New Islands’ Sports Awards Being Launched

The Queen Elizabeth II Sports Hall

A new annual sports award event for islanders is being launched today.

Islanders’ will be asked for nominations in a range of categories, culminating in an awards ceremony at St Mary’s Hall Hotel on January 26th. And you’ll also get a chance to vote for your top three sportsmen, sportswomen or teams.

Helen Pearce, who sits on the awards panel, says there’ll be four categories selected by the public. These will be for Young Sports Personality of the Year, Biggest Contribution to Sport, Best Coach and Lifetime Achievement.

There’ll also be a top trophy for Biggest Sporting Achievement of the Year, which will be announced on the night.

From Radio Scilly

Mark Twynham and Helen Pearce discuss the new sports awards

Organiser Mark Twynham said they’ll be looking for nominations in each category and he hopes all the islands’ sporting clubs will be able to suggest names. Tess Lloyd from Active Scilly will also be writing to local sports clubs to let them know what’s happening.

Over the next month, you’ll be able to nominate, and vote for, your choice in each category.

The nominees will be revealed each Saturday on Mark Twynham’s Sports Show on Radio Scilly and islanders’ suggestions will be assessed by a local panel, who will select the top five finalists to vote for.

Those names will appear for voting on Radio Scilly’s website for a week and the top three in each category will be invited to the awards. They won’t find out who’s won until the night.

Helen says each club tends to celebrate it’s own sporting heroes but this will be a great chance to share those achievements with other islanders.

And she says the awards aren’t just about sporting prowess, but also about attitude, being keen and even just showing up every week to support the team.

It’s been a massive year for sport, says Helen, and not only nationally, with plenty of islands’ successes, from long distance bike rides to the fantastic showing of the ladies rowing team in this year’s gig championships.

The proceeds from the ticket sales for the awards night will boost the income of the Adam Mallon fund, which provides grants for sports equipment and supports islands’ students to play sport competitively on the mainland.


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