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Deadline looms for nominating District’s sporting heroes

The closing date for this year’s sports award nominations is fast approaching with the deadline on 20th February.

The awards, run by West Oxfordshire District Council, recognise the contribution and commitment of sporting individuals and organisations in the district.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is a great opportunity to honour those who work tirelessly in the community to support and maintain sports clubs and facilities.

“I urge people to nominate their local sporting hero as a way of acknowledging the great work they do.”

The awards recognise the contribution and commitment of individuals and the achievement of clubs across the district through three different categories.

Coach of the Year
This award recognises individuals who have made a huge impact through coaching others to develop their sporting skills within the community.

Witney Road Runners Mike Miles picked up the award last year for his contribution to the running club’s success in producing more young members achieve their goal of competing at a national level as well as integrating disability sport.

On receiving his award, Mike said: “This award means a lot to me. I do what I do because I love it and we’ve had some really big successes over the years.”

Unsung Hero of the Year
Previously known as Sports person of the Year, this award acknowledges people who have made a significant impact within their club or community.

This could range from supporting their club through grounds-keeping to fundraising and organising social events.

Last year’s recipient John Hawtin has been a member of Enstone Sports and Social Club since 1960.
Described as a ‘great asset’ by the club, groundsman John spends up to 14 hours a week preparing the clubs football and cricket pitches.

Sports Club of the Year
This award honours sporting clubs committed to its members, local community and the sport it represents.

Chipping Norton based Higher Energy Trampolining Club scooped the award last year. The only trampolining club in the District, it has grown to having around 200 members and is now competing in regional competitions.

Further information and nominations forms can be downloaded from the West Oxfordshire District Council website www.westoxon.gov.uk or by calling 01993 861557.

Posted : 23/01/2012 11:55:34

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