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It’s that time of year again to celebrate the excellence of Cumbria’s Sporting Heroes!

September 28, 2012

Nominations open today to find the award winners for this year’s Cumbria Sports Awards. The prestigious Cumbria Sports Awards will be presented on Friday 23rd November, at the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere. The event recognises the outstanding talents, commitment and successes of teams and individuals throughout Cumbria who are involved in sport. The awards also highlight the dedication and commitment of the vast number of volunteers who make sport happen across the county. We are delighted to welcome Alan Bell, IAAF International Official and Chief Starter at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the special guest speaker at the event.

Last year the county’s top sporting honour of 'Cumbria Sports Personality of the Year' went to Ben Stokes. The 20 year old Durhamall-rounder from Cockermouth had an outstanding 2011, making his maiden England appearance in a one day international against Ireland following a highly successful debut season for his club. Ben said;

"Winning this award last year was a great surprise and it brought what was a successful year in cricket to a brilliant end. It has been a great year for sport this year and I’m sure Cumbria Sports Awards will see some." 

2010 Sports Personality went to Stuart Airey England Bowls International with David Hughes taking it in 2009 after being crowned ‘World Masters Judo Champion’. Previous winners also include Motorsports Oliver Turvey, Sailing’s Anna McKenzie, Football’s Scott Carson, Rugby Union winger Mark Cueto, cricketer Paul Nixon, and rally ace Malcolm Wilson. 

Awards organisers Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership are asking Cumbrian sports fans to submit their nominations. But it is not only the headline-grabbing professional stars they are looking to honour. They are looking to recognise individuals who have had an impact on sport in the county. Twelve categories recognise various levels of sporting success, in addition to the support services of volunteering, administration and coaching.

It could be your child's teacher who coaches after school and works tirelessly to train a team for the next sports championships. Or it could be a coach at your local sports club who has spent hours voluntary coaching, and you feel it is time they got the recognition they deserve.

Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager at Active Cumbria said “With a history of recognising sporting achievement in Cumbria for more than 28 years, Cumbria Sports Awards judging panel are never ceased to be amazed at the wealth of sporting talent here in our County. The prestigious event is a great platform for sporting recognition here in Cumbria and beyond. This is an opportunity to recognise anyone who you feel has achieved great things locally or who has made a huge voluntary contribution to sport in Cumbria during 2012. We had some excellent nominations for the awards last year and had a real task deciding the deserving winners. Whatever the sport, we're searching for your local sporting hero, so get nominating!”

In addition to the main awards, four district sports awards will also take place on the run up to the county event at the end of November. Copeland, Barrow, Carlisle and for the first time in this year Allerdale will run their own sports awards recognising local sports talent. More information on the district awards can be found on Active Cumbria’s website. District award winners will be fed into the nomination process for the county awards being judged in November.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 19th October 2012 nominations can be made on-line 

Tickets for the evening celebration at the Low Wood Hotel in Windermere can be requested online from Active Cumbria, priced at £25 each, places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Cumbria Sports Awards 2012 logo

Nominations close Midnight Friday 19th November 2012

Nominations can be made for the following categories

  • Sports Personality: Finest Individual Achievement 
  • Team: Best Team Achievement   
  • Performance: Best Individual Performance  
  • Special: Extra Special Achievement  
  • Service: Extra Dedicated Service 
  • Young Leader: Extra Talented Leadership 
  • Junior Team: Best Team Achievement  
  • Rising Star (five awards): Best Young Talent  
  • Coach: Delivering Exceptional Impact 
  • Junior Personality: Exceptional Rising Star  
  • Volunteer: Greatest Volunteering Contribution  
  • Disability Performance: Excelled Beyond Barriers