We are still welcoming your nominations for our annual youth sport spectacular, the AllStars Awards, but time is running out.
The Gazette has again joined forces with Blackpool Sixth Form College, which will host our glittering awards ceremony on December 3 to reward the ourstanding individuals and teams nominated by our readers.
There are again 10 awards to be won, including the most coveted AllStars Star of the Year award, all brought to you in association with our sponsors Blackpool Transport, Questa Chartered, Rossall School, St George’s School and Whitworth Pharmacy.
The Fylde coast has a proud tradition of developing young stars who have gone on to excel in their chosen sport on the national and international stage, and an AllStars award could be the first stepping stone to worldwide achievement.
As usual we will assemble a panel of judges to assess your nominations and you can nominate candidates in as many categories as you like.
Each nomination should contain a description (no more than 100 words please) of the nominated individual/team’s efforts/achievements and include reasons for the nomination. Nominations must not be based on achievements before 2014.
Nominees for individual awards must live in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre or represent a school, team or sports organisation in one of those boroughs.
Norminees shortlisted by our judges will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.
To simplify this process, it would be helpful if all nominations included contact details for the nominee.
Parents nominating their children should include their own contact details, while school pupils nominated by their school will be contacted via the school.
Nominations must reach us by the end of this week and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Gazette Sport, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool FY4 2DP. Please print ALLSTARS AWARDS in the email subject box 0r on the envelope.
AllStars Awards Categories.
Outstanding Individual of Primary School Age (5-11): The boy or girl who has achieved outstanding success and shown exceptional determination in his/her chosen sport. Nominees must have been under-12 on August 31 this year.
Outstanding Individual of Secondary School Age (11-18): As above. Our winner must have been under-19 on August 31 this year.
Team of theYear of Primary School age: The team (boys’, girls’ or mixed) which has achieved outstanding success and shown exceptional determination in their chosen sport. Teams must comprise a minimum of two people and team members must have been under-12 on August 31 this year.
Team of the Year of Secondary School age: As above. Team members must have been under-19 on August 31 this year.
Coach of the Year for 5-11s: The coach of a team, club or individual who has made the greatest contribution to the lives of young people through coaching and providing a positive environment and role model.
Coach of the Year for 11-18s: As above
Endeavour Award for Primary School Age (5-11): We can’t all be champions. This award recognises the boy or girl who has shown greatest commitment to making progress in their chosen sport, possibly overcoming adversity to do so. Nominees must have been under-12 on August 31 this year.
Endeavour Award for Secondary School Age (11-18): As above. Nominees must have been under-19 on August 31 this year.
Unsung Hero: An individual of any age whose outstanding efforts and commitment have helped others to enjoy sporting activity to the maximum and whose contributions have been most valuable to clubs, individuals or the wider community.
Our AllStars Star of the Year will be selected from the individual category winners.
Full details are also available at www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk. Visit the sports section at click the youth sport tab.