Nominations are now open for the 2017 Swansea Sports Awards.
A number of categories form part of the awards, including Volunteer of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and Junior Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Swansea Council’s Sport and Health Team is behind the awards, which have been recognising local sporting achievement for 15 years.
Other categories include Senior Club or Team of the Year, Junior Club or Team of the Year, Primary School Team of the Year and Secondary School Team of the Year.
The event will also celebrate the Sportsperson of the Year, as well as the Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman of the Year categories.
This year will also include two new categories. Contribution to Sport will recognise one stand-out long serving volunteer. This will be in recognition of their ongoing contributions to sport in their community, and will be awarded at the judging panel’s discretion.
Also, the Inspiring Young Person of the Year Award, will be presented to a young person who has given up their time to inspire more people to take part in sport or physical activity and nominations will be accepted for this category.
People have until Sunday December 31 to visit www.swansea.gov.uk/sportsawards and get their nominations in to recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by our local and high profile sportspeople in 2017.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Swansea continues to have a proud tradition of producing great sportspeople. It takes dedication, determination and hours of hard work to maintain the city of sport we know and love.
“The judging panel is particularly keen to see more nominations put forward for people competing and volunteering at community level – whether it’s the volunteer or the coach who puts in hour after hour behind the scenes, the team that’s been the most successful through the year, or the sportsperson that has achieved the most in their sport. Swansea is a city full of sporting champions, so let’s ensure that local, community sport also gets the recognition it truly deserves.
“Sport is a big part of Swansea’s culture, whether it’s watching the Swans or the Ospreys, enjoying a game of sport on the weekend, taking a run along the promenade or giving up your time to help coach young people. If we’re successful in our bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title, then the celebration of our sporting culture will feature as part of a year-long programme of events and activities”.
Winners for 2016 included Wales football manager Chris Coleman, who won the Performance Coach of the Year award, Paralympic swimmer Aaron Moores MBE, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympics was named Sportsperson of the Year. Other winners included Paralympic gold medallist David Smith MBE, Para-swimmer Chloe Davies, volunteer Karen Gibbins (cycling) and community coach Zoe Hill (netball).
The Swansea Sports Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 14 March 2018, at the Brangwyn Hall.
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