Nominations are open for the Sussex Sports Awards 2020.
We may not be able to host the event in the usual glamourous way, but it's more important than ever that we celebrate those making big contribution to lives across the county. So, between Monday 23 and Friday 27 November, the Sussex Sports Awards will be showcasing the great and the good of Sussex sport and physical activity on social media.
And on Friday 27 November, the winners of five very special awards will be revealed.
If you know a local hero or a community group who deserve recognition, then nominate them now.
The categories and criteria which nominations will be judged against are below. Nominations guidance is also available here.
Nominations are open until 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 30 September.
Community Engagement Award
This award will shine the spotlight on an exemplary organisation, project or initiative that has development through sport/physical activity at its heart. The winner should have a clearly identified audience and evidence how it has specifically targeted this audience. Over the last 12 months they will have shown adaptability to overcome challenges, innovation and/or embraced digital opportunities. They will be able to demonstrate how it has sustained or raised participation in sport/physical activity.
Inclusion & Diversity Award
This new award recognises a project or organisation which has tackled inequalities through sport and physical activity. It will have removed barriers and improved participant's experience of sport/physical activity. It will have championed, inspired or empowered underrepresented groups, resulting in sustained or increased engagement over the past 12 months.
Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
Honouring a current paid or recently retired professional who has made a major impact on the world of sport in Sussex during their lifetime (service of 25 years or over) which may also include having worked in a voluntary capacity. Evidence will demonstrate that this person has been a key "mover and shaker" over the years, driving change and influencing policy. They will be well respected having mentored and supported colleagues over their career. Evidence will demonstrate the extent of the nominee's contribution including their recent commitment and dedication. This person will not have received this award or the previously titled 'Lifetime Achievement Award' before.
Sports Personality of the Year
This prestigious award will be given to the sportsman or woman who has displayed an outstanding level of achievement over the last year either as an individual or as part of a team and is competing at a consistently high level in their chosen sport. Supporting evidence must clearly specify their level of achievement and give an indication of where the nominee is ranked in their sport. Non-playing coaches or management are not eligible. Information on the person's character and any additional activity such as coaching and being an ambassador will be taken into account.
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year is unpaid. They are a volunteer who gives unconditional support to their sport or club, dedicating great time and effort, often 'behind the scenes'. They may undertake one or several roles within an organisation and are crucial to the smooth running of that organisation. With devotion and professionalism, they do not seek reward but their efforts over the past year mean they are more than deserving of this accolade. Supporting evidence must make reference to the level of commitment given by this person in both quality and quantity, as well as demonstrating how they have adapted and innovated throughout the year.