TODAY we launch the first Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards – a chance to reward those who have played an important role in the town’s sporting community in 2011.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Bridlington Rugby Club on Friday, March 16, but we want your nominations now for our 12 categories.
They include Sportsperson Of The Year, Team Of The Year, the Unsung Hero and a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as categories for our sporting stars of tomorrow.
Free Press sports editor John Edwards said: “In just a few weeks, the awards have gone from being an idea to a reality.
“That is because of the fantastic support we have received from local businesses who have agreed to sponsor categories to get this event up and running.
“Bridlington Rugby Club has agreed to provide the venue for the ceremony and it will be great to get people together from a variety of different sports, and to highlight the biggest achievements of the past 12 months.
“Now, we need readers to show their support by sending in nominations and giving the judges a real headache when it comes to picking the winners.
“We cover around 20 sports in the paper each week, and there are dozens and dozens of potential winners. But they can only be considered if someone puts their name forward.”
Among the judges will be Chris West, owner of West BS, which is the main sponsor of the new awards.
Mr West said: “ I am delighted to support the Bridlington Free Press and jumped at the chance to help sponsor this initiative to highlight and reward sport in Bridlington and the surrounding area.
“I believe, like John, sport has a very important role to play in society, is character building and a great way to make friends.
“Sport is not just football, cricket, rugby and tennis but can include diverse games and disciplines from cycling and athletics to golf and martial arts which can suit all different attributes.”
You can start making nominations now, details of each of the 12 categories, and a nomination form are inside today’s paper.
A shortlist of three will be drawn up for each category and those in the running will be announced later this year.
So get thinking about who deserves an award and why, and let us know.
There is a nomination form inside this week’s Free Press, or you can email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.