SPORTS AWARDS: Friday is deadline day

Last year's Lifetime Achievement winners Pam Bond and Christine Cox
Last year's Lifetime Achievement winners Pam Bond and Christine Cox
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Please fill in your entry forms now - please don’t let someone you know miss out!

Was 2013 a good year for you and your sports club? Rugby’s annual awards will again recognise outstanding achievements and dedication - and nominations for worthy winners are now being invited.

Rugby Borough Council is organising the awards for the 19th time, supported by the Rugby Advertiser and Rugby FM to highlight the wealth of sporting talent in the town.

The deadline for entries is January 10 and the presentations will be held at the Benn Hall on Wednesday, March 5.

There are again nine categories, honouring both success on the field and commitment behind the scenes:

The Mark Gallagher Memorial Award for Coach of the Year is the perfect way to show your coach or manager just how much they are appreciated.

The Club of the Year will have celebrated success in sport and development initiatives.

Do you know an ‘Unsung Hero Volunteer’ whose hard work might otherwise go unrecognised.

Or someone who deserves the Lifetime Achievement Award for their years of dedication?

There’s also The Lion Geoff Thompson Young Volunteer of the Year award for selfless helpers aged 18 or under.

And the Simon Warwood Memorial Award for Young Team of the Year, where the winner will have demonstrated team spirit and fair play as well as success.

Also for under 18s the Excellence in Sport awards for those at national level include £100 towards training or equipment.

For individual achievers we are seeking the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year for whom 2013 will have been one to remember.

Last year’s winners included: Rugby Cricket Club, canoeist Kimberley Woods, Rugby Town U17s, synchro coach Hannah Dudley, lifetime achievers Pam Bond (tennis) and Christine Cox (rounders and athletics), Janet Wright (athletics) and Gemma Trodd (tennis).

For the full criteria and nomination forms visit rugby.gov.uk or email sportsdevelopment@rugby.gov.uk. Forms are also available from the town hall reception.