Do you know an Unsung Hero? Get your nomination in now!
Posted: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:42
The West Midlands Sports Awards recognises and celebrates the difference sport makes to community life. We recognise talent, excellence, potential and teamwork – but we also recognise dedication and selfless attitudes. And that's why we support the West Midlands BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award.
Every sports club has one; that selfless individual who has dedicated their life to helping others achieve success. It could be the swimming coach who gave up retirement to keep on coaching, the police officer who inspired a whole community of youngsters to better themselves through sport, or even the groundsman who gets there first and leaves last every single Saturday.
If you know somebody that inspires people to keep playing sport in Birmingham nominate them today – and they could be sharing a stage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with the likes of Mo Farah, Katharine Grainger, Laura Trott and other Team GB heroes.
The winner of the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award for the West Midlands will be announced at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards at Villa Park on 30th November.
They will be given a ticket to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on 18th December, where they will go up against other regional winners for the chance to be named overall winner in front of a global TV audience.
Last year's winner was West Belfast youth football coach Damien Lindsay, who picked up the award in his home city. With the Sports Personality of the Year being held in Birmingham this year, all eyes will be on the West Midlands winner.
But you have to go back to 2006 to find the last and only national winner from our region. Val Hanover picked up the award for spending nearly 30 years organising Special Olympics for thousands of people with learning difficulties in North Shropshire. As we mark the start of Women's Sport Week 2016, Val is hoping that there will be another Midlands winner this year.
She said: "It was an absolute honour to be named BBC Sport Unsung Hero, especially when I see some of the inspirational stories from winners that have followed me.
"There are so many people across the West Midlands doing fantastic things in sport for little or no reward – and reward is not the reason why they do it, this award is a chance for their colleagues, team mates, students and friends to recognise the work they do. But we need your help to nominate them and give them a chance of going forward into the national award live on BBC."
You can nominate by downloading a nomination form from the BBC website or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a nomination form be sent to you in the post. Entries close on 23 October.
Keep checking our latest news page for latest updates and be amongst the first to find out who has been given a golden ticket to attend the West Midlands Community Sports Awards.