Nominate your Leitrim Sports Star for 2018

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Nominate your Leitrim Sports Star for 2018

Winners, sponsors and officials from the 2017 Leitrim Sports Star Awards - who will be honoured at this year's Awards which will be held in The Landmark Hotel on Saturday, November 24.

We’re getting near the end of a wonderful sporting year and it is that time when we start thinking about honouring the county’s sporting heroes in the 2018 Leitrim Sports Star Awards.

The eighth annual Leitrim Sports Star Awards, organised by the Leitrim Sports Partnership, will take place on Saturday November 24, in the Landmark Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon and never has there been a greater selection of sporting heroes to choose from and nominate.

The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge individuals, sports clubs, teams, schools and community volunteers for their outstanding contributions to and achievements in sport & recreation in Leitrim.

“Again, in 2018, there have been some excellent achievements both on an individual and team basis in Leitrim and we expect tough competition for the awards” said LSP Co-ordinator Declan Boyle.

There will also be a new award this year - the Club of the Year award with LSP Chairperson Cllr Enda Stenson explaining “The Board of Leitrim Sports Partnership decided that while the awards have recognised many individuals and teams over the last seven years that it is time to recognise the great sports clubs in the County and not just those with the most silverware but the clubs who strive to improve the lives of their members and communities.

“All of the awards aim to recognise not just people operating at the top level of their sport in the county but also to recognise people who provide the background support for their club and team.”

Volunteer of the Year is one such category. Nominations are directed to people who arrange community events that promote physical activity or people who give their time voluntarily to train teams, run clubs, have kits ready or who keep the pitches/facilities looking well for the big days.

Juvenile Sports are well represented with two awards Sports Individual Junior and Juvenile Team of the Year. Each year, these are two of the awards which receive the most nominations indicating how juvenile sport is flourishing in the county.

Sports School of the Year is to acknowledge the hard work of a sporting school, both primary & secondary, who not only excel at sporting competitions but those facilitate the sporting developments of the students by ensuring that sport is an important aspect of school life.

Team of the Year is open for nominations for any team regardless of the sport age or gender. It is always one of the most popular awards on the night.

The Special Achievement Award is open to anyone who has achieved their personal best in their field, perhaps by overcoming some challenges in order to be able to participate.

The Hall of Fame award, unlike the other awards, will be announced in advance of the awards. It is presented to someone who has given many years of service to sport in Leitrim. Previous winners include Frances Cryan, Padraig Griffin, Pakie McGarty, the late Joe Flynn and last year’s winner was Maeve Quinn.

The overall Leitrim Sports Person of the Year award will be chosen from the nominees from all other awards.

The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday October 26. If you would like to nominate any individual, school, club or team for one of the Awards please download a nomination form from www.leitrimsports.ie or complete the nomination form on page 58 in the paper and submit to Leitrim Sports Partnership, Áras an Chontae, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Nominations will be shortlisted by our panel of judges and the winners will be announced on the night of the awards. Each winner will receive a specially handcrafted award and these awards will be presented by each of our generous sponsors.

Nominations and enquiries to 071 9650498 or emailing sports@leitrimcoco.ie.