Search is on for top sports stars

Angus Council sports development officer Laura Baxter and Councillor Colin Brown launching the Angus Sports Awards. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).

Angus Council sports development officer Laura Baxter and Councillor Colin Brown launching the Angus Sports Awards. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).

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MEMBERS of Angus Council sports development team are looking for the county’s sporting stars to step into the spotlight at their annual sports awards ceremony taking place in March this year.

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

Launched in 1996, these awards have been a resounding success and have raised awareness of sporting strengths in the county - from top amateur golfers and archers, to swimmers and horse riders through 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.

Angus Council sports development team is looking to honour the commitment, achievements and dedication of all these individuals and teams at all levels of sport across Angus.

The Angus Sports Awards 2010, in association with McDonalds & Angus Ahead, will take place on Tuesday , March 8 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.

Radio Tay is again showing their support for the Angus Sports Awards by hosting and broadcasting the event.

The local broadcasting station is celebrating their 31st year in broadcasting so this will only add to the celebrations at the ceremony.

Councillor Colin Brown commented: “I would encourage 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.

“The county is clearly rich with sporting talent, assisted by the continued support of the willing and eager volunteers who give up their spare time to sporting activities in the local area. Angus Council sports development team believes that this should be recognised and rewarded and we look forward to another fantastic evening in March.”

Nominations are required in the following six categories:-

Sports Personality of the Year (sponsored by Angus Council): This award aims to recognise the achievements of a top sports performer in 2010. This includes performers that compete on paralympic and elite levels (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 2010. (not reached 18 years of age by December 31, 2010).

Coach of the Year (sponsored by Liiz McColgan Health Club and Physiotherapy Centre): This award aims to recognise the achievements and commitment of a sports coach in 2010. 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 RSK Sports): This award aims to recognise the achievements and commitment of a sports team/group in 2010. 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 Disability Sport in partnership with Merpro Limited): This award aims to recognise an individual with a physical, sensory or learning disability who took part in sporting activities in 2010. 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 2010 in association with McDonalds & Angus Ahead can be completed and submitted on-line at www.angusahead.com/asa and forms are also available from all Angus Council leisure facilities.

They should be returned to Laura Baxter, Angus Council Sports Development Team, The Yard, Queenswell Road, Forfar, DD8 3JA, by Friday, February 11.

The Angus Sports Awards selection panel will meet in February to finalise short lists and winners for each award.