Time to recognise the sporting heroes of Angus

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Angus Council is looking to recognise Angus’ sporting stars at the annual Angus Sports Awards in March.

Athletes, players, coaches, friends and family are encouraged to submit nominations now, for consideration by the selection panel.

Nominations can be made online at www.angus.gov.uk/leisure and forms are also available from all Angus Council leisure facilities, ACCESS offices, libraries and museums.

The awards event at the Reid Hall, Forfar on Thursday, March 12, will be the 19th annual awards ceremony. The awards are organised and run by the council’s sports development team to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of all these individuals and teams at all levels of sport across Angus.

Each year the awards have been a resounding success and have raised awareness of sporting strengths in the county – from top amateur golfers and curlers, to swimmers and athletes through to the hundreds of local volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators, who give of their time to support budding sporting champions and provide valuable opportunities for athletes of all levels to participate regularly in their chosen activity through the many sports clubs across Angus.

The Angus Sports Awards 2014 are presented in association with Angus Ahead, the county’s marketing campaign set up to fly the flag for the county at home and abroad. Radio Tay is once more showing its support by hosting and broadcasting the awards ceremony.

Commenting on the awards the council’s vice-convener for Communities, Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “We want 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.

“2014 was an amazing year for sport across the country. Angus was incredibly proud to be part of the Commonwealth Games in the summer, when the county welcomed the Queen’s Baton Relay and hosted the shooting event at Barry Buddon. Just as we celebrated this international sporting excellence we now want to celebrate the county’s own sporting achievers. Our sports men and women deserve to be recognised and rewarded and we look forward to another fantastic awards ceremony in March.”

Nominations are invited in eight categories as follows.

Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Auchterhouse Country Sports)

This award recognises the achievements of a top sports performer in 2014. This includes performers that compete on Paralympic and elite levels (Must be aged 18 or over)

Young Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Radio Tay – Cash For Kids)

This award recognises the achievements of a top junior sports performer in 2014. (Not reached 18 years of age by December 31, 2014)

Coach of the Year (sponsored by KLM Partnership Chartered Surveyors)

This award recognises the achievements and commitment of a sports coach in 2014. This award applies to coaches at all levels.

Team of the Year (sponsored by Angus Community Sport Hubs)

This award recognises the achievements and commitment of a sports team/group in 2014. This award applies to teams/groups at all levels including school teams.

Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability (sponsored by Angus Disability Sport in partnership with National Oilwell Varco)

This award recognises an individual with a physical, sensory or learning disability who took part in sporting activities in 2014. This award will only consider nominations for people below Paralympic and elite levels.

Service to Sport Award (sponsored by Dundee & Angus College)

This award recognises someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sport in Angus as administrator, official, coach or helper over a number of years.

Club Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Special Olympics Great Britain)

This award recognises an individual within any role who has made a positive impact through their commitment to their club/group in 2014.

School Sports Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Angus Council Active Schools)

This award recognises the contribution made to extra-curricular sport across Angus schools in 2014.

To be eligible for an Angus Sports Award the nominee must have involvement 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.

Completed nominations should be returned to Angus Council Sports Development Team, The Yard, Queenswell Road, Forfar, DD8 3JA by 10 a.m. on Monday, February 9.

The Angus Sports Awards selection panel will meet later in February to finalise a short list and select winners for each award category.

For further information and nomination forms please contact: Lee McLean on 01307 473857 or email McLeanL@angus.gov.uk or Lisa Houston on 01307 473859/ email HoustonL@angus.gov.uk