Nom­i­nate your stars for the new Devon & Corn­wall Sports Awards


Herald Express - - Sport - BY SPORT STAFF

IN Jan­uary next year, there will be a huge cel­e­bra­tion of Devon & Corn­wall sport at the Ply­mouth Pavil­ions – and we are now look­ing for the most de­serv­ing sport­ing peo­ple to fill the seats and make the evening one to re­mem­ber.

Nom­i­na­tions are open for the Devon & Corn­wall Sports Awards now and there are 13 cat­e­gories.

Nom­i­na­tions are be­ing sought from all over Devon and Corn­wall with ma­jor sports stars and re­spected am­a­teurs alike all recog­nised for their ef­fort and en­deav­our in their par­tic­u­lar arena.

New this year is the Rob Da­ley Award, named in hon­our of Olympic diver Tom Da­ley’s dad, who died in May 2011 af­ter a five-year bat­tle with a brain tu­mour, aged only 40.

This will be a per­son who has over­come ad­ver­sity in or­der to suc­ceed in their cho­sen sport.

Richard Hughes, head of print pro­duc­tion for sport for the Reach Devon & Corn­wall ti­tles – Cor­nish Guardian, Cor­nish­man, Ex­press & Echo, Her­ald Ex­press, Mid-Devon Gazette, North Devon Jour­nal, Ply­mouth Her­ald, West Bri­ton and West­ern Morn­ing News – said: “This is a great chance for read­ers to spread the word of sport in their area.

“There is so much to cel­e­brate in Devon and Corn­wall sport, from Olympians like Tom Da­ley, to the lady who makes the tea for your team in your lo­cal cricket league.

“Ded­i­cated sports peo­ple and pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers are the lifeblood of our sport­ing com­mu­nity and now is the time to recog­nise them.

“These first Devon & Corn­wall awards are a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from the awards that

There was no prouder grand­dad at the Wollen Michel­more South Devon Youth League than for­mer St Marychurch all-rounder Frank Bur­ley (left), whose grand­son Har­ri­son Vick­ery was Bowler of the Year for Ab­bot­ser­swell in the U10 Di­vi­sion. There are so many good young sports peo­ple in Devon and Corn­wall who de­serve to be nom­i­nated in the sports awards – have you nmi­nated your hero yet? were pre­vi­ously held in Ply­mouth, Ex­eter and Tor­bay – and else­where – and will bring to­gether the best in our re­gion for one big party at the Pavil­ions in Jan­uary.”

West­ern Morn­ing News edi­tor Bill Martin said: “We are de­lighted to be ex­tend­ing this year’s sports awards event to take in the whole of the re­gion we cover.

“There is an ex­tra­or­di­nary amount of sport­ing tal­ent in the re­gion and we are keen to re­flect that and cel­e­brate the very best.

“The awards are de­signed to re­flect achieve­ment at all lev­els, and in all ar­eas of sport – play­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion and of­fi­ci­at­ing.

“We urge peo­ple to make sure that their sport­ing heroes are nom­i­nated so we can make sure this a great cel­e­bra­tion of the very best of South West sport.”

The clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions is Sun­day, Novem­ber 25 – and the big night at the Ply­mouth Pavil­ions will be on Mon­day, Jan­uary 28.

To en­ter, use the web ad­dress at the top of the list of cat­e­gories.

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