Time to file your nominations

Time is running out to nominate dedicated sports volunteers, hard working coaches and talented athletes from across Derbyshire for the 2011 Derbyshire Sports Awards.

Derbyshire residents are invited to put forward their suggestions of who they think is deserving of recognition, and nomination forms are currently available.

Each local authority in Derbyshire will recognise local sporting heroes later this year, and winners will then go forward to be considered for the Derbyshire Sports Awards, sponsored by the University of Derby. County winners will be announced in November.

The deadline to nominate someone in the Bolsover district is tomorrow (August 5), and in all other areas of Derbyshire the deadline is Friday, August 19.

Categories include Sportsperson of the Year, Coach of the Year, Service to Sport Award and Club of the Year.

Entry forms and full details can be found at www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/sportsawards

Last year’s winners included freestyle moguls skier Ellie Koyander, from Tideswell, who was named University of Derby Sportsperson of the Year, and wheelchair basketball player Jon Hall, from Clowne, who was named the University of Derby Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.

For the first time, an Active Workplace Award will also be presented at county level at the Derbyshire Sports Awards, recognising workplaces that demonstrate a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their employees by encouraging staff to be more active.

Full details of the Active Workplace Award can also be found at www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/sportsawards The deadline for nominations for the Active Workplace Award is September 30.

Councillor Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport, said: “Derbyshire has so many talented sport people as well as a wealth of dedicated volunteers and great sports clubs, and the Derbyshire Sports Awards are a way of recognising and showcasing some of these.

“It is always fantastic to hear the stories of commitment and success of people involved in sport around the county. Without volunteers our sports system could not operate, and so it is really important that we take the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those working behind the scenes as well as congratulating those who are competing at a high level in their chosen sport and making Derbyshire proud.”