Nominations are now open for the second Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards which will be hosted by former England rugby captain, Phil de Glanville on September 22 at the City Hall in Salisbury.
Anyone can nominate an individual or organisation in one of the 13 categories and nominations close at 5pm on Thursday, June 30. The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the awards which will also be attended by 2004 Paralympic gold medallist 800m, Danny Crates.
Forms and criteria can be downloaded from the Wiltshire Council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk/sportsawards.
Following the success of last year’s awards, the 2011 Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards will once again be jointly hosted by Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Health Improvement Partnership, NHS Wiltshire, Wiltshire and Swindon Activity and Sports Partnership and Swindon Borough Council. The awards will recognise and honour the work and achievements of athletes, sports clubs, volunteers and coaches across the whole of Wiltshire and Swindon.
This year’s awards categories, including some new additions are:
· Sports Personality of the Year
· Young Sports Personality of the Year
· Sports Personality of the Year (Athlete with a Disability)
· Official of the Year
· Unsung Hero of the Year
· Young Volunteer of the Year
· Coach of the Year (Participation)
· Coach of the Year (High Performance)
· Inclusion Coach of the Year
· Young Coach of the Year
· Sports Club/Team of the Year
· Most Innovative Club of the Year
· Most Inclusive Club of the Year
Stuart Wheeler, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure and sport said: "We know that tremendous work is done week in, week out across this area and we want to recognise this work and the people that make it happen. Sport plays a major part in our health and wellbeing and is going to be even more in the spotlight in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.
“These awards aim to honour and celebrate the superb sporting achievements in Wiltshire and Swindon. This is your chance to nominate someone, or an organisation that you believe is making a real difference and deserves to be recognised. We are looking forward to receiving those nominations."
Cllr Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “The Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards celebrate the tremendous work that goes on behind the scenes in our sports clubs and the outstanding sporting success that goes with it.
“We had some fantastic winners last September, and I’m sure nominations for this year’s event will be just as strong.”