Cast your vote in our sports awards

MAKE sure you cast your vote in the Ripley & Heanor News Sports Awards 2011.

This area is blessed with an abundance of talented amateur sportsmen, sportswomen and clubs, covering the whole spectrum of sports and games.

So the time has come to celebrate the rich sporting tapestry of our thriving area, courtesy of the Ripley & Heanor Sports Awards and Hardy, Miles Titterton Solicitors who are kindly sponsoring the event.

This is your opportunity to shine the spotlight of recognition on your chosen individual or team as you can nominate whoever you consider the area’s best sporting star to be, not to mention the most deserving team.

But it’s not just about those at the sharp end who compete week in and week out in their chosen field.

The area is also packed with dedicated coaches, supporters, parents and benefactors who go out of their way to help others and ensure our sporting scene remains so healthy and thriving.

The Sports Awards categories are:

n Best Sporting Male (over the age of 18)

n Best Sporting Female (over the age of 18)

n Team of the Year

n Youth award for those under 18

n Unsung Hero – for those who help make it happen

The winner in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and receive a splendid trophy while a runner up in each section is presented with a certificate.

These will be handed over at our awards ceremony on Thursday, June 30 at the Field Terrace Community Centre in Ripley.

All you have to do is get nominating.

You can do this by filling in the nomination form in this week’s Ripley & Heanor News, and posting it to us at here at the Ripley & Heanor News, 27 Grosvenor Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3JE.

The closing date for entries is Friday, June 24.

Please note that the Sports Awards are only for amateurs competing in the Ripley and Heanor areas.