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Nominations open for Bucks & MK Sports Awards

Bucks & MK Sports Awards - Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

9:20am 17th May 2017

If you know an unsung hero of sport in Buckinghamshire, now is the time to get them noticed.

The nominations have opened for the county's sporting version of the Oscars.

Organisers are urging the community to take part by naming the people or groups they believe should win a prize.

The prestigious awards ceremony, to be held this year on December 1 at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre, celebrates the people and organisations who make grass-roots sport happen in Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes.

Mark Ormerod, Director of Leap - the County Sport and Activity Partnership which co-ordinates the event - this week issued a rallying cry to the public to help by simply nominating their favourites.

He said:

"Across the county we have approximately 1,500 sports clubs and a huge volunteer workforce which enable tens of thousands of people to be active and play sport every month. Our sport awards are about celebrating all of these people and thanking them for their generosity, some of which extends to decades of dedication and commitment helping others enjoy sport.

"We all know at least one of these heroes and we all hear the refrain that they should be given a medal for their work. Well here's the chance to do exactly that - but first, the public needs to nominate them, and who knows, perhaps help them to go forward to the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero nationally."

Last year's ceremony was attended by almost 300 people with rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave becoming the first inductee into the Bucks and Milton Keynes Sporting Hall of Fame - an award to celebrate the county's great elite level athletes.

The keynote speaker last year was Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams MBE.

The speaker and the second Hall of Fame inductee for this year have not yet been announced, but it is believed that sporting heroes of similar calibre will be unveiled at the event.

In a poignant address last year, Sir Steve Redgrave told the audience of sporting stars and dignitaries:

"Being born and bred in Buckinghamshire and to be recognised tonight by Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, it's a very proud moment.

"It's always nice to be recognised, and the further you get away from when you were competing, it's nice to be remembered."

Afterwards, he stressed the importance of the awards by saying:

"I think this night is very special indeed because awards are normally won by the achievers, not the people who have helped them to get there. This is almost solely about the people who have supported them. That's the special thing about it."

Mr Ormerod added:

"We were thrilled to give an award to such an icon, but as Sir Steve Redgrave pointed out, the night must focus on the individuals who give their time and services for free and charitably week in and week out.

"We do hope that the members of their clubs will show their gratitude and reward them with a nomination."

Adam Lazaruk of Chearsley Cricket Club, Aylesbury, and winner of the 2016 Volunteer Award, said at the awards ceremony:

"I didn't expect this award at all; I had to read the email three times. I thought it was a hoax!

"I have such passion for the club as I was one of the founding members in 1989 when I was 18. I'm completely shocked."

The categories for awards will be:

  • Active Workplace of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Primary School of the Year
  • Secondary School of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Performance Coach of the Year
  • Terry Cook Unsung Hero of the Year.

To nominate, go to www.leapwithus.org.uk/sportawards or call the Leap office on 01296 585215.

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