Rewarding sporting achievement in the Winchester District
Press Release: 03/09/2013
Nominations are being invited for the 6th Annual Sports Awards for the Winchester District.
After a fantastic year of sport, the Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) is asking local sports clubs, community organisations and residents to name the best of the District’s sporting talent as the build-up starts to the big award ceremony on Thursday 5 December.
The awards, which have grown year-on-year, will be presented at a ceremony in the Guildhall, Winchester, and aim to celebrate the achievements of Winchester’s sporting residents, both young and old.
With London 2012 now firmly behind us, the theme of this year’s event has taken inspiration from the Hampshire Awards - Rewarding Sporting Achievement.
The awards aim to recognise the commitment and excellence of coaches, volunteers, sportsmen and sportswomen across the Winchester District and clubs can request nomination packs now.
Last year nominations were received from St Cross Symondians Cricket Club, Winchester and District Athletics Club, Winchester Rugby Club, Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club, Winchester Gymnastics Club, Kings School, Peter Symonds College, Bishops Waltham Dynamos, Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre, Winchester & District MENCAP Society and Littleton Football Club to name a few. It is hoped that as a legacy to London 2012 many more clubs and organisations will have sports stories and nominees to put forward for local awards and will take the opportunity to submit nominations as the event continues to grow and reward those individuals and teams who commit so much of their time to sport in the Winchester District.
Nominations for awards will be considered in the following junior categories:
- Sportsman of the Year
- Sportswoman of the Year
- Disability Sportsperson of the Year
- Male Volunteer of the Year
- Female Volunteer of the Year
- Team of the Year
- School Team of the Year
- (All under 18 years of age)
Nominations for awards will be considered in the following senior categories:
- Senior Sportsman of the Year
- Senior Sportswoman of the Year
- Senior Disability Sportsperson of the Year
- Master Sportsman of the Year
- Master Sportswoman of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Team of the Year
- Service to Sport
- Club of the Year
The awards will be for achievements during the sporting year of 2013, with the exception of Service to Sport which will be for service, coaching, officiating or volunteering over a number of years.
All nominees must either be resident within the Winchester District or registered to, or working with, clubs based in the Winchester District. All entries must be supported by a written statement of no more than 250 words, explaining why you think the nominee deserves this recognition.
Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for sport, said:
We are pleased to be holding this event at the Guildhall Winchester and hope that local clubs will enjoy celebrating their successes along with us. Please take the time to nominate and let’s really make this event the best and biggest so far.
Stuart Barlow, Chair of the SPAA, added:
The SPAA has been working hard on a 2012 legacy for the Winchester District and this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the inspiration and commitment that already exists within our local athletes and clubs. For them the hard work never ends, and this is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation to those that are always prepared to go the extra mile.
The closing date for entries is Monday 14 October 2013
Download a nomination form or nominate online
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Winchester City Council website at www.winchester.gov.uk/sportsawards
Request a nomination form
Entry forms, along with further details, can be obtained by contacting the Sport & Physical Activity Team on 01962 848 532 or firstname.lastname@example.org