Nominate the Stars of 2013

Emily McNeill is hailed AllStars Star of the Year at last year's star-studded ceremony at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

Emily McNeill is hailed AllStars Star of the Year at last year's star-studded ceremony at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

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The 2013 AllStars Awards are up and running and we invite your nominations.

The Gazette has again joined forces with Blackpool Sixth Form College, which will host our glittering awards ceremony in December to honour the outstanding individuals and teams nominated by AllStars readers.

Allstars Sports Awards in association with Blackpool Sixth Form College

Allstars Sports Awards in association with Blackpool Sixth Form College

There are 10 awards to be won, including the most coveted AllStars Star of the Year trophy.

The Fylde coast has a proud tradition of developing young stars who have gone on to excel in their chosen sports on the national and international stage. And an AllStars award could be the first stepping stone on the road to worldwide achievement.

We will assemble a panel of judges to select the winners from your nominations. You can nominate candidates in as many categories as you like.

Each nomination should contain a description (in no more than 100 words) of the nominated individual/team’s activities/achievements and include reasons for the nomination. Nominations must be based on achievements/activities in 2013.

Nominees for individual awards must live in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre or represent a school or sports organisation in any of those boroughs. Nominated teams must also be based on the Fylde coast.

Nominees shortlisted by our judges will be invited to attend the awards ceremony. To ease this process, it would be helpful if those making nominations could provide details to help us contract their nominee. Parents nominating their children need provide only their own contact detais, and in the case of schools nominating their pupils, the nominee will be contacted via school.

Nominations must reach us by November 1 and should be emailed to allstars@blackpoolgazette.co.uk (please write ‘Awards’ in the subject box).

Posted entries will also be accepted. Write to AllStars Awards, Gazette Sport, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool FY4 2DP.

Prizes will be awarded in the following 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 11 on August 31 this year.

Outstanding individual of secondary school age (11-18): As above, our winner must have been under 18 on August 31 this year.

Team of the year of primary school age (5-11): The team (boys’, girls’ or mixed) which achieved outstanding success and showed exceptional determination in their chosen sport. Teams must comprise a minimum of two people. All team members must have been under 11 on August 31 this year.

Team of the Year of secondary school age (11-18): As above, all team members must have been under 18 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, but this award recognises the boy or girl who has shown greatest commitment to making progress in any sport, possibly overcoming adversity to do so. Our winner must have been under-11 on August 31 this year.

Endeavour award for secondary school age (11-18): As above. Our winner must have been under-11 on August 31 this year.

Unsung Hero: An individual of any age whose outstanding efforts and commitment have helped young people to participate in sport. Their contribution will have benefited individuals, teams, organisations and/or the wider community.

Past experience shows that we receive far more nominations in the ‘outstanding achievement’ categories than those for endeavour/unsung hero. Those latter categories are equally important and they are just as likely to produce our AllStars Star of the Year. This top award will be chosen from among the winners of our nine categories.

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