NOMINATIONS are still open for the Journal’s new look Sports Awards.

The deadline for sending in nominations for this year’s ceremony is Friday, January 25, and the competition is open to anyone participating in sport in the Salisbury region.

The award’s major sponsor is Aspire Defence, and there are also a host of other local businesses who are keen to encourage individuals at all levels.

The event, which returned three years ago, has a new slot in the calendar, culminating in a gala dinner to celebrate sporting success on February 22.

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.”

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.

The guest speaker for the event was recently confirmed as Premier League referee Roger East. 

He told the Journal: “I’m looking forward to it, but I am nervous.

“I will be more nervous at the Sports Awards than if I was refereeing the next day at Manchester United.

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, download this form and return to the Journal offices, or click here

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