THE SALISBURY Journal Sports Awards are officially launched today.

The event, which returned three years ago, has a new look and a new slot in the calendar culminating in a gala dinner to celebrate sporting success in February next year.

The competition is open to anyone participating in sport in the Salisbury region.

Bill Browne, Editor-in-Chief, said: “We want nominations for anyone who has made a major contribution to sport or has achieved success in 2018.

“We know from past years we have some amazing talent at all ages in the region and the Sports Awards is one way to shine a light on people who work so hard on personal achievement and to help others.

Aspire Defence are, once again, the major sponsors of the vent and the awards partner with a host of other local businesses who are keen to encourage individuals at all levels of improvement.

Last year’s Master of Ceremonies was Olympian Kriss Akabusi and there will be another high profile speaker at the 2019 event still to be announced.

All those shortlisted as winners will be invited to bring a guest to the gala event, which will take place at the Stones Hotel on Friday February 22.

This year, the categories are:

  • Young Sports Achiever of the Year
  • School Sports Achievement of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
  • Footballer of the Year
  • Rugby Player of the Year
  • Cricket Player of the Year
  • Hockey Player of the Year
  • Athlete and Swimmer of the Year
  • Indoor Sports Player of the Year
  • Unsung Hero of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Gymnast of the Year
  • Martial Arts Achiever of the Year

To nominate a person or a club, click here