One more day left for nominations

Last year's main winner Ryan Hepworth
Last year's main winner Ryan Hepworth

THE Bridlington Free Press Sports Awards are back - but the closing date for entires is tomorrow (Friday, December 21)

After the success of our first awards night in March, we are looking to make the evening bigger and better.

There are 14 categories this year and the ceremony will be held at Bridlington Rugby Club on Friday, March 8.

So who has shone during 2012?

You can nominate by filling in the form which has appeared in the Free Press in recent weeks and dropping it off at our office in Prospect Street. Or you can email your nomination to The closing date is Friday, December 21.

Free Press sports editor John Edwards said: “Tell us your stories. We want to celebrate everything good about sport in Bridlington.

“And don’t just think it is about mainstream sports like football, rugby and cricket. Last year we had winners from swimming, archery, hockey and triathlon, and runners-up from petanque and shooting.

“But you need to email us or fill in the entry form to have a chance.”

The categories are:

Sports Person Of The Year

THE top prize is for someone who has enjoyed a consistently successful year on a local, regional or national level. It could be a member of a team who has had a fantastic year or someone from an individual sport.

Junior Sports Person Of The Year

OPEN to anyone aged 16 years or under, the winner will be someone who has made a big step up this year or achieved great results in Yorkshire and maybe further afield. Who is going to go on to even greater things in the future?

Rising Star Award

THIS is a new award, not restricted by age, for someone who has improved hugely over the past 12 months or a newcomer who has made a big first impression. Do you know a golfer whose handicaps have plummeted, a teenager who has stepped up to senior sport and made the change without any worries or even a young referee or official who deserves a big pat on the back to encourage them? Although it is likely to be an individual, we’d be happy to hear about teams who fit the bill

Coach Of The Year

WE are looking for someone who has devoted their time to helping and improving others. It could be a team manager, a schoolteacher or a mentor who has passed on their expertise with results to prove what a difference they have made.

Team Of The Year

LEAGUE tables don’t lie, so if your team has won the title, earned promotion, or shown a massive improvement since the end of 2011, put yourself in the running.

Junior Team Of The Year

ENJOYMENT is the most important thing about junior sport, but we have some very successful teams in our patch. Whether you have won medals and trophies, or just achieved something your team is proud of, let us know. This is another new category we have introduced to reflect the depth of junior sport taking place locally.

Club Of The Year

THE club of the year is more about work off the field, than on it. Has your club carried out work to help the community, has it branched out to get people of all ages to try a new sport, has it seen a big increase in membership, has it invested to improve its facilities? There are many more reasons why clubs are worthy of this honour, so get in touch.

School Of The Year

A NEW category to show the great work done by teachers and school staff to develop youngsters in PE lessons and at out-of-hours competitions. Which schools have seen great success in the past 12 months?

Unsung Hero

EVERY club has one, so now is the time to sing their praises. It could be the secretary who fills in the paperwork, the official who organises the transport, a first aider, a league committee member who coordinates the results and tables, someone who washes the kit...basically someone who never gets their name in the paper, but whose work is invaluable.

Lifetime Achievement

ONE of the most popular categories for entries last year, the judges are expecting another bumper crop of entries. Who has given many, many years of dedication to their sport or club?

Services to Junior Sport Award

JUNIOR sport is thriving in Bridlington, with hundreds of children playing all sorts of sports every week. But it is only possible thanks to the hard work of dozens of volunteers and officials who give up hours and hours of their time.

Services to Village Sport Award

SPORT is at the heart of almost every village community, with many of our smaller villages still having a sports field and cricket, football or other teams. We are looking for someone who has put in the work to keep clubs going or keep the facilities up to scratch.

Outstanding Contribution To The Community Through Sport

THIS award is again sponsored by Bridlington Town Council and will be given to an individual or organisation which is involved with promoting Bridlington in a positive way through a sporting event. Last year, the winners were Bridlington Road Runners, for organising the town’s half marathon for three decades.

Sporting Moment Of 2012

ON A national and international level there were so many special sporting memories in 2012. But which was the one incident which deserves recognition? It could be one special result, a fantastic goal, a hole-in-one, a hat-trick – anything which those who saw it will remember for years to come.

A NUMBER of local businesses have agreed to continue their support of the awards by sponsoring a category but there are still some opportunities available. For details, contact the sports desk by emailing

Information about tickets for the presentation evening will be announced in the New Year.