The prestigious annual event, organised by Active Cumbria, will be held on Friday 30th November at The Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere.
The event recognises the outstanding talents, commitment and successes of teams and individuals throughout Cumbria who are involved in sport. The awards also highlight the dedication and commitment of the vast number of volunteers, coaches, and others behind the scenes who make sport happen across the county.
The event has attracted many high profile guest speakers over the years and this year are delighted to announce Jenny Meadows, Team GB Athlete, and World and European Medallist.
Jenny, a former Olympian has been involved in athletics for over 20 years since joining her local athletics club at aged 7. Now an inspirational speaker, Jenny will share the highs and lows of her career as one of Britain’s leading female athletes in a question-and-answer session with event host BBC Radio Cumbria’s Mike Zeller.
Jenny Meadows said: “I’m really looking forward to attending the Cumbria Sports Awards on 30th November. I am aware of the calibre of nominees and winners from previous editions of the Awards, with last year’s Sports Personality of the Year Award going to a fellow teammate of mine, Nick Miller, for his performances in the Hammer event.
The range of Awards recognises so many local people who play a major role in sport and physical activity in the region and I am very much looking forward to hearing their stories and meeting them. I also have family who live in Cumbria so it will be a nice opportunity to meet people from organisations that they are involved with.”
Last year, the county’s top sporting honour of ‘Cumbria Sports Personality of the Year’ went to Nick Miller, who had a truly spectacular year, and is a three times British Champion.
The title of Cumbria Coach of the Year went to Paul Simpson, for leading the England U20’s Football Team to the first football World Cup victory at any level since 1966.
The Be Inspired Award went to Gary McKee, who ran 100 consecutive marathons in 100 consecutive days inspiring many people to run with him as part of his mammoth fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Care.
There were many more awards given out for Volunteering, Services to Sport, Performance, Teams and Rising Star awards.
Awards organisers Active Cumbria, who have agreed a headline partnership with United Utilities for this year’s event, are asking Cumbrian clubs, governing bodies, sports fans, parents, coaches or teachers to submit their nominations.
But it is not only the headline-grabbing professional stars they are looking to honour. In total, fourteen categories recognise various levels of sporting success, in addition to the support services of volunteering, administration, and coaching.
It could be your child’s teacher who coaches after school and works tirelessly to train a team for the next sports championships. Or it could be a coach at your local sports club who has spent hours doing voluntary coaching, and you feel it is time they got the recognition they deserve.
This year the awards have been extended to include two brand new categories:
- Active Education Award awarded to the school, college or university that can demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality physical activity and sporting opportunities for all pupils through a wide range of curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities ; and
- Active Workplace Award, awarded to the organisation that can demonstrate innovative approaches to embedding physical activity for staff into the working day
Nominations can be made for:
- Sports Personality: Finest Individual Achievement
- Team: Best Team Achievement
- Performance: Best Individual Performance
- Special: Extra Special Achievement
- Service: Extra Dedicated Service
- Community Club or Group: Quality Local Opportunities
- Young Volunteer/Leader: Extra Dedicated Young Person
- Junior Team: Best Team Achievement
- Coach: Delivering Exceptional Impact
- Junior Personality: Exceptional Rising Star
- Volunteer: Greatest Volunteering Contribution
- Disability Performance: Excelled Beyond Barriers
- Be Inspired: Creating a Legacy from London2012
- Active Education: High quality physical activity and sporting opportunities at school
- Active Workplace: Innovative approaches to embedding physical activity for staff
The deadline for nominations is Friday 19th October 2018 nominations can be made on-line at www.activecumbria.org/cumbriasportsawards
For more information on any of the award categories or the nomination process please contact: Michelle Young on 01228 226885.