Nominations sought for 2013 Sussex Sports Awards

Active Sussex are encouraging the public to cast their votes for the 11th annual Sussex Sports Awards.

Held this year at The Grand Hotel, Brighton, on Friday, November 29, there are only a few days left for nominations to be made with the deadline at midnight on Friday (October 25).

This prestigious black-tie event will once again celebrate the achievements made by the county’s most talented sportsmen and women as well as the volunteers and coaches who give up their hours to ensure the county remains a hub for developing the nation’s next generation of sports stars.

BBC Sussex DJ Danny Pike will once again host the event and he will be joined by Olympic badminton silver medalist Gail Emms, who will provide inspirational tales of her journey to sporting success. The evening kicks off at 6pm with a VIP reception followed by a three-course meal, awards, and entertainment - including a dramatic Parkour performance by the Brighton-based Urban Playground Team.

The Sussex public can nominate the athletes, coaches and volunteers who they think are most deserving of an award by visiting The awards shortlist will be announced in the first week of November.

The categories are:

Active Sussex Workplace Health Award

Inspire Leisure Coach of the Year

Young Coach of the Year

Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

Young Volunteer of the Year

BBC Sussex Unsung Hero

The Grand Hotel Club of the Year

Team of the Year

Juice 107.2 Young Team of the Year

University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year

Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Sadie Mason, Active Sussex CEO, said: ‘The Sussex Sports Awards 2013 is the high-profile event in the Sussex sporting calendar, and we very much look forward to recognising and rewarding those people that make sport happen in the county.

“While the focus in 2012 was clearly on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2013 has been all about legacy and ensuring that our county has kept up the momentum post-Games and, judging by some of the achievements made in Sussex, our sports stars haven’t disappointed!”