Get your votes in for the Sports Awards

Sponsor Chris West and sports editor John Edwards launch the Free Press Sports Awards.
Sponsor Chris West and sports editor John Edwards launch the Free Press Sports Awards.

WHO do you think deserves recognition at the first Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards?

We want to reward people who have excelled on the pitch, in the pool, at the oche or wherever they have played their chosen sport during 2011.

But there are also categories for those who help behind the scenes, or who have given years of service to their club.

To make a nomination, email your suggestion to sport@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk

The judges will make their decision on the quality of the nominations, not on who gets the most votes.

The awards are sponsored by West BS and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Bridlington Rugby Club on Friday, March 16, 2012.

SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR

WE ARE looking for the sportsman or sportswoman who has put Bridlington on the map. and flown the flag for our area.

Someone who has competed at regional, national or international or who has represented the county or country.

It could be an individual, or a member of a team sport, who has excelled during 2011, and who deserves our top award.

YOUNG SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR

THIS award is for someone who has made the step up from junior sport to senior level in recent years.

Open to men and women aged 16 to 21, it recognises those who have made a real breakthrough over the past 12 months.

It could be someone who has stepped up to become a star performer for their team at a good level of their chosen sport, or someone who has shown great potential for the future.

JUNIOR SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR

EACH week the Free Press features dozens of youngsters enjoying sport, and in many cases really excelling.

There are many candidates for this award, so tell us which under 16 competitor has outshone everyone else recently.

Our winner could come from a host of different sports.

It could be for sheer effort against the odds, or it could be that they have the results to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

TEAM OF THE YEAR

LOCAL teams have brought plenty of silverware back to the Bridlington area this year.

The winners of this award are likely to have picked up a trophy (or more than one) for their efforts, but it could be an outfit who have shown great improvement over the past season which catches the judges’ eyes.

Cricket, rugby and football all throw up potential nominees but other minority sports could also lay claim to the award, which is open to junior and senior teams, and also non-playing teams such as a group of volunteers.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

THERE are dozens of clubs offering sporting opportunities around our patch.

We are looking for a well-run club, large or small, which supports its members and helps them to develop.

This is not necessarily to reward clubs which have enjoyed success on the pitch, but those which have offered a safe and welcoming environment or played a prominent part in the community.

Again it could be a club which mainly caters for adults, or one which focuses on juniors.

COACH OF THE YEAR

EVERY successful team or athlete has a good coach behind them.

There are plenty of local people who give up hours of their time every week, to train others and pass on their expertise and experience.

From coaches helping youngsters taking their first steps in the world of sport, to the men and women who are at the helm of our town’s most successful teams, this award will recognise those who inspire and motivate others and drive them on to improve their results.

UNSUNG HERO AWARD

WE ARE expecting a deluge of nominations in this category, because there are so many worthy candidates.

The people who score the winning goal or hit the winning runs grab the headlines, but the work of the behind the scenes people is just as vital.

This is not really for those who shine on the field of play, but for the people who wash the kit, club secretaries who fill in the paperwork, sponsors, physios, first aid volunteers - the list of possibilities is endless.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

EVERY sport has someone who has devoted decades of service.

Purely for the love of their game, they take up positions on the committees, organise leagues and teams and basically do the jobs that no-one else wants - well this is your chance to say thank you.

Obviously, this will recognise someone at the more senior end of the age spectrum, it is open to representatives from any sport or game which is featured in the Free Press.

FAIR PLAY AWARD

WITHOUT referees and umpires, there would be no local sport. Often forgetten about, or even worse - criticised - they do a stirling job.

This award can be to highlight the work of a long-serving official, to recognise someone who trains up and recruits new referees or a new addition to the league rotas.

It could also be for someone who has worked to promote the ethos of fair play or shown an excellent example of the spirit of their sport.

SERVICES TO JUNIOR SPORT AWARD

JUNIOR sport is thriving in Bridlington, and that is because of the efforts of people who devote their time to bringing on the next generation.

Rain or shine, they are there encouraging, coaching and organising.

Often, their work is not just limited to on-field action and they spend hours behind the scenes to arrange fixtures, transport and writing reports.

SERVICES TO VILLAGE SPORT AWARD

BRYAN Brown was passionate about his sport.

A former footballer and cricketer in his native Flamborough, as well as chairman of the village cricket club for decades, he died in August.

In his memory, his family have agreed to sponsor this award for people who have made a great contribution to a sports club in one of the villages surrounding Bridlington.

TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL AWARD

THE Free Press is delighted that Bridlington Town Council has shown its support by agreeing to sponsor a trophy for someone who has made ‘an outstanding contribution to the community through sport’.

This is the only award for which nominations are not invited, the winner will be chosen following discussions between the Free Press and representatives of the council.