The last chance for Boltonians to nominate their local sporting heroes is drawing near.
Nominations are due to close for Bolton Sports and Physical Activities Awards (BoSPAA) on August 15 for sporting achievements in 2012.
The annual event, now in its ninth year showcases the outstanding wealth and depth of sporting talent and achievement of individuals, clubs and organisations involved in sport across Bolton.
BoSPAA is the alliance of Bolton’s local sports and leisure organisations which aims to promote local sports and encourage more people to take part and the awards recognise the talent and the support that the residents of Bolton give to developing sports from grassroots through to elite sports.
A total of 425 people attended last year’s awards and previous award winners include Amir Khan and Jason Kenny The awards categories are:
- Club of the Year
- Volunteer in Sport of the Year
- Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Unsung Hero in Sport Award
- Sports Achiever of the Year
- Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award
- Junior Sports Team Achievement Award
- Young Volunteer of the Year Award – 12-16 years
- Senior Sports Team of the Year
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Whites Hotel at the Reebok Stadium on Friday September 20, 2013 and the event promises to be as exciting as ever.
In addition to a review of the past year and a celebration of some outstanding achievements in sport, the evening will include a three course dinner, presentation of awards by a local celebrity, a raffle and a disco. Entrance is free for nominees and after August 27 additional tickets will be on sale at £30 each or £250 for a table of 10 from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award winners will be put forward as Bolton's candidates for the Greater Manchester Awards which will take place Friday November 8 at The Point, Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Councillor Cllr Anthony Connell, Cabinet Member for Sport, said: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate sport in Bolton, at all levels. It’s not just for those who have sweated it out on the track and field. The awards are also a chance to recognise those people who work extremely hard behind the scenes, such as a club house cleaner or a head coach who helps makes great sporting achievements possible.”
Nominations are open to all age groups, so if you know someone special who deserves recognition for their efforts visit www.bospaa.co.uk/awards or contact Liz Whitworth on 01204 332323. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 15.