Searching for sporting stars

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THE SEARCH is on to find Angus’ brightest and best sporting stars.

It’s that time of year again when the Angus Council Sports Development Team (ACSDT) are looking to recognise sporting stars at the annual awards ceremony - a highlight in the local sporting calendar.

Nomination forms are now available with athletes, players, coaches, friends and family encouraged to submit forms for consideration by the selection panel.

Launched in 1996, the awards have been a resounding success and have raised awareness of sporting strengths in the county – from top amateur golfers and curlers, to swimmers and athletes.

Recognition is also given to the hundreds of local volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators who give of their time to support these budding sporting champions and provide valuable opportunities for athletes of all levels to participate regularly in their chosen activity through the many sports clubs across Angus.

ACSDT is looking to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of all these individuals and teams at all levels of sport across Angus and so the Angus Sports Awards 2012, in association with Angus Ahead, will take place on Tuesday, March 5 in the Reid Hall, Forfar.

Angus Ahead is the area’s marketing campaign set up to fly the flag for the county at home and abroad while Radio Tay are again showing their support for the Angus Sports Awards by hosting and broadcasting the event.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “We need as many people as possible to provide nominations for the Angus Sports Awards so that we can celebrate the achievements of local sports people, coaches, administrators and volunteers across Angus.

“2012 was an amazing year for sport across the country and we are sure that Angus is no different. Angus Council Sports Development Team believes that Angus’ sporting achievers need recognised and rewarded and we look forward to another fantastic evening in March.”

Nominations are required in six categories: Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Auchterhouse Country Sports. This award aims to recognise the achievements of a top sports performer in 2012. This includes performers that compete on paralympic and elite levels but they must be aged 18 or over.

Young Sports Personality of the Year, sponsored by Radio Tay - Cash for Kids. This award aims to recognise the achievements of a top junior sports performer in 2012 who had not reached 18 years of age by December 31, 2012.

Coach of the Year, sponsored by Coaching Angus. This award aims to recognise the achievements and commitment of a sports coach in 2012. This award applies to coaches at all levels.

Service to Sport Award, sponsored by Angus College. This award aims to recognise someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sport in Angus as administrator, official, coach or helper over a number of years.

Team of the Year, sponsored by McDonalds. This award aims to recognise the achievements and commitment of a sports team/group in 2012. This award applies to teams/groups at all levels including school teams.

Sports Personality of the Year Award for People with a Disability, sponsored by Angus Disabillity Sport in partnership with National Oilwell Varco. This award aims to recognise an individual with a physical, sensory or learning disability who took part in sporting activities in 2012. This award will only consider nominations for people below paralympic and elite levels.

To be eligible for an Angus Sports Award the nominee must be an Angus resident, must have amateur status and must compete in a sport recognised by sportscotland. For the Service to Sport award the nominee must be an Angus resident and, for the purposes of this award, must not be a competitor or performer.

Nominations for the Angus Sports Awards 2012, in association with Angus Ahead, can be completed and submitted on-line at www.angusahead.com/sportsawards and forms are also available from all Angus Council leisure facilities, ACCESS offices, libraries and museums.

Completed nominations should be returned to Colin Knight, Angus Council Sports Development Team, The Yard, Queenswell Road, Forfar, DD8 3JA by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8.