Time to enter sports awards

ALICIA Gallagher has urged people to send in nominations for their chosen sports person ahead of the St Edmunsbury Sports Awards.

The event, run by Abbeycroft Leisure, sets out to recognise the outstanding sporting achievements made by sports men, women, juniors and clubs throughout the year and to celebrate the huge amount of work that takes place within sport in the borough of St Edmundsbury.

Gallagher, currently training with the East of England Basketball team, and last year’s winner of the Young Sports Personality of the Year Award — sponsored by the Bury Free Press and the Haverhill Echo — believes it is definitely worth sending in a nomination for someone else, in case they were still undecided.

She said: “If anyone isn’t sure about nominating someone else for one of the awards then they should definitely do it because it is a great confidence boost just to be nominated.

“I didn’t expect to win the award at all last year. The funny thing is I wasn’t going to attend the awards because I had basketball training that evening but my mum said we should go as it was a one-off thing and then I ended up winning.

“I believe it has has helped me a lot. It was like being rewarded for all the hard work I had been doing and it showed it was worth doing.”

The scheme is open to all sports enthusiasts and volunteers affiliated to a club, part of a school team or resides within the St Edmundsbury Borough.

There are 12 categories to enter and awards on the night are made for: Sports Personality of the year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, The Unsung Hero award, Lifetime Achievement, Triumph Over Adversity, Coach of the Year, Contribution to Disability Sport, Young Community Volunteer of the Year, Club of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year and finally, School of the Year.

The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 11, at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and nominations can be taken in right up until August 14.

Nominations can be made on the Abbeycroft website at, www.acleisure.com or by calling Michelle Banfield-Curran on 07983641196.