hockey Club
Gedling Inn Football Club
Nottingham Handball Club
Nottinghamshire T20 Ladies
Club of the Year
Beeston Road Club
Mansfield Rugby Club
Norwood Park Golf Centre
Rushcliffe Swimming Club
West Bridgford Rugby Club
Project of the Year
Active Ashfield Stop Bullying in Sport
Mansfield Primary School Sport Partnership
Rushcliffe Junior Parkrun
Junior Volunteer of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Henry Pak Fey Chiu
Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Junior Team of the Year
Ashfield RUFC U15s Girls
Beeston Hockey Club Indoor U18s Girls
Faisan Shah and James Mawbey
Nottinghamshire FA Girls U16s Squad
Sporting School of the Year
Bilborough Sixth Form College
Nottingham Girls’ High School
Nottingham High School
The Fernwood School
The Samworth Church Academy
Roll of Honour
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Winners at last year’s awards ceremony included Elise Christie (Sportsperson of the Year), Tom Hibberd (Community Coach of the Year) and Nottinghamshire Leadership Academy Network (Project of the Year).
On the night of the awards final, the names of three individuals will be added to the prestigious Roll of Honour book – acknowledging outstanding contributions make to Nottinghamshire Sport, and an Achievement of the Year award will also be announced.
For more details on the awards visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sport and www.sportnottinghamshire.co.uk.