Search on for Angus sports stars

THE ANGUS Council sports development team is on the lookout for the county’s top sporting stars.

The annual sports awards ceremony will take place in March and the council would like the top sportsmen and women to take to the spotlight.

Nomination forms are available now and athletes, players and coaches as well as friends and family are invited to submit forms for consideration by the selection panel.

The awards were launched in 1996 and have gone from strength to strength raising awareness of sporting talent throughout the county.

The sports development team is also looking to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of the hundreds of local volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators who support the athletes.

Radio Tay will be showing their support for the awards once again by hosting and broadcasting the event and as it is their own 31st anniversary they are sure to add to the celebrations.

Councillor Colin Brown said: “I would encourage as many people as possible to provide nominations for the Angus Sports Awards so that we can celebrate the achievements of local sports people, coaches, administrators and volunteers across Angus.

“The county is clearly rich with sporting talent, assisted by the continued support of the willing and eager volunteers who give up their spare time to sporting activities in the local area. Angus Council sports development team believes that this should be recognised and rewarded and we look forward to another fantastic evening in March.”

Nominations are required in the following six categories - Sports Personality of the Year (18 or over), Young Sports Personality of the Year (Under 18), Coach of the Year, Service to Sport Award, Team of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability.

To be eligible for an Angus Sports Award the nominee must be an Angus resident, must have amateur status and must compete in a sport recognised by sportscotland.

For the Service to Sport award the nominee must be an Angus resident and, for the purposes of this award, must not be a competitor or performer.

Nominations for the Angus Sports Awards 2010 in association with McDonalds and Angus Ahead can be completed and submitted on-line at www.angusahead.com/asa and forms are also available from all Angus Council leisure facilities.

They should be returned to Laura Baxter, Angus Council Sports Development Team, The Yard, Queenswell Road, Forfar, DD8 3JA, by Friday, February 11.

The Angus Sports Awards selection panel will meet in February to finalise short lists and winners for each award.